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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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Meliora Weekend

October 4, 2019 - Members of the Department of Biology put on a Scavenger Hunt & Research Showcase. Visitors were treated to scientific demonstrations, an undergraduate poster session, and information about many of our programs.

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Department of Biology Retreat, August 23, 2019

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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

  • “The realized impacts of dispersal in the Florida Scrub-Jay”September 25, 2020 — 3 p.m.Webinar
  • “Genetic regulation and the influence of tissue structure on cytokine signaling and collective cell migration in Drosophila”September 28, 2020 — NoonWebinar
  • “At the cusp of life and death: A case study in baker's yeast”October 5, 2020 — NoonWebinar
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Recent News

Doug Portman's research shows biology blurs line between sexes, behaviors

August 17, 2020

A new study led by Douglas Portman, an associate professor of biomedical genetics, of biology, and o ...

Dragony Fu and Jack Werren selected for ‘rapid research’ on COVID-19

July 17, 2020

Dragony Fu, an assistant professor of biology, and Jack Werren, the Nathaniel and Helen Wisch Profes ...

Gorbunova and Seluanov Think Bats May Offer Clues to Treating COVID-19

July 13, 2020

“We’ve been interested in longevity and disease resistance in bats for a while, but we d ...


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Cécile Courret

profile imagePostdoctoral Research Associate, The Larracuente Lab

My current project focuses on centromere evolution. Centromeres are essential structures for proper chromosome segregation and cell division. Centromere defects lead to genome instability and human diseases... Read more >

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