As an undergraduate student, you have an opportunity to gain research experience by working with a professor. Projects our faculty have researched or investigated include:
  • studying which genes and proteins are changed in cancer cells and how this leads to unregulated cell growth
  • studying vault function in cancer multidrug resistance  
  • identifying nonpoint pollution contamination in rivers
  • examining drinking water for potential bacterial pathogens on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Contaminant Candidate List (CCL)
  • developing DNA- and RNA-based methods (DNA fingerprinting, SYBR green-based melt curve analyses, and real-time RNA amplification) for pathogen detection in foods
  • integrating pest management of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental diseases

If you are interested in becoming involved in an undergraduate research project, first identify one or more faculty members working on projects of interest to you, and speak to those faculty about opportunities in their laboratories.