Department of Biology


[1-9-2018 to 31-8-2020]

Michael Pavlidis,

Professor of Biology - Physiology of Marine Organisms


Tel: +03 2810 394401

Fax: +03 2810 394404




Department of Biology,

University of Crete,

Voutes Campus

Heraklion, Crete

GR-71003, Greece


The Department of Biology is organized along modern lines which reflect broad levels of biological organization rather than traditional disciplines. 


It was created with a view to attracting a critical mass of internationally competitive faculty in selected areas of biology, which offered the possibility of the new Department playing a pioneering role in the Greek University system. Among these focal areas were Molecular Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Marine Biology, Applied Biology and Biotechnology.  This emphasis was reinforced by the creation of two Research Institutes, independent of but in close collaboration with the Department of Biology: (1) FORTH’s Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) and (2) Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC). The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) is also the result of initiatives by the Department of Biology. Research and research training continues to benefit from the close collaborations between the University and these Research Institutes, reflected also in the joint affiliations of many faculty members.  


The educational role of the Department began in 1983 at the post-graduate program level, with the first undergraduate admissions following in 1987. Research-led teaching shapes experimental laboratory training and coursework at all levels. 




Undergraduate Guide


Bachelor degree (B.Sc), 4 years of studies. Specializations:

1. Biomolecular Sciences & Biotechnology;

2. Environmental Biology & Management of  Biological Resource.


Masters (M.Sc),  and  Doctoral (Ph.D)


The Department of Biology runs &/or coordinates the following interdisciplinary     programmes in collaboration with other Departments &/or Research Institutes.


Molecular Biology - Biomedicine

Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Management of Terrestrial and Marine Resources

Protein Biotechnology


The Department of Biology is also a partner in the following joint programmes


- AquaCulture, Environment and Society (ACES)

- the European Molecular Imaging Doctorate Schools Network (EMIDS) 


-Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Thematic areas include: Yeast Molecular Genetics; Immunobiology; Cell Biology; Molecular Genetics & Development; Electron Microscopy; Crystallography; Genetics- Genomics; Human Molecular Genetics; Gene Regulation & Molecular Immunology; Biochemistry; Plant Molecular Biology.    


-Biology of Organisms, Populations, Environmental & Marine Biology

Thematic areas include: Marine Biology; Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology; Population Genetics and Evolution; Biosystematics and Ecology; Neuroscience.


 -Biotechnology and Applied Biology

 Thematic areas: Aquaculture & Fisheries research and management; Plant Protection;  Enzyme Biotechnology; Biosensor Technology.


HQAA External Evaluation Report of the Department of Biology, March 2010. pdf











Last update 05/06/2019