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 sorts 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 the areas of our 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 weekly invited speaker (Biology Colloquium) 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 those students who distinguish themselves in academics and research.
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. We also offer a program of courses and research leading to the Master of Arts degree, and also 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. PoKay Ma
- Graduate Deputy Executive Officer:
Dr. Cathy Savage-Dunn
- Graduation Evaluator: Dr. Mitchell Baker
- Graduate Admissions & Research Coordinator: Dr. Daniel Weinstein
- Undergraduate Research Coordinator: Dr. David Lahti