Ask a Panther Pro: Genetics
Why is genetics so important? Listen to Dr. Carroll, associate professor from the Biological Sciences Department, who has all of the answers!
Research Portal: A Bright Future
Check out this research and more at Florida Tech's Research Portal!
Florida Tech not only has a 2,500 square feet aquaculture laboratory on campus, but also has facilities throughout the community to support all biology programs! Check them all out!
Internship & Research Opportunities
Florida Tech students utilize molecular biology internships to help them gather the experience necessary to excel after college. In addition to molecular biology internships at Florida Tech labs, our students also intern at a variety of companies, including:
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
- National Science Foundation
Through these molecular biology internships, students learn the techniques used by real scientists to help prepare them for a career after graduation.
Intensive Senior Laboratory Research
The pinnacle of the Florida Tech molecular biology curriculum is the senior laboratory experience. This program consists of 15 to 20 hours a week of hands-on laboratory time, where students gain experience using the current tools and techniques used by molecular biology researchers.
Professors may also invite students to take part in faculty research teams. These projects allow students to participate in high-level research opportunities while still an undergraduate. As research assistants, students' work on real-life problems like antibiotic-resistant bacteria, cures for cancer, crime-scene analysis and agriculture in space.
The professors in the molecular biology department conduct diverse research projects including:
- Infrared imaging systems of pit vipers, pythons and boas
- Forensic analysis
- Molecular mechanisms underlying sperm-egg fusion
- Animal behavior
- Development of vision in marine fishes and turtles
- Identification of molecular targets that can be used to develop novel antibiotics
- DNA replication
Professor Michael Grace has earned worldwide attention through feature stories on National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, TLC, CNN, Discovery Canada, ABC News and National Public Radio.
Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Biology Degree
Tri-Beta is an active student biological honor society dedicated to promoting the subject of biology in all forms. The club also recognizes students for outstanding achievements in research or molecular biology internships. Members frequently take part in activities such as hiking, snorkeling, Relay for Life, Phone-a-Thons, and more. They also organize guest lecture events, picnics and barbecues to bring faculty and students together to learn more about biology. It is the perfect means to network with other biological sciences students to learn about molecular biology internships, research students and activities.