Undergraduate Research in Ken Belanger's Lab
Ken Belanger

Ken Belanger

Raab Family Chair and Professor of Biology; Chair of Biology
Biology, 215 Olin Hall
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Undergraduate Research with Kenneth Belanger

Past student researchers

More than 40 undergraduate students have performed research in my lab in the past five years, with many of those research students earning Departmental Honors or High Honors awards. Students undertake research projects during the semester and the summer, and many have co-authored research publications and/or presented their research at national scientific research conferences (see below).
The following are some of the graduate schools that research students from my lab have enrolled in:
  • Stanford University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • Yale University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Northwestern University
  • Duke University
  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Dartmouth University
  • Cornell University
  • Brandeis University
  • Mayo Graduate School
  • Temple University
  • University of Maryland
  • Indiana University
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • University of Toronto
The following are some medical schools my research students have enrolled in:
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Washington University 
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Rochester 
  • Jefferson Medical College 
  • George Washington University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Indiana University 
  • St. Louis University 
  • SUNY Upstate
Ken Belanger overseeing a student researcher who is using a microscope

Undergraduate research students have also gone on to find employment in many areas, from biomedical research to pharmaceutical development to education to finance. The following are a few of the employers with whom recent graduates have been employed:
  • Harvard University
  • National Institutes of Health
  • UCLA
  • Roswell Cancer Institute
  • Genuity Capital Markets
  • University of Chicago
  • Pasteur-Aventis Pharmaceuticals
  • Sloan-Kettering Medical Center
  • Cornell University
  • University of Rochester
  • Mt. Sinai Hospitals
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia
  • Wadsworth Institute
  • Johns Hopkins University

Selected Student Research Presentations

* = Colgate undergraduate student co-author Finn E*, DeRoo E*, Clement G*, Rao S*, Kruse S*, Belanger KD. (2010) "A subset of FG-containing nucleoporins is important for efficient nuclear protein export." American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Belanger KD, Tkachev D*, Denton A*, Geier SJ, Belanger KG (2010) "The yeast karyopherin Kap108 mediates changes in gene expression in response to oxidative stress." Model Organisms in Human Biology conference, Genetics Society of America. Boston, MA.

Pettit M*, Kokanovich K*, Yewdell WT*, Barber M*, Hussain N*, Damuth EK*, Belanger KD. (2007) “The nuclear export of the Swi6 transcription factor is regulated by at least two karyopherins in S. cerevisiae.” American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting, Washington, DC.

Belanger KD, Tkachev D*, Belanger KG, Geier SJ, Aurora R. (2007) “The karyopherin Sxm1/Kap108 regulates gene expression under normal and oxidative stress conditions in S. cerevisiae.” American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting, Washington, DC.

Belanger KD, Tkachev D*, Geier SA, Belanger KG, Aurora RA. (2007) “Examination of the role of nuclear transport in the response to oxidative stress in S. cerevisiae.” Systems Biology Workshop, St. Louis.

Harper NC*, Al-Greene N*, Basrai M, Belanger KD. (2005) “NUP1 functionally interacts with components of the spindle pole body and mitotic exit network.” American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Barber M*, Hussain N*, Damuth E*, Belanger KD. (2005) “Identification of a putative nuclear export signal in SWI6.” American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Belanger KD, Perazone T*, Yelton A*, Belanger KG. (2005) “Examination of the role of regulated nuclear transport in the response to oxidative stress in S. cerevisiae.” NSF-FIBR workshop on Systems Biology. Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

MacDonald K*, Ott C*, Davis LI, Belanger KD. (2004) “Nuclear pore complex function is influenced by glycosylation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” Yeast Genetics Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Belanger KD, Simmons LA*, Lichten LB*, Roth JK*, VanderPloeg KA*. (2003) “Msn5/Kap142-mediated nuclear import utilizes a subset of nucleoporins distinct from the Nups required for Msn5-mediated export.” American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Belanger KD, Simmons LA*, VanderPloeg KA*, Roth JK*, Lichten LB* (2003) “Distinct sets of nucleoporins mediate Msn5-mediated import and export through the nuclear pore complex.” Yeast Cell Biology, CSHL, NY.


Student Publications

To see publications that my students have co-authored, please see the listing of selected publications on my main directory page.