Undergraduate students have many options available to enhance their educational experience with the Biochemistry program.

Co-op (cooperative learning) is a cornerstone of Northeastern University, and has existed as part of the curriculum for more than 100 years. It offers students the opportunity to get real life experience in the career of their choosing while continuing to pursue their undergraduate degree.

Students spend six months at a time on co-op, and typically go on two or three co-ops in four or five years as a student. The experiences for biochemistry students range from working in one of the many hospitals in Boston to working in a research lab at Northeastern or another nearby university to working for a company in another country.

For more information about co-op within the College of Science, visit the COS website.

Co-op employment opportunities are arranged through your co-op advisor. The advisor for biochemistry is:

Chris Egan
206X Mugar Life Sciences Building


Dakota Campbell, Renal Research at Genzyme, Cambridge, MA

“I completed three co-ops at Genzyme, each with a slightly different focus. While on co-op in renal research, I investigated ER and mitochondrial stress responses during injury in tubular epithelial and podocyte cell lines. I also examined efficacy of AMPK pathway activation and its downstream effects on autophagy via western blot, staining, and cell transfections for MOA clarification. My findings have been included in a manuscript which is currently under review.”



Brian Wong, Operations Intern at Global Rescue LLC, Boston, MA

“During my co-op at Global Rescue I researched hospitals in other countries, assisted with security detail route reconnaissance, researched and developed mock evacuation plans for Texas A&M – Qatar, and developed and outlined standard operation procedures for maritime rescues.”