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All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.

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    The entire spectrum of modern Biology, from Integrative Biology and Wetland Ecology to Functional Genomics and Neurobiology, from Theoretical Population Genetics to Applied Infectious Disease and Cancer Research...

Biology Research

Research in the Department of Biology covers the entire spectrum of modern Biology, from Integrative Biology and Wetland Ecology to Functional Genomics and Neurobiology, from Theoretical Population Genetics to Applied Infectious Disease and Cancer Research. The research excellence of Biology faculty is reflected by the awards of multiple Canada Research Chairs, a well as many New Opportunities/Leaders Oppourtunity awards from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, and Operating funds from the Canadian Cancer Society, CIHR, Genome Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and NSERC. Collaborations in the Department led to new and innovative projects, and they are instrumental for the McMaster-wide Centres for McMaster Centre for Climate Change, the Centre for Environmental Genomics. Six core areas of research strength of the Department have been identified. Collaborative interactions led to the inclusion of several faculty members in more than one core group.


Bioinformatics & Functional Genomics

Leverage the power of genomic & post-genomic technologies to address fundamentally important biological questions in a wide range of organisms...

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Cell & Developmental Biology

Engage in cutting-edge research encompassing gene regulation, cancer biology, neurosystems, and reproductive system development and function...

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Ecology & Evolution

Use multidisciplinary approaches on organism development and physiology, population dynamics, genetic analyses as well as satellite imagery...

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Environmental Physiology

Explore how cells and physiological systems respond to changes in their environment. Study a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate animals...

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Genetics & Molecular Biology

The research is of immediate relevance to human health in many areas including cancer, inherited genetic diseases and disease resistance, DNA repair, and neurosystem development and function...

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Microbiology and Plant Biology

Research in the areas of microbiology and plant biology involves systems-level investigations into the genetics, biochemistry and physiology of plants, bacteria and fungi...

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