“The biology department provides a comprehensive curriculum which challenges students to understand and apply the different levels of biology in real-world applications. I am fortunate enough to be in Professor Jason Chan’s lab researching various lipid signaling pathways in the model organism, C. elegans.”

Steven Chuh, graduate

A Distinct Experience

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Juniata biology students enjoy successful careers in many areas of biology. They enter doctoral programs at prestigious institutions including Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and UNC Chapel Hill, and undertake health professions graduate study and employment at places such as The Institute for Genome Research and the National Park Service.

    • Klarissa Juliano ’17
    • an immunogenetics technology trainee by the Johns Hopkins Immunogenetics and Transplantation Immunology Department.
    • Aaron Kulig ’17
    • enrolled at the Temple University School of Medicine
    • Erin Netoskie ’17
    • enrolled in the tropical conservation biology and evironmental science program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
    • Dustin Servello ’16
    • is pursuing his doctorate in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Ohio State University.


In the biology department, faculty serve, first and foremost, as professors. Their teaching has been rewarded internally and externally. They have received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. They have published in journals ranging from Behavioral Neuroscience and Genetics to Undergraduate Education.

“Getting involved is a great way to establish a close, professional partnership with a professor and other students.”

Katie McGlone ’17

Additional Opportunities

Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society: Join the Lambda Epsilon chapter (based on academic achievement) to advocate for continued scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research.

Clubs The Juniata student chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) sponsors visiting speakers and field trips throughout the year. The club also provides funding for students to present at the ASM Allegheny Branch meeting in November, where Juniata researchers are well represented among award winners.

Summer Research: Juniata students undertake research projects in many areas of biology throughout the summer. They research on Juniata’s campus and at MIT, University of Iowa, and University of Texas, South Western, as well as national labs.

Undergraduate Research: Juniata biology students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships and American Physiological Society summer research fellowships, in addition to many other honors. Here are a few recent examples of the research they’ve presented: Chelsea Biefield ’17 and Amanda Harvey ’17, “Analysis of Differentially-Expressed Genes in a Gamma-Secretase Conditional Knockout Mouse,” and John Donlan ’18, “Taxonomic Identity of Ratsnakes from Central Pennsylvania.”