Research - Department of Biological Sciences

Because of our smaller student population, we offer many opportunities to do primary investigative research as early as your first year, research that leads to publication and presentations at national meetings. You won’t need to compete with dozens of other students to snag a single research position or wait until you’re in a graduate program. We regularly accommodate every academically strong student with opportunities to do investigative laboratory research. We also offer undergraduate fellowships for summer research.

Research Areas


Matthew Farber, PhD

Cell Biology

Ken Myers, PhD 
Chris Janetopoulos, PhD 
Suzanne Murphy, PhD 
Maggie Pearce, PhD 
Bela Peethambaran, PhD 

Developmental Biology

Jason Heindl, PhD 
Ken Myers, PhD

Molecular Biology and Genetics 

Jason Heindl, PhD 
Zachary Klase, PhD 
Ken Myers, PhD 
Maggie Pearce, PhD 
Bela Peethambaran, PhD


Bela Peethambaran, PhD 


Maggie Pearce, PhD


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  • Students Awarded for Research at SEA-PHAGES Poster Competition

    December 03, 2019

    First-year students in USciences' SEA-PHAGES program, a research course for students interested in biology, participated in a poster competition with other local students at the 3rd Annual Philly Phage Phestival on November 16, 2019.

  • USciences PhD Graduate is Driven to Find Cure for HIV, Cancer

    November 19, 2019

    When asked about her career goals, Weam Elbezanti PhD'19 (cell and molecular biology) aims high. Originally from Libya, Dr. Elbezanti is continuing her research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

  • Microbiology Lab Awarded Nearly $500,000 to Study Plant Pathogens

    November 11, 2019

    The act of brushing your teeth is a way to get rid of biofilms, a collection of microorganisms that grow on the tooth's surface containing bacteria that lead to tooth decay. Teeth aren't the only surface where potentially harmful biofilms grow, and Jason Heindl PhD, assistant professor of biology, runs a lab looking at the cell biology of bacteria and how organisms form biofilms.

  • Faculty Under the Microscope: A Closer Look at USciences Faculty Research

    October 17, 2019

    USciences faculty researchers are passionate about their areas of interest. In these interviews, faculty members discuss how they got involved in their research and what keeps them interested.

  • Dr. Chantal Koechli Named Assistant Professor of Biology at USciences

    October 01, 2019

    Chantal Koechli, PhD, has been named assistant professor of biology at University of the Sciences. She comes to USciences with experience as a microbiologist studying the impact of land management on microbial communities.

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