Department of Biological Sciences, George Washington University. Image of two students reading a book outside with green trees in the background

 

TRAILBLAZERS IN learning
and DISCOVERY

Providing opportunities in the lab, classroom and field

 


Department of Biological Sciences

GW CCAS Professor of Biology Scott Powell holding up an ant in close-up to the camera

 

Whether they learn in the lab or at one of dozens of agencies and museums in Washington, D.C., GW students have every opportunity to make biology their own. They can anchor their studies in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with a collaborative program in systematics, or follow their passions to fieldwork in the Amazon Basin, the Gobi Desert or islands in the South Pacific.

Students and researchers alike enjoy the university’s cutting-edge research spaces and the Wilbur V. Harlan Greenhouse, an open-air classroom that also grows plants for active research projects. Beyond the Foggy Bottom Campus, biology faculty members lead community-service projects and collaborate on one-of-a-kind initiatives with fellow scientists at institutions like the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

 


 

A professor and student examining oyster shells

In the Classroom

In The Ecology and Evolution of Organisms, students create personalized service projects that link social ills to their larger cultural and ecological contexts. Student topics have ranged from rural dog rescue to oyster conservation.

Students hammering in pieces of wood to the ground in the middle of a forest

In the Community

Assistant Professor of Biology Keryn Gedan brings her student researchers to the Eastern Shore marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, where sea level is rising at three times the global average. Students spend summers in the tidal marshes collecting samples and designing their own approaches to tackling local ecological problems.

Professor Eleftherianos standing in a lab demonstrating samples in test tubes to a student

In the Lab

In Associate Professor of Molecular Biology Ioannis Eleftherianos’s lab, a team of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral student researchers is putting the common fruit fly under the microscope. Their results could hold the key to finding a Zika virus vaccine — and an answer to other global health dangers like microcephaly. 

 


Biology by the Numbers

$2.8 Million Awarded in Research Funding

 

4000 Hours of Community Service Performed by Biology Students in the DC Area Each Year

 

100+ years of collaboration with the Smithsonial National Museum of Natural History

 


Professor of Biology Tara Scully wearing glasses and smiling

Tara Scully

Assistant Professor of Biology
Director of Sustainability Minor

"Biology is not just found in a textbook. … The food we eat, the cars we drive, the diseases we have — everything we interact with is biology."