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Biology

Our scientific expertise spans the realm of the biological sciences to drive advances in medicine and healthcare, biotechnology, education, and public policy. Our core research strengths include molecular microbiology; biochemical, developmental and cellular aspects of living systems; stem cell biology; mitochondrial genetics; healthy aging; neurobiology and behavior; and, the biomechanics of human movement.

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Biology Degree Programs

Students studying biology develop a broad understanding of the organization and processes of life, from molecules and cells through organs and organ systems to populations, species, ecosystems, and evolution.

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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.
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This image of Li’s model shows each cell’s possible individual properties that lead to overall mechanical heterogeneity in the tissue. Photo provided by Xinzhi Li

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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James Monaghan, an associate professor of biology, studies the mechanisms that allow axolotls to regenerate parts of their body. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

The Salamander That Eats Its Siblings’ Arms Could One Day Help You Grow a New One

Axolotls are special because, unlike other animals, they can regrow organs that are just as robust as the originals, no matter how old they get.
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