Last minute preparation for the biology olympiad

Welcome to the Crash course for the Biology Olympiad which will help you prepare for such competitions like USABO and IBO delivered to you by Biolympiads! Note it's not an introductory course to biology and you are expected to have a solid foundation in biology before you take this course. So we recommend to read Campbell Biology at least three times.


In this course, we will present the most important biology concepts that you should know for the Biology Olympiad. We prepared the Crash Course following the official distribution of topics in the International Biology Olymapiad:

  • Animal anatomy and physiology: 25%
  • Cell Biology: 20%
  • Genetics and Evolution: 20%
  • Plant anatomy and physiology: 15%
  • Ecology: 10%
  • Ethology: 5%
  • Biosystematics: 5%

What you’ll learn

  • Plant biology
  • Plant anatomy and physiology
  • Human anatomy
  • Human physiology
  • Zoology
  • Cell biology
  • Biotechnology techniques
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Ethology

What is included in the course?

You will have access to 8 courses:

  • Advanced plant biology
  • Advanced zoology
  • Human physiology & anatomy
  • Ecology & Ethology
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology

Our team

Martyna Petrulyte

I am a edupreneur passionate about biology and science education. I participated in the International Biology Olympiad 2012 in Singapore and International Biology Olympiad 2013 in Switzerland. In addition, three times in a row I won a gold medal in the Lithuanian National Biology Olympiad (LitBO). I obtained my BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical sciences (Anatomy) in 2017 from the University of Aberdeen, UK. In 2018, I published my first book, ‘How to Prepare for the Biology Olympiad and Science Competitions‘.

Eleanor Bird, MSc

I am a science and medical communications professional with scientific interests in neuroscience and a talent for translating research into accessible and engaging copy. I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012 with a degree in Biochemistry. I obtained my MSc Neuroscience degree in 2018 from the University College London.

Grant Carpenter

I studied BSc Molecular Genetics, then Science Communication and Public Engagement as an MSc. I worked in a Science Centre for three years, writing educational stage shows for the public, and teaching others how to speak about science.

I also have a wee bit of experience with voice-work, as I hosted my own radio show at the Dundee Student’s Union for four years. Finally, I am a massive geek, enjoying video-games and tabletop roleplaying in my time off.

Claire Nicholson

I have recently finished my degree in Animal Science at Canterbury Christ Church University where I got a first class degree. My degree covered everything from Ecology to how animals actually work. I’ve always been really interested in science, particularly biology. I’m particularly passionate about animal behaviour. I think the more we can understand about animal behaviour, the more we’ll be able to protect them! This all led to my huge love of animal photography. You can see some of my photos here I also post blog articles and content to my website -

Ellie Handford

I am in my final year at the University of Leicester where I am studying BSc Medical Biochemistry with a Year in Industry. My particular interest in Cell Biology stems from my Year in Industry with GlaxoSmithKline, where I worked in in the Functional Genomics department on the development of a novel cardiotoxicity assay using iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes. I aspire to pursue a career in public engagement and science communication.

Daniel Fox

I graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester in 2019, where I spent time investigating the role of the circadian clock in the development of obesity. Alongside my studies, I worked in hospitals and ambulances to prepare for medical school which I will be beginning in 2020. As well as qualifying as a doctor, I would like to further explore the world of research and see what's out there!

Dr Augustina Petrulyte

I have joined the team of the Biolympiads Crash course back in August, 2019. Honestly, I am less crazy about biology than my sister Martyna, the founder of However, since I was a little girl, I was interested in natural sciences and so in 2019 I obtained an MBBS Medical degree. Currently, I work in Czech Republic in a clinical research company.

Joomin Kim

I am a graphic designer and I contributed to by creating a bunch of illustrations for the crash course.

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