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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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pledge

The Department of Biology at Drexel University is deeply committed to upholding and encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion. Our department is aware of systemic injustices that disadvantage historically excluded groups within science, and we are committed to educating ourselves further about these disparities in order to create a more equitable system. Our department embraces all facets of diversity including but not limited to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, language/ linguistic ability, visa status, religion, creed, age, class, socioeconomic status, military status and disability status.

We stand firmly against discrimination while simultaneously working towards promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our department, the College of Arts and Sciences and across Drexel University. Our differences serve both to enrich and connect us. Acknowledging and celebrating diversity provides the only path forward in building a strong community – one that will flourish through open dialogue, meaningful collaboration and shared intellectual curiosity. To achieve these goals, we strive to be a welcoming, accepting and malleable department that can grow and adapt to best serve our members and our community.

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

  • Photo of Manuel Alejandro Seman Senderos on a blue and gold Drexel background Meet Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology Manuel Alejandro Semán Senderos, PhD Manuel Alejandro Semán Senderos, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Biology. He previously earned his PhD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Hal Dietz studying fibrotic diseases. His research focus was cell biology processes gone awry in disease and the use of genetic tools in order to find and validate new therapeutic targets.
  • Blue Drexel dragon logo CoAS Accomplishments in Brief We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Blue Drexel dragon logo CoAS Accomplishments in Brief We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • A man casts a fishing net over a river CoAS Faculty and Research Featured in EXEL Magazine The new issue of EXEL, Drexel University’s research magazine, features a number of articles on College of Arts and Sciences faculty members, departments, centers and programs, recognizing the significant contributions they have made to research and discoveries.
  • Two students are at an event. Both are smiling and one student has her arms raised above her head in celebration. College to Mark Return to Campus with ‘CoAS Comes Back!’ Celebration The College of Arts and Sciences, recognized by President John Fry as “the heart of the University,” presents CoAS Comes Back! on Tuesday, October 5, from 3 to 7 p.m., in Gateway Garden. All Arts and Sciences students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to gather, connect in person, and enjoy food, fun and music.

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Prospective Students

Please email coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!


Undergraduate Advising

Preston Roach, undergraduate academic adviser, biology students last names O-Z, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences
Preston Roach

Academic Adviser
Office location pending
215.895.1705 | psr35@drexel.edu

Jennifer Rubin Weyant, Associate Director of Advising and Student Success, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Rubin Weyant

Associate Director and Academic Adviser
3031 MacAlister Hall
215.895.1774 | jlr45@drexel.edu

Leanne Sweppenheiser, Senior Academic Adviser, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Leanne Sweppenheiser

Senior Academic Adviser
218 Papadakis Integrated Sciences Center
215.895.2623 | lmt38@drexel.edu

Laurie Zinberg, Academic Adviser, Drexel College of Arts and Sciences

Laurie Zinberg

Senior Academic Adviser
3031 MacAlister
215.895.6460 | lgz23@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Biology

123 Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
3245 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.2788 | biology@drexel.edu