We always have a number of undergraduate students in the lab, and positions are quite competitive. Students, starting as sophomores or juniors with GPAs no less than 3.2, learn one or more technologies (spectrophotometry - fluorescence, UV-Vis, circular dichroism, electrophoresis, calorimetry, microbiological, molecular biology) and apply them to a real research problem. The students present their work at lab meetings and local symposia, but in addition are expected to contribute to major research publications. Almost all the students in the lab have been authors on research papers, and some are the first authors.

During the academic year, research requires that your class schedule have large blocks of open time, for no experiment is conducted in just an hour. Typically 3-4 hour blocks are required. (Undergraduates are not allowed in the lab alone; therefore, the blocks of time have to coincide with others being around, generally 9-5.
Because we expect the students to accomplish a lot in their research, we require that they conduct research at UAlbany with us for 4 semesters and over at least one summer (a full two years).

We expect a lot from our students, but in return they receive a true research experience and authorship.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Kathryn Sarachan by email (ksarachan@albany.edu) with your status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior), GPA, and ability to meet the criteria above. We will be happy to set up a time for you to visit.


We are always open to accepting rotating graduate students with a variety of backgrounds as space allows. Students must first complete a full rotation within the lab before any decisions about joining the research group to conduct thesis or dissertation research can be made.

If you are interested in learning more about research conducted in the Agris lab and inquiring about conducting a rotation please contact the lab manager, Dr. Kathryn Sarachan (ksarachan@albany.edu) to schedule a meeting.


We currently do not have any openings for postdoctoral fellows without independent research funding.