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

  • Species with members that learn from others suffer from a wider variety of socially transmitted parasites, while innovative, exploratory species suffer from a wider variety of parasites transmitted through the environment, such as in the soil or water.
    >> Read the interview
    with Dr. Simon Reader on McGill Channels (Dec. 3, 2014)
    >> Read the article in Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • Dalal Hanna (Chapman lab) has written a series of Fishy Ugandan Tales for National Geographic >> read more...
  • Dr. Catherine Potvin was interviewed by The Gazette (Sept. 18, 2014): "Protests aim to bring attention to need to act on climate change" >> read article
  • Letter: The time to face up to climate change is now - correspondance from Catherine Potvin to The Gazette (Sept. 16, 2014)
  • Dr. Abouheif was selected by the Awards and Recognition Committee of the Canadian Arab Institute to be our “Canadian Arab to Watch” for the month of September 2014
  • "Slowing the introduction of insect pests: invasion policy (ISPM15) worth estimated $11.7 Billion in net benefits" - Dr. Brian Leung was recently interviewed by The Ecological Society of America. >> Read ESA interview...
  • Dr. Catherine Potvin has been nominated as one of 23 of the "most influential and aspiring women leaders" and a visionary for the future of Canada.
    Read about the project, "A Bold Vision".

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Student Associations

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