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
PHILADELPHIA (January 30, 2018) — Saint Joseph’s University is pleased to announce that it has signed an articulation agreement with Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing that will provide priority admissions consideration for SJU students in Villanova’s BSN Express Program. The 14-month second degree program incorporates all of the standard components of Villanova’s […]
As your winter boots — or even worse, your tires — slide along icy roads, environmental conservation may be the last thing on your mind. But not for Karen Snetselaar, Ph.D., professor of biology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She explains the impact of road salt on the biological world — especially in your […]
The H3N2 influenza virus is at its peak this flu season with over 35,000 cases and 65 deaths in the state of Pennsylvania alone. This strain is more likely to cause serious illness or death, especially the elderly and young children, than other strains in previous years. While many argue about the effectiveness of this […]
Faculty and Student Research
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: […]
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. The RFamide receptor DMSR-1 regulates stress-induced sleep in C. elegans. Elife. 2017 Jan 17;6. pii: e19837. doi: 10.7554/eLife.19837.