Teaching | The Osena Research Group


Undergraduate Research

The Osena lab trains 3-4 undergraduates every Semester. Students are registered for BIO 499 Undergraduate Research (1–3 Credits). Students conduct Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research under Dr. Osena’s supervision. Students have the opportunity to gain hand-on experience in recombinant DNA technologies and plant biotechnology. This course requires a final report. The time of meeting is arranged with Dr. Osena. Cell Biology (Bio 355) and Genetics (Bio 392) are prerequisites for this course, but students need to discuss with Dr. Osena if they are interested in taking Bio 499 but have not taken the prerequisites.

Kala is presenting her poster at Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo-2019

Chris is presenting his poster at  Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo-2019

Quashawn is making an  award-winning presentation at the  Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo-2019

Congratulations Quashawn!

Undergraduate Course

Dr. Osena teaches BIO 424 Plant Physiology and Biotechnology (3:2:3). This course covers physiological processes involved in plant growth spanning effects from the molecular to the environmental level. Laboratories will utilize biotechnological manipulations of the model plant Arabidopsis. Prerequisite: BIO 355 Offered: Spring
Right: Dr. Osena is teaching Plant Physiology and Biotechnology Lab


Dr. Osena will also teach BIO 355 Cell Biology which will cover the study of cellular organization and function. Fundamental biochemical properties, including cellular components, enzyme function, energetics, and metabolism studied in relation to cellular structure, membrane function, cell movement, and cytoplasmic compartments. Prerequisites include minimum grade of C- in both Principles of Biology I (BIO 111) and Principles of Biology II (BIO 112) and General Chemistry II (CHE 114).

Graduate Course

Dr. Osena will also teach Current Research in Environmental Health Science 1 (BIO 734). Weekly discussion of research journal articles in the area of environmental health science. Students will present and discuss research journal articles.