About us

At the Department of Biology we offer first degree (B.Sc. Hons) and postgraduate (M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D) degree courses, and carries out research in the biological sciences.

The current Head of Department is Dr Sandro Lanfranco and the present complement includes nine full-time members of academic staff, as well as other visiting and part-time academics.

We aim to provide our students with the best possible teaching programmes in order to instil a sound theoretical and practical background to the subject as well as provide them with the necessary skills to enable them to effectively contribute towards changing needs and requirements within the biological sciences. Moreover, through our research programmes, we contribute directly to the sustainable management of natural resources, and economic development.

Our academic staff members are actively involved in teaching and scientific research: this ensures that we keep abreast with our fields of interest. Our students actively participate in staff research activities. This has greatly helped their academic preparation as well as to enhance their professional skills; as a result many of our graduates are employed in key positions within the private and public sectors.

The fields of interest of the Department are wide ranging and include:

  • applied biotechnology, particularly with respect to micropropagation, composting, phytoremediation & microalgal culture
  • bioactivity of plant extracts, particularly with respect to apoptosis induction, antimicrobial and germination inhibitors
  • ecological assessment and monitoring
  • fisheries biology and marine aquaculture
  • marine ecology, faunistics of the Maltese Islands, and biogeography
  • marine and terrestrial botany
  • marine pollution and environmental quality
  • population genetics; biodiversity and bioconservation

Over the past decade, our Department has developed into a centre of excellence particularly with respect to the marine biological sciences, and a considerable proportion of the research work concerns marine environmental resources, and requires extensive field work and specialised techniques.

Our Department is currently going through a period of expansion and we expect to increase the number of available courses, and enhance teaching and research facilities.