REU Summer Research

REU Program

Empowering undergraduate students through hands-on research experiences in the life sciences.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Site in Biochemistry

For two decades we have welcomed exceptional undergraduate students into our laboratories. In our 10-week program, you will engage in hands-on research, gain confidence in your scientific skillset, and learn to effectively communicate your work. You will also participate in professional development activities and network with BCBP faculty, staff, and current students.

The Summer 2023 NSF REU Site in Biochemistry program will run from Monday, May 29 – Friday, August 4, 2023.

Competitive Compensation

You are awarded an all-expenses-paid research experience including:

  • A competitive $6000 stipend
  • Housing
  • Stipends to defray the cost of food ($1750)
  • Transportation to and from College Station ( Up to $800 reimbursement)
  • Coverage of all instructional costs

Benefits of the Program

  • Work alongside leaders in the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, and genetics
  • Interact with faculty and mentors across the university
  • Cover a curriculum on critical perspectives on research and the ethics of science
  • Receive guidance on career paths
  • Join the vast network of TAMU Biochemistry faculty, students, and alumni

Program Overview

Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU students participate in a 10-week summer research program under the direction of the Biochemistry and Biophysics faculty. Research projects span multiple disciplines including bioinformatics, biofuels, biophysics, agricultural technologies, cell biology, genomics, RNA biology, structural biology, and telomere biology. To learn more about potential research projects explore our faculty research interests pages. In addition to a research project, students will attend weekly seminars on professional development opportunities, science ethics, and effective oral and written communication.



How to Apply

Complete our online application to apply to our program!

Application deadline for summer 2023: February 15, 2023.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Mary Bryk. | 979-862-7620.

REU Alumni

I wanted more experience working in a research lab before applying to graduate school. My undergrad institution was a small liberal arts college, which meant I didn’t have access to graduate-level research. Even though I had completed an REU program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017, I knew doing another REU would strengthen my graduate school applications and help me learn about more research areas. I worked in Dr. Kaplan’s lab in 2018 and he knew I wanted to go to graduate school, so he treated me like a grad student and gave me a project that no one else in the lab was working on. This was challenging but helped me become independent and resourceful. The REU program helped me receive good scientific training. And during the REU I worked in a yeast lab, which I now do as a graduate student here in Dr. Polymenis’ lab.

Staci Hammer, REU Alumni

Past Participants

2021 Participants

Row 1:
Elizabeth Barrois, Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering, Spring Hill College
“Fragment-based drug design in optimization of the inhibitor of PptT raltitrexed for Mycobacterium tuberculosis”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Inna Kreiger, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Christina Rivera, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, San Diego State University
“The Endometriosis Treatment applications of Chrysin as a Function Inhibitor of Orphan Nuclear Receptor 4A (NR4A1)”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Stephen Safe, Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology
Stefanie Rodriguez, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Denison University
“Using A Forward Genetic Approach to Identify New Genes Involved in RNA Silencing”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Xiuren Zhang, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Row 2:
Sierra Hathaway
, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Mercer University
“19F NMR reveals structural perturbations in cancer associated mutants of Pin1”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Tatyana Igumenova, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Stefanie Assakawa, Department of Biology, University of Florida
“Solving the Deceptive PITP Sec14 Mechanism”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Vytas Bankaitis, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Claudia Gonzalez, Department of Biology, Florida Atlantic University
“Inhibition of Cysteine Proteases by Peptidomimetic Aldehydes”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Tom Meek, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Anika Chand, Department of Chemistry, Austin College
“The Construction of a CRIPSR/dCas9 interference system in Streptomyces venezuelae”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Paul Straight, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Row 3:
Alexa Beathard
, Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma City University
“Characterization of RNA Dependent RNA Polymerase of SARS-CoV-2”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Jim Sacchettini, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Eddy Pineda, Department of Chemistry, Emory University
“Phospholipid Requirements of the Mitochondrial Magnesium Channel”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Vishal Gohil, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Gabriel Jiménez-Pagan, Industrial Biotechnology Program, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus
“The Effect of Genomic Manipulation on ssRNA Bacteriophage MS2”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Junjie Zhang, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Bryan Zuniga, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Rochester
“Molecular Mechanism of Strain-Specific Interactions between the NS1 of Four Influenza A Strains and Host p85β”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Jae-Hyun Cho, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Caroline Cushman, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University
“Unintended Consequences of a Genetic Mutation in the MYBPC3 gene Intended to Prevent Myocardial Phosphorylation Exhibited Severe Cardiac Dysfunction”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Carl Tong, Department of Biochemical Medical Physiology
Row 4:
David Curtis
, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University
“Evolution of Oxidative Stress Response Regulatory Function in Telomere-Associated Protein POT1b”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Dorothy Shippen, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Ari Aviles, Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry, Florida Atlantic University
“SGG_ESXA from Streptococcus gallolyticus subsp. Gallolyticus increases colorectal cancer proliferation in colonic organoids”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. David Threadgill, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
Andrew Spletter, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University
“Biochemical and genetic dissection of the role of prohibitins in the biogenesis of mitochondrial ion channels”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Vishal Gohil, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Addison Frese, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
“Identification of genetic variation that contributes to PFOS tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Ping He, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Row 5:
Vedejenne Meza
, Department of Biochemistry, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. J-P. Pellois, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Edward Steven Briceno, Department of Chemistry, Sam Houston State University
“The engineering of phosphotriesterase for the kinetic resolution of
organophosphate molecular probes.”
TAMU Research Laboratory: Dr. Frank Raushel, Department of Chemistry

2021 Participants