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Welcome back to the Department of Biology!

Biology buttons

This year we welcomed our new students to campus, not with our usual Popsicles on the Patio event (due to pandemic precautions), but with the first incarnation of BIOLOGY BUTTONS. Students and faculty, festooned with masks and lab-tape name tags, gathered to meet one another, pore over old biology texts and field guides, choose their favorite images (tertiary protein structures! Karyotypes! Cell bodies! Daphne! Hummingbirds! metaphase!) And make them into fabulous buttons. Thanks to the Maker Hub (in the basement of Lauinger library, full of cool tools to learn about and use) for the loan of the button makers, and to the students who graciously stepped up to help one another with the process. This event is a keeper!21



Congratulations to our Biology Graduates of 2021 !

We recognize our fantastic Biology graduates of 2021! Congratulations to them all! 


About The Department of Biology

Our renowned faculty has diverse research interests, including molecular, developmental, cell, ecological and evolutionary biology. Interdisciplinary by nature, we are housed amongst members of the Chemistry and Physics department in Regents Hall, a beautiful, state of the art science facility that opened in 2012.

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About the Chair of The Department of Biology

Dr. Mark Rose joined Georgetown University from Princeton University to become the Paduano Distinguished Professor of Biology in January 2017.  In November, 2017 he stepped up to become the Chair of Biology. In 2020 Dr. Mark Rose was re-elected as the chair by the faculty of the department of Biology.

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The Washington, D.C., Area, Ecosystem 2021 by Professor Edward Barrows

Prof. Edward Barrows

Professor Edward Barrows has published a Kindle book called The Washington, D.C., Area, Ecosystem 2021.  He is currently using the book as a text for his course G-Ecology.  

His book primarily regards the natural history of Washington, D.C., and its surrounding four counties and nearby cities and towns; emphasizing the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Georgetown, Georgetown University, and Glover Archbold Park within the Capital.  Topics include biodiversity, conservation, climate change, endangered species, forests, gardens, geology, global change, history, meteorology, pollution, rivers and streams, scientific studies, and sustainability.  The book is a fusion one — a memoir, reference, and textbook.  Ninety-five original photographs illustrate many of the book’s topics, and seven original poems add humor and learning opportunities.  Many people including many college students improved the book with their feedback.  Professor Barrows has dedicated this book version to the great, local 17-year Cicada emergence of 2021.  


Biology News

Monarchs in the Media!

August 1st, 2021

Recently , the Ries Lab   was featured in Science Friday ! A science talk show   airing on public radio every Friday , the show incorporated the research of Dr . Lesl…

A Bio Major’s Mission to Mars!

May 27th, 2021

Laura Ratliff , a graduating senior and Biology major , has an internship that is out of this world ! As a member of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA , Ratliff…

Awards, Awards, Awards!

May 24th, 2021

Georgetown Biology is home to unique and exceptional biologists ! Here are some of the amazing awards that members of the department received this spring . Con…

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Cicadas are back, cicadas are snacks!

May 24th, 2021

Now that summer is here , Brood X , a brood of cicadas that have lain dormant for 17 years , is finally emerging ! Loud , numerous , and nutritious , these cicadas are…