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Department overview

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 Technology 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 this department

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 technology, 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.

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


Full Time Faculty


  • Caputo, Josephine
  • Heron, Cecilia

College Laboratory Technicians

  • 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
Willowbrook Campus

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
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Contact Information: Biochemistry PhD Program
Dr. Krishnaswami Raja
Phone : 718.982.4091
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Contact Information:Deputy Chair
Shaibal Mitra, Phd
Phone : 718.982.3858
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Contact Information:Deputy Chair
Greg Phillips, PhD
Phone : 718.982.3723
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Contact Information: MS in Biology / Biotechnology Coordinator
Jianying Gu, PhD
Phone : 718.982.4123
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Contact Information: Pre-Professional Preparation in Medicine
Grozdena Yilmaz
Phone : 718.982.3831
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