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Distinctive Programs in Biochemistry

Knox College is a national leader in involving students in advanced undergraduate research.Knox College is a national leader in involving students in advanced undergraduate research. Opportunities for students in biochemistry include:

  • Independent Study courses
  • Individual and team-based projects
  • Collaboration with faculty, co-authoring of journal articles
  • Ford Research Fellows Program
  • College Honors (advanced research and thesis, oral defense with outside examiner)
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • State, regional and national conferences in specific disciplines

Recent College Honors

  • "Alpha-Hydroxy Phosphonic Acids via Lesquerella Oil," John Salvatore Cusimano '13.
  • "Using Chemical Denaturants to Investigate the Stability and Folding/Unfolding Pathway for the Tetrameric GrpE1-112 Protein," Shirley Marie Dehn, '11.
  • "Effects of Ethanol on J774A.1 Macrophages and the Possible Modification of Their Immune Response to LPS Exposure," Opokua Amoabeng, '10.
  • "Investigation of the Unfolding/Folding Process of the GrpE1-112 Tetrameric Deletion Mutant Protein," Kelby Mitchell Okada, '09.
  • "Characterization of the Effects of Acute Ethanol Exposure on Signaling Pathways in Response to LPS Stimulus in RAW 264.7 Cells," Michele Christine Darrow, '09.
  • "Using the GrpE Protein from E. coli. to Investigate Alpha Helix Length Requirements for Four-Helix Bundle Formation," Nalin U.G. '07.
  • "Microscopic and Genetic Identification and Characterization of Centrin in Phascolosoma agassizii (phylum Sipuncula)," Rebecca Blackburn, '06.
  • "Probing Four-Helix Bundle Stability in the GrpE Protien via Internal Deletion Mutants," Tilemahos Spyratos, '06.
  • "'Hypothermia Differentially Regulates LPS Induced Genes in RAW 264.7 Cells': The Role of MAP Kinases in iNOS and COX-2 Regulation," Ayush Giri, '06.

Off-Campus Programs and Internships
Knox actively encourages students in all disciplines to apply for off-campus study and internships. For students interested in biochemistry, these have included:

  • University of Aberdeen exchange program
  • Barcelona program
  • Besançon program
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Denmark's International Study Program
  • Argonne National Laboratories: All sciences; recent projects include nuclear chemistry, superconductivity and energy resources
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Natural and social sciences, specializing in interdisciplinary work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, as well as economics, political science and sociology-anthropology
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Northern Regional Research Laboratory
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture, Animal Disease Laboratory

Internships
Few experiences can prepare you better for life after Knox than conducting an internship. As a Knox biochemistry student, you can conduct an internship for course credit either during the academic year or the summer, working closely with a faculty supervisor while engaging in fieldwork and completing an academic paper. Recent internships by biochemistry students include:

  • Interm, Department of Pharamcology, Universidale Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. Timothy O'Neal, '14, biochemistry and neuroscience major.
  • Summer Medical Missions trip, Cameroon, Africa. Sarah Johnson, '07, biochemistry major.
  • Intern, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Dept, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Cameron Lilly, '06, biochemistry major.
  • Internship with Dr. Bonnie Williams, Galesburg, Illinois. Lei Zhang, '06, biochemistry major.
  • Intern, Burgland Drugs, Galesburg, Illinois. Claire Matekaitis, '05, biochemistry and chemistry major.
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