The UMass Lowell Department of Biological Sciences programs prepare students for careers in biotechnology, medicine, ecology & other life science fields.

Our department is comprised of award-winning faculty members, dedicated staff and exceptional students who are committed to excellence in education and research in the life sciences. 

Faculty in our department are engaged in research in the areas of neuroscience, cancer biology, developmental cell biology, molecular evolution, invertebrate systematics, functional morphology, structural biology, environmental microbiology, virology, climate change biology, and biology education research. Much of this research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Defense, along with various foundations and companies. 

A core mission of the department is to integrate teaching, research, and community service, and to that end, we offer undergraduate and graduate students laboratory-based research opportunities, as well as industry cooperative experiences and service-learning courses.

Prospective students should explore our Programs of Study and feel free to contact us with any questions. Periodic open house events are a great way to learn more about the faculty, courses and facilities in our department. Also, be sure to check out our department Twitter feed to see what is happening in biology at UMass Lowell.


Every year, mass numbers of endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles strand themselves in New England. Doctoral candidate Erin Mangan Sullivan and biology undergrad research assistants Sonia Marcello and Alfred Lutaaya hope their research will assist biologists in making clinical decisions on how to treat these animals.

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