Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) offer Biology undergraduates the opportunity to do research with a small group of students.  Under the guidance of a Biology faculty member, the students will conduct research together on a defined project.  Students will  receive course 3- 4 hours course credit.  All courses require instructor permission. To register, click the link below, for more information please contact either the instructor of the course, or


CUREs offered in Spring 2020

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Molecular Parasitology (Dr Paul Ulrich)

Meeting days/times:   M/W   8:45-11:45 am

Meeting place:  NSC 318/328

Did you know that a typical mitochondrion has ~800 different proteins, that a large proportion of mitochondrial proteins have no known function, and that relatives of the sleeping sickness and Chagas’ disease pathogens infect insects here in Atlanta? Come join the research effort to determine function of these unknown proteins in protozoa and how the mitochondrion is much more than the “powerhouse of the cell”!


Microbial Ecology  (Dr Samantha Parks)

Meeting days/times:    TR 9:00-12:00

Meeting place:  NSC 318

Join a challenging and engaging research lab course in Microbial Ecology to investigate the diversity of your own environmental isolates.  This lab will incorporate microbiology, microbial ecology and molecular biology as we isolate bacteria and learn about their phylogenetic and metabolic diversity. Students choose spices, herbs, essential oils or other non-traditional antimicrobial agents with which to challenge a microbial ecosystem. Students isolate novel organisms growing in such compounds, characterize the isolates and assay their growth with the agents and any changes to susceptibility to traditional antibiotics, This is an excellent way to participate in authentic, meaningful research while pursuing your undergraduate degree!


Behavioral Endocrinology (Dr Edmund Rodgers)

Meeting days/times:    TR 10:00-12:00

Meeting place:  NSC 538

Students in this CURE investigate the interactions between behavior and the endocrine system. Specifically we focus on the interface of stress and social behavior (pair bonding and parental behavior). Students will learn how to sample and quantify hormones, how to collect and analyze behavioral data, as well as how to design and implement experiments. This course uses vertebrates (Convict Cichlid fish) to answer questions about the evolution of behavior.


Vertebrate Development (Dr Jonathan Sylvester)

Meeting days/times:    TR 1:00-3:00pm

Meeting place:  NSC 538

During embryonic development, differentiation of the nervous system is carefully coordinated by molecular “switches” and signals. This “evo-devo” research course investigates how Hox proteins are involved in regulating this process, and you can contribute to a deeper understanding of animal development while developing basic bioinformatics skills, performing PCR, and using in situ hybridization.


Laboratory in Molecular Biological & Applied and Environmental Microbiological Techniques (Dr Kuk-Jeong (Kuki) Chin)

Meeting days/times: Monday 12:00-3:30 PM; Wednesday 1:00-3:30 PM

Meeting place: TBD

Students will learn how to apply molecular techniques for measuring microbial diversity in environment while investigating the effect of the microbiome via social communications on host (fishes) fitness and reproduction.


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