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Take a Virtual Tour of Our Graduate Program!

February 4, 2021 - Meet faculty and PhD students who explain why the University of Rochester is an ideal choice for your graduate education.

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Congratulations Class of 2020!

May 15th, 2020 - The Department of Biology virtually conferred degrees to two hundred and twenty majors in the Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM).

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Community Engagement

Expanding our education mission to diverse demographics of the greater Rochester community

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Majors & Minors

Biology is one of the most popular undergraduate programs at Rochester.

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Graduate Studies

Our graduate program is designed to foster advanced biological research.

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We unify the academic and research strengths of the University and its Medical Center.

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Upcoming Events

  • "Integrating genomics, physiology and behavior: Exploring adaptive responses to dynamic environments"December 2, 2022 — 3 p.m.Lander Auditorium - Hutchinson 140
  • “Investigating molecular mechanisms of microcephaly: What the fruit fly can tell us about human disease”December 5, 2022 — NoonLander Auditorium - Hutchinson 140
  • "Embryos organize their nutrient reserves to facilitate development"December 13, 2022 — 12:45 p.m.

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Recent News

iGem team develops award-winning devices to ‘save syrup’

November 28, 2022

Undergraduate students on Rochester’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team ...

PhD student Maria Castaño analyzes tanager bird feathers to explore how species evolve over time

November 17, 2022

Maria Castaño, a third-year PhD student at the University of Rochester in the lab of Al Uy, a p ...

Anne S. Meyer to create first ocean-friendly bioplastics

November 16, 2022

Associate Professor in the Department of Biology Anne S. Meyer is collaborating with Marine Microbio ...

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Student Research

Birds of a feather flock together?

Maria Castaño, a third-year PhD student in biology, studies populations of birds to understand the processes that lead to the creation of new species.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The Department of Biology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe it is our responsibility to redress inequities present in our department and to foster a community in which every member feels welcome, safe, and appreciated.

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Spotlight On...

Jinghong (James) Tang, Lab Technician

Headshot of Jinghong (James) Tang.Using Drosophila Melanogaster (fruit fly) as a model system, I am studying the function of a transcriptional factor, the Heat Shock Factor, in animal development.

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