As part of the concentration, students participate in a full academic year of research, either on or off campus.
Research may be pursued with faculty members within the biology and chemistry departments, or through an off-campus lab (with committee permission).
Examples of research conducted by students include:
- “The Influence of Pressure on the Activity of Splicing from Deep-sea Extremophiles”
- “Evolution Below the Surface: Population Genetics in Appalachian Cave Beetles”
- “Molecular Evolution of the COI Gene Indicates when Ground Beetles Invaded Caves in Appalachia”
- “Structural Determination of Inteins from Halophilic Organisms”
- “Investigation of honeybee pheromone communication in the social immune system”
Opportunities are also available for students to conduct summer research, both on and off campus. Learn more on the Office of the Science Coordinator website.