First year students learning hands-on from our wonderful faculty

Welcome to the home page for the Biology Program at Saint Joseph’s University. Please follow the links on the left to learn more about us. The Department is located in the Science Center, in the main SJU campus, on the Philadelphia side of City Avenue.

The cornerstone of our educational philosophy is involving students in scientific research. The department has a long and productive history of student research and many students, both undergraduate and graduate, present their work at regional, national and international meetings each year. Many of our graduates enter schools of the health professions, graduate schools for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees, K-12 education, or industry jobs.

Did You Know...

  • Almost 30% of graduating seniors conducted research with faculty members and presented their research at scientific meetings
  • Student acceptances included schools such as the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School- Rutgers, Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple Dental School, and Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania (veterinary)


Recent Departmental News

Science Cafe at Landmark: Pirate Website Unlocks Access to Scholarly Literature

January 18, 2018

Science Café at the Landmark, sponsored by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences: “Pirate Website Unlocks Access to Scholarly Literature” A presentation to the local community by Dr. Daniel Himmelstein (, a data scientist currently working out of the University of Pennsylvania’s […]

Junior Biology Major Named Goldwater Scholar

January 18, 2018

Marisa Egan, a junior biology major at Saint Joseph’s University, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The prestigious scholarship, given annually to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up […]

SJU Biology Professor Earns Sleep Research Society Honor

January 18, 2018

Jennifer Choi Tudor, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Saint Joseph’s University, has earned an Outstanding Early Investigator Award Honorable Mention from the Sleep Research Society. Her 2016 study, “Sleep deprivation impairs memory by attenuating mTORC1-dependent protein synthesis,” examines the effects of sleep deprivation on the molecular mechanism to form memories. “We are delighted that […]

Faculty and Student Research

Diet of Bog Turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) from Northern and Southern New Jersey, USA

January 18, 2018

Nelson A. Melendez, Brian Zarate, Jonathan Fingerut, and Scott P. McRobert Herpetological Conservation and Biology 12:272–278 Abstract.—We tracked Bog Turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) using radio-telemetry equipment to obtain fecal samples. We analyzed fecal samples to determine the identity of food items in both northern and southern populations in New Jersey, USA. Food items identi ed included: […]

Phage Genomics laboratory

April 10, 2017

Over 60 students who participated in Phage Genomics laboratory since 2009 were co-authors on a published paper on bacteriophage genomics: Pope et al., (2015) “Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity” elife 4:e06416

Iannacone M, Beets I, Lopes L, Churgin M, Fang-Yen C, Nelson MD, Schoofs L and Raizen D.

April 10, 2017

Iannacone M, Beets I, Lopes L, Churgin M, Fang-Yen C, Nelson MD, Schoofs L and Raizen D. The RFamide receptor DMSR-1 regulates stress-induced sleep in C. elegans. Elife. 2017 Jan 17;6. pii: e19837. doi: 10.7554/eLife.19837.