Welcome to The Biology Department

bio_vertThe 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

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor as a Biochemist / Cell or Molecular Biologist

Assistant Professor Damian Turner in American Journal of Physiology

Yocum GT, Turner DL, Danielsson J., Barajas MB, Zhang Y, Xu D, Harrison NL, Homanic GE, Farber DL, and Emala CW. 2017. GABAA receptor α4- subunit knockout enhances lung inflammation and airway reactivity in a murine asthma model. American Journal of Physiology Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 313:L406-L415.

Assistant Professor Ron Bassar publishes in Copeia

Local Adaptation in Trinidadian Guppies Alters Stream Ecosystem Structure at Landscape Scales despite High Environmental Variability. Troy N. Simon, Ronald D. Bassar, Andrew J. Binderup, Alex S. Flecker, Mary C. Freeman, James F. Gilliam, Michael C. Marshall, Steven A. Thomas, Joseph Travis, David N. Reznick, and Catherine M. Pringle....

Students in Professor Carter’s lab publish in Journal of Neuroscience

To maintain energy homeostasis, orexigenic (appetite-inducing) and anorexigenic (appetite suppressing) brain systems functionally interact to regulate food intake. Within the hypothalamus, neurons that express agouti-related protein (AgRP) sense orexigenic factors and orchestrate an increase in food-seeking behavior.
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