Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry

Chen Lab

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Our research focuses on the use of physics-based simulations of RNA as a tool for studying RNA folding and biomolecular engineering.

Eric Block Research Group

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Block's group is very actively involved in an area broadly described as Allium chemistry, e.g. the analysis, isolation, spectroscopy, synthetic and mechanistic organosulfur chemistry, clinical trials of garlic supplements, development of garlic- and onion-oil based pesticides and other applied work on onion, garlic and related, economically important plants including the little studied ramps (Allium tricoccum).

Evgeny V. Dikarev Research Group

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Research Interests: Solid state synthesis and crystal growth, inorganic structural chemistry, reaction mechanisms and intermediates, and metals in medicine

Fabris Laboratory

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Research interests: Using mass spectroscopy to investigate macromolecular complexes, protein-nucleic acid interactions in viruses, high-resolution mass spectrometry, and RNA-based drug therapeutics.

Gerd-Uwe Flechsig Research Group

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We conduct research in the field of analytical chemistry. Our main topic is the development of electrochemical sensors for heavy metals, nucleic acids, and other organic molecules.

Lednev Lab

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Research interests: analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, laser spectroscopy.

Li Niu Research Group

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Our laboratory is interested in understanding the structure-function relationship and the mechanism of regulation of glutamate ion channel receptors. These receptors mediate rapid synaptic neurotransmission and are indispensable in the brain function, such as memory and learning. Abnormal receptor activity, however, has been implicated in various neurological diseases and disorders

Marina Petrukhina Research Group

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Research Interests: synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, coordination and structural chemistry of transition elements, polynuclear metal complexes and metal clusters, supramolecular chemistry, and materials science

Multiplex Biotechnology Laboratory

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Our group is focused on development of multiplex biotechnologies based on nanotechnology and microfluidics, particularly barcode arrays, for disease diagnostics and forensic investigation. This unique lab also aims to apply the multiplex tools and employ principles in systems biology and physics to tackle the major challenges in immunology and cancer therapeutics, and to offer new perspectives of multi-scale biosystem development.

Rabi Musah Research Group

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The underlying theme of studies in the Musah research lab is in the mechanisms by which the redox versatility of sulfur is exploited by Nature to solve challenging issues in the chemical biology of plants and some viruses. The development of spectroscopic and mass spectrometric tools and methods that can be used to probe reactions involving organosulfur species are also of interest, as the tracking of organosulfur reaction intermediates presents unique challenges not often encountered with other elements.

Research Group Halamek

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Our research group focuses on the areas of bioelectronics and bionanotechnology. These approaches, often combined with biomolecular engineering, are a rapidly emerging field aimed at development biology-inspired intelligent sensing systems. Our multidisciplinary research approach combines fundamental studies with forward-looking engineering efforts. Some of the projects our group is interested in stem from the fields of biochemistry, analytical science and biotechnology. We are exploring the biorecognition of different characteristics, such as, ethnicity and gender of forensic subjects. These are based on biological markers, detection of toxic compounds such as organophosphates and biochemical steganographic and encryptic systems or "smart" biofuel cells and actuators.

Royzen Lab

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The Royzen Research Group is interested in developing new synthetic and imaging tools for RNA research

Shekhtman Lab

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Research interests: Structural studies of protein-protein interactions involved in cellular signal transduction, structural studies of endocytic proteins and their interactions, development of novel NMR methodologies to effectively study large bio-complexes

Sheng Lab

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Our lab is interested in the structural and functional studies of naturally occurring modifications in nucleic acid, the most important biological macromolecules. The diversified chemical modifications discovered in DNA and RNA (including tRNA, mRNA, rRNA and all the other non-coding RNAs) play critical biological roles and are directly related to many diseases. We hope the atomic-level understanding of their 3D structures and their metabolic pathways will lead to better elucidation of their functions and shed light on the potential drug discovery based on them. In addition, these modifications are the most evolutionarily conserved properties in the early stage of cellular life, providing important clues to study the prebiotic chemistry and the origin of life.

Ting Wang Lab

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Research in the Wang group is focused on the development of new synthetic methods for natural product synthesis. Of particular interest are the discovery of new synthetic strategies via visible light photocatalysis and cooperative catalysis, and their applications in the synthesis of small molecules, peptides, and proteins.

Welch Research Group

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Research interests: organic chemistry, anti-mycobacterial agents, genetically engineered materials, and transition metal complex chemistry

Yigit Lab

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Our group is interested in studying two and three dimensional nanoparticles for addressing biological, biomedical and environmental challenges.

Zhang Lab

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Our research interests include small molecule natural products synthesis, novel chemical methodology development; complex carbohydrates synthesis and applications; Peptides and proteins chemical synthesis.

Zhang Wang Lab

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Our new research group at SUNY-Albany focus on important questions in synthetic organic chemistry. We aim to develop catalytic asymmetric organic reactions using environmentally benign reagents and catalysts. These organic reactions can serve as key reactions in the synthesis of medicinally important agents. A second field we are interested in is the total synthesis of natural products with intriguing structures and important biological activities, such as neurotrophic lycopodium alkaloids. We aim to achieve concise total syntheses via unique bond disconnections. We hope medicinal chemistry will benefit from our research achievements.