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Graduate & Undergraduate Opportunities

Doctoral student Yanrong Qian co-organized the first Appalachian Regional Cell Conference.

EBI offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to prepare for a career in the biomedical sciences. Industry leaders value the unique skills students can gain in interdisciplinary research, as well as their exposure to technology commercialization efforts. It’s why our students have been hired by companies such as Bristol Myers-Squibb and Human Genome Sciences, while others have entered academic positions or medical schools.

Undergraduate opportunities
Ohio University values undergraduate engagement and experiential learning, and EBI provides both in unique ways. EBI is part of an academic organization, but we share many characteristics with small businesses. We offer practical, hands-on opportunities for students in the sciences, business and other disciplines.

Since the institute was founded, more than 100 undergraduates have worked at EBI. As volunteers, student employees or interns, they’ve participated in laboratory research and have assisted our administration.

Undergraduate students discuss their research experiences at Edison Biotechnology Institute:

Amy Zimmerman, an Honors Tutorial College student in chemistry, talks about her experience working with Dr. Shiyong Wu on cancer research.

Ellen Lubbers, an Honors Tutorial College student in biological sciences, shares her experiences working with Darlene Berryman and John Kopchick on obesity, aging and diabetes.

John Blischak and Ellen Lubbers talk to Perspectives magazine about their research experiences.

To inquire about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact the Edison Biotechnology Institute scientist with whom you would like to work.

Graduate opportunities 

Though EBI does not sponsor a specific degree-granting program, our faculty’s academic appointments create many chances for Ohio University graduate students to participate in our research. We engage masters’ and doctoral students from the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as from the interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology program.

EBI faculty have served as advisors to or on committees for more than 75 graduate students. These include masters and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.

Through our combination of entrepreneurship and varied research sponsors, graduate students are exposed to real-world challenges. Varied sources of funding provide preparation for careers in both academic and corporate environments and expose students to the wide range of career choices available.

Double Doctors: Profile of Adam Jara, a PHD/DO candidate

Graduate students organize first Appalachian cell biology conference

To inquire about graduate opportunities, please contact the academic programs affiliated with the Edison Biotechnology Institute scientists. More information about graduate education at Ohio University can be found at the Graduate College web site.