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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What’s the Buzz? Biology Professors work to make Georgetown a “Bee Campus”

October 24th, 2019

This year, Georgetown is working to earn designation as a Bee Campus, a status indicating that the University is committed to increasing the number of pollinators, native and non-native, on campus. Furthermore, Bee Campuses establish plans for habitats, awareness events, and student projects to support bees and other pollinators. Student group Hoya Hive and Professors Martha Weiss and Edward Barrows are leading the project, which is currently focusing on planting native plants to attract pollinators.

Professor Peter Marra and Georgetown climate experts demand climate change action

September 6th, 2019

Dr. Peter Marra, professor and researcher of Environmental Biology at Georgetown, joined other climate change experts at the university in emphasizing the danger that climate change poses to life on earth. In arguing for action on climate change, Marra invoked Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical about the moral and spiritual importance of environmental justice. As an expert on the conservation of birds and other animals, Professor Marra’s research makes it clear that habitat loss and climate change will cause irreversible damage to the world’s ecosystems.

Professor Mann Studies Dolphins in the Potomac

April 27th, 2016

Janet Mann, who’s studied bottlenose dolphins in Australia for more than 30 years, is now literally examining them in the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay. This is the first time they are being studied!

Biology Professors Ride to Support MS Research

September 8th, 2019

On Sunday, September 8th, three professors from the Biology Department biked as a part of Team Georgetown at the Bike MS ride, an event that raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Professors Peter Armbruster and Steven Singer joined Professor Mark Rose, Chair of the Department, and the rest of Team Georgetown as they biked over 400 combined miles and raised more than $7,000 for the MS Society. As Rookie Team of the Year, these professors made an impact on the event and on the research of treatments for the disease.