Biochemistry Program

Research Opportunities

In an unique experience, students work one-on-one with faculty on novel research projects. During this experience, they develop close long-term ties with their faculty mentors and peers in the lab. Research projects are presented yearly at Union College’s Steinmetz Day, and many students present their results at regional and national meetings including Experimental Biology, the American Chemical Society, the Endocrine Society, and the Society for Developmental Biology, and contribute to publications with faculty.

Collaborative student-faculty projects

  • Using Computational Chemistry to understand Protein Dynamics (J. Anderson, Chemistry)
  • Aerogel Materials:  Fabrication, Characterization and Applications (Carroll, Chemistry)
  • Drosophila Model of Pediatric Neurological Diseases (Chu-LaGraff, Biology)
  • Understanding Reproductive Endocrinology at the Molecular Level (Cohen, Biology)
  • Role of the Cytoskeleton in Cell Movement (Danowski, Biology)
  • Enzyme Activity of Proteins involved in Cell Death (Fox, Chemistry)
  • Genetic Mechanisms Controlling Mushroom Development (Horton, Biology)
  • Natural and Unnatural Biologically Active Small Molecules (Kehlbeck, Chemistry)
  • Role of Oxidative and Glycolytic Enzymes in Grasshopper Jumping (Kirkton, Biology)
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Programmed Cell Death and Organismal Homeostasis (Lauzon, Biology)
  • Environmental Fate of Chemical Contaminants (MacManus-Spencer, Chemistry)
  • Molecular Biology/Ecology of Freshwater Invasive Clams (Salvo, Biology)
  • Evolution and Development of the Vertebrate Digestive Tract (Theodosiou, Biology)
  • Synthesis of Compounds that may Treat Cancer by Binding to DNA (Tyler, Chemistry)