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Graduate
Laboratory Rotations and Research
Erin McCarthy

Finding an exciting research project and a research adviser is a big decision. That’s why BMMB students participate in three to six five-week rotations in different laboratories before choosing their dissertation adviser. You may choose to rotate with any BMMB graduate faculty member who has openings in their research group. The faculty research areas within the department are quite diverse. We invite you to browse the pages of the many exciting laboratories in our graduate program.

 

Choosing Rotations 

Our goal is to have you join a laboratory that will provide an atmosphere and mentoring that will teach you to think critically, to become a well-trained independent scientist, to become effective at communicating your research to others, and reach your full potential. To assist in this process, BMMB provides the following resources:

  • A written guide on choosing rotations as well as a list of faculty interested in taking new students is distributed in early July prior to the start of the program
     
  • Students are encouraged to set up their first rotation over the summer through individual conversations with faculty.
     
  • Upon arrival at Penn State, students have an advising meeting with BMMB to discuss their scientific interests and potential rotations.
     
  • During Welcome Week, BMMB 3rd Year Students present their research at our mini-symposium and the entire department gathers for a picnic. This is a great opportunity to network and introduce yourself to the faculty.
     
  • BMMB faculty present brief research overview talks to our students during the first two weeks of fall semester to assist students in identifying laboratories that fit their interests (or expose students to new interests!) for their remaining rotations.

 

Selection of Dissertation Lab

BMMB students may select their dissertation research advisor at the end of the fall semester or they may continue to explore their options during the spring semester. 

 

Potential Dissertation Laboratories

Photo not availableDr. Istvan Albert

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Jean-Paul ArmacheDr. Jean-Paul Armache

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Paul BabitzkeDr. Paul Babitzke

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Lu BaiDr. Lu Bai

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Philip BevilacquaDr. Philip Bevilacqua

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Photo not availableDr. Amie Boal

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Photo not availableJ. Martin Bollinger

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Squire BookerDr. Squire Booker

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Photo not availableDr. Paul Cremer

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Santhosh GirirajanDr. Santhosh Girirajan

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Ying GuDr. Ying Gu

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Susan HafensteinDr. Susan Hafenstein

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Wendy Hanna-RoseDr. Wendy Hanna-Rose

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Ross HardisonDr. Ross Hardison

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Joyce JoseDr. Joyce Jose

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Teh-hui KaoDr. Teh-hui Kao

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Ken KeilerDr. Kenneth Keiler

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Andrey KrasilnikovDr. Andrey Krasilnikov

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Carsten KrebsDr. Carsten Krebs

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Zhi-Chun laiDr. Zhi-Chun Lai

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Scott LindnerDr. Scott Lindner

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Manuel LlinasDr. Manuel Llinás

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Bernard LuschnerDr. Bernard Lüscher

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Photo not availableDr. Shaun Mahony

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Photo not availableDr. Paul Medvedev

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Photo not availableDr. Timothy Meredith

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Timothy MiyashiroDr. Timothy Miyashiro

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Photo not availableDr. Anton Nekrutenko

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Photo not availableDr. Tracy Nixon

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Denise OkaforDr. Denise Okafor

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Jeffrey PetersDr. Jeffrey Peters

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Photo not availableDr. Andrew Patterson

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Robert paulsonDr. Robert Paulson

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Gary PerdewDr. Gary Perdew

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Photo not availableDr. Kathleen Postle

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Melissa RollsDr. Melissa Rolls

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Lorraine SantyDr. Lorraine Santy

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Scott SelleckDr. Scott Selleck

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Scott ShowalterDr. Scott Showlater

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Moriah SzparaDr. Moriah Szpara

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Song TanDr. Song Tan

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Photo not availableDr. Claire Thomas

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Ming TienDr. Ming Tien

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Emily WeinertDr. Emily Weinert

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Photo not availableDr. Xin Zhang

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2019 - 2020 Rotation Schedule