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.


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.

Cancer Biology

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.

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: