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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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Upcoming Events

  • "Are great tits adapting to urban life? From phenotypic to (epi)genetic divergence"January 21, 2022 — 3 p.m.Virtual location
  • “Watching yeast evolution in real time in the brewery”January 24, 2022 — NoonVirtual location
  • “A peek into biotechnology: The science, life, and career progression”January 31, 2022 — NoonVirtual location
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Recent News

iGem students’ award-winning device instantly detects sepsis via sweat

December 2, 2021

“This year’s iGEM team tackled a problem that has a huge impact on society,” says ...

Meyer Lab develops novel 3D printing technique to engineer biofilms

November 5, 2021

Anne S. Meyer, an associate professor of biology at the University of Rochester, and her collaborato ...

Elaine Sia: Teaching the ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’ in science

October 27, 2021

Elaine Sia’s first experience teaching came as a graduate student at the Columbia University M ...


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Anne Benraiss

benraissLab Technician, The Bergstralh Lab

I am currently working in the Bergstralh Lab, studying spindle orientation in Drosophila epithelial cells. When cells divide, a group of proteins guide the mitotic spindle into its correct position...Read more >

A fruit fly.

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More evidence of an evolutionary ‘arms race’ between genes and selfish genetic elements

Christina Muirhead, a computational biologist and population geneticist in the lab of Daven Presgraves, further proves genes develop weapons to combat ‘parasites’ that litter the human genome.

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