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:

  • Explorations of the Protective Qualities of Calcium Alginate Beads for Encapsulated Enzymes
  • Carbohydrate Functionalized Stable Protein-1 Metal Hybrids as Nanotheranostics
  • Constructing phylogenetic trees with spliceosomal proteins as the genetic marker
  • Cholesterol effects on Membrane-bound Piscidin 1: A Structure-Function Study
  • Role of Neuraminidase Electrostatics in the Binding of Ligands
  • A Study of Pore Formation of Calcium-Alginate Beads in Polyacrylamide Gels
  • Molecular characterization of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis
  • Investigating oxidative dehalogenation of p-halophenols by horseradish peroxidase immobilized in calcium alginate
  • Are Spliceosomal Proteins Good Indicators to Infer Phylogenetic Trees Among Eutherians?
  • Genetic Analysis of Bacterial Communities in a Meromictic Lake
  • Computational Drug Design Applied Toward the Treatment of Human African Trypanosomiasis
  • Probing the Electronic Properties of Intermediates in the Catalytic Cycle of Amine Oxidase
  • Catecholase Activities Associated with Two Small Copper Proteins from Bovine Brain: Neurocuprein and S100b
  • A pH Profile of the Catalase Activity Associated with Ribonucleotide Reductase
  • Isothermal Titration Calorimetric Studies of Calcium Binding
  • Isolation and Characterization of a Novel Mollusc Hemoglobin
  • Isolation of a Manganese-Containing Catalase from Thermus Thermophilus
  • Manganese(II)-Reconstituted R2 from Ribonucleotide Reductase: A Structural and Functional Model of Mn-Catalases
  • Copper Binding to Ribonucleotide Reductase
  • Isolation and Purification of Neurocuprein
  • Copper and Protein Analysis of Neurocuprein: Purification of a Copper Containing Bovine Brain Protein
  • Stoichiometric Studies of Zn(II)-Reconstituted Ribonucleotide Reductase R2 from Escherichia coli
  • Purification and Characterization of Neurocuprein: A Brain Copper Protein
  • Molecular identification of the tyramine beta-hydroxylase gene in Manduca sexta
  • Characterization of tyramine beta-hydroxylase in Manduca sexta
  • FMRFamide neuropeptides in the hawkmoth, Manduca sexta
  • Glutamine and glutamate uptake in yeast RAS mutants
  • cAMP concentrations influence amino acid uptake in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • The regulation of AGP1 expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Study of the expression of the AGP2 gene in yeast
  • Polymerase primer design and cloning genes of adenylate cyclase and protein kinase A from Microciona prolifera
  • HPLC analysis of amino acid pools in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • The role of the C-terminal of Tat2p, the yeast tryptophan permease, in cell survival