Welcome to The Biology Department

Angel Fish with new eggs

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...

Sphingolipid gel

View of Science Quad from Hopkins

Banta Lab Competing at Annual Mini Golf

Experimental Biology Conference 2015

Maria Vicent Allende '17 presents her research at the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston where she was a top undergraduate abstract awardee. Congratulations Maria!!!

Williams Summer Science Program (video)

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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.

News & Announcements

Professor Tim Lebestky publishes in Genes, Brain & Behavior with honors students

Elise Pitmon ’16, Gabe Stephens ’15, Sarah Parkhurst, Fred Wolf, Greg Kehne’16, Michael Taylor and Tim Lebestky

The D1 Family Dopamine Receptor, DopR, potentiates hindleg grooming behavior in Drosophila.

Drosophila groom away debris and pathogens from the body using their legs...

Honors and Summer Research Open House

The deadline to apply to the honors program and/or the summer research program is February 12th.  Information and applications can be found here.  There will be an open house and information session for those students interested in doing a thesis...

Ben Carone publishes in Developmental Cell

Genetic and Epigenetic Variation, but Not Diet, Shape the Sperm Methylome.
Shea JM1, Serra RW1, Carone BR1, Shulha HP2, Kucukural A2, Ziller MJ3, Vallaster MP1, Gu H3, Tapper AR4, Gardner PD4, Meissner A3, Garber M2, Rando OJ5.

Paternal diet can impact metabolic phenotypes in offspring, but mechanisms underlying such...

Ben Carone publishes in Science

Biogenesis and function of tRNA fragments during sperm maturation and fertilization in mammals.
Sharma U1, Conine CC1, Shea JM1, Boskovic A1, Derr AG2, Bing XY1, Belleannee C3, Kucukural A2, Serra RW1, Sun F1, Song L1, Carone BR1, Ricci EP4, Li XZ5, Fauquier L1, Moore MJ6, Sullivan R3, Mello CC7,Garber M2, Rando OJ8.


Several recent studies link...

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