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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...

  • 100% of all SJU students in the class of 2015 accepted to medical, dental, or veterinary school in 2015 were biology majors
  • 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)
  • Almost 30% of graduating seniors conducted research with faculty members and presented their research at scientific meetings

Recent Departmental News

Science Café at the Landmark

April 10, 2017

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: “Small but Powerful:  What can we learn from flies, worms, and yeast?” A presentation to the local community by three M.S. Biology candidates, Rene Clark (faculty mentors:  Jonathan Fingerut and […]

Dr. Jennifer Choi Tudor, Assistant Professor of Biology

April 10, 2017

The department welcomes Dr. Jennifer Choi Tudor, Assistant Professor of Biology.  Dr. Tudor is a neuroscientist and her recent study on sleep deprivation leading to impaired protein synthesis and memory was the cover story for Science Signaling.  Her lab will focus how sleep and disease affects molecular and cellular signaling pathways critical for memory and behavior.

$324,000 grant to Matthew Nelson, Ph.D.

April 10, 2017

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a division of the National Institute of Health, has awarded a three-year, $324,000 grant to Matthew Nelson, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, to conduct research on sleep in Caenorhabditis elegans, a free-living, non-parasitic nematode. Learn more here.

Faculty and Student Research

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.

Burnside, B., King-Smith, C.

April 10, 2017

Burnside, B., King-Smith, C. 2017.  Retinomotor Movements. In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier, 2017. ISBN 9780128093245