While pursuing studies in cellular and molecular biology, you may choose to participate in research in a faculty member’s lab. These scientific experiences will allow you to generate and communicate new scientific knowledge that could lead to improved understanding and treatment of human diseases and solve other important biological problems. Undergraduate research will boost your resume and dramatically increase your marketability with employers and advanced graduate programs.
Ball State Cellular and Molecular Biology faculty are leaders in their fields and are performing cutting-edge research with Ball State undergraduates! These faculty-student partnerships result in publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at regional and international scientific conferences.
- RNA modifications in fungal pathogens
- nervous and immune system responses following traumatic injury
- novel approaches to combat the antibiotic resistance crisis
- molecular analysis of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- cutting-edge technologies to study neuronal circuitry
- detection and destruction of disease-causing aberrant proteins
- molecular underpinnings of cancer and ALS
- cardiovascular development and regeneration
In addition to faculty research labs, you will have the opportunity to contribute to authentic, publishable cell biology research projects in the Methods in Cell Biology laboratory class (BIO 315).
Laboratories and Advanced Equipment
In a laboratory-focused field, it is important to have access to labs and equipment that you will use in your career or in graduate school. In laboratory classrooms and faculty research labs, Cellular and Molecular Biology students work with cutting-edge equipment in state-of-the-art facilities, rivaling those of larger institutions and elite scientific companies.
The Department of Biology is home to several academic clubs that provide an opportunity to connect with other students in your concentration for support, professional development opportunities and academic discussion.
A few student organizations you may be interested in joining as a Cellular and Molecular Biology student include:
Small Class Size
Our low student-to-professor ratio and small class sizes will give you personalized attention from faculty, who are world-class experts in their disciplines.
Launching Your Career
Students who have studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Ball State have been hired at:
- Eli Lilly
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
- Elanco Animal Health
- Indiana University School of Medicine
- Large and small biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and start-ups
- and more!
Many of our students pursue advanced graduate study (such as PhD programs, medical school, and veterinary school). Students who have studied Cellular and Molecular Biology at Ball State have gained admission to:
- Vanderbilt University
- Case Western Reserve University
- University of Wisconsin – Madison
- University of Washington
- Yale University
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
- Indiana University
- Purdue University
- Notre Dame University
- and more!