Welcome to The Biology Department

Biology is the fundamental study of life and living systems.  It is a field that is interdisciplinary by nature and constantly evolving.  The educational goals of our curriculum are to foster student excitement about biology and promote science, as a process and way of knowing, not merely content knowledge.  We offer a strong foundation in biology to prepare for diverse and successful careers and to enrich our students’ lifelong engagement with the world in all its diversity and complexity.


“theBIOquilt” unveiled in the Hopper Science Center

“theBIOquilt” in Hopper (Photo credit: L.Banta)

Biology staff member Debra Rogers-Gillig, who has served as a technical assistant in the department for 31 years, created a stunning 10′ x 10′ quilt for the Hopper Science Center focal wall. Each quilt panel represents the lab courses in our curriculum.

News & Announcements

Loehlin lab publishes new paper

The Loehlin lab has a new paper out that tests the hypothesis that different-sized duplications of the same gene will output the same expression level.  Georgia, Manting, Ria and Elise are all Williams undergraduate students that contributed to the paper...

Dr. Elena Gracheva to speak Friday (9/22) at 1:10pm

Yale University Professor Elena Gracheva, PhD will be on campus this Friday as the Biology Class of 1960s Scholars seminar speaker. Dr. Gracheva will present a talk titled “Cellular, Molecular, and Physiological Adaptations of Hibernation: The Solution to Environmental Challenges.”...

Honors Thesis workshop (Friday 9/15)

Associate Professor of Biology Matt Carter will discuss “Strategies for designing and delivering a scientific presentation.”  In this presentation, we will discuss three aspects of designing an outstanding scientific talk: (1) organizing complex scientific information into a clear narrative; (2)...

The Biology Department welcomes three new faculty members!

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