For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at Drexel features state-of-the-art facilities, hands-on career and research experiences, and renowned faculty at the forefront of cellular and molecular biology, genomics and more.

Drexel University’s Department of Biology is home to a dynamic group of researchers who are leaders in the fields of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics and more. Students learn through hands-on experiences gained in and outside of the classroom. As a leader in STEM education, from research in faculty labs to co-op positions with the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania to a study abroad on Bioko Island, our undergraduates have the opportunity to explore real-life career options before graduation.

About the Curriculum

With faculty members who are passionate about teaching and research, the department is a leader in STEM education, guiding the design of new curricular approaches to enhance student learning. The curriculum offers focus and flexibility, allowing students to define their path to success. Graduate students are vigorously involved in coursework, seminars, journal clubs, research and more, and receive individualized attention and mentorship working alongside department faculty.

Learn more about degrees in biology

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel’s cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process. For students planning to pursue advanced degrees in the biological sciences or careers in research, co-op is essential to career development. Students have held co-op positions with a variety of industry leaders, such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, ViroPharma, Fox Chase Cancer Institute, Moss Rehab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and many more.

Learn more about co-op for biology majors

Drexel Biology Student Jennifer Viveros
“One of the best biology courses is Dictyostelium Research… Unlike other courses, students are not following a syllabus... The class mirrors a research lab where students are analyzing their results and making educated decisions on what their next steps should be.” Jennifer ViveirosBS biological sciences ’17

Recent News

  • Kari Lenhart Drexel University Biology New Faculty in the Department of Biology The Drexel Department of Biology welcomes its newest faculty member, Kari Lenhart, PhD. We are excited to welcome our new assistant professor, Kari Lenhart, PhD. Kari received her PhD from Princeton University. She recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the lab of Stephen DiNardo, PhD...
  • a hand holding some green herbs Tackling Philly Food Deserts with 3D-Printed Hydroponic Systems In a city known for its exploding restaurant scene, many low-income Philadelphians struggle daily with limited access to fresh, affordable food. Elise Krespan, a dual master’s student of biology and design research at Drexel, is working with colleagues in the URBN STEAMlab to alleviate widespread issues of food inaccessibility using 3D-printed hydroponic systems that grow produce without soil.
  • New Startup New Startup Proves You Can Catch Flies with Sugar

    A sixth-grade science fair project in 2014 led to the discovery that erythritol, the main component of Truvia, is a natural insecticide. Today, that discovery is the basis of a new Drexel-backed startup, BioLogic Insecticide. Simon D. Kaschock-Marenda, now a freshman at Drexel in the College of Engineering, was 11 when he noticed that Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as fruit flies, died much quicker when they fed on Truvia than on other sweeteners. His father, Daniel Marenda, PhD, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was unconvinced at first.

  • butterfly 4 Ways Climate Change Can Affect the Brain

    The typical images that “climate change” conjures include disappearing coastlines and melting polar ice. But what about animals’ brains — including our own? Can they be affected by the changing climate? Sean O’Donnell, PhD, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, argues that they absolutely can.

  • Drexel Biology Student Cutler Whitely Carving A New Path Cutler Whitely felt the tender spot where his head hit the ice and tried to remember his teammate’s name. His snowboard had slipped out during a routine trick on the rail, sending him hurtling head-first onto the icy Colorado mountain. His brain lurched with the effects of his third concussion — temporary memory loss that day, and migraines and light sensitivity in the days that followed. Recovering in the hospital, Whitely called his mother and told her he was going to leave professional snowboarding.

More News


Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 |

Contact Us

Department of Biology

123 Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
3245 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.2624 |