Biology Department

Will Banning '15 Interns at UVA Health SystemWill Banning '15 Interns at UVA Health System
Hampden-Sydney College student, William Banning'15 is working as a summer intern at the UVA Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. Will works in a transplant research laboratory with two doctors that focus on kidney and liver transplant research. The majority of his work is based on determining a bio marker that can help recognize early signs of liver disease or Hepatitis C. He works closely with specimens that are taken from patients who have recently received a liver transplant, and he is responsible for isolating the DNA in these samples for analysis. Full Story...


HSC Students Recognized at HHMI SymposiumHSC Students Recognized at HHMI Symposium
Joshua Dimmick '15 and Grayland Godfrey '15 represented Hampden-Sydney's 2013-14 bacteriophage research class at the annual meeting of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) symposium. Josh and Grayland received an Honorable Mention award at the end of the symposium, placing their poster presentation in the top 10 of over 70 student posted presented and placing them in the same tier as students from Johns Hopkins, Brown, and Carnegie-Mellon Universities. Full Story...


One of the most popular majors at Hampden-Sydney, the biology program offers individually tailored preparation for graduate and professional work in research, industry, education, medicine, or government. Computer-aided experimental analysis and data presentation play a key role in many of the department’s courses. Gilmer Science Center, equipped with sophisticated instrumentation, computers, microscopes, aquaria, animal room, cold room, photographic darkroom, and research space, is ideal for for undergraduate training, faculty research, and student-faculty projects.