Experience an integrated authentic laboratory research experience at Mercer University that combines Biology (BIO 212) and Organic Chemistry (CHM 221) with additional Mathematical Modeling (during BIO recitation).
Accepting applications for Fall 2022 until 11:59 pm March 6th
The laboratory experience starts by testing previously made compounds against biofilm formation. This requires learning aseptic technique, proper handling of bacterial cells, use of microplate washers and readers, and data analysis.
Using the data you collect along with past BOMM data, your group will devise a hypothesis and design new compounds to test against biofilms. Each group will design six new compounds using a combinatorial approach.
Using solid-phase synthesis techniques, your group will then construct the compounds, purify them, and test them in the biofilm assay-completing an entire iteration of the drug discovery process.
Students in the BOMM program take both BIO 212 and CHM 221 concurrently. The courses follow a cohort model: students work in class and in lab with a single group for the entirety of the semester. Both instrutors are present to help students comprehend and connect key concepts, thus making connections between the two courses that many students miss. Relevant material for biofilms and compound synthesis are highlighted as the project in the lab progresses.
Five cohorts of students have successfully completed the BOMM program since 2015. In 2020, our fifth cohort had 53 students. Apply to be a part of the sixth cohort in 2021.
After the BOMM program, students wishing to continue in research find positions in labs from the Chemistry Department, Biology Department, or Medical School. Many also seek summer research opportunities with nationally funded programs.
The BOMM program helped me develop the skills necessary to both complete and understand undergraduate research on biofilm inhibition. Although the class was challenging, I loved learning about cutting-edge research and using my creativity to design novel, lead compounds that attempted to solve a real world problem in medicine.
I would highly recommend it to anyone who plans on entering the pre-health field, especially future pharmacist, research enthusiast, and future doctors. Furthermore I would like to encourage the students who think this class sounds overwhelming because I was a C student, but I managed to do well in the course and fall deeper in love with drug development research
Participating in BOMM engaged my interest in a way that no other science class had. I learned more deeply and more enthusiastically from doing authentic research in BOMM.
The BOMM program was a truly eye opening experience for me. It gave me the opportunity to gain a real understanding of how research is conducted through our study of antibiotics design and bacterial resistance. Through this program, I built meaningful friendships that have lasted long after our involvement with the program ended. If I had the chance, I would definitely choose to participate in this program again.
The BOMM Program was a really great experience because it applied all the information we learned in the courses to the research lab. I was able to learn several different lab techniques and really enjoyed working with the “BOMM Squad” and particularly my teammates.
The class itself exceeded all my expectations. I found myself tackling two of the hardest courses in my major not as an individual but as part of a team focused on attaining the highest level of educational and academic excellence. Dr. Hensel and Dr. Goode structured the class so that learning became a team exercise involving all the students and even the teachers. They erased the artificial divide between chemistry and biology and showed how one blends into the other on the molecular scale.
The BOMM program enriched my education more than any other classroom experience because I was able to apply and find purpose for the classroom material through research.
Being part of the BOMM program was one of the most influential classes of my undergraduate career. Not only did I gain a wealth of knowledge, I made relationships with faculty and classmates that have extended beyond our time together in the program. BOMM was one of my greatest challenges, but as I have moved on to pharmacy school, I frequently find myself looking back on the skills and knowledge I gained during that semester. I will forever be thankful for the experiences and relationships I have because of the BOMM program!
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