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

  • Jon Sakata's Lab was recently featured on Découverte (Radio-Canada) - Jan. 22, 2017.
    In many species of songbirds, juveniles learn their songs by listening to adult males, for example their father. Some Quebec researchers have analyzed hours of recordings to learn more about how the juvenile learns his song and about how adult males transmit their song. This research can open up new avenues in understanding communication in humans.
    Watch Episode here.
  • Brainy birds know how to reel in food with string. Read about Jean-Nicolas Audet's research (Lefebvre Lab) in National Geographic, Aug. 2016
  • Ecologists create a framework for predicting new infectious diseases. (Science Daily, July 2016). The full article in Ecology Letters, co-authored by Dr. Jonathan Davies, can be found here.

Prizes and Awards

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Research Initiatives

Research Facilities

Student Associations

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