Bacteriohage evolution in the Dennehy lab. Find out more...

Agroecology and evolution of pesticide resistance in the Baker Lab. Find out more...

Porcupine research by Emeritus Prof. Uldis Roze. Find out more...

Xenopus frog development in the Weinstein Lab. Find out more...

Bird song and cultural evolution in the Lahti Lab. Find out more...

Fish ecology and conservation in the Waldman Lab. Find out more...

Heart development in the Holtzman Lab. Find out more...

C. elegans cell signaling in the Savage-Dunn Lab. Find out more...

Entomology in the Baker lab. Find out more...

QC Biology

Welcome to Biology at Queens College!  Our Department combines the breadth, resources, and cutting-edge research of a major university with the camaraderie and faculty face-time of a liberal arts college. Our research on all sort of organisms, from viruses to humans, is well-balanced between the "skin-in" approach of molecular, cell, and developmental biology and the "skin-out" approach of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Our faculty members teach in their areas of expertise, and frequently offer new courses and other educational opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students. We host academic and social events throughout the year, such as our Biology Colloquium weekly invited speaker series, the annual Departmental Research Symposium, and regular social hours and "data talks" by our own scientists. The opportunity for students to get involved in research in our Department is excellent, and our labs are vibrant and fun places to work and interact. Several Departmental scholarships and awards are available to students who distinguish themselves in academics and research.

Associate Professor and Department Chair Dr. Dan Weinstein, with alumna Riddhi Chauhan and, gently constrained, their model organism, the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis.

The Department has excellent research facilities, including the Core Facility for Imaging, Cellular and Molecular Biology, well-equipped research laboratories, a greenhouse, animal facilities, cold-room and environmental control units, marine and fresh-water aquaria, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, and ample computer access. Opportunities are enhanced by affiliation with other city institutions and cooperative efforts with other divisions of the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History. Queens College is close to many habitats, including a variety of field and forest types, ponds, streams, and salt marsh, marine and beach habitats.

Our Department offers two major undergraduate courses of study, the Biology track and the Biology-Secondary Education Track, and a program of courses and research leading to the Master of Arts degree, as well as a combined BA/MA. We also offer a program leading to the Ph.D. (from the CUNY Graduate Center) in: Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCD); Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB); Neurosciences; and Plant Sciences.

  • Department Chair: Dr. Daniel Weinstein
  • Graduate Deputy Executive Officer: Dr. John Dennehy
  • Graduation Evaluator: Dr. Mitchell Baker
  • Graduate Admissions & Research Coordinator: Dr. David Lahti

Dr. Cathy Savage-Dunn (bottom center), Professor of Biology at Queens College and Director of the CUNY Biology Doctoral Program, surrounded by student enthusiasm

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