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.

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Exciting research in the Woolley Lab: Using fMRI, an integrative sensory region (NCC) is uncovered that responds selectively to courtship songs in female zebra finches. Moreover, unlike auditory regions, activity in the NCC parallels behavioral preferences and thus appears to be a novel node in the avian circuitry for evaluating acoustic information for mate choice.

Van Ruijssevelt L, Chen Y, von Eugen K, Hamaide J, De Groof G, Verhoye M, Güntürkün O, Woolley SC, and Van der Linden A. (2018). fMRI reveals a novel region for evaluating acoustic information for mate choice in a female songbird.  Current Biology 28:711-721.
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  • MBSU - McGill Biology Student Union
  • BGSA - Biology Graduate Student Association