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Hunter College Chosen as Capstone College

Hunter College has been designated as one of 11 Capstone Colleges in the United States by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a result of long-term funding to PI Shirley Raps.

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Biology NSF Fellowship Winners

Several Hunter College Biology students won NSF Doctoral Fellowships.

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Bratu Lab Images Featured In Cell

Images From Diana Bratu's lab, taken by Dr. Irina Catrina are featured in Cell's Journal Picture Show, called Reproduction.

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Howard Hughes Program at Hunter
Left. Howard Hughes undergrad Scholars. Right New York City High School School teachers visit the Biology Department


Bio. Department News

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Access The Gene Center Mail Server

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Hunter's Quantitative Biology Initiative

Hunter College is one of only nine institutions of higher education in the country to offer an interdisciplinary program in quantitative biology.  Students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics can add a quantitative biology concentration to their major.  Among the many benefits of this innovative program are access to competitive scholarships, small classes, training by a multidisciplinary team of research scientists and dedicated academics, individual mentoring, the opportunity to participate in research conducted at Hunter and nationally, topnotch preparation for graduate studies and for scientific careers in this new frontier.

To watch the QuBI Video click here

To find out more click here.

Financial support available for:

Summer Internship, Graduate School, Post Bac. Experiences, Medical School, M.D./Ph.D. Programs, Postdoctoral Fellowships. Are you interested in a summer internship or perhaps seeking support for graduate school, medical school, an M.D./Ph.D. degree program or a postdoctoral research experience?

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Skirball Science Learning Center


The Skirball Science Learning Center (SSLC) provides comprehensive assistance to all Hunter College students in all areas of the natural sciences and technology.
Location: 7th Floor, East Building

Phone (Desk):  212-396-6458

Director:  Christina Medina Ramirez (212)-650-3283)


Our Department

Hunter College is located at the intersection of 68th Street and Lexington ave. in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The Biology department occupies the 8th and 9th floors of the Hunter North building. The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences parallels that of Hunter College: to provide a quality education for our undergraduate and graduate students, enabling them to participate productively in their chosen pursuits. Read More

Bio Department Advising Schedule

Students: To talk with a faculty advisor check out the department Spring Advising Schedule

The Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR)


 The Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function has been renamed The Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR) The CTBR is a consortium of researchers within Hunter College of The City University of New York — one of the largest public universities in the nation. It boasts unparalleled quality and diversity in its researchers on both the faculty and graduate student levels.

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Minority Graduate Student Network


MGSN is a student-run network of graduate students, medical students, and postdocs that aims to retain and increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM and medical fields.

If you’re interested in boosting MGSN activities at your school, helping plan events, or even starting a chapter, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at to join our listserv and come to our meetings, networking events, and socials. MGSN provides the following to its members: • Academic/research support • Mentoring opportunities with established scientists • Career and personal development workshops • Mixers to foster networking and collaborations • Community outreach projects

MARC Program at Hunter



The MARC Programs at Hunter College is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and are intended to encourage talented undergraduate minority students to pursue a career in research and science. Students in both programs receive a scholarship and financial support for conducting research throughout the academic year in a Hunter College laboratory. For more information click here.

Biology Club News

Interested in Pursuing a Graduate Degree??

The Biology Club Presents


Q&A Event on the Graduate School Process?

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Department Calendar

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Program

CUNY Hunter College has been designated as one of 11 Capstone Colleges in the United States by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
This is the result of long-term funding to PI Professor Shirley Raps from Sept. 1, 1993 - Aug. 31, 2017, resulting in “mature and successful” programs at the college. This includes recruiting a faculty member to create a bioinformatics program, supporting research by junior faculty in biology, curriculum changes and innovations in biology for undergraduates, increasing support for undergraduate research, enhancing science education for teachers and their students at public high schools and middle schools, collaboration with the Manhattan/Hunter Science High School to provide research opportunities for their students, and developing a Science Policy track in the Public Policy Program at Roosevelt House for undergraduates. Hunter is the only public urban college to receive this designation. The other colleges are Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Grinnell, Hope, Morehouse, Smith, Spelman, Swarthmore, and Xavier. Further information can be found on the Biology HHMI website.



Scholarship Opportunity

SciMON (Science Mathematics Opportunities Network) is an innovative institutional initiative designed to enhance the extraordinary research and mentoring programs available to students who study science and mathematics at Hunter College. For more info click here

BP - Endure Program at Hunter/NYU


Scholarship Opportunity

The BP-ENDURE program is designed to encourage and prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to enter into and succeed in PhD programs in the neurosciences. The program has partnered with other institutions to enrich students’ experiences. Throughout the year, students conduct research at Hunter or NYU. During the summer, students are placed at either NYU, Brown University, University of Michigan, or Vanderbilt University. For more program and application details please visit our website,

Application Deadline Jan 31st