Anyone interested in conducting 302 Jr. Research during the academic year must:

  • attend the mandatory meeting,

  • get 3 faculty signatures on the registration form.

    • The form will serve as the Instructor's Permission override.
      • You will be notified when YOU NEED to ADD the course in HOMER 
    • The last day to add this is the last day of add/drop.

Interested in 200- or 400-level research OR Biochemistry Research?

  • Students (including Biochem majors) are strongly encouraged to come to the meeting, or talk to their potential research advisor directly, but it is not mandatory nor are signatures required.

Research Biology Projects

The following are projects being conducted by students for Research in Biology (BIOL-30200-xx*).

There are both academic year and summer research opportunities available. (Note: projects may change without notice.)


  • Mechanisms and pathways of cholesterol transport inside cells
  • Effect of the cholesterol environment on protein function and its relation to diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.
  • Cholesterol homeostasis


  • Compare, via in silico identification, virulence factors which are unique to Chlamydia species and allow for host adaptation
  • Create Chlamydia virulence factors fusion with fluorescent proteins via in vitro moleculer cloning
  • Contrast spatial and temporal regulation of Chlamydia virulence factors via in vivo over expression during infection and "immunity".
  • Develop hybrid Chlamydia strains for in vivo screening of increased/decreased host specificity


  • Electrophysiological characterization of individual neurons in the cardiac ganglion
  • Analysis of changes in neuronal gene expression using PCR and immunohistochemistry
  • Biochemical analysis of changes in protein levels using Western Blot analysis


  • Using a genome-wide microarray-based approach, identify and characterize novel genes regulated by splicing coupled to mRNA decay
  • Identify conserved cis-regulatory sequences important for changes in splicing 
  • Examine the role of kinases in gene regulation
  • Study the effects of co-transcriptional recruitment of regulatory factors on gene control


  • Personality in dwarf hamsters, especially movement correlation with social and antipredator responses

  • Effects of recreation trails on wildlife movement

  • Amphibian migration: conservation and population monitoring

  • ICNL deer density and impacts


  • Evolution of Nematode Dosage Compensation Mechanisms


  • Determining the impacts of introduced species in coastal plant communities in the Caribbean islands.

  • Plant Adaptations to Freezing and Drought


  • Adaptation to UV radiation exposure in the freshwater crustacean Daphnia (water flea), including:
    • DNA repair kinetics
    • Protection from DNA damage by melanin pigmentation
    • Gene expression in response to UV radiation exposure 
    • Fieldwork collecting Daphnia from local ponds during spring & early summer
    • Rapid evolution in response to food quality in Daphnia mendotae (water flea) in Oneida Lake, NY


  • Biochemical identification and characterization of the essential components of a unique biological glue.
  • Biochemical and mechanical experiments to characterize the mechanism of adhesion and to test hypotheses of how the glue components contribute to performance


  • Research on Puerto Rican Fan Flowers
    • Pollination Biology
    • Genetic Diversity
    • Impacts of Invasive Species on Islands
  • Projects in Sustainability Science


  • Computational biology: learn and apply bioinformatics and programming skills to genome-scale analyses in humans and model organisms.
  • Developmental biology: analyze the roles of genes acting in sensory neuron development and tissue regeneration.

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