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The Department of Biology is known nationally and internationally for its scientific excellence. Faculty, research personnel, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students work in a broad spectrum of research areas, including cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, neuroscience, physiology and systematics.

The Department of Biology is the focal point of life science research at Penn State, and it enjoys close ties with other departments in the Eberly College of Science, especially the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Statistics. The Biology faculty participate in intercollege graduate programs in ecology, genetics, physiology, and plant biology, and interdepartmental and intercollege research collaborations are common. Some Biology faculty also are members of the The Huck Institute for Life Sciences, the Center for Gene Regulation, and the Penn State Institutes of the Environment.

Biology researchers have access to several core facilities including:


  • Animal Resource Program
  • Cytometry Facility
  • Electron Mircroscopy Facility
  • Genomics Core Facility
  • Proteomics and Mass Spectometry Facility
  • Transgenic Mouse Facility


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