The School of Life Sciences is housed within the University’s College of Natural Sciences and conducts research and training across five academic disciplines including Biology, Botany, Marine Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular & Cell Biology. We administer a cohesive set of undergraduate degrees (BA and BS) across these disciplines, along with graduate programs (MS and PhD) in Botany, Microbiology, Marine Biology, and Zoology. The School of Life Sciences promotes the understanding, appreciation and preservation of biological diversity through excellence in research, education, service and outreach.
The life sciences are of fundamental importance in a science or liberal arts education, as they provide students with insight into and a deeper appreciation for the many facets of living systems that underlie our world.
Our students use their training as preparation for careers in diverse fields ranging from aquaculture, biotechnology, biological research, dentistry, marine biology, medicine, optometry, park services, pharmacy, and teaching. Our graduates have an outstanding record of acceptance in advanced degree programs at dental, medical, pharmacy, and graduate schools. Many of our graduates also become teachers after obtaining a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate at the College of Education.
The School of Life Sciences of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was formed in the Fall of 2019 by the merger of the Departments of Biology, Botany and Microbiology, and began operations on January 1, 2020. Life Sciences is home to 5 Undergraduate Majors and 4 Graduate Programs:
Our mission is to investigate all living things by promoting learning and discovery through scientific research. We seek to maintain a high standard of education based on the development of biological literacy, application of quantitative and scientific methods, the exploration of biological concepts and the development of integrative and multidisciplinary thinking. The School of Life Sciences is committed to providing a positive educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students and a supportive working environment for faculty and staff based on principles of safety, inclusiveness, personal and professional integrity, and the pursuit of excellence.
- 48th Annual Tester Memorial SymposiumThe 48th annual Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium will be held at Kuykendall Hall (rooms 105A/105B) on from April 10th through April 12th, 2024. This year’s theme, Two-Eyed Seeing, focuses on seeing through …
- Welcoming the new Director, Mark BurgmanWith Dr. Mark Burgmanʻs arrival, we are excited to welcome the new Director of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa! E komo mai to Dr. …
- Faculty position advertised: Assistant Professor in Marine BiologyThe School of Life Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa is recruiting for an Assistant Professor in Marine Biology. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023 and …
- Faculty position advertised: Assistant Professor in Conservation BiologyThe School of Life Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa is recruiting for an Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology. Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2023 and …
- Position for Instructor in Marine Biology undergraduate programThe School of Life Sciences invites applicants for the position of Instructor in the Marine Biology undergraduate program. Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2023, and will continue …
Fridays 2:30-3:20 at Bilger 150
|Understanding Plant Collections: Data, Sharing, and potential to provide resilience to Climate Change
|Dr. Mikey Kantar
|UH Land and Ocean Conservation Futures
|Exploitation of Burkholderia pseudomallei Attachment Factors for the Development of Vaccines and Therapeutics
|Dr. Ian McMillan
|Loving Limu (or not): Microbes, Mesograzers, and Mammals
|Dr. Kathy Van Alstyne
|Preliminary studies of microbiome stability in Hawaiian Drosophila
|Dr. Andrea Jani
|Microbial modulation of an aquatic food web
|Dr. Matt Medeiros
|Dr. Kirsten Oleson
|To Stick, or Not to Stick: A Bacterial Adherence Factor Targets Host Cell Extracellular Actin for Infection
|Dr. Yun Heacock-Kang
|Amending the Late Flowering Photoperiod Response in Tropical Maize with Gene Editing
|Dr. Michael Muszynski
|Novel geochemical strategies recreate paleoenvironments and distinguish abiotic and biotic carbonaceous materials in terrestrial sedimentary analogs: preparing for biosignature work on Mars.
|Holiday: Spring Break
|Holiday: Good Friday
|MBGP PhD Defense
|Zoology PhD Defense