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Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

The Senior Program

The centerpiece of the Senior Program in biochemistry/molecular biology is the senior project. Under the guidance of a professor, students conduct independent laboratory research and experimentation. For most students, the project involves one semester of lab work, followed by part of a second semester dedicated to writing a thesis and preparing for an oral presentation to departmental faculty and student peers. The senior thesis is a culmination of each student’s undergraduate experience; it synthesizes coursework, research and discussion into a focused statement of intellectual growth and insight.

Recent projects in biochemistry/molecular biology include:

  • Identification and Quantification of Endogenous Electron Shuttles in Desulfitobacterium species
  • Piscidin 1 and 3 Behavior in Cancer Cell Membranes
  • Transcriptomic profiling of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis at different infection periods
  • Electron Shuttle Amplification Through Microbial Fuel Cells
  • Molecular Characterization of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis using Mitochondrial Markers
  • An Investigation of Ascorbic Acid Biosynthesis in Drosophila melanogaster and Manduca sexta
  • The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury and Monosodium Glutamate on Drosophila Learning and Memory
  • Understanding the interaction between Piscidin 1 and 3 with DNA
  • Thermodynamic Analysis of Piscidin Binding: A Step Towards Combating Antibiotic Resistance
  • Activity of Piscidin 1 and Piscidin 3 on HT1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells: Importance of ATCUN Motif
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