Welcome to the Department of Biology

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Biology is the study of life. Its scope extends from molecules to organisms and ecosystems. It deals with fundamental questions such as the origin and evolution of plants and animals, interactions between living organisms and their environment, mechanisms of embryonic development, the structure and function of the living cell, the molecular basis of inheritance, the biochemical and genetic basis of human diseases, and the operation of the brain and the nervous system. Staff of the Biology Department conduct research and offer teaching programs in all these areas. The Department of Biology's well-equipped teaching and research laboratories are located in the Stewart Biology Building and the Bellini Life Sciences Building.

Areas of Research


Department of Biology in the Media

Prizes and Awards

  • Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Gonzalez who has become the recipient of a 2016 Killam Research Fellowship in Natural Sciences. (April 18, 2016)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Irene Gregory-Eaves who has been awarded a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Freshwater Ecology and Global Change. (Feb. 9, 2016)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Potvin who is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada! (Sept. 8, 2015).
  • News item: In June 2015, the Integrated Quantitative Biology Initiative (IQBI) was awarded a major research infrastructure grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and Quebec valued at over $12,500,000 total from all partners. This investment recognizes McGill University's existing strength and outstanding promise for international leadership in Quantitative Biology research
  • Bravo to Mr. Alexander Hofkirchner, a recipient of the Governor General's Silver Medal! He will be graduating with First Class Honours in Biology, Quantitative Biology Option. The Governor General's Academic Medals are among the most prestigious awards for Canadian students, granted to students with the highest academic standing upon graduation, silver at the bachelor level and gold at the graduate level.

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Research Initiatives

Research Facilities

Student Associations

  • MBSU - McGill Biology Student Union
  • BGSA - Biology Graduate Student Association