Welcome to the UH Hilo Biology Department

Biology is one of the largest departments at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo with faculty expertise encompassing the disciplines of physiology, microbiology, molecular and population genetics, biostatistics, evolution, cell biology, botany, mycology, tropical forest ecology, conservation biology, marine ecology, and ichthyology. (About the Biology Department…)

News and Events

Dr. Li Tao publishes paper on mitotic mechanisms of the kinesin-6 motor in Nature Communications

April 2016

"Li Tao is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. He is a biochemist and a cell biologist with expertise in using a combination of in vitro biochemistry and in vivo cell biology to understand the regulation of cell division, thus providing insights into the fundamental mechanism to control the growth of cancer cells." - Keauhou


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Li Tao

Li Tao Lab

Image above: Professor Tao and below: Dr. Tao with his student research assistants (l-r) Gin Tezuka and Luke Kupcha.



UH Hilo's newest Biology faculty member, Dr. Jolene Sutton, sequences rare Hawaiian crow's genome that will assist in conservation efforts

January 2016

"In collaboration with PacBio, scientists at San Diego Zoo Global and the University of Hawaii, Hilo have fully sequenced the genome of the 'Alalā, or Hawaiian crow and shared the results of this effort at the recent annual Plant and Animal Genomics XXIV Conference in San Diego. The 'Alalā was once reduced to a population of about 20 birds, and the sequencing of the species' genome will be important to track any genetic challenges that may occur due to the reduced genetic diversity now seen in the species." - Zoological Society of San Diego

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Hawaiian Crow

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Biology Welcomes new Assistant Professor, Dr. Jolene Sutton

Spring 2016

Dr. Sutton received her Ph.D. from the University of Otago in 2013. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at UH-Mānoa until joining the Biology Department at UH-Hilo in 2016. Her research area is Molecular and Conservation Genetics, with a specific focus on immunity genes.


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