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The discipline of biology allows us to understand ourselves and the world around us. This powerful science is discovering the basic mysteries of life and has given us the practical tools to treat diseases, to increase the amount of food that we produce, and to preserve our natural ecosystems. An education in biology offers excellent preparation for careers in medicine or health care, biological research, ecology, biotechnology, forensic science, as well as many other possibilities. The Department of Biology occupies state-of-the-art laboratories in the O. Wayne Rollins Research Center. 

Our Science

The Department of Biology at Emory specializes in several emerging cutting-edge research areas including Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Neuroscience,  Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (PBEE), and Theory and Modeling.  Against a backdrop of cutting-edge biological research, we work as a team of educators and mentors to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and global citizens. Through our undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, we encourage students to make their own discoveries and explore new ways to solve old problems.

Our Community

It is our shared responsibility to create an inclusive culture, where we support and respect each other as colleagues. We embrace a diverse range of perspectives, expertise, identities, experiences, talents, and abilities. By continually strengthening this foundation of investing in the well-being of our people, we are dedicated to working with integrity, championing collaboration, and encouraging partnerships to further our ideals. As part of its primary commitment to undergraduate education, the biology department actively fosters student participation in research with its faculty as well as through cooperative arrangements with scientists at Emory University School of Medicine, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Biology department faculty are also heavily involved in programs leading to a PhD. These programs are housed in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and they include faculty from several departments of Emory College and the School of Medicine.

Our Guiding Principles

Emory University's mission is to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.  In addition to the University Mission Statement, our department is guided by the College Mission Statement, College Statement on Diversity, and the University Environmental Mission Statement Precis.