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 - Fatimah Jackson


December 4, Wednesday to December 10, Tuesday - FINAL EXAMINATIONS

Nov 08, 2019

FINAL EXAMINATIONS (Deadline for instructors to submit final grades via BisonWeb is five calendar days after the scheduled final examination)

Chair's Message

The Biology Department is at the center of life sciences research at Howard University. Our mission is to engage in high quality research and education towards understanding life, from molecules to cells, and organisms to ecosystems. The Biology faculty and staff are committed to excellence in the arena of higher education, and are proud of the outstanding graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting professors and staff members who actively contribute to making this possible. Thank you for supporting and/or being a part of our Biology program

Fatimah Jackson, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Chair

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Dr. Teng: COAS Jr Fac Workshop

Junior Faculty Scholars Workshop Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Dean's Conference Room 12-1PM Big Data Analytics of Mutations & Proteins in Complex Diseases Shaolei Teng, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Biology High throughput technologies open Big Data analytics for the fields of biology and biomedicine. This study investigated the damaging mutations associated with complex diseases from thousands of psychiatric patients and healthy individuals. 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