Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research during their time at Boston University. Each year, approximately 100 Biology students conduct research in both faculty labs and labs outside the BU Biology Department.

Other research opportunities include field-based programs like the Marine Semester and Tropical Ecology Program where students can gain valuable hands-on experience. There are also field courses like Dr. Schneider and Dr. Warkentin’s Herpetology (BI 416) which combines lectures, lab work, and field trips to give students firsthand experience in a natural setting.

Recent publications (current undergraduates and recent graduates listed in bold):


Ming T, McGovern K, Cheng HL, Waddicor P, Rieble L, Dao M, Chen Y, Kimble MT, Cantor E, Manfredonia N, Judson R, Chapdelaine-Williams A, Cain DW, Haynes BF, Alt FW. Conditional Antibody Expression to Avoid Central B Cell Deletion in a Humanized HIV-1 Vaccine Mouse Models. bioRXiv, 3 Jan. 2020.


Ali A, Laake L, Kriefall NG, Kenkel CD, Matz MV and SW Davies (2019) Recruit symbiosis establishment and Symbiodiniaceae composition influenced by adult corals and reef sediment. Coral Reefs 38(3): 405-415.

Bryant CD, Babbs RK, Ruan QT, Kelliher JC, Kirkpatrick SL, Rodriguez FA, Feng AX, and Benitez F (2019) Cyfip1 haploinsufficiency increases compulsive-like behavior and food consumption: Parent-of-origin effects and potential implications for Prader-Willi Syndrome. Genes Genomes Genetics. 19 July 2019.

Chun J, Wilkins M, et al. “Recruitment of APOL1 Kidney Disease Risk Variants to Lipid Droplets Attenuates Cell Toxicity.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 116, no. 9, 2019, pp. 3712–3721.

Cullion K, Petishnok LCJi T, Zurakowski D, Kohane DS (2019) The Duration of Nerve Block from Local Anesthetic Formulations in Male and Female Rats. Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 36, no. 12, 2019.

Demirbas DHuang XDaesety VFeenstra SHaskovic MQi WGubbels CSHecht LLevy HLWaisbren SEBerry GT (2019) The Ability of an LC-MS/MS-Based Erythrocyte GALT Enzyme Assay to Predict the Phenotype in Subjects with GALT Deficiency. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, vol. 126, no. 4, 2019

Fulco CP, Bergman D, et al. (2019) Activity-by-Contact Model of Enhancer Specificity from Thousands of CRISPR Perturbations.” Nature Genetics. 

Gilbert J, Ioschpe A, et al. “NEXMIF/KIDLIA Knockout Mouse Demonstrates Autism-like Behaviors, Memory Deficits, and Impairments in Synapse Formation and Function.” The Journal of Neuroscience, 2019, pp. 0222–19.

Jung JKim SJArias SMPMcDaniel JGWarkentin K (2019) How Do Red-Eyed Treefrog Embryos Sense Motion in Predator Attacks? Assessing the Role of Vestibular Mechanoreception. bioRXiv.

Kim D, Lee D, Trackman PC, Roy S (2019) Effects of High Glucose–Induced Lysyl Oxidase Propeptide on Retinal Endothelial Cell Survival. The American Journal of Pathology, vol. 189, no. 10, 2019, pp. 1945–1952.

Maytin A, and Ligocki, I. “Dominance Hierarchy Establishment in the Invasive Round Goby, Neogobius Melanostomus.” Behavioural Processes, vol. 158, 2019, pp. 41–46.

Mondragon, A.A., Yalonetskaya, A, Ortega, A.J., Zhang, Y, Naranjo, O., Elguero, J., Chung, W.-S., McCall, K. (2019) Lysosomal machinery drives extracellular acidification to direct non-apoptotic cell death, Cell Reports.Article

Oberoi AR, et al. (2019) Improving Support to Siblings of Children with Cancer through a Community-Academic Partnership. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, vol. 7, no. 4, 2019, pp. 371–382.

Pacheco AR,  Moel M, and Segrè D (2019) Costless Metabolic Secretions as Drivers of Interspecies Interactions in Microbial Ecosystems. Nature Communications. 

Ross SB, Jadick M, Spence J, DeReus H, Sucandy I, Rosemurgy AS (2019) Men Surgeons’ Perceptions of Women Surgeons: Is There a Bias Against Women in Surgery? Surgical Endoscopy.

Traber KEDimbo ELSymer EMKorkmaz FTJones MRMizgerd JPQuinton LJ (2019) Transcriptional Signaling Hubs in Epithelial Cells During Pneumonia. Mucosal Immunology of Acute Bacterial Pneumonia, 2012, pp. 159–183.

Wang M, Wilkins M, et al. “Contributions of Rare Gene Variants to Familial and Sporadic FSGS.” Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 30, no. 9, 2019, pp. 1625–1640.

Wecowski J, Ross SB, Jadick M, Justice A, Sucandy I, Rosemurgy AS (2019) THE Big Deal: An Institution’s Experience with Robotic Transhiatal Esophagectomy. The American Surgeon 85(9): 1061-1065.

Yalonetskaya, A., Mondragon, A.A., Hintze, Z.J., Holmes, S. and McCall, K. (2019) Nuclear degradation dynamics in a non-apoptotic programmed cell death, Cell Death and Differentiation.

Zhu H, Salim S, et al. Association of Plasma Amylin Concentration With Alzheimer Disease and Brain Structure in Older Adults. JAMA Network Open, vol. 2, no. 8, 2019,

Zhu TMcClure R Harrison OBGenco C, and Massari P (2019) Integrated Bioinformatic Analyses and Immune Characterization of New Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Vaccine Antigens Expressed during Natural Mucosal Infection. Vaccines, vol. 7, no. 4, 2019, p. 153.


Babbs RK, Kelliher JC, Scotellaro JL, Luttik KP, Yazdani N, Ruan QT, Mulligan MK, Bryant CD (2018). Genetic differences in the behavioral organization of binge eating, conditioned food reward, and compulsive-like eating in C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice and in an F2 cross. Physiol Behav. 2018 Dec 1;197:51-66.

Carrasco Pro S, Dafonte Imedio A, Santoso CS, Gan KA, Sewell JA, Martinez M, Sereda R, Mehta S, Fuxman Bass JI (2018). Global landscape of mouse and human cytokine transcriptional regulation. Nucleic Acids Res.

Goss, H., Jaskiel, J., & Rotjan, R. (2018). Thalassia testudinum as a potential vector for incorporating microplastics into benthic marine food webs. Marine Pollution Bulletin135, 1085–1089.

Huiting L, Samaha Y, Zhang GL, Roderick JA, Li B, Anderson NM, Wang L, Wang Y, Laroche FLF, Choi JW, Liu CT, Kelliher MA and Feng H. UFD1: a Novel Contributor to MYC-mediated Leukemia Aggressiveness. Leukemia.  2018. BU Cancer Center Retreat. 2018 Nov;32(11):2339-2351.

Hutchings N, Baghdasaryan S, Qefoyan M, Chiloyan A, Manoukian M, Atayan A, Bilezikian J (2018) Iodine Nutrition in the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh). Endocrine Practice: May 2018, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 468-472. 

Jiang L, Ash P, Maziuk BF, Ballance HI, Boudeau S, Abdullatif AA, Orlando M, Petrucelli L, Ikezu T, Wolozin B (2018) TIA1 regulates the generation and response to toxic tau oligomers. Acta Neuropathologica.

Kliman HJ, Quaratella SB, Setaro AC, Siegman EC, Subha ZT, Tal R, Milano KM, Steck TL (2018)  Pathway of Maternal Serotonin to the Human Embryo and Fetus. Endocrinology, vol. 159, no. 4, 2018, pp. 1609–1629.

Maytin A, Davies SW, Smith G, Mullen S and PM Buston (2018) De Novo transcriptome assembly of the Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion percula): A new resource to study the evolution of fish color. Frontiers in Marine Science 5:284.

Mu L, Chen J, Li J, Arnold M, Sobotka S, Nyirenda T, Fowkes M, Christopherson M. and Sanders I (2018), Sensory Innervation of the Human Soft Palate. Anat. Rec., 301: 1861-1870. 

Sanders-DeMott R, McNellis R, Jabouri M, Templer PH. Snow depth, soil temperature and plant–herbivore interactions mediate plant response to climate change. J Ecol. 2018;00:1–12.

Singh N, Chin IGabriel PBlaum E, and Masli S (2018) Dysregulated Marginal Zone B Cell Compartment in a Mouse Model of Sjögren’s Syndrome with Ocular Inflammation. International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Santoso, C.S., Meehan, T.L., Peterson, J.S., Cedano, T.M., Turlo, C.V. and McCall, K. (2018) The ABC transporter Eato promotes cell clearance in the Drosophila melanogaster ovary, G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 8:833-843.

Song, W, Zhou, L, Liu-Kot, K, Fan, H, Han, J, and Yi J (2018). Measurement of flow-mediated dilation of mouse femoral artery in vivo by optical coherence tomography. Journal of Biophotonics, 11 (11).

More achievements in undergraduate research including poster, conference, and symposium presentations, can be found through UROP.