Departments of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

Roberto N. De Guzman

Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-4923
4023 Haworth


The De Guzman laboratory has actively recruited and trained undergraduate researchers for the past 9 years. Our team will engage Beckman scholars in research by giving them an independent project for which they could claim ownership and responsibility.  Our research on bacterial nanoinjectors generates undergraduate research projects that often entail mutagenesis and the expression and purification of recombinant proteins used to study protein-protein interactions involved in the assembly of the nanoinjectors.  Undergraduates are expected to perform experiments independently (after training), actively participate and present results in our group meetings, and at the very least, present a poster in a research symposium.  Past undergraduate researchers in our lab have also made oral presentations of their projects in various research forums.  Our ultimate goal for undergraduate researchers is to have them publish, and we design experiments and projects that have the best chance of achieving that goal.  When we have enough results for publication, we involve undergraduates in all aspects of scientific publishing -- from drafting, to writing, to revising manuscripts.  In summary, a Beckman Scholar would be expected to become a productive member of the De Guzman research group while beginning his/her journey as an independent and productive research scientist.


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