Single Molecule Studies of Genetic Recombination and DNA Repair

photo of DNA strand.

Students will work at the bench to purify and characterize enzymes that play key roles in homologous recombination and DNA repair.

Project description

Students will work at the bench to purify, characterize enzymes that play key roles in homologous recombination and DNA repair.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year-long
Start time Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration

You will be assigned your own research project under the direct supervision of Dr. Bianco. When necessary, you will work with another student or postdoctoral fellow.

Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study
Who is eligible Undergraduate biochemistry and or molecular biology with lab is required. Only sophomore and higher will be considered. GPA of 3.5 or higher is required.
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright Scholarships

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship and the Fulbright Scholarship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Piero Bianco

Associate Professor


321 Cary Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2599



To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Meet with Dr. Bianco and write a one page literature review 
  • Read seminal articles or books related to the topic