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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

  • “Natural selection on sympatric Monkeyflower species: Variation over space and time”September 30, 2022 — 3 p.m.Hutchinson Hall - Room 316
  • “Engineering across the tree of life: Standardized genetics for proteobacteria”October 3, 2022 — NoonLander Auditorium - Hutchinson 140
  • “Cross species incompatibility between a DNA satellite and a DNA satellite-associated protein poisons germline genome integrity”October 7, 2022 — 3 p.m.Hutchinson Hall - Room 316

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Recent News

Floria Uy shows undergrads what paper wasps can tell us about evolution, aging, and group living

September 23, 2022

Wasps are social insects that work together to benefit their hive. When a parasitic insect called Xe ...

Presgraves and Larracuente use population genomics to study a selfish ‘supergene’ that skews genetic inheritance

July 12, 2022

The human genome is littered with “selfish genetic elements,” which do not seem to benef ...

Lynn Sidor honored with Edward Peck Curtis Award

April 19, 2022

Eleven University students have been selected as recipients of the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Exce ...

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Feature Story

Paper wasp parasites turn hosts into long-lived ‘zombies’

University of Rochester undergraduate students and their biology professor study what paper wasps—and the parasites that manipulate them—can tell us about evolution, aging, and group living.

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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...

Ruiyue (Tanya) Tan, graduate student

benraissI am using a mass spectrometry-based approach to assess the effect of the ribosome on the folding stability of nascent polypeptides during the course of translation.

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