Department of Biology

Welcome to the Department of Biology at Howard University

As one of the largest departments in the College, the Biology Department is an interdisciplinary department with student research in the areas of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Department of Biology
EE Just Hall - Biology Building
415 College St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20059

Office: 202-806-6933
Chairman - Mildred Pointer


Chair's Message

Since its conception in 1992 following the merging of Botany and Zoology along with elements from Geography and Geology, the Department of Biology continues to thrive. Under the previous leadership, resources were provided to incumbent faculty and new faculty were recruited to provide a vibrant research-engaged learning environment for our students.  Consequently, our students receive the latest information and research experiences to be competitive for the next phase of their careers. 

As with any vibrant and large research-intensive learning program, sustained adequate funding for student stipends, teaching, and graduate fellowships is a huge challenge.  Funding students’ assistantships and stipends benefits the Department in several ways: 1) increases student success following graduation; 2) expands faculty research capacity; and 3) allows for leveraging additional funding.  Consequently, a major goal is to increase the Department’s budget such that we can provide every student that qualifies for assistantships and stipends to receive such funds.  However, achieving this requires a team effort; it requires, students, faculty, staff, community members, alumni, and friends to contribute time, effort, and funds.  In the next several weeks we will be soliciting help from all our respective constituents in order to meet immediate Department budget needs as well as to establish an endowment fund as a perpetual source of Department operating funds.

It is an honor to be a part of the Bison community and the new Department Chair.  I am following behind a long list of brilliant and accomplished Department leaders.  However, I am confident that with the help of everyone (students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and friends of the Department) we will be able to build on the legacy of previous leaders and continue to move the program forward.

In truth and service,

Mildred A. Pointer, PhD, FAHA


Chairperson, Department of Biology


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Senior Comprehensive Exams - 2020

Department of Biology - Senior Comprehensive Exams Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9 AM - 12 PM (Please arrive at the E.E. Just Auditorium by 8:30 AM) The passage of the Comprehensive Examination is a requirement (one of the General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences) for graduation.  Please sign up at: Read the Article

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Dr. Campbell: COAS Jr Fac Workshop

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - Deans's Conference Room 12-1pm Michael Campbell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology Title: The Genetic Basis & Evolutionary History of Skin Pigmentation Variation in African & African American Populations Abstract: With increased access to diverse populations from Africa along with advances in computational methods, we are now able to explore new and long-standing questions regarding the genetic architecture and evolutionary history of variable phenotypes in humans. Read the Article

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Howard University Students win Wildcard Prize at the 2019 DC Public Health Case Challenge

On Friday, October 18, 2019, a team of 6 Howard University undergraduate and medical students participated in and won the Wildcard Prize at the 2019 DC Public Health Case Challenge. The team was represented by HU students across multiple disciplines of the University, and included 2 Biology majors: Senior Michaella Moore and Junior Kailande Cassamajor. Other members of the team included: Regan Burgess (MD candidate), Alannah Mack (MD/MBA candidate), Adaeze Okoroajuzie (Nursing major), and Naomi Rankin (Mathematics major). The faculty advisor for the team is Dr. Read the Article

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The DC Public Health Case Challenge aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue that faces the local Washington, DC, community. Universities in the DC area form teams consisting of five to six members from at least three disciplines. Teams are given a case, written by students from the participating universities, that provides background information on a local public health problem. Teams have a limited amount of time to devise a comprehensive intervention, which they present to an expert panel of judges. Read the Article