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Renowned faculty and an emphasis on research gives the Biology Department the opportunity to offer a hands-on approach to teaching. The low student to faculty ratio ensures that we get to know and work closely with you in the classroom and laboratories.

Our faculty has expertise in the areas of biotechnology, neuropharmacology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, animal behavior, developmental biology, cancer biology, environmental and occupational hygiene, and peptide biochemistry.

The biology department, located within the Cora and Bayard Clarkson Science Center, and is a unique place for undergraduates, graduates and PhD students alike. From the cadaver lab to microscience labs, the biology department is fully equipped to handle your research and education interests.



Resources that support departmental teaching and research include:

  • Zebrafish breeding facility.
  • Core facilities for cell culture, cell imaging, and molecular biology
  • "Green Data" computing facility supported by IBM
  • Access to the animal facility, flow cytometry, advanced imaging and molecular biology facilities used for research on infectious diseases by partnership with the Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, NY http://trudeauinstitute.org
  • Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST)
  • The Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP)
  • Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES) and the Great Rivers Center at Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE)
  • Clarkson’s Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries (BIRE, facilities at Potsdam and Beacon, NY) http://www.bire.org/
  • Large natural areas for field research on Clarkson’s campus (including forests, wetlands and the river-front, over 400 acres) and the nearby Adirondack State Park.

Department Research

Department Spotlight


Michael Twiss

Clarkson Professor of Biology Michael Twiss is now serving as president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research. Read More.



Tom Langen

Clarkson Biology Chair Tom Langen has found that there is an increase in vehicle-deer accidents during a full moon.Langen worked with colleagues from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Read More.     

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
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A Rare Combo in Higher Ed
Personalized instruction & high-powered
research: Faculty know students as individuals
Real Science at Work
Learning & research problems derived from government, hospitals, environmental groups & industrial partners
Amazing Backyard Labs
The ADK is teeming with natural habitats to study & private research institutes in which to spend a semester
Clubs Amplify Careers
Join Doctors Without Borders, Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity & many others
Unconventional Blend of Science & Technology
Creativity, lab experiences, teamwork & leadership skills, techniques in research & analysis, applying what you know
Rigorous Yet Flexible Curriculum
Explore how biological systems function & interact in health, the
environment & biotechnology


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