COVID

In Response to COVID-19.

The Department of Biology would like to wish you all health and safety during this challenging time. In response to COVID-19 our department has shifted to a temporarily virtual environment. If any assistance needed, please contact faculty or staff member via email. For information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please refer to Georgetown University Guide Related to COVID-19.

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Message from Mark Rose, Department Chair

Dear Students,

I speak on behalf of myself and the faculty of the Department of Biology.

We are deeply saddened by recent and past events in which Black Americans have been subject to violence at the hands of police and self-styled vigilantes.   These events, and the obvious effects of systemic health disparities related to COVID-19, underscore how hard it is to be a person of color in the United States.   

Know that we value all members of community,  but most importantly, in this time of crisis, we stand by Black students at Georgetown, who are most affected by the current events.  Know that we hear you, we see you, we value you.  

We remain committed to improving our Department, and Georgetown University, to make it a more diverse and welcoming community for all, one that acknowledges and addresses all forms of racial injustice and inequity. 

Please stay safe!

Mark Rose, Paduano Distinguished Professor and Chair


Welcome to 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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A Video Message to Class of 2020

Congratulations to the class of 2020! The faculty and staff of The Department of Biology congratulates the graduating class of 2020 and wishes you all the best of luck on your future endeavors. While it wasn’t exactly the celebration you anticipated, your professors created a virtual commencement speech for the class of 2020.



Biology in The News

Ries Lab mentioned in The Washington Post

May 19th, 2020

Jim Waggener and a group of over a dozen senior citizens have been working effortlessly to document changes they find. Mr. Waggener and his team’s data, collected and analyzed by The Ries Lab, is now accessible worldwide on a national network.

New course created by Professor Heidi Elmendorf.

April 9th, 2020

COVID-19: Theory and Action in a Time of Pandemic. A new multi-disciplinary course created by Professor Heidi Elmendorf. Read to discover about this timely course and why it was created:

Shweta Bansal

Professor Shweta Bansal Answers to COVID-19 FAQs

March 24th, 2020

Check out the list of answers to COVID-19 FAQs. It is created by Professor Shweta Bansal from the department of Biology, and the head of the disease ecology and research lab at Georgetown.