What are the top schools for biology programs? Every year US News and World Report publishes popular annual ranking of top graduate programs in biology and its specialties including:
  • Biochemistry / Biophysics / Structural Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology / Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics / Genomics / Bioinformatics
  • Immunology / Infectious Disease
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience / Neurobiology
Top 5 Graduate Schools in Biological Sciences by US News 2008:
1 Stanford University
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2 University of California--Berkeley
4 California Institute of Technology
4 Harvard University

Following are some of the top ranking biology programs as ranked by the US News & World Report 2008:

Harvard University
Harvard is rated joint 4th in the rankings of top biological sciences graduate programs, but it has the most number of specialties ranked at the No. 1 position nationally. Harvard achieved the top position in the following Biological Sciences Specialties:
  • Biochemistry / Biophysics / Structural Biology
  • Immunology / Infectious Disease
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience / Neurobiology
  • Cell Biology
The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) at Harvard University offers a diverse range of research with strengths in the areas of Biochemistry and Biophysics; Cell and Developmental Biology; Genetics, Genomics, and Molecular Evolution; and Molecular and Systems Neuroscience.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT is ranked first for the specialty of Genetics / Genomics / Bioinformatics (joint top with Stanford Univ). The Biology Department at MIT has more than 60 faculty research laboratories; many of the faculty are leaders in their fields, with 4 members of the Biology faculty are Nobel Laureates, 29 are National Academy of Sciences members, and 11 are Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

University of Chicago
Chicago is ranked top for Ecology / Evolutionary Biology, with Harvard and UC Berkeley at joint 2nd position. UChicago offers five graduate programs in the Biological Sciences Division: Cancer Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition, and Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes
Australia - Good Universities Guide, Graduate Management Association of Australia
Canada - Maclean's Guide, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, THES, Webometrics, Newsweek
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