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Undergraduate Research in Biology

We strongly encourage students to get involved in research during the summer, academic year, or both. For many students, research is one of the most intellectually rewarding experiences at Barnard. When unpaid research is conducted during the academic year, students can receive academic credit for working in a laboratory at Barnard or anywhere else in New York City. Research can be conducted during any (or all) semesters of the major, and during the summer. 

Learn more about opportunities and credit for undergraduate research by clicking the button below.

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From Project Lab to Publication

After publishing Evidence from simulation studies for selective constraints on the codon usage of the Angiosperm psbA gene under the mentorship of Professor Brian Morton in the upper-level lab course, Project Lab, Theyjasvi Ashok, Nina Kalkus, and Joy Barrett sat down with us to discuss their work and what research at Barnard has been like for them.

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Professor Jon Snow, Along With Four Barnard Affiliates, Publishes New Research on a Potential Therapeutic Strategy for Treating a Deadly Infection in Honey Bee Colonies

On October 29, 2021, Jonathan Snow, associate professor of biological sciences, published new research in Biomolecules, titled “Proteasome Inhibition Is an Effective Treatment Strategy for Microsporidia Infection in Honey Bees.” Alongside his co-authors, Emily M. Huntsman ‘22, Rachel M. Cho ‘22, Helen V. Kogan ‘19, Nora K. McNamara-Bordewick ‘20, and Robert J. Tomko Jr, a professor at Florida State University, Snow’s research explores the use of proteasome inhibitors as a potential therapeutic strategy for treating Nosema ceranae, a parasite that leads to honey bee mortality and colony collapse.

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Professor Allison Lopatkin Publishes New Research on Infection Risks and Disease Burdens from Exposures in Wastewaters

On October 26, 2021, Allison Loptakin, assistant professor of biological sciences, published new research in Environmental Science & Technology, titled “Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Antimicrobial Resistant and Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus in Reclaimed Wastewaters.”

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Professor Jonathan Snow and Three Barnard Affiliates Publish New Research on the Effects of an Antimalarial Drug in Honey Bees

On October 7, 2021, Jonathan Snow, associate professor of biological sciences, published new research in the international journal Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, along with biology department staff member Melissa Flores ’16, Nora K. McNamara-Bordewick ’20, and Natalie L. Lovinger ’22. The article, “Halofuginone triggers a transcriptional program centered on ribosome biogenesis and function in honey bees,” expands on earlier research that examined how the antimalarial drug Halofuginone may be used to treat Nosema ceranae, which is a known pathogen of honey bees.  Previous research has found that administering a dose of Halofuginone large enough to be effective against the pathogen is toxic to bees.

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Summer Mini Grant Recipient Reflections

As the summer has wrapped up, our summer grant recipients reflect on their research experiences.

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Professors Jonathan Snow, JJ Miranda, Allison Lopatkin, and Jennifer Mansfield Publish New Research on How Thermal Stress Affects Honey Bee Digestion

On September 3, 2021, Jonathan Snow, JJ Miranda, Allison Lopatkin, and Jennifer Mansfield, all biological science professors at Barnard College, published new research in The Journal of Experimental Biology, titled “Thermal stress induces tissue damage and a broad shift in regenerative signaling pathways in the honey bee digestive tract.” With their co-authors, Dunay Bach, Miriam Holzman, and Fatoumata Wague, the researchers, led by Professor Snow, evaluated thermal stress in honey bees, focusing on the recent die-off event of these insects in the United States, and their high capacity to endure thermal stress.

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Summer Mini Grant Recipient Updates

Our summer grant recipients—Hannah Prensky, Tamima Sultana, Isabella Villa Real Seabra, and Vivian Zhao—update us on how their summer research projects are going.

Professor Hilary Callahan Publishes New Research on Green Roof Ecosystems in New York City

On August 2, 2021, Hilary Callahan, professor of biological sciences, published new research in the journal Urban Ecosystems, titled “Seasonal patterns of native plant cover and leaf trait variation on New York City green roofs.”

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Meet the New Faces on the 10th Floor!

Today, we sat down to chat with the two new faces on the 10th floor of Altschul: Mehrose Ahmad (BC '21) and Corey Marshalleck. As lab technicians for Professors Allison Lopatkin and Jon Snow respectively, Mehrose and Corey discuss research, mentorship, and life outside of Altschul.

Staff Spotlight: Abigail Gutierrez (BC '20)

Today we sit down with Laboratory Specialist and Class of 2020 alum, Abigail Gutierrez, to discuss her work in the lab of Professor Alison Pischedda.

Student Spotlight: Tiffany Vo

Today we sat down with Summer Research Institute (SRI) participant and research assistant, Tiffany Vo, to talk about research and why representation in STEM is so important.

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A Summer of Research: Meet Our Summer 2021 Grant Recipients

Each year, our department funds innovative summer research projects thanks to the Donald and Nancy Ritchie, Edna Henry Bennett, Maura Shannon Barrett, and Herbert Maule Richards grants. Here, we introduce this year's recipients of these grants and their summer projects: Hannah Prensky, Tamima Sultana, Isabella Villa Real Seabra, and Vivian Zhao.

Faculty News

Professor JJ Miranda Publishes New Research on Repurposing Nitroxoline as a Possible Treatment for Tumor Growth

In this article, Professor Miranda, Rondeau ’18, and Ibáñez de Garayo ’20 — who contributed significantly as part of her senior thesis research — investigate “rational repurposing,” which is the repurposing of currently used drugs for new treatments after uncovering new molecular activities within them.

Alums in the Spotlight: Sophia Liu and Alice Sardarian

Biology alums Sophia Liu and Alice Sardarian sit down with us to discuss their summer 2020 publication and how research at Barnard prepared them for life beyond the 117th street gates.

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Professor JJ Miranda Publishes New Research on Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus

This research investigates the genetic makeup of Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV), a form of the herpes virus which is usually latent, meaning it lies dormant in the body until encountering circumstances that allow it to be expressed.

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Staff Spotlight: Dr. Louise Urien

A postdoctoral fellow in the Bauer Lab, Dr. Louise Urien joins us today to discuss her work and what it's like to be a part of the Bauer lab.

Student Spotlight: Meet Hannah Prensky (BC '22)

Today, Hannah Prensky (BC '22) joins us to discuss her contributions to research on the importance of conjugation dynamics as well as what it's like to work as a research assistant under the guidance of Professor Allison Lopatkin.

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Professor John Glendinning Publishes New Research on the Taste System

On March 30, biological sciences professor John Glendinning published new research in the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology.


Testing the Waters

A year after COVID-19 became a national emergency, a campus-run project to monitor coronavirus in wastewater is part of a multi-pronged effort to keep the community safe during the pandemic.


Professor Allison Lopatkin Publishes a Paper on Gene Mutations

The paper builds on the research Lopatkin conducts in her lab, which aims to understand how microbial populations develop resistance and how to combat those mutations.

Meet the Lab Techs in Altschul!

Today, Olivia Anastasio, Lena Kogan (BC '19), Abby Ryckman (BC '18), and Nicole Rondeau (BC '18) join us to discuss what drives them as scientists and who they are outside of Altschul.


Keeping Bee-sy

In celebration of National Honey Bee Day (August 15), Professor Jonathan Snow chats with two mentees about the art of Barnard beekeeping, their buzziest facts, and more.


For the Love of Research

Three Beckman Scholars share their passion for STEM, Barnard mentors, and whether the pandemic has shifted their research focus.