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It All Started with a Single Cell

In this brave new world of CRISPR gene-editing, implantable microchips, and artificial organs, human beings have begun to harness technology to move beyond their biological limits.

The science of the 21st century will fundamentally change the concept of life. Yet as complex as life has become, it all started with a single cell.

 Your journey starts there.

The College of Science Biology program provides students with a broad understanding of the organization and processes of life, from molecules and cells through tissues and organs, to populations, ecosystems, and evolution. 

Our scientific expertise spans the realm of biological sciences to drive advances in medicine and healthcare, biotechnology, education, and public policy.

Degree Options

Coursework and Requirements
A sampling of the types of courses you could take here.
Bioethics
2329 BIOL

Offers students an opportunity to explore ethical issues arising from biological research and emerging technologies, to learn to identify and critically analyze potential ethical implications of biological research, and to evaluate theory-based arguments while respectfully engaging with a diversity of perspectives.

Biology Project Lab
2309 BIOL

Offers an inquiry-based, intensive laboratory experience in which students have an opportunity to design and conduct independent research projects, applying approaches and techniques used in cell and molecular biology.

Biological Clocks
5306 BIOL

Examines the expression of endogenously generated twenty-four-hour (circadian) rhythms in eukaryotic life, emphasizing theoretical foundations as well as current research strategies for understanding how biological clocks work.

Co-Op

With Northeastern situated in the heart Boston, there is no shortage of co-operative education opportunities in the fields of biotechnology, biomedical, and healthcare. There also great variety: from penguin tanks at the New England Aquarium to infectious disease research as Massachusetts General Hospital, students have the chance to explore careers paths or simply use co-op for experiences they never thought possible.

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Faculty Labs

Biology
Emergent Epidemics Lab
Samuel Scarpino
Research in the Emergent Epidemics Lab spans a broad range of topics in complex systems and network science, with an emphasis on infectious disease dynamics and forecasting/predictive models.
Biology
Menon Lab
Latika Menon
Professor Menon is the Principal Investigator of the Advanced Nanomaterials Research laboratory at Northeastern University where she conducts and supervises research in the area of nanomaterials, specifically porous alumina, titania nanotubes, gallium nitride nanowires, etc. She is particularly..
Biology
Slavov Laboratory
The Slavov Lab studies Ribosome-mediated translational regulation, and single-cell proteomics by mass-spectrometry
Biology
O'Malley Lab
Donald O'Malley
Dr. O’Malley studies the computational capabilities of neuronal populations at the core of nervous systems, including everything from sensorimotor transformations to more complex behaviors. Current projects are aimed at understanding symbolic operations in mammalian cortex.
The Minds Behind COS Biology
Faculty Spotlight
Dagmar Sternad
Biology
Dagmar Sternad is looking to ballet dancers to find answers for people with disabilities through studies of human motor control and learning.
Kim Lewis
Biology
Led by Kim Lewis, researchers at Northeastern have discovered a new antibiotic that could treat infections caused by some of the nastiest superbugs humanity is facing in the antibiotic resistance crisis.
Gunter Zunpac
Biology
In a recent paper, Zunpac and his fellow researchers showed that new cancer tumors may grow even more aggressively after treatment. This was due to a mechanism that allowed them to thrive in the empty space previously inhabited by the pre-treatment tumor.

News

November 21, 2019

A New Antibiotic Has Been Hiding in the Gut of a Tiny Worm. It May Be Our Best Weapon Against Drug-resistant Bacteria.

November 5, 2019

Tapping into the Power of Mitochondria

Dr. Dori Woods and her associates at Northeastern University recent research about the nature and behavior of mitochondria could one day be used to better understand cell function as a…
November 4, 2019

Iron: The Swiss Army Knife for Bacteria

Dr. Yunrong Chai and his team discovered new, essential uses for iron in biofilms, the bacterial populations that colonize our bodies, our hospitals, and our world.
October 22, 2019

Cancer Tumors Aren’t Always as ‘Tough’ as They Seem

Ph.D. student Xinzhi Li and Assistant Physics Professor Max Bi applied a model to study the rigidity of cancer tumors to help researchers understand how to treat them.

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