Welcome to the Department of Biology

C. elegans cell signaling in the Savage-Dunn Lab.

C. elegans cell signaling in the Savage-Dunn Lab.

PLEASE NOTE: If the physical office is closed, please direct any queries or departmental business inquiries to Nery Capellan and Katherine Vegas (biology@qc.cuny.edu). To reach the Department Chair, email chair.biology@qc.cuny.edu.

Two people holding a diploma.

Prof. Timothy Short, at the annual QC Biology graduation ceremony

Welcome to Biology at Queens College!  Our Department combines the breadth, resources, and cutting-edge research of a major university with the camaraderie and faculty face-time of a liberal arts college. Our research on diverse organisms, from viruses to humans, is balanced between the “skin-in” approach of molecular, cell, and developmental biology and the “skin-out” approach of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Our faculty members teach in their areas of expertise and frequently offer new courses and other educational opportunities for our students. We host academic and social events, such as our weekly Biology Colloquium, the annual Departmental Research Symposium, and regular social hours and “data talks” by our own scientists. Students have many opportunities to get involved in the research happening in our vibrant labs. Students can also apply for merit-based departmental scholarships and awards.

The Department has excellent research facilities, including the Core Facility for Imaging, Cellular and Molecular Biology, well-equipped research labs, a greenhouse, animal facilities, cold-room and environmental control units, marine and fresh-water aquaria, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, and ample computer access. Opportunities are enhanced by affiliation with other city institutions and cooperative efforts with other divisions of CUNY and the American Museum of Natural History. Queens College is close to many habitats for biodiversity: fields, forests, ponds, streams, salt marshes, and coastal and marine areas.

Our Department offers two major undergraduate tracks: Biology and Biology-Secondary Education. We also offer a Master of Arts (MA) degree and an Accelerated Graduate Track to the MA. We also offer PhD programs in: Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCD); Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB); Neurosciences; and Plant Sciences – PhD degrees are conferred by the CUNY Graduate Center.

  • Department Chair: Dr. Cathy Savage-Dunn
  • Graduate Deputy Executive Officer: Dr. John Dennehy
  • Graduation Evaluator: Dr. Mitchell Baker
  • Graduate Admissions & Research Coordinator: Dr. David Lahti

By the way, if you are a QC Bio Alum, please fill out our survey to help us connect with our history and improve our Department (it will take less than 5 minutes).

Administrative Staff

Nery Capellan
Katherine Vegas

Email: biology@qc.cuny.edu


Department of Biology
Queens College
City University of New York
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367


Department Phone

(718) 997-3400
Fax1: (718) 997-3445
Fax2: (718) 997-3321

Department Office

D346 New Science Bldg

The office is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Thursday.

On Fridays, we are working remotely, so please drop us an email.


Dr. Cathy Savage-Dunn (bottom center), Professor of Biology at Queens College and Director of the CUNY Biology Doctoral Program, surrounded by student enthusiasm

Dr. Cathy Savage-Dunn (bottom center), Professor of Biology at Queens College and Director of the CUNY Biology Doctoral Program, surrounded by student enthusiasm