2021 Research Projects

Projects are posted below; new projects will continue to be posted. To learn more about the type of research conducted by undergraduates, view the 2021 Research Symposium Abstracts (PDF) and search the past SURF projects.

This is a list of research projects that may have opportunities for undergraduate students. Please note that it is not a complete list of every SURF project. Undergraduates will discover other projects when talking directly to Purdue faculty.

You can browse all the projects on the list or view only projects in the following categories:

Genetics (1)


Defining Chemical Modifications on Histones that Control Chromosome Integrity 

Ann Kirchmaier
Preferred major(s):
Biochemistry, Biology, Biological Engineering or similar
Desired experience:
General Chemistry required, introduction to molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics preferred.

The student will join a multi-disciplinary team investigating epigenetic processes, chromatin structure and gene regulation. This project will involve learning and applying biochemical, genetic and molecular biology strategies to build and characterize customized budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) strains or mammalian cell lines for the investigation of evolutionarily conserved protein-protein interactions and post-translational modifications using state-of-the-art detection and quantification strategies. Biological targets may include histone modifying enzymes, histone modifications, histone variants and chromatin assembly and DNA replication factors.

More information: https://ag.purdue.edu/biochem/Pages/Profile.aspx?strAlias=akirchma&intDirDeptID=9