Welcome to UW Biological Structure

Neuromast mitochondria


Retinal circuit


A novel retinal cell.



The Department of Biological Structure studies the structure and function of molecules, cells and networks with an emphasis on the nervous system.


Dr. Nick Steinmetz has been selected for two highly prestigious awards

Nick Steinmetz received a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship in Neuroscience, which supports exceptionally promising young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a deeper understanding of neurological disorders. Nick has also been named a 2020 Pew Biomedical Scholar, the Pew Charitable Trusts program recognizes and supports outstanding early investigators in biomedical research. Nick's lab explores how different brain regions cooperate to make decisions. Congratulations Nick!


Dr Chi Zhang received a new NIH/K99 award titled "Wiring specificity and plasticity of rod and cone photoreceptor circuits"
Grant Award

One potential strategy to restore daylight vision in retinal repair is to transform rods into cone photoreceptors. Dr. Zhang has been awarded this Fellowship to study the circuitry and function of retinal neurons connected to photoreceptors with transformed identity.

Department of Biological Structure retreat at the Talaris conference center on September 18, 2019

Thank you to Dr Kimberley A McAllister for being our keynote speaker and also to Jim Brinkley’s band for providing the entertainment that night.   Also to all for making this event such a success!  Click here to see sample of the band's performance