• Biology Department Research

    At Worcester State University, we understand that the best learning includes doing. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to hone your scientific skills and techniques by working on faculty-led undergraduate research exploring topics like bacterial infection, animal diversity in Worcester County, and soil quality and composition. We also promote independent research with local biological and biotechnology organizations as well as interdisciplinary research with other WSU departments in the fields of chemistry, computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, and psychology.

    Collaborating with your professors on research projects will reinforce laboratory learning and expose you to best research practices. Many of our students have co-authored important papers in academic journals and presented their research at local science competitions. We recognize these remarkable student-faculty collaborations at our annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. Recent projects include:

    • Study Abroad in the Dominican Republic: Intersection of Environmental Protection and Extreme Poverty
    • Investigation of the Effect of Bud3 Phosphorylation Site Mutations on Cell Cycle Progression in the Yeast
    • Developing a Conservation Strategy for Migrating Lepidoptera by Addressing Habitat Dominated by Invasive Species at Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary
    • Comparison of the Weight and Length of Psuedemys rubriventris Raised at Worcester State to Those in the Wild
    • Monitoring and Identifying Members of the Soil Microbiota in Worcester-Area Parks
    • Inhibition of IFIH1 in Xenopus laevis Stage VI Oocytes
    • Xenopus laevis and the IFIH1 Gene: Cloning the IFIH1 Gene