Message from the Department Head

 Dr. John Bethea

As Head of Drexel's Department of Biology, I welcome you to our website. The biology department is a close-knit community with accessible, supportive, and collaborative faculty and staff. The remarkable successes of our undergraduate and graduate students—a source of pride for our faculty and staff—continue to strengthen our educational and research programs.

This is an exciting time for our Department. Our strengths in molecular biology, cellular biology, ecology, paleobiology, and environmental science provide rich opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate student research. The research in our Department ranges from studies of individual genes and proteins to analyses of entire organisms and ecosystems. The growth in our educational and research programs over the past decade will continue with the opening of the Constantine Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) in 2011. This five-story, 130,000 square-foot facility will become a landmark for scientific research in Pennsylvania and for biological sciences on Drexel's campus. As Drexel’s first LEED-certified green building, the ISB will provide increased laboratory space for biology faculty research programs, as well as state of the art teaching laboratories for biological sciences, environmental sciences, chemistry and biomedical engineering (To learn more, visit PISB).

I encourage you to visit the campus if you have not already. I can assure you that you will be inspired. To arrange a visit, you may call the Drexel Visit Center at 1-800-2-DREXEL or submit a Campus Visit Request form. Please feel free to contact the Department of Biology directly at 215.895.2624 or by email at


- John Bethea , Department Head 
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