Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

The Effects of Oil Spill on amoA Gene Expression in Ammonia Oxidizing Microbes

By: Khushbu Pandya '16
Faculty Adviser: Anne Bernhard

Synthesis of the Novel Firefly Luciferase Inhibitor Benzothiophene Dehydroluciferin Sulfamoyl Adenosine

By: Derrick Roy '15
Faculty Adviser: Marc Zimmer

The Effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Treatments on Botswana Youth: Traditional vs. Conventional

By: Parinda Darden '13
Faculty Adviser: Steve Loomis

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Shannon Brady Shannon Brady

Biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: The feel of the campus definitely contributed to my decision, but it was also based on how the sciences blend with liberal arts here. I loved that I could combine my passion for photography and science without having to pick one or major in both.


Q: What is it like to study science at Connecticut College?
A: The chemistry and biology departments are so personal. All the professors make an effort to get to know you, even if you aren’t in their classes. The classes are challenging and rewarding and leave you with a sense of accomplishment. The ability to participate in research as undergraduates is rare for such a small school. Even if you don’t participate in formal independent research, the techniques you learn in the lab are extremely valuable down the road.


Q: What role has CELS (the College's career development and internship program) played in your experience?
A: My CELS counselor gave me a contact at Smilow Cancer Hospital who directed me to the head of The Breast Center there. I now have an internship at Yale Medical School working with immunodeficient mice as models for breast cancer and diabetes. Without CELS and the funding it offers, it would have been nearly impossible to design this kind of internship.

Selected courses


  • Genetics
  • Molecular Development
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Structure and Dynamics
  • Organic Spectroscopic Methods

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