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The University of Rochester’s Department of Biology has long been recognized as a leader in genetics research. While our faculty and students are united by a common interest in genetics, we address questions spanning a wide range of topics in molecular, cell, developmental, computational, and evolutionary biology. Examples include:

  • What are the molecular mechanisms responsible for aging?
  • What is the genomic basis for the origin of species?

Our department’s longstanding commitment to basic biological research offers students an engaging and vibrant educational environment.

At Rochester, the department features:

Our faculty, students, and graduates are inquisitive, resourceful problem solvers who go on to contribute to the scientific and medical communities, as well as to areas such as law, business, and technology.

Our department is committed to providing the best possible environment for all its members to learn, perform research, and work. This commitment includes cutting-edge research and an intellectually stimulating atmosphere as well as a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space, where neither harassment nor discrimination of any kind is tolerated.