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Biology Learning Laboratories

The last several decades have witnessed a tremendous expansion of our knowledge of biology and medicine, and of the range of approaches to the study of biological systems. This rapid advance presents significant challenges to both professors and students of biology. To meet these challenges, it is essential that the biology curriculum engage students at all levels in active research experiences.

The BLL provides the foundation for a research-oriented, multidisciplinary curriculum. Housed in the same building as the CMM, the BLL brings together, in one cohesive physical location, all undergraduate biology laboratory instruction. The labs offer research-grade equipment and close proximity to scientists working to solve the most important and exciting questions in life sciences. Many of the faculty working in the research wing also teach in the instructional labs.


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Research-Oriented Instructional Laboratories

Utilizing innovative teaching approaches, the faculty have created a research-oriented environment in the instructional laboratories to better prepare students for advanced study. Students have the opportunity to design their own experiments and acquire the essential skills and expertise to engage in independent research.

Multidisciplinary Training

The sixteen instructional laboratories housed in the BLL accommodate a wide range of courses offered by faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Marine Sciences Research Center, and the School of Medicine. Students may select from a variety of laboratory courses including biochemistry, bioengineering, botany, cell biology, ecology, embryology, genetics, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology, and zoology.

Independent Research

Motivated students are encouraged to begin faculty-sponsored independent research in their junior year. In the CMM/BLL, the close proximity of the instructional laboratories to the research centers provides frequent opportunities for students to meet and interact with research and clinical faculty and to explore possible research projects.


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The Future Belongs to the Hybrids

A future generation of scientists will be trained in innovative ways of interdisciplinary collaboration, approaching scientific inquiry with a unique new perspective. Stony Brook life sciences students will develop the confidence and the skills necessary to be leaders in health care, bench science, and research­and in disciplines and endeavors yet to be invented.