College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

About Us

The Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park is committed to solving the challenges confronting modern biology by the integrated study of biomolecules, cells, organisms, and populations, within the context of how these entities interact with the natural environment. Laboratories throughout the department thrive by working across these traditional levels of biological investigation.

Research Approach

With strong links to neighboring federal institutions, our research takes an interdisciplinary approach, and often uses quantitative and computational approaches.

Sample research projects:

  • Models of evolution and the genetic basis for complex traits
  • Prediction of the effects of large-scale forces on populations
  • Sensory information processing by the brain
  • Molecular dynamics of membrane proteins

Graduate Programs

Approximately 80 graduate students are advised by Biology Department faculty members. Graduate students pursue an area of concentration within the biological sciences, or an interdisciplinary degree program.