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 (undergraduates listed in bold):


Lee, M, Chea, K, Pyda, R, Chua, M, & Dominguez, I (2017) Comparative Analysis of Non-viral Transfection Methods in Mouse Embryonic Fibroblast Cells. Journal of Biomolecular Techniques  28: 67–74.

Kamhi JF, Sandridge A,
Walker C, Robson SKA, Traniello JFA (2017) Worker brain development and colony organization in ants: does division of labor reduce neuroplasticity? Developmental Neurobiology.

Warkentin KM, Diaz JC, Guell B, Jung, J, Kim SJ, Cohen KC (2017) Developmental onset of escape-hatching responses in red-eyed treefrogs depend on cue type.  Animal Behaviour 129: 103-112.


Elf S, Abdelfattah NS, Chen E, Perales-Pató J, Rosen EA, Ko A, Peisker F, Florescu N, Giannini S, Wolach O, Morgan EA, Tothova Z, Losman JA, Schneider RK, Al-Shahrour F, Mullally A (2016) Mutant Calreticulin Requires Both Its Mutant C-terminus and the Thrombopoietin Receptor for Oncogenic Transformation.  Cancer Discovery 6: 368-381.            

Homma S, Beermann ML, Yu B, Boyce Fm, Miller JB (2016) Nuclear bodies reorganize during myogenesis in vitro and are differentially disrupted by expression of FSHD-associated DUX4. Skeletal Muscle 6(1): 42.

Mattison SM, Benheim B, Chak B, Buston PM (2016) Offspring sex preferences among matrilineal and patrilineal Mosuo in Southwest China revealed by differences in parity progression.  Royal Society Open Science 3: 160-526.

Meehan TL, Joudi TF, Timmons AK, Taylor JD, Habib C, Peterson JS, Emmanuel S, Franc NC, McCall K (2016) Components of the engulfment machinery have distinct roles in corpse processing, PLoS ONE 11:

Meng L, Meyer PF NR, Leary ML, Mohammad YM, Ferber SD, Lin JW (2016) Effects of Deltamethrin on Crayfish Motor Axon Activity and Neuromuscular Transmission.  Neuroscience Letters 617(6): 32.38.

Piacentino ML, Chung O, Ramachandran J, Zuch DT, Yu J, Conaway EA, Reyna A, Bradham, CA (2016) Zygotic LvBMP5-8 Is Required for Skeletal Patterning and for Left-Right but not Dorsal-Ventral Specification in the Sea Urchin Embryo.  Developmental Biology 412: 44-56.