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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.

Department News

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

  • "Dissecting cognitive processing in a miniature brain: Lessons from honey bees"November 23, 2020 — NoonWebinar
  • “Why are bats so diverse? Insights from comparative anatomy, biomechanics, and behavioral studies”November 30, 2020 — NoonWebinar
  • Prospective Student Informational Q&A Session December 3, 2020 — 5 p.m.Zoom
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Recent News

iGEM team develops noninvasive endometriosis test

November 19, 2020

When Meghan Martin ’21, a biochemistry and American Sign Language double major, was a sophomor ...

Anne Meyer's research may lead to more effective antibiotics, less antibiotic resistance

October 1, 2020

Doctors often treat ear infections, strep throat, and urinary tract infections with antibiotics that ...

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 ...


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Songeun Lee

profile imageGraduate Student, The Lambert Lab

I am interested in a wide range of topics in genome evolution and specifically, in the evolution of the Tritia obsoleta genome. Tritia obsoleta, known as eastern mudsnail, is a species we can easily find around us – it is distributed along the Northwest Atlantic and Pacific coast of North America... Read more >

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