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Winter Storm Alert- Monday February 8, 2016

All Providence College classes, including evening classes, are cancelled for Monday, February 8th, due to inclement weather.
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Providence College Department of Bioloogy

Biology Department

Father Nic Austriaco and research students in the biology lab at Providence CollegeThe biology major is one of Providence College’s most popular. There’s good reason for that.

In our program, in-class learning and hands-on research are integrated. Our students learn science by doing science.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about evolution, stem cells, biomechanics, marine and plant biology, the nervous system, diseases like cancer and HIV, and more from our faculty, who are leading researchers, and alongside fellow, dedicated students.

Our current students and faculty will tell you that the best way to learn science is by diving in and getting your hands dirty — in other words, by asking interesting questions and finding the answers yourself. In our science labs, we use state-of-the-art imaging systems, such as a confocal microscope and flow cytometer, human cadaver dissections, gene expression and genomics instrumentation, a state-of-the-art cell metabolism analyzer, aquarium systems to study climate change, and growth chambers to study climate change — all to bring the pursuit of science to life.

Our goals for you while you’re here are pretty simple. We want you to work hard, follow your passion for science, and have fun in the process. When that happens, you’ll be set up for success at PC and at the next level — whether that’s  a career in medicine, a health-allied profession, research, science advocacy or secondary education.


Upcoming research seminars:

To Die or Not to Die: The Genetics of Programmed Cell Death in Yeast
Fr. Nic Austriaco O. P. (Providence College)
Thursday, January 21, 4:30pm in Al Mag 137

Assessing Water Quality in Streams using Biological Indicators
Dr. Anne Kuhn (U.S. E.P.A.)
Thursday, February 25, 4:30pm in Al Mag 137

Effects of Early Life Stress on Glutamate Receptor Development: Primed for Anxiety?
Dr. Heather Brenhouse (Northeastern University)
Tuesday, March 15, 4:30pm in Al Mag 137

Life & Death Decisions in Yeast via Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms
Dr. Marc Meneghini (University of Toronto)
Hosted by the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
Thursday, April 7, 4:30pm, in Al Mag 137


​Biology Department News


Summer research students presented more than 30 posters at the 8th Annual Rhode Island SURF Conference at URI. See more photos from the conference here.


Students in Dr. Jonathan Richardson's 2015 Freshwater Biology course were excited to take water quality and biotic samples from nearby Georgiaville Pond. See more information at his lab website


More Headlines

Study nature, not books: Biological Imaging course lets students observe a whole new world

Skin cancer scholar earns grant to expose high school students to research

Emeritus professor releases new book focusing on microbes, public health

nsf_sm_100.jpgDr. Jack Costello has accomplished the unimaginable, receiving two simultaneous and complementary awards from the National Science Foundation's Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems and the Division of Ocean Sciences. With his students and collaborators, these awards will support research on the fluid mechanics of jellyfish feeding and locomotion. See more information here and here.

Dr. Brett Pellock was recently awarded a three-year Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS). He and his research students will be investigating the molecular basis of growth and adaptation to oxidative stress in the metal-reducing bacterium Shewanella oneidensis.​


Stephanie Newton1wewtonStephanie.gif '03
Pediatric Genetic Counselor Boston Children's Hospital

I still hold my experiences at PC close to my heart. The labs may have been long, and the courses difficult at times, but what I took away was invaluable. I appreciated the small, close-knit feeling of the biology program. The same classmates who were cramming with me freshman year for Gen Bio, were fertilizing Xenopus laevis eggs beside me in Developmental Bio lab three years later. My professors’ doors were always open to me, and I felt that they respected me as a future colleague.



Department of Biology
Sowa Hall, Room 236

Julie Coccia
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 401-865-2585
Fax: 401-865-1438

Dr. Charles R Toth Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Department Chair
Sowa Hall 236



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