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BioPREP: Biology Participation in Research and Education Program

An NIH-funded program to encourage underrepresented community college students  who wish to further their education and pursue careers in biomedical sciences


BioPREP is NOT accepting applications for Summer 2018.  NIH funding for Summer 2019 is being sought.


An opportunity to spend 10 weeks at Stony Brook University in a biotechnology laboratory learning molecular biology techniques and performing a mentored research project

Directors:  Dr. Daniel Moloney & Dr. Jennie Williams

Lab Techniques & Computer Skills that will be covered:
Isolation of DNA Inoculation of bacterial cultures
Mini preps from bacterial cultures Restriction enzyme digests
Ligation of DNA Bacterial transformation
Preparation of solutions Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Restriction fragment length polymorphism Pubmed literature searches
Gel electrophoresis (agarose and polyacrylamide) Genome database searches
Protein expression & purification Bioinformatics tools
Western blotting PowerPoint presentations

Other Activities
Poster Session.  Each student will take home their own poster.

Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2016.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2015.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2014 .
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2012.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2011.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2010.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2009.
Click here to view BioPREP research posters from 2008.

Students can present their posters at the  Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Guest Speaker Series: Guest lecturers speak to the students regarding various aspects of the biological sciences.

  • Full-time student at Nassau, Suffolk or Queensborough community college 
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Underrepresented student in biomedical sciences (see application)
  • Minimum of 24 credits by the end of the Spring 2017
  • An introductory biology course is a prerequisite (more biology and/or chemistry is preferred)
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • The program requires a full-time commitment Monday through Friday for the full ten-week period.
Application package 
  • a completed application form
  • a copy of your college transcript(s)
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty
  • a one-page statement (please include: personal characteristics that make you a good candidate for BioPREP, why you want to participate in BioPREP and how BioPREP will help you achieve your career goal).
  • proof of citizenship or permanent residency (copy of birth certificate or permanent residency card)

Faculty Researchers 

Click here to see the list of faculty researchers and descriptions of their research interests.

Applications should be sent to your college coordinator:

Professor Denise Deal, Nassau Community College
Dr. Rosa Gambier, Suffolk County Community College
Dr. Nidhi Gadura, Queensborough Community College

Students from other community colleges, please send applications to
Dr. Daniel Moloney
Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5233

For additional information or questions, please call (631-632-9750) or e-mail (


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