Biology Department Overview

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As a department, our mission is founded on the premise that excellence in teaching and excellence in research complement each other. We have an exciting diverse faculty whose expertise encompasses Biology as a whole and it is our aim to be able to provide our students with training in all major sub-disciplines of Biology. We encourage students to participate in faculty directed research through independent study, often leading to a co-authored publication. We recognize that a large number of our students enter professional programs (Medical Laboratory Science and Nursing) or pursue professional degrees (MD, DDS, DPM and DPT etc.) as well as entering CSI graduate programs (Masters degree) in Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Science and the CUNY Ph.D. program. Many of our faculty hold Dual appointments with the Graduate Center.

In conjunction with the mission of the college, the Biology Department embraces the strength of our diversity, fosters civic mindedness and nurtures responsible citizens for city, country and the world.

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Programs in Biology department

Virtual Open House

Study of the biological sciences is a major requirement for students who wish to specialize in such fields as plant or animal research, and for students who plan to enter various health professions, such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, medical laboratory science, physician assistant, and physical therapy. The Department offers a varied and balanced program for biology and health profession majors, and three options in the BS degree program in Biology: Biology major, biology/adolescence education, and bioinformatics.

Research Workshops

Conservation, Sustainability and Environmental DNA Workshop:  

A College of Staten Island/Con Edison Partnership held in conjunction with Port Richmond High School. Made possible by the Office of the VP for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations.  Read more... 

Summer Pre-Health Immersion: Introduction to Anatomy

A Unique Summer Pre-Health Program Providing Students With a Rare Opportunity to Learn About Pre-Health Education and Explore Different Aspects Of Life as a Health Care Provider.  Read more...

The Metagenomics: DNA Sequencing Workshop: Looking to Return in Fall 2021!

A unique research opportunity in the new biological field of “Metagenomics”, the study of DNA and gene sequencing of microbes (microscopic organisms) recovered from the environment (soil, seawater, and desert) and human body without culturing them in the laboratory. Metagenomics is used to investigate and understand the evolution, metabolism and interplay of these microbes. Become part of a growing new field where scientists expect exciting and major breakthroughs!   Read more...

Admissions Services

Admissions representatives are available to assist prospective students with questions regarding the admissions process, academic programs and student services. Evening appointments are available every Thursday beginning at 5 pm. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 718.982.2010 or

Graduate Program

A representative from the College of Staten Island will be attending events and will be available to meet with you to answer questions about the program. Click here to view a list of events.

The Department of Biology at the College of Staten Island offers graduate degrees in Biology.  The degrees are designed to provide research training in a variety of disciplines in biology, as well as prepare secondary education teachers with coursework and projects to prepare the scientists of the future.


PhD Programs


Pre-Medical and Pre-Professions Preparation

Biology Faculty & Staff

Full Time Faculty

  • Caputo, Josephine
  • Heron, Cecilia
  • Brown, Emmel T.
  • Camillo, Cassandra C.
  • D'aversa, Ileana
  • Elassad, Natalie L.
  • Ghigliotti, Lisa M.
  • Keating, Kinnea

Department Facilities

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Biological and Chemical Sciences
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Department Contact

Chang-Hui Shen, PhD
Chairperson and Professor
Phone : 718.982.3998
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Contact Information: Biology PhD Program
Dr. Lisa Manne
Phone : 718.982.3855
Email Contact Information: Biology PhD Program
Contact Information: Biochemistry PhD Program
Dr. Krishnaswami Raja
Phone : 718.982.4091
Email Contact Information: Biochemistry PhD Program
Contact Information:Deputy Chair
Shaibal Mitra, Phd
Phone : 718.982.3858
Email Contact Information:Deputy Chair
Contact Information: MS in Biology / Biotechnology Coordinator
Jianying Gu, PhD
Phone : 718.982.4123
Email Contact Information: MS in Biology / Biotechnology Coordinator
Contact Information: Pre-Professional Preparation in Medicine
Grozdena Yilmaz
Phone : 718.982.3831
Email Contact Information: Pre-Professional Preparation in Medicine