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Department of Biology

Areas of Research
We pioneer progress with scientific breakthroughs.


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.

Grow your potential as a scientist

Our greenhouse is one of several state-of-the-art facilities that are fully equipped and available to Penn State students and faculty for teaching, research, discovery, and exploration.

Grow your potential as a scientist

Biology affiliates have access to several core facilities overseen by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, including:

  • Genomics
  • Human electrophysiology
  • Microscopy & cytometry
  • Transgenic mouse facilities

For a full list and descriptions, visit Huck Facilities.