Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the website of the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University.  We currently number 45 research and teaching faculty, and our members are engaged in world-class research in neurobiology, plant molecular biology, evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, and conservation biology. Our professors include Michael Smith Fellows, Canada Research Chairs, Fellows of the Royal Society, and other award holders.  Our faculty and teaching assistants have been recognized with awards for teaching excellence at the Faculty of Science and University levels.  We have over 160 graduate students collaborating with our faculty, and in addition to our MSc and PhD programs we have two unique applied graduate programs in Pest Management and Environmental Toxicology.
For undergraduate students, a quick note.  This is a great time to be starting a biology career.  With new advances in DNA sequencing technology, it is possible to apply genetic information not only to human biology and biomedical research, but also to long-standing questions in evolution, development, and ecology.  In addition, the pressing environmental challenges that we face call for rigorous training in many areas of biology, such as conservation biology, ecology, genetics, and physiology.  Our Department spans this breadth of subdisciplines, allowing for integration across the levels of life, from molecules to ecosystems.  We value the diversity of approaches in biology and can provide you with rigorous training that will serve you well in your future endeavors. We hope you will choose to join us.
Elizabeth Elle
Professor & Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

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