Pectinaria gouldii and Phragmatopoma lapidosa are two different marine annelids that make and secrete a 'bio-cement' used to construct a protective enclosure for them to live. Research in biochemistry at Coe employs techniques in protein biochemistry, molecular genetics/biology, electron microscopy and bioinformatics to help understand these organisms and the cement they secrete. Students work side-by-side with protein biochemist Dr. Maria Dean (Department of Chemistry) while conducting cutting-edge experiments and interpreting complex data. In addition to research at Coe, students can also take advantage of a wide variety of internships available in Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second largest city. In recent years, students have interned at Cargill, Penford Products, the University of Iowa, and in a variety of medical settings.