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Major Qualifying Projects from 2018

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Regulation of Gene Expression by 5’ UTRs in Mycobacterium smegmatis, Carlie Logan Alfaro and Katherine Nugai

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The Role of Microglia in Regulating E/I Balance, Shannon Colleen Becker

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ELEXIS Based Screen of Human LIGs with ErbB1,2,4, Andrew D. Brunelle

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Association of Phospholipase-Cβ1 and Component 3 Promoter of RISC, Samuel James Carley

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Can Plant Chloroplasts Function in Mammalian Cells?, Ian Michael Diamond

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Use of A Portable XRF Device to Measure Lead Levels in Bones of Loons, Kimberley Elizabeth Kirchner

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A comparative virulence study clinical isolates of Candida, Brittney Lambert, Natalie Fabrizio, and Nina Adele Murphy-Cook

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Interaction of Zinc Finger Proteins 146 & 507 with the Transposable Element LINE-1, Eric Christoper Larsen

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Artesunate-induced antagonism of fibrotic gene expression and attenuation of myofibroblast-associated phenotypes, Sara Aristia Larson

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Caenorhabditis elegans experiences leave behavioral modifications on great-grandchildren, Emily McGlame and Isabella Garver

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Establishing a Connection between Alzheimer's Disease and Cellular Energy Transduction, Lily Jane Randle, Nathan McNeill, and Timothy Edward Consedine

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The Hunt for TB Antibiotics from the Soil, Amanda M. Sullivan and Maria L. Snyder

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New Drugs for an Old Disease: Discovery and Understanding of Antibiotics and Oxidative Stress on the M. smegmatis Transcriptome, Caeli C. Tegan, Casey Catherine Maffucci, and Rachel Murphy

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New Drugs for An Old Disease: Discovery and Understanding of Antibiotics and Oxidative Stress Effects on the M. smegmatis Transcriptome, Caeli Tegan, Casey Maffucci, and Rachel Lee Murphy

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Effect of Promensil on Breast Cancer Cells in regard to the Estrogen Receptor Beta, Rachel M. Wambach

Major Qualifying Projects from 2017

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The Role of Serotonin in the Avoidance Attenuation Response of C. elegans, Megan Marie Andresano

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SLiM Analysis in Human SALMs and Linx, Daniele Anina

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Single-Base Editing of Cellular mRNA by CRISPR/Cas9, Andrew Robert Baker

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Engineered Connective Tissue Scar Model for Regenerative Medicine Applications, Daniela Barbery, Fernando Salazar, and Hanne Marie Richardson

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Gene Therapy for Pompe Disease Using AAV9 and AAVB1 Encoding the GAA Gene, Samantha Rose Bircsak

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Effects of BKCa Activation and ROS Scavenging on Aging Vasculature, Eric Stephen Borges and Mackenzi Rae McHugh

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Are THP-1 Derived Macrophages a Comparable Model System for Human Dendritic Cells?, Rachel Elizabeth Brown

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Gender-based Differences in Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Expression in C. elegans, Aidan Hugh Burn and Marissa Lauren Patterson

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Gender-based Differences in Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Expression in C. elegans, Rebecca Leigh Burns

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Investigating the role of Sec6 and RabE during polarized cell growth in Physcomitrella patens, Allison Marie Butt

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Determining the Role and Implications of Aurora A Kinase Inhibition In Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Eva Peng Childers

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Synthetic Biology and the Layman, Kimberly Marie Codding

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To Stress or Not To Stress: Pesticides and Cellular Stress Response, Cecelia Li Cotter and Miranda Paige Lawell

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Artemisia annua and its Effects on Cancer Proliferation, Edward William Dring and Sebastian Ciro Espinosa

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Assessing Artemisinin’s Treatment Viability on MCF7 Breast Cancer Cells, Rebecca Mary German, Reed Alex Maxim, and Whitney Jeanne Hazard

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Effects of Genistein in Over-the-Counter Phytoestrogen Supplements on Ovarian Cancer Cells, Alena Marie Grilla and Allison Rose Van Fechtmann

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Regulation of Mitotic DNA Damage by the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Protein, Lindsay Meg Gurska

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Isolation and Analysis of Antibiotic Compounds from Soil Microbes, Colin Hunter Harrington, Matthew Ross Googins, and Parsant Jotikasthira

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Using the Auxin-Induced Degradation System to Dissect Factors Within the Exocyst, Rachael Denielle Heard

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Caenorhabditis elegans: Determining the relationship between srf-6 and nsy-1 in C. elegans, Alexander JianSheng Hu

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Characterization of chromosomal mutations in human embryonic stem cells that fail to differentiate, Arba Karcini

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Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Maternal mRNA in the C. elegans Germline and Early Embryogenesis, Zahra Salem Khazal

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Determining the roles of Candida albicans secreted aspartyl proteases (SAPs) and macrophage pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) in host-pathogen interactions, Jeffrey R. Letourneau

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New Treatment for an Old Disease, Christine Roberta McCarron and Megan Victoria Barter

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Bee-cology: A Citizen Science Mobile App, Jacob Aaron Moon and Ziyang Yu

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Role of the 5’ UTR in Expression of an Essential Heat Shock Protein in M. smegmatis, David M. Morgan

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Analyzing Intracellular Short Linear Motifs of AMIGO and NGL Orthologs, Doreet Nagatti

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Centriole Amplification causes Resistance to Alisertib, Bernat Navarro Serer

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Citizen Science Bee Ecology, Jackson E. Oliva

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Small Animal Euthanasia: Analyzing Euthanasia Protocols, Evelyn Jill Platko and Julia Louise Holtzman

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Effect of Hypoxia on Levels of RNA Degradation Proteins in Mycobacterium smegmatis, Charlotte Jewell Reames

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Bacillus subtilis as a Probiotic: Implications for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Intestinal Colonization of Candida albicans, Meredith A. Rioux

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The Role of RUNX2 in Mixed Lineage Leukemia, April Louise Solon

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Development of Engineered Bacteria for Agglutination-Based Dengue Detection, Hannah Joan Thompson, Niamh Alice Fennessy, and Shelby M. McQueston

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OPTIMIZATION OF PROTEOMIC ANALYSIS METHODS OF COMPLEX BIOLOGICAL MIXTURES, Emma-Jane Turton

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Mapping DNA Replication in the Yeast Species S. Cerevisiae, Anna Ingrid Wortman

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Multisensory Integration and the Regulation of Aversive Behaviors in C.elegans, Jaden Marie Yabut

Major Qualifying Projects from 2016

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Understanding Health Literacy and Linguistic Factors Related to African Immigrant Engagement in Primary Health Care in the U.S., Nicole Ann Baker

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The Mycobiome, Identification and Genotyping Candida species in Clinical Isolates, Heather M. Bartlett

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Analyzing the dysfunction of profilin1 in ALS, Victoria Shelby Botelho

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STABLE HYDROGEN ISOTOPE ANALYSIS OF AMERICAN REDSTART RECTRICES, Alessandra Maria Cerio, Ashilly M. Lopes, Elior Anina, Lauren M. Puishys, and Yasmeen V. Luna

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Design and analysis of of synthetic MMP-9 sensors as diagnostic tools for concussions, Camneil Josephus Daly and Jessica Ann Larsen

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The Effects of Post-Transcriptional Processing on mRNA Stability in M. smegmatis, John Henry de Rivera

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Using Biofilms for the Detection and Bioremediation of Arsenic, Kayla Marie DeSanty and Mitra Marvasti-Sitterly

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Creating an Interactive Visual Database of Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus), Stephanie Rose Esmond

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A Packed-Bed Bioreactor System for Enhancing Vero Cell Growth in a Semi-Continuous Mode of Operation, Shannon Herlihy Guertin

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LUNG EOSINOPHIL ALTERATIONS IN A CRYPTOCOCCUS NEOFORMANS MURINE INFECTION MODEL, Maureen Martha Hester

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Development of a Ray Tracing Method for Modeling Shock Wave Focusing in a Lithotripter, Xavier Jamel Jackson

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Benzo[a]Pyrene Extraction from Crayfish Bioindicator Project, Gregory Adam Kasper

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Investigating the Function of DNA Methylation in Mycobacterium smegmatis, Nicholas Alexander Lemere

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Exploring the Effects of Cell Structure on Plant Morphology Using Time-Series Microscopy and Computer Simulations of Moss Growth, Max Fine Levine

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Involvement of Kinesin 4II and 7I in Chloroplast Motility and Growth in the Moss Physcomitrella patens, Daniel Torin MacVeigh-Fierro

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Adolescent Smoking, Memory, and Brain Integrity using Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Rat Model, Sravya Malempati

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ELEXIS Based Screen of Human LIGs with ErbB1-4, Julie Marie Mazza

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Chloroplast Photo-Relocation Responses in model P. patens, Jason A. Meunier

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Developing a Device to Investigate Migration of Axon Through a Fibrotic Scar, Akshat Nagpal, Breahna I. Mattie, and William Noiles Gardner

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Developing a Device to Investigate Migration of Axon Through a Fibrotic Scar, Akshat Nagpal, Breahna Irene Mattie, and William Dao Noiles Gardner

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Developing a Device to Investigate Migration of Axon Through a Fibrotic Scar, Akshat Nagpal, Breahna Irene Mattie, and William Dao Noiles Gardner

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Changes in mitochondrial fitness of fibroblasts due to oxidative stress, Sunny Sang Huynh Nguyen

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Stressed Out! Investigating the Effects of Bisphenols on Cellular Stress, Christina Michelle Noyes, Paige Elizabeth Salerno, Paulina Marie Karabelas, and Sarah Jean Monteith

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The Effects of Punicalagin and Tannic Acid on Caenorhabditis elegans Models of Alzheimer's Disease, Florentia Nicole Ong, Veronica Lynn Coyle, and Veroniki Nikolaki

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Determining the Role of SUB1 in the Repair of DNA Damage in Saccharomyces cerevisiae through a TRP5 Reversion Assay, Patricia Anne Pope

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The SERCA3 Pathway is Correlated to Optimal Insulin Secretion in Pancreatic Cell Lines Derived From Type-2 Diabetic Patients, Megan Robidas and Victor Chau

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Artemisinin and Breast Cancer, Jake Francis Rogers and Rebecca Lyn Seymour

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ELEXIS Based Characterization of Kek1 Interactions with DER and ErbB2, Victoria Ashley Scott

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MdmX Suppresses Chromosome Loss and Multipolar Mitosis in p53-Independent Manner, Nicolle Alexandra Shandrow

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An Agent-Based Model for Simulating Plant/Pollinator Interactions, Kerrin Elizabeth Spinney

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Phytoestrogens and their Effects on Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation, Kathleen Elizabeth Tran, Nathan Anthony Ferron, and Sarah Kathleen Gardinier

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The Importance of Actin-Interacting Proteins: DBN-1, ERM-1, PLST-1, and F38E9.5 for Pore-Forming Toxin Defense in C. elegans, Tammy Kate Zamaitis

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Yeast ATF2 Gene Expression and Wine Aroma: Wine Production and Agent-Based Modeling Approach, Tete Zhang

Major Qualifying Projects from 2015

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Content and Effects of Over-The-Counter Phytoestrogen Supplements on Breast Cancer Proliferation, Gabrielle J. Bitzas, Sarah Alice Roth, Sherman Jafri Peoples, and Tyler Douglas Mathews

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Simulating Pollinator Decline: How pesticide affects bumble bees and the plants that they pollinate, Rachel Ilana Blakely

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Development and Analysis of a Novel Nanotherapeutic for the Treatment of Multi-drug Resistant Ovarian Cancer, Jake Aaron Brown and Libbi Kate Richardson

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The Effects of YY1 Knockout on Germinal Center Formation in Mice, Brittany Alexa Ciesluk

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Sustained Reduction in Nosocomial Bloodstream Infections in the ICU Setting, Anna Marie Civitarese

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Effect of Mycorrhizae on Artemisia Annua, Sarah Ashley Fortin and Victoria Rose Melchert

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Biochemical Characterization of the Interaction between Rab Proteins and Myosin XIa in the moss Physcomitrella patens, Jennifer Mary Garbarino and Sarah Elizabeth Kaptur

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ANALYSIS OF NSY-1 IN C. ELEGANS AND PARASITIC NEMATODES USING BIOINFORMATICS, Maria Jeanne Grandoni

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Caenorhabditis elegans: Exploring the Relationship between srf-6 and nsy-1, Randi Leigh Isenhart

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The Effects of Phytoestrogens on LNCaP Prostate Cancer Cells, Angela Maria Jimenez, Hannah Lee, and Thomas John O'Connor

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Chemical Screening and Analysis of C. albicans and P. aeruginosa in Presence of Filastatin, Kayli J. Kacoyannakis

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Microtubule Dependent Motors in the Chloroplast Avoidance Response, Allison Haley Kenney and Vaughn Christopher Walker

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Structure and Function Characterization of Kekkon 3 in Drosophila, Manisha Krishnan

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Effects of Chonic and Acute Bisphenol-A Exposure on the Cellular Stress Response, Corbyn Michael Lamy, Hedan Mindy Zhang, and Shawna Marie Henry

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Pesticides & Pollinators: Assessing the Impact of Chronic Sublethal Neonicotinoid Exposure on Behavioral Flexibility in Native Bumblebee Species, Jesse William Lehman