Investigating biological problems in quantitative and molecular detail.
One of the first biology departments in the United States, we have a long history of breakthroughs leading fundamental shifts in the understanding of life. Our students have reached the pinnacles of academic research, medicine, industry, and an array of other professions.
As a student in the biology department, you’ll have access to research laboratories investigating a wide range of biological problems, and you’ll develop a detailed, nuanced view of biology and integrate knowledge at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels.
CLASSES YOU MIGHT TAKE
Phage Hunters – Discovering Novel Bacteriophages
We often think of bacteria in the context of dangerous or annoying infections. However, bacteria themselves can be infected by even smaller and more abundant entities: viruses called bacteriophages. This course covers the fundamental biology of phages and their role in controlling populations of bacteria.
Planets, Life and the Universe
Through this multidisciplinary course, you’ll explore the origins of life, planet formation, Earth’s evolution, extrasolar planets, habitable zones, life in extreme environments, the search for life in the Universe, space missions, and planetary protection.
While the “war on cancer” has produced modest victories with respect to clinical outcomes, our knowledge of the cellular mechanisms of cancer is now vast and represents one of the most significant scientific achievements of the past 40 years. We’ll cover key aspects of cancer biology including cancer cell characteristics, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, apoptosis, metastasis and immuno-surveillance of cancer cells.
PROF. MICHAEL SCHATZ
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Biology
Michael Schatz Among “Time 100” Most Influential People in the World
Hopkins computational biologist recognized for his contributions to the first complete sequencing of the human genome, “the most complete look yet at the genetic script underlying the very nature of who we are as human beings.”Read More
Join the Club
Hopkins students are eager to pursue their interests outside the classroom. With 450+ student-led organizations, here are just a few you could join:
- Agara Bio
- Applying Science with Kids
- Beta Beta Beta (National Biological Honor Society)
- The Global Health Leaders Conference at Johns Hopkins University (Glohea)
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (oSTEM)
- Society for Biomaterials
- The Triple Helix at Johns Hopkins University