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Biology affects us all,

from seeking cures for diseases such as cancer and AIDS, to protecting our environment and characterizing the diversity of species with which we share our planet. Studying biology at WestConn will provide you with an opportunity to explore this fascinating science.

Biology Office

SB 220

Dept Secretary:
Lisa Taylor

For more information, contact the Dept. Secretary at 203-837-8791 or by e-mail.


Where do I find the Department Chairperson?

Dr. Patrice Boily
SB 243.
Phone 203-837-8569 or
e-mail at


What’s New on the Website

  • Dept News (12-06-18)
  • Upcoming Events (12-03-18)
  • Student Opportunities (03-05-18)
  • Forms – new option sheets (10-23-17)


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Upcoming Events

Friday Seminar Series

Our 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) fellows — Kayla Deguzman and Jasmine Grey — will be presenting on Friday, Dec 7, at 3:30 pm in Science Building 125. Kayla will be discussing “Sea Turtle Rehabilitation”, while Jasmine will talk about “White-Nose Syndrome in Bats”. The event is free and open to the public. (posted 12-03-18)

Group Senior Research Poster Presentations will take place on Friday, Dec 7, at 10 am – 12 pm in Science Building 218. Dr. Neeta Connally guided students on the research topic “Environmental Determinants of Blacklegged Tick Abundance”. (posted 12-03-18)

Course Registration is here! Open/Close is now available for Spring 2019 courses. Students should consult Banner to find out who their advisors are. Visit the Faculty/Staff page to find office room numbers, office hours, and contact information.  (posted 10-18-18)

Department News

Jenny Kry (Biology ’18) and her faculty advisor, Dr. Joshua Cordeira, have published an article, Binge-eating Behavior in Socially Isolated Female Mice” in the Journal of Young Investigators (JYI), based on her Advanced Sr. Research project. (posted 12-06-18)

Dr. Theodora Pinou and collaborators have published an article in Diatom Research entitled “Craspedostauros alatus sp. nov., a new diatom (Bacillariophyta) species found on museum sea turtle specimens. (posted 11-13-18).

Dr. Neeta Connally and collaborators have published an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology entitled Impact of Wearing and Washing/Drying of Permethrin-Treated Clothing on Their Contact Irritancy and Toxicity for Nymphal Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) Ticks. (posted 10-16-18)

Dr. Edwin Wong has been awarded the Provost’s Award for Teaching and the Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Faculty Member award by the Student Government Association. (posted 09-19-18)

Dr. Rachel Prunier has been awarded the Board of Regents Faculty Research Award for WCSU. Congratulations! (posted 01-20-18)

Dr. Neeta Connally and Dr. Rayda Krell are part of a joint grant award from the U.S. EPA to WCSU and the Ridgefield Health Department to educate communities about tick management. Read all about it here. (posted 10-06-17)

Advisor-Advisee Lists are now available on the Forms page (posted 09-23-17)

Dr. Frank Dye has a new book out, entitled “Dictionary of Stem cells, Regenerative Medicine, and Translational Medicine“, published by John Wiley. (posted 03-19-17).

Welcome. Dr. Hannah Reynolds joins us as our new tenure-track microbiologist. She comes to us from Ohio State University, and her research interests include fungal diseases such as White-Nose Syndrome that affects bats. (posted 01-21-17)

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Department Announcements

Entomology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its adviser, Dr. Mitch Wagener

Herpetology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its adviser, Dr. Theodora Pinou.

Biology Club is welcoming new members. For details, check out the club webpage or contact its adviser, Dr. Ed Wong.