The philosophy of the Biology Department is to create an environment in which many areas of biology are represented, and interactions with a diverse group of colleagues provide opportunities to broaden your thinking and make connections between different fields and scientific approaches. Areas of research include microbiology, cell biology, developmental biology, physiology, neuroscience, animal behavior, plant biology, genomics, computational biology, evolution, ecology and biodiversity. Click here to review the research interests of the faculty in the Biology Department.
Each graduate student enters the department with the freedom to pursue topics ranging from the behavior of molecules to that of cells, organisms, genomes, and ecosystems. We encourage students to get a broad exposure through lab rotations with any faculty member in the Biology Graduate Group. As students identify more specific research interests, they can tailor their graduate education accordingly, choosing courses from different departments and schools at Penn as appropriate.
A feature of Penn's campus is that everything is close together, which facilitates collaborations with colleagues in other departments (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Linguistics) and other schools at Penn (Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering and Applied Sciences).
We believe that this environment provides an ideal starting point for a graduate student developing a career in biology.
Click here for more information on life as a Graduate Student at Penn.
Individuals interested in applying to our graduate program should consult the Application Information section of this page for application requirements, deadlines, admission policies, and information about how to obtain application forms. Applications can be submitted online through the ApplyYourself sytem.
All students admitted to our program receive financial support for a minimum of five years. New students receive a non-service Educational Fellowship which allows them focus on entirely on research and coursework during their first year. In subsequent years, students are supported teaching fellowships, research fellowships and/or training grants.
- Updates in curriculum and requirements allow for further integration between various research interests and more time pursuing graduate research.
- New graduate program funding structure allows students to take classes to enhance their research throughout their entire graduate career
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3740 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6018
Dr. Doris Wagner