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

  • La nature selon Boucar: la corneille et les oiseaux noirs will be aired Saturday, July 16th on ICI Radio-Canada Première, from 11:00am to noon, and re-run on Sunday, July 17th from 4:00-5:00pm. It can also be viewed online at: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/la_nature_selon_boucar/2015/ or download here.
  • The adorable way some birds help chicks learn to sing: Baby talk. Read the interview with Dr. Jon Sakata in the Washington Post (June 6, 2016)
  • "Baby talk" can help songbirds learn their tune. Read the interview with Dr. Jon Sakata (McGill Reporter, May 31, 2016)
  • Bird-brained, but awfully smart. Another interview with Jean-Nicolas Audet from the Lefebvre lab. (McGill News, April 21, 2016)
  • City birds have more street smarts than country cousins. Read the interview with Jean-Nicolas Audet from Louis Lefebvre's lab (McGill Reporter, March 22, 2016)
  • Zika and the Age of Global Swarming. Read the op-ed article by Dr. Anthony Ricciardi (Montreal Gazette, Feb. 23, 2016)
  • Fin comme un animale! Listen to an interview with Dr. Louis Lefebvre on Radio Canada (Feb. 2016)
  • Is there a way to "immunize" plants against viruses? Read the featured article on Dr. Hugo Zheng's research on the FRQNT website.
  • How smart are crows? Listen to a podcast from CBC Halifax with Dr. Louis Lefebvre

Prizes and Awards

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Research Initiatives

Research Facilities

Student Associations

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