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1000 Inspiring Black Scientists

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STEM Success

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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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.


Program Learning Outcomes For Biology Students

Biology Undergraduate (B.A.) general major and all interdisciplinary concentrations
  1. Recognize, critique, design and carry out experiments according to the scientific method
  2. Synthesize and integrate abstract and practical concepts to address biological problems
  3. Discuss mechanisms of life at the organismal level, at the cellular level and molecular/genetic level
  4. Perform quantitative analyses in Biology

Biology Graduate (M.A.) and B.A./M.A. in Biotechnology

  1. Summarize and Articulate Advanced Research and Theoretical Concepts
  2. Use and Interpret Experimental Design from Current Literature in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  3. Interpret Experimental Data Independently

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 Fall Advising Schedule -COMING SOON -

GENTalks: Introduction

GENTalks were designed to be a series of short recorded presentations on novel, exciting and futuristic topics in genomics, that might capture the imagination of students and scientists. These presentations were recorded by students and staff in the studio of the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College. Although the COVID pandemic delayed the editing and timely release of these presentations, we are happy to begin providing this material for our community. We hope you find them stimulating and informative, and we welcome your feedback in writing.

Harvey Lodish:  YouTube

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.


MARC Program at Hunter


The MARC Program is Accepting Applications Now!!

Click here for instructions on how to apply

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.

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

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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Hunter RISE Program


 The Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program was initiated at Hunter College in 1981 and in 2000 was changed to the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program. RISE provides underrepresented students majoring in biology, biochemistry, psychology and physics opportunities to complete research training. Students participating in the program are provided with financial, research and professional support to prepare them for Ph.D programs in biomedical sciences. The students are involved in research projects with faculty members in the biomedical research field on a year-round basis. ​Since its inception, the RISE program has produced approximately 75 Ph.D.’s. Currently, the program provides financial and professional development support for up to 15 undergraduates and 14 Ph.D. students.​​

To apply click here.

For more info here.

RISE Deadline Extended to January 7 2022


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