At Ithaca College, we strongly believe in learning-by-doing. Becoming a biochemist is more than work in classrooms. Student research is a vital part of the undergraduate experience at Ithaca College. Students are able to get hands-on experience in the research labs by enrolling in BIOC-39000, doing paid research over the summer, and developing an Honors thesis. As a result, they are able to travel to present their work, as well, as to present locally.

To learn more information about research opportunities, Biochemistry majors should attend the informational meetings in both the Chemistry and Biology departments each semester. Students may always contact faculty directly for research opportunities. 

  • Biology/Biochemistry faculty research.
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry: see the faculty page.

Honors in Biochemistry is a high achievement demonstrating independence and skill at research as well as strong performance in class. Students may apply for honors to the biochemistry steering committee before the add/drop deadline in the fall semester of their senior year. The year of honors research cumulates in a final written thesis and an open presentation. Honors students work closely with their research advisor and also meet regularly with a panel of faculty to propose their thesis, evaluate progress, and defend their final product. 


Research Opportunities Informational Sessions:

Are you pondering your research options for spring, summer, or next fall? As a Biochemistry major, you have a lot of fantastic options for research.

To help you find your best fit, you should consider two events during the fall:

 These casual conversations with faculty can help you consider all of your options quickly.

Don't forget about satisfying your Inquiry-based lab requirement! You can complete this through research with a faculty (as BIOC 390) or the Experimental Biochemistry Lab.

  • To register for BIOC 390, you must

 (1) Collect a mixer card from Jamie (CNS 364) or at the mixer.

(2) Read the project descriptions on the faculty pages--see links above.

(3) Discuss the research projects with at least 4 faculty. (Faculty from both the Chemistry and Biology Departments are available.)

(4) Have the faculty members sign your form to show that you have considered a breadth of research.  

(5) Confirm a spot in your top lab choice with a final signature and registration form to Paula (Chemistry) or Nancy (Biology).

(6) Return completed form to Jamie Ellis (CNS 364).  This must be done PRIOR to trying to register for your preferred section.

Biochemistry 390 Research Talks: Fall 2020

Monday, December 7, 4 pm.

4:00  Abigail McGee:  "Structural Diversity in Homologous PB1 Domains”
          (Jamie Ellis)                         

4:15  Kristina Morris:  "Defying mutational constraints with the NAV1 gene"
        (Ian Woods)                         

4:30  Anthony DuCasse:   "Characterizing Shifts in the Gut Microbiome with Probiotics and Prebiotics"
         (Dave Gondek)                    

4:45  Paige Ramkissoon:  "Microbial Diversity of Porta Mosquito and Porta Ferro"
         (Dave Gondek)                    


Meeting ID: 941 6487 0712

Passcode: biochem

Problems with ZOOM, please contact Maki Inada, minada@ithaca.edu