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Research Areas

The Department of Biology is the focal point of life science research at Penn State, and it enjoys close ties with other departments in the Eberly College of Science, especially the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Statistics. The Biology faculty participate in intercollege graduate programs in ecology, genetics, physiology, and plant biology, and interdepartmental and intercollege research collaborations are common. Some Biology faculty also are members of the The Huck Institute for Life Sciences, the Center for Gene Regulation, and the Penn State Institutes of the Environment.


Biology affiliates have access to several core facilities overseen by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, including:

  • Genomics
  • Human electrophysiology
  • Microscopy & cytometry
  • Transgenic mouse facilities

For a full list and descriptions, visit Huck Facilities.