Overview

BCMB majors take foundational biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics courses to understand the physical, chemical and biological principles that govern the workings of biological systems and the experimental approaches we use to study these systems. Research opportunities are available in different departments and programs.

Fast Facts
  • Conduct research in Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience and other departments
  • Membership in the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Attend regional and national meetings to present your research
  • BCMB majors co-author peer-reviewed publications with faculty
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What You'll Study

Molecular and biochemical principles and tools that help us understand biological systems


Faculty

Undergraduate-focused faculty mentors

BCMB faculty research and teaching expertise span broad disciplinary levels of biology and chemistry, including bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, virology, microbial/cell/organismal physiology, cell biology and neuroscience.

Frank Healy
Frank Healy, Ph.D.
Co-Chair
Professor, Biology
Corina Maeder
Corina Maeder, Ph.D.
Co-Chair
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Gerard M. J. Beaudoin, III
Gerard M. J. Beaudoin, III, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology
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John A. Burke, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Michelle Bushey
Michelle Bushey, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, Chemistry
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Bert Chandler, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemistry
Christina Cooley
Christina Cooley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Ryan Davis
Ryan Davis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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Jonathan Dougherty, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology
Kyralyssa Hauger-Sanchez
Kyralyssa Hauger-Sanchez, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Chemistry
Frank Healy
Frank Healy, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology
Laura Hunsicker-Wang
Laura Hunsicker-Wang, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemistry
Michele Johnson
Michele Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology
Jonathan King
Jonathan King, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology
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William E. Kurtin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Joseph Lambert
Joseph B. Lambert, Ph.D.
Research Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry
Kevin Livingstone
Kevin Livingstone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology
Brittany Long
Brittany Long, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Chemistry
Kelly Lyons
Kelly Lyons, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology
Corina Maeder
Corina Maeder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Nancy Stewart Mills
Nancy Stewart Mills, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, Chemistry
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Troy Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology
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Benjamin F. Plummer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Chris Pursell
Christopher Pursell, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
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Wei Li Reeves, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry
David Ribble
David Ribble, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Budget and Research, Biology
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James Roberts, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Biology
Jason Shearer
Jason Shearer, Ph.D.
Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry
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James (Jim) Shinkle, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology
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Bethany Strunk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology
Kristina Trevino
Kristina Trevino, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Adam Urbach
Adam Urbach, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemistry
Marylin Wooten
Marilyn Wooten, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Chemistry

Student Opportunities

Undergraduate student-centered multidisciplinary training and research opportunities

Scholarships

Beckman Scholars Program
The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biology, or interdisciplinary areas of chemical and biological sciences.

McNair Scholars Program
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (the McNair Scholars Program) prepares well-qualified undergraduate students for success in doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

Financial Aid for Science & Technology Students Enhanced with Research (FASTER)
FASTER grants are available to select academically talented students with financial need who plan to major in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. These $5,000 annual awards are designed to replace student loans and are renewable for up to four years.

Dr. J. Wilfrid Hahn Scholarship
This scholarship award is given in memory of Dr. Hahn to eligible BCMB majors in excellent academic standing.


Honors Programs

BCMB majors can pursue honors research with faculty mentors in Chemistry, Biology, or other programs, culminating in the preparation and presentation of a written thesis.


Research Opportunities

BCMB students can join faculty research laboratories and pursue projects and experimental work.

Maeder Lab
Research in the Maeder Lab centers on characterizing a key mechanism in gene expression, pre-messenger RNA splicing.  Splicing precisely removes non-protein coding sequences from RNA prior to translation into proteins. The mechanism involves large-scale rearrangements of protein-RNA complexes, which must be regulated to ensure both splicing timing and accuracy. Our current work focuses on identifying the mechanisms by which several essential splicing proteins regulate spliceosome assembly and activation.  We use a variety of biochemical, molecular biological, and genetics techniques to dissect the importance of protein-nucleic acid and protein-protein interactions in the spliceosome.

Hunsicker-Wang Lab
The Hunsicker-Wang lab explores the relationship between protein structure and function. Researchers study metalloproteins from a unique bacterium, Thermus thermophilus. These proteins have high stability and make them amenable for structural studies using X-ray crystallography. The proteins that are studied are involved directly or indirectly in the respiration process. The lab uses a combination of mutagenesis, chemical modification, and spectroscopic and structural tools to study these proteins.


Study Abroad

In consultation with their academic advisors and the Study Abroad Office, BCMB majors can plan study abroad experiences as part of their degree program.


Facilities

Center for the Sciences and Innovation
Multidisciplinary undergraduate-centered research opportunities exist in Trinity’s Center for the Sciences and Innovation. The facility features 280,000 square feet of cutting-edge lab and classroom spaces, where students can develop and work on projects, and learn techniques and instrumentation use.


Student Organizations

Students can become members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). ASBMB members can apply for travel awards to present their research at national conferences.


Student Awards

Outstanding BCMB Student
This award recognizes a single graduating BCMB major for academic and research excellence in the BCMB program.

Mach Research Fellowship
Endowed by Steven Mach (Trinity University Class of 1992), the Mach Fellowships provide funding to rising seniors in STEM programs to support senior year research projects.


Events

BCMB students can explore their disciplinary interests through attendance at seminar events hosted by Biology, Chemistry, Physics and other departments.

 

 


When You Graduate

Prepared to find solutions

Whether they continue their education or enter the professional world, graduates are well-versed in the disciplines of chemistry and biology and are equipped to approach problems and offer solutions at the intersections of chemistry and life sciences.

 

Careers

BCMB majors pursue graduate work in biochemical and life sciences. Many graduates attend medical school or postbaccalaureate study in other allied health professions, or enter careers in biotechnology, biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sales, industry and teaching.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Cal Tech
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • Scripps Research Institute
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Minnesota

    Career Areas:

    • Biomedical sciences
    • Biotechnology
    • Dentistry
    • Education
    • Medicine
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Veterinary

    Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

    • Dow Chemical Company

     


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