The Department of Biology is a community of highly skilled scientists, all of whom are active researchers, teachers, mentors, and faculty leaders. Dedicated to the principles of investigative learning, they have built strong programs in cell/molecular biology, genetics and evolution, ecology and other areas. By promoting student-faculty research, new pedagogies, and innovative curricula, the Biology faculty supports the pursuit of new scientific knowledge.
Current areas of faculty research include developmental biology, cancer biology, microbial ecology, conservation biology, animal behavior, and population genetics. Our professors earn competitive research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. National Park Service, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and many other institutions. Their findings are published in leading journals such as Science, Nature, and many discipline-specific publications. Department members have published numerous peer-reviewed articles that included students as co-authors; some students have been invited to co-present at major conferences as well.
Department members played a key role in designing state-of-the-art laboratories, teaching spaces, and computer-enhanced equipment in the renovated New London Hall. The College has its own living laboratory as well; the 770-acre Arboretum is the largest in New England and the site of ecological data collection for nearly seven decades. Other field sites are near at hand, such as coastal estuaries and salt marshes.
Both faculty and students benefit from the proximity to Pfizer Central Research, the Mystic Aquarium, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, and the major medical centers at Yale, Brown, and the leading universities of Boston. Funded summer internships on campus keep many students engaged in research with their professors year-round. Additionally, through the successful Science Leaders Program, faculty members teach and mentor motivated students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.