Diversity & Outreach
MU is an intentionally inclusive institution that understands, values, and actively supports diversity in all its forms. The Division of Biological Sciences, in particular, attracts people of diverse backgrounds. As outlined in our Diversity Statement, we firmly believe exposure to this rich diversity enhances the scientific endeavor and a student’s capacity to learn and to succeed in today’s world. Thus, the Division of Biological Sciences participates in a number of diversity initiatives to actively recruit students from underserved and underrepresented groups for both our graduate and undergraduate programs.
The Division of Biological Sciences is also a strong supporter of science outreach to the public. We collaborate with other departments and programs, especially with MU’s ReSTEM Institute and Broader Impacts Network, to develop unique outreach programs for K-12 teachers and students, the university, and the larger community.
Birthplace of the phage display technology
Invented by Dr. George Smith in 1985, phage-display technology is a method for the study of protein-protein, protein-peptide, and protein-DNA interactions that uses bacteriophages to connect proteins with the genetic information that encodes them. The method is now widely used in the medical biotechnology field, especially in the area of antibody/antigen interactions and drug discovery.