The National Science Foundation has continued to support research on the Konza Prairie since 1980. The study is designed to investigate gradual and subtle changes that influence plant and animal populations on the tall grass prairie, the impact of human activities on ecosystem productivity, and variations in ecological processes caused by burning and grazing. http://www.konza.ksu.edu
This NIH-funded program's goal is to involve undergraduate in research. The program funds undergraduate training at 9 colleges and universities in the State of Kansas and one in Langston, Oklahoma to encourage their participation and possible career choice of biomedical research. At Kansas State University, undergraduate students participate by performing cutting-edge level research with faculty in their research labs. They receive a scholarship to commit 450 hrs. each year toward research. This hands-on opportunity provides a significant edge to students interested in pursuing Ph.D. degrees in biomedical fields. http://www.kumc.edu/kinbre/
The National Science Foundation EPSCoR is funding the Kansas Lipidomics Research Center which is a collaborative venture of scientists in the Division of Biology, in the Department of Biochemistry, and at the University of Kansas. The Center performs comprehensive, quantitative profiling of lipid molecular species with high sample throughput, using mass spectrometric technologies. The levels of lipid metabolites in genomically altered and physiologically manipulated organisms are investigated to identify the functions of genes that encode proteins involved in lipid metabolism. The Center is also dedicated to improving lipid analytical technologies, to promoting collaborative research among lipid scientists, and to providing training opportunities for post doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students. More information is available at http://www.k-state.edu/lipid/lipidomics.
This program is funded by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR and is an interdisciplinary research initiative aimed at exploring the genetic basis for organismal responses to the environment. Students involved in the program will engage in an interdisciplinary program of study and work with faculty in ecology and molecular biology/genetics to employ functional genomic techniques to probe the interface between ecology and genetics. More information about the Kansas Ecological Genomics collaborative research groups can be found at http://ecogen.ksu.edu/
This graduate training program includes over 20 faculty who share common interests in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Students who are members of MCDB labs conduct lab rotations during their first year, take a common set of core courses, and participate in a weekly research forum. For more information see http://www.ksu.edu/mcdb.
With some 130,000 square feet, Ackert Hall is the main biology facility. Ackert Hall provides modern well-equipped laboratories for teaching and research, and, in addition, contains the division offices, a three-section rooftop greenhouse, an electronics shop, a research supply storeroom, and small animal rooms. Equipment available for research includes ultracentrifuges, beta and gamma counting systems, high performance liquid chromatography systems, growth chambers, a research microscope facility (with confocal and transmission electron microscope plus image processing capabilities), mass spectroscopy, and glassware cleaning and sterilizing facilities.
Graduate faculty members with an interest in environmentally oriented studies have offices and laboratory space in Bushnell Hall. Included in this building are the K-State Herbarium, three environmental chambers, dark rooms, and tanks for fish culture ranging from 100- to 2,000-liter capacity. Extensive computing and imaging facilities support the climatology and remote sensing activities
Chalmers Hall was completed in November 2002 and is attached to Ackert Hall. This modern facility houses ten Division of Biology faculty and research programs in 12,300 square feet on the second floor of the building. Some of the research areas include: Bioinformatics, Ecological Genomics, and Kansas Biomedical Research Infrastructure Development (K-BRIN).
Leasure Hall is used to house the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. This unit is a partnership of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Kansas State University, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the Wildlife Management Institute. Three U.S. Department of the Interior employees, as Division of Biology adjunct graduate faculty members, coordinate fisheries and wildlife research programs with state and university participation.
Approximately 8,616 acres of native tall grass prairie has been set aside as a unique outdoor laboratory for long-term research. This land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy with funds provided by Katharine Ordway. Land management is designed to provide experimental manipulations, in order to understand patterns and processes in maintaining the prairie ecology. http://kpbs.konza.ksu.edu/