The Biology Department is a diverse group of progressive and energetic individuals dedicated to instilling in our students a love of biology and the knowledge and skills they will need to excel in their pursuits after Bates College.

Faculty and AI's work closely with students in inquiry-based laboratories in both core and elective courses. (L) Assoc. Prof. Ryan Bavis, (C) Asst. Prof. Larissa Williams, (R) Carolyn Lawson AI.

Faculty and AI’s work closely with students in inquiry-based laboratories in both core and elective courses.       (L) Prof. Ryan Bavis, (C) Assoc. Prof. Larissa Williams, (R) Carolyn Lawson AI.

The Biology Department is comprised of nine tenure-track faculty, four visiting faculty, and five academic and technical support staff members. Our faculty teach a wide range of courses and support a range of undergraduate research opportunities including Honors thesis, thesis, independent study, and small Research and Seminar courses. The support staff includes two full time Assistants in Instruction (AI’s, or lab instructors), half-time contributions from an AI in the Chemistry, a biology technician who manages the stockroom and departmental accounting, and a technician who oversees laboratory and building-wide safety, research animal care, and the greenhouse facilities.

New Faculty for Fall 2019: The department welcomes two new faculty members: Microbiologist Dr. Lori Banks has joined our department in a tenure track Assistant Professor position and molecular biologist Dr. Allison Moloney joins us a Visiting Assistant Professor  We look forward to their contributions to our program as scholars, teachers, and mentors.

Faculty on sabbatical leave:  Dr. Ryan Bavis AY 2019-20 | Dr. Larissa Williams AY 2019-20

Dr. Lori Banks

Dr. Lori Banks

Dr. Allison Moloney

Dr. Allison Moloney


Carnegie Science Building

Carnegie Science main entrance.

The Biology Department occupies the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of the Carnegie Science Building at 44 Campus Avenue, on the south side of the Bates College campus.