News & Events

  • Senior Katrina Johnson ’21 publishes first-author paper in Ecosphere
    Katrina Johnson ’21 has achieved a rare undergraduate milestone with the publication of a first-author research paper in the peer-reviewed journal, Ecosphere, based on her research internship in summer 2019 with NOAA. Titled “Extracting ecological metrics from archaeological surveys of shipwrecks using submersible video and laser-line scanning”, the study assessed the feasibility of obtaining ecological…
  • Biology Seminar Series – Module C – 2021
    All Zoom seminars will begin at 1 pm EST Seminars are password protected, but we’re happy to accommodate guests! Please email Katie Dobkowski ( to request the link and join the guest list for this series!   THURSDAY – February 25, 2021 Jeremy Lomax, PhD-candidate, Brown University  Science from America’s “Super Predator”: A story concerning…
  • COVID-19 Science Cafe – Dr. Moncef Slaoui – Recording Available
    Please join us for a special edition of COVID-19 Science Café View recording of this COVID-19 Café Dr. Moncef Slaoui, outgoing Chief Scientific Advisor for Operation Warp Speed.   “COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Operation Warp Speed” Tuesday. February 16, 2021 12:30 pm EST Zoom link: Co-moderators: Dr. Larissa Williams – Department of Biology, Bates…
  • Lori Banks named on list of 1000 inspiring black scientists
    Assistant Professor of Biology Lori Banks has been cited as an inspiring black scientist by Cell Mentor, a web resource that provides support  and resources for emerging scientists in their career pathway. Congratulations!! From the list commentary: “Maya Angelou once said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it…
  • Larissa Williams wins SOT teaching award
    Associate Professor of Biology, Larissa Williams, has been recognized for outstanding teaching by winning the National Society of Toxicology Undergraduate Educator Award for 2021. Congratulations and job well done! From the award citation: “Larissa Williams, PhD, has received the 2021 SOT Undergraduate Educator Award for her commitment to and creativity in fostering the toxicology education…
  • COVID-19 Science Café Nov 11th
        Topic: The  SARS-CoV-2 vaccine: updates on its development Speakers:  Dr. Stacey Rizza MD and Dr. Jack O’Horo MD MPH, The Mayo Clinic Moderator: Dr. Larissa Williams, Biology, Bates College November 4, 7:30 – 8:30 pm Zoom link:
  • COVID-19 Science Café Nov 4th
        Topic: COVID-19 vaccine technologies Speaker: Dr. Lori banks, Asst. Professor, Microbiology, Department of Biology, Bates College Moderator: Dr. Larissa Williams, Biology, Bates College November 4, 7:30 – 8:30 pm Zoom link:  
  • COVID-19 Science Café Oct 28th
          TOPIC:  Pediatrics and the pandemic       Wednesday October 28, 7:30-8:30 pm, Dr. Larissa Williams, moderator Guest speaker: Dr. Lorien Batt MD, Waterville Pediatrics, LINK:
  • COVID-19 Science Café Oct 14th – cancelled
    Dr. Hammond’s talk has been rescheduled for Wednesday Dec 2nd  
  • Informational sessions about graduate studies in biology and biochemistry
    The following links are for Zoom sessions organized by Larissa Williams to discuss graduate school opportunities and experiences biology and biochemistry for students considering applying to graduate programs after Bates. Zoom session 1:  October 1, 2020 – Play Session (00:51:10) This first session featured three biology faculty who talked about their graduate experiences and answered…

Biology Alumni Spotlight

Ben Tonelli, ’18, recently published a paper with Scientific Reports (you can read the paper here) while completing his PhD program at UCLA.