This confocal microscope image taken by Dr. Jennifer Gubbels shows a natural killer cell (small blue circle) attacking two cancer cells (large blue circles). The green dots are the molecule called perforin, which pokes holes in cells to facilitate their destruction. Dr. Gubbels' research focuses on determining why cancer cells evade the immune system and what can be done to enhance the bodies' immune response to cancer. This image represents active research that she is now pursuing at Augustana.
The biology department places a strong emphasis on learning opportunities outside the classroom. Each summer, approximately 30 Augustana Biology students conduct research at Augustana or in research labs in Sioux Falls and beyond at places like MIT, U. of Texas, and Vanderbilt. These students gain valuable experience presenting their research at local, regional and national scientific meetings. Many are also involved in the publication of their research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- Facilities and Equipment: Our new equipment, including an array of microscopes, is utilized by students for research as well as for course work.
- Student Projects: In 2011, 28 current and former Augustana students were co-authors on papers submitted for publication. We support our research through several grants including an NIH grant providing $500,000 per year for undergraduate research and new equipment.
- Collaborative Web Links: These links are helpful resources for research projects.