• About Biology

    The Department of Biology is located in Regents Hall, Reiss Science Building, and labs on Observatory Hill.

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  • People

    We are a community of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and administrative staff.

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  • Research

    We investigate the behavior of organisms, cells and molecules in the laboratory and field, and by using modeling and computational approaches.

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  • Undergraduate Programs

    The Department of Biology offers four majors and a minor for undergraduate study.

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  • Graduate Program

    The graduate experience includes cutting-edge research, learning how to teach, and opportunities for mentoring.

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  • Courses

    The Department of Biology offers many classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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  • Affiliated Programs

    The Department of Biology is associated with other programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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Biology in the News


Roughly 2.3 million people worldwide live with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that affects the central nervous system. Assistant Professor of Biology Jeffrey Huang investigates complex interactions in the brain in the hope of improving therapies for MS patients.

A Piece of the MS Puzzle

Heidi Elmendorf, an Associate Professor in Georgetown College’s Biology Department, was honored on November 20 as the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s District of Columbia Professor of the Year.  Elmendorf, Director of Undergraduate Studies in biology and Director of Science Education Outreach, is also co-founder of the recent innovative Biology of Global Health major.

Heidi Elmendorf named D.C. Professor of the Year

Prof. Shaun BrinsmadeScientists have identified thousands of species of microbes that live in and on the human body. Although microbes can cause disease and infections in humans, they aren’t always harmful. Assistant Professor of Biology Shaun Brinsmade is looking at when and how microbes turn from harmless to harmful.

Microbes: The Good, The Bad, The Harmless

Amy Battocletti was honored by the National Science Foundation as a grad student-veteran and for her studies in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.  She received an NSF graduate research fellowship to study genetic variation in salt march plants.  She is currently a second year graduate student and was previously a aerographer’s mate with the US Navy. 


Veteran  and Graduate Student Honored by the NSF

Environmental Biology major Elena Noyes (C '15) has turned her love for the outdoors into a future career in working with environmental non-profits such as the Wilderness Foundation. 


Going Green for the Long Haul

Neurobiology major Sarah Waye (C '15) recently received a Goldwater Scholarship.  Building on the research she has done in Christopher Albanese’s lab, Waye is looking ahead to doctoral programs in stem cell and regenerative biology, planning a career teaching and conducting research.

Discovering a Career in Science