College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biology

Welcome to the Department of Biology

Welcome to the home page for the Biology Program at Saint Joseph’s University. Please follow the links on the left to learn more about us. The Department is located in the Science Center, in the main SJU campus, on the Philadelphia side of City Avenue.

The cornerstone of our educational philosophy is involving students in scientific research. The department has a long and productive history of student research and many students, both undergraduate and graduate, present their work at regional, national and international meetings each year. Many of our graduates enter schools of the health professions, graduate schools for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, K-12 education, or industry jobs.


Members of the Class of 2019 and Faculty taking part in our pre-semester B.E.A.G.L.E. program
Our 2015 B.E.A.G.L.E.s

Learn more about B.E.A.G.L.E and other opportunities for First-Year Students

Interested in learning more about why Saint Joseph's Biology is the right choice?

Join us for Fall View Open House October 25th and don't forget to come by to see

our facilitites and meet some of the faculty in the Science Center, 2nd floor.



Did You Know……

  • 100% of all SJU students in the class of 2015 accepted to medical, dental, or veterinary school in 2015 were biology majors
  • Student acceptances included schools such as the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School- Rutgers, Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple Dental School, and Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania (veterinary)
  • Almost 30% of graduating seniors conducted research with faculty members and presented their research at scientific meetings

Recent Departmental News

  • A new, first-year seminar is running this Fall:  BIO 150:  “The Science of Learning Science”.  Students are joining a science education “Community of Practice”  to help them succeed in their science classes, and implement a hands-on science lessons for local grade-school students
  • Science on the Hill, a science café that fosters interactions between scientists and the public, featured a presentation by Dr. Paul Offit, author of the recent book Bad Medicine, called “When Modern Medicine and Religion Collide:  a Philadelphia Story”.
  • Biology and Physics faculty collaborate to enhance student's learning experience


    Faculty and Student Research

    • 20 students conducted research internships in the department this past summer mentored by Biology faculty as part of the Summer Scholars Program
    • Recent faculty publications:

    Grogan, E., Lund, R. and Fath, M.  (2014)  “A New Petalodont Chondrichthyan from the Bear Gulch Limestone of Montana, USA…” Paleontological Journal 48(9):1003

    Nelson, M. et al., (2014).  “FMRF-like FLP-13 Neuropeptides promote quiescence following heat stress in Caenorhabditis elegans” Current Biology 24(20):2406-2410

    • Over 60 students who participated in Phage Genomics laboratory since 2009 were co-authors on a published paper on bacteriophage genomics: Pope et al., (2015) “Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity” elife 4:e06416

    • Learn about the wide range of faculty research going on in the Department.

    Departmental Links

    • Information for incoming and first-year students including B.E.A.G.L.E. and Phage Safari

    Questions about the Department or our Program?
    Please contact the Chair, Dr. Christina King-Smith

    FAX: 610-660-1832

    We look forward to seeing you here at SJU.