Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The biochemistry/molecular biology major connects chemistry to biology in a way that opens a whole new world of possibilities—literally. At Rollins, it’s application over memorization. It’s mentoring over lecturing. It’s hands-on researching over data downloading.

You will not get lost in a sea of classmates either because at Rollins the doctorate-level professors in the BMB program know each student by name and by career goals. The mission is to inspire you to conduct novel research and choose a personal path, and then personally guide you there, whether it’s in health, pharmacy, postgrad work, business, or in a field we’ve barely discovered.

Why Study Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at Rollins

  1. Research Access

    Undergraduates have opportunities to do their own novel research under the direct guidance of professors (no teaching assistants) and to be published in peer-review journals.

  2. Focused Attention

    The BMB major is small at Rollins, which means the faculty provides concentrated counseling throughout college and beyond. The program pairs nicely with highly marketable minors in global health or neuroscience.

  3. Grant Writing Skills

    You’ll apply biochemistry skills to the writing of grant proposals for real-world problems like diseases that need more research. This is the essence of global citizenship and critical thinking.

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“The BMB program at Rollins challenged us to apply lessons learned from different courses to our experiments and to think as we would outside a classroom. I was given amazing opportunities to do exactly that—like volunteering in labs and attending national conferences. By my senior year, I was ready for the next steps in my career.”

Tonya Aaron ’13

MD/PhD Candidate, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Rollins Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Careers

Rollins BMB grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.

  • Taylor Cole Ball

    Taylor Cole Ball ’14

    General Practice Residency, Johns Hopkins
  • Katia Chadaideh

    Katia Chadaideh ’15

    PhD Candidate, Harvard University
  • Justin Pomeroy

    Justin Pomeroy ’16

    Medical Scientist 1, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Shan Kasal

    Shan Kasal ’13

    PdD Candidate, Committee on Immunology, University of Chicago
  • Cherie Ramirez

    Cherie Ramirez ’06

    Assistant Professor and STEM Faculty Fellow, Simmons University
  • Courtney Reddig

    Courtney Reddig ’15

    Pharmacy Practice Resident, Prisma Health

Real World Experience

From internships to research, BMB students hone their skills in the real world.

  • Brigham and Women's Hosptial
  • Global Brigades
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sandoz
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Beyond the Classroom

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Individual lab training makes Rollins students nationally competitive for these sought-after research positions.

Pre-Med Observership Program Students in Rollins’ BMB major can shadow professionals in a health-care setting such as AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital). This type of experience is necessary for acceptance into med school.

Study Abroad Living and studying in another culture fuels the global citizenship perspective. BMB students typically use this time to take a subspecialty such as pharmacology.

Expert Faculty

Before coming to Rollins as part of the BMB program, each faculty member performed postdoctoral research as part of their training. You’ll notice strong interest in solving problems associated with diseases, inspiring undergrads to think big.

Department of Biology

Bush Science Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2743
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2494

Fax: 407.628.6395

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Contact Chemistry Professors

  • Kasandra J. Riley

    Kasandra J. Riley, PhD

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Research interests: Exploring the functions of non-coding RNAs in viral and bacterial infectious diseases

  • Ellane J. Park

    Ellane J. Park, PhD

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Research interests: The development of bioselective gold and polymeric nanoparticles that can serve as platforms for improved cancer therapeutics

  • James D. Patrone

    James D. Patrone, PhD

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Research interests: Applying fragment-based ligand discovery (FBLD) in cancer research

  • Jay Pieczynski

    Jay Pieczynski, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Research interests: The dynamics of microtubules and motor proteins in cell signaling and behavior

  • Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez

    Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Research interests: Oral microbiology, in particular the bacterial species Streptococcus mutans, which is capable of forming dental plaque