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:

  • Determining the Site of p53 Ubiquitination by RNF43
  • Polymerizing Antimicrobial Peptides to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Studying the Role of Tyramine Beta-hydroxylase Related in Drosophila Melanogaster
  • Bacterial Entry of Polymerized Biomolecules via Enterobactin Analogues
  • The Non-Innocence of Fluorophores in Cellular Uptake
  • Applying Biochemical Techniques to the Field of Ecoimmunology to Elucidate Mechanisms Governing Bighorn Sheep’s Varied Immune Responses to Pneumonia Due to Changes in Nutritional Condition
  • Investigating the Role of the Transcriptional Activation Domain of p53 in the Binding of RNF43
  • The Evolution and Expression of Bothrops pirajai acidic phospholipase PLA2-I in the Venom of Sea Urchins
  • Literature Review of the Bioactive Alkaloids in Swertia Chirayita
  • Effects of Bifenthrin and Fipronil on PPARy in Zebrafish
  • Investigation of Different Binding Kinetics Among the Neuraminidase Inhibitors
  • Expression of rnf43 in Early Embryonic Development of Zebrafish

Contact Information

Biochemistry / Molecular Biology Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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