ACADEMICS

  • 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 biology projects include:

    • Preparation of a Research Manuscript Describing the Effects of Phosphorylation Site Mutations on the Function of the Yeast Protein Bud3
    • A Review of Myocarditis Immunosuppressive Therapies
    • Familial Cold Autoinflammatory Syndrome
    • Genome Annotation of Drosophila elegans
    • Characterization of an Environmental Pseudomonas Isolate that is a Rapid Biofilm Producer
    • Microbiology Spotlight on the Radiation-Resistant Bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans
    • A Genetic Understanding of Hemophilia
    • Captive Reared Pseudemys rubriventris Hatchlings Grow Faster than Their Wild Counterparts

    Recent biotechnology projects include:

    • Nitroxyl (HNO) Reactions with Selenocysteine and Selenoproteins: A Novel Therapeutic
    • Microbiology Spotlight on the Bioluminescent Bacterium Vibrio fischeri
    • Vero Cell Viability and Proliferation  
    • The Effect of Antibiotics on the Microbial Diversity of Salt Marsh Soil
    • Identifying Members of the Soil Microbiota of Worcester Area Parks