Since Anton van Leeuwenhoek first observed the microorganism in the 17th century, biology has played a role in some of the greatest discoveries in history. Today, the field is multidimensional, offering promising careers in medicine, ecology, agriculture, sports fitness, genetics, research, biotechnology, and industry, to name a few. The study of life on earth is as varied as life itself.
At Nazareth College, students are mentored by biologists who assist them in the understanding of biology's basic principles, discoveries, and theories. They learn how to develop the habits of a biologist—accurate observation, measurement, and analysis. Students are also encouraged to think independently, and learning becomes less structured as they progress through the program.
All biology majors participate in independent research as a capstone project, and many students do field work and internships. For example, a pre-medical student recently completed an internship in Berlin, Germany working at a center on epilepsy research.
Education: Ph.D., University of Rochester (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology); M.S., University of Rochester (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology); B.S., Grove City College (Biology)
Teaching and Research Interests: Developmental biology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics. Currently, I am interested in the role of the cytoskeleton during development of the nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. I am studying tubulin proteins (which make up microbubules) that are specifically expressed in the intestine of the worms. I look at worms that are mutant for particular tubulin genes to see what goes wrong in their absence to try to understand what these tubulins are doing normally in the intestines of the worms.
Max Randolph ‘16 landed his post-Naz goal: Going to Cornell’s vet school, ranked top in the nation. “I feel very prepared, from my classes and from my experiences,” says Randolph, a biology major with minors in chemistry and pre-veterinary studies. Lab classes capped at 16 students gave him hands-on experiences, even using sophisticated equipment such as a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. His advisor’s encouragement led him to a zoo internship that led to research with a Cornell veterinarian. “Your professors know you and know what you’re interested in.”
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