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Erin O'Donnell, a second-year student at Penn State majoring in molecular biology, examines an isolated soil sample during a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB 294) lab session. BMB 294 is designed to help undergraduates become more acclimated with the process, language and skills necessary for research studies.
Students in a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) 294 lab work with natural products isolated from soil samples collected around Pennsylvania to try to identify compounds with antibacterial properties. The course is designed to help undergraduates carry-out research projects under faculty supervision.
Dr. John Alumasa, assistant research professor in Penn State's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, guides one of his students through some of the goals of a lab session during his Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) 294 class at South Frear Building.
Nick Tomasko, a second-year student at Penn State majoring in biochemistry, finalizes his notes prior to isolating and labeling samples during a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) 294 lab session.
Undergraduate student Emily McNaughton works on testing isolated soil samples during a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) 294 lab session. McNaughton is a first-year student at Penn State majoring in biochemistry.
Katie Bartlett, a microbiology major at Penn State, places a sample in a laboratory vortex mixer during a hands-on research session in her Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) 249 class.
Soil samples that were isolated and labeled by undergraduate students in a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) 294 class are placed in an incubator to be warmed. BMB 294 is an integrated research and seminar course allowing students to participate in a course-based undergraduate research experience.
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