Welcome to The Biology Department

Sphingolipid gel


Experimental Biology 2013 Conference

Christine Schindler '13, Uttara Partap '13, and Becca Maher '13 won the David Bruce Award at the American Physiological Society's Experimental Biology 2013 Conference!! More »

Fluorescent image of the substantia nigra, a brain region that regulates movement.

Fluorescent image of the substantia nigra, a brain region that regulates movement. Neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine are stained green; neurons that project...

Angel Fish with new eggs


The scope of our interests is broad, extending from molecular biology and biochemistry through cell biology, physiology, neurobiology and behavior, to evolutionary biology and ecology. In the classroom and the laboratory, our students experience the excitement of exploring what’s known and, more importantly, the questions that remain in these dynamic disciplines.  Within the context of the Williams College liberal arts experience, the Biology curriculum creates a potent intellectual mix that equips our majors for success in many different areas after graduation.

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First Days!!

Schedule and Info

Luana Maroja Publishes in BMC Evolutionary Biology with Students

Barriers to gene exchange in hybridizing field crickets: the role of male courtship effort and cuticular hydrocarbons Luana S Maroja, Zachary M McKenzie, Elizabeth Hart, Joy Jing, Erica L Larson and David P Richardson

Lois Banta’s TEDxWilliams Talk

“The Curious Case of Transmissible Cancer in Tasmanian Devils: Lois Banta at TEDxWilliamsCollege”

Lois Banta is an associate professor of biology at Williams College. Her research explores the ways in which plants protect themselves from diseases. Her work has been...

Welcome to Dawn Carone, Assistant Professor

Dawn Carone will be arriving in Fall 2014.  Dawn’s lab studies human nuclear structure and the elements that contribute to maintaining nuclear integrity.  She uses a targeted combination of approaches including state of the art molecular cytology with quantitative microscopy,...

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