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Senior Presentations

Spring 2013

Senior Research

  • Muna Aghaalnemer, "The Role of Juvenile Hormone in the Reproductive Polyphenism in Pea Aphids" (Dr. Greg Davis)
  • Taznim Aziz, "Marshes Fall Apart" (Dr. Tom Mozdzer)
  • Anna Brandtjen & Victoria Lopez, "Calcium's Role in Synaptotagmin-1 Mediated Axonal Outgrowth" (Dr. Karen Greif)
  • Sara Fielder, "Histone Modifications of Rasgrf1 in Biallelically Expressing Tissues" (Dr. Tamara Davis
  • Shanina Halbert, "The Fundamentals of Fundulid Activity: Killifish Habitat Use and Population Assemblages in the Louisiana Northern Gulf of Mexico Region"
  • Abby Hochman, "DNA Methylation Dynamics at the Dlk1-DMR" (Dr. Tamara Davis)
  • Rebecca Joseph, "Differential Methylation Upstream of the Mouse Gene Rasgrf1" (Dr. Tamara Davis)
  • Laudita Kuswanto, "Identification of Distinct Genetic Programs that Mediate Cell Cycle Arrest of Apoptosis by the Tumor Suppressor Protein p53" (Dr. Steve McMahon, Thomas Jefferson University)
  • Megan LaBouff, "Knocking Down Developmental Genes in the Pea Aphid: Are Short Interfering RNAs the Answer" (Dr. Greg Davis)
  • Rachel Rivenburg & Jessica Watkins, "Effect of 5-HT5A Receptor Agonist and Antagonist on the Amygdala and Lateral Septum" (Dr. Earl Thomas)
  • Sarah Schnellbacher, " Distribution of Histone Modifications at Rasgrf1 in Monoallelic and Biallelic Tissues" (Dr. Tamara Davis)
  • Celia Tong, "Analysis of DNA Methylation at Dlk1 During Embryonic and Neonatal Development" (Dr. Tamara Davis)
  • Christine Wheaton, "Construction Costs of Native and Introduced Phragmites Australis" (Dr. Tom Mozdzer)

Senior Seminar in Biochemistry (Dr. Monica Chander)

  • Ik Joon (David) Chang, "Myc-Induced Alterations of Cancer Glutamine Metabolism"
  • Nitya Hajela, "Optimization of Hypoxia-activated Prodrugs"
  • Maria Zayas, "Cancer Vaccines"

Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Dr. Greg Davis)

  • Katherine De La Hoz, "Unicorns of the Sea: The Role of MicroRNAs in the Development of the Tusk of Monodon monoceras"
  • Jillian Galloway, "FLAWED: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, the German Past, and History of Medicine"
  • Hannah Lehman, "Does Methylation at the Igf2 Locus Mediate the Effect of Maternal Malnutrition on Adult Metabolic Disease?"
  • Sadie Mahmoud, "A Case of Evolutionary Loss of Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination"
  • Saba Qadir, "Characterizing the Regulation of High Altitutde Adaptation in Tibetans"
  • Morgan Turner, "Primary Endosymbiosis II: Return of the Plastid"

Spring 2012

Senior Research

  • Lauren McNelly, "The Role of Allele-Specific Histone Modifications in Tissue-Specific Regulation of Genomic Imprinting at Mouse Rasgrf1" (Advisor:  Dr. Tamara Davis)
  • Rebecca Sheplock and Natalie Mackow, "Investigation of the Redox-Active Transcription Factor SoxR in Streptomyces coelicolor" (Advisor:  Dr. Monica Chander)
  • Kayla McDaniel and Jeanette Bates, "Differential Methylation at the Dlk1-DMR in 5 day Post-Partum Mouse Lung and Liver Tissue" (Advisor:  Dr. Tamara Davis)
  • Nima Shrestha and Liz Frontino, "The Investigation of the Terminal Patterning System in Hemipteran Insects using RNAi" (Advisor: Dr. Greg Davis)
  • Claire Weichselbaum and Morgan Currie, "Calcium-Dependence of Synaptotagmin-Mediated Neuronal Branching" (Advisor: Dr. Karen Greif)
  • Carrie Schoonover, "The Effect of a Calcium Ionophore and Channel Blocker on Synaptotagmin-Mediated Filopodial Growth"  (Advisor: Dr. Karen Greif)
  • Emily Levine, "Learning Models to Detect Early Onset Parkinson Disease" (Advisor: Dr. Eric Eaton, Computer Science Department)
  • Rama Kirloskar, "Oscillator Cell or Not?" (Advisor: Dr. Peter Brodfuehrer)

Senior Seminar in Molecular Genetics (Dr. Tamara Davis)

  • Carolyn Cai, "How Expression of Gtl2 Isoforms Regulate Dlk1 Expression"
  • Lauren McDonough, "Ftx, a Long Non-coding RNA, in an Activator of Xist, Functioning in the Molecular Pathway of X Inactivation in XX Female Mammals"
  • Saba Ashraf, "The Role of COLDAIR in the Flowering Locus C (FLC)-Mediated Vernalization Response in Arabidopsis"
  • Nicole Lantz, "Determining the Role of LincRNA-p21 and hnRNP-k in p53-Dependent Transcriptional Control of Noxa and Stat3"

Advanced Evolution (Dr. Stephen Gardiner)

  • Aliza Resnick, "Pax-6 and the Evolutionary Origin of Eyes in Metazoans"


Fall 2011

Senior Seminar in Morphology (Dr. Stephen Gardiner)

  • Elizabeth Olecki: "Morphological Phylogenetic Study of Polychaetes"
  • Natalie Chrismer: "Analysis of Relationships between Certain Polychaetes"
  • Laura Needham: "Morphological Analysis of Certain Polychaete Taxa"

Senior Seminar in Science & Society (Dr. Mike Sears)

  • Diana Vergara "Sustainable Food Systems"
  • Grace Loudon, "Influence of the Composition of Hormone Deficient Infant Milk on Obesity through an Evolutionary Lens"
  • Ilana Tidus, "Effects of Various Pollutants on the Increase in Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders Worldwide"
  • Urvi Mittal, "Providing Family Planning Centers in India"
  • Bing Zhang, "A Study of Breast Cancer and Ethnicity"
  • Emma Condy, "A Comparative Approach to Face-Scanning as an Indicator of Social Relatedness"
  • Hanna Lee, "The Adolescent Brain, In Search of Answers"
  • Emily Takeuchi Miller, "Effects of Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Treating Tendon Injuries"


Spring 2011

Senior Research

  • Camille Petre and Anne George-Hallgren, "Glutamate Receptor 2/3 Immunoreactivity in the Central Nervous System of the Leech" (Advisor:  Dr. Peter Brodfuehrer)
  • Bailey Baumann, "Isolation and Amplification of AMPA Receptor Subunit in
    Hirudo medicinalis" (Advisor:  Dr. Peter Brodfuehrer)
  • Sandra Gandarez and Nikitha Ashok, "The Effects of Calcium Channel Blocking on the Growth of Filopodia" (Advisor:  Dr. Karen Greif)
  • Alyssa Gagne and Emily Bergbower, "Acquisition of Differential DNA Methylation at the Gtl2-Dlk1 Locus in Mouse Embryonic and Placental Tissues"
  • Sadie Marlow, "An Investigation of Histone Modifications at Rasgrf1 in Mouse" (Advisor: Dr. Tamara Davis)
  • Emma Hedman, "Investigating the Role of Juvenile Hormone in the Reproductive
    Polyphenism of the Pea Aphid"  (Advisor: Dr. Greg Davis)
  • Joanna Barkas and Amelie Raz, "Differential Gene Expression within the
    Patterning Systems of Sexual vs. Asexual Pea Aphids" (Advisor: Dr. Greg Davis)
  • Fatima Quadri, "Changes in Lateral Septal Activity Following Infusion of a Serotonin
    Autoreceptor Antagonist into the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus" (Advisor: Dr. Earl Thomas, Psychology)
  • Riki Gifford-Ferguson and Clara Wang, "Adjoining Mutations in Glucokinase: So Close, Yet So Far"

Senior Seminar in Biochemical Mechanisms of Disease Progression (Dr.Wilent)

  • Nelly Khaselev, "The Biochemical and Immunological Pathology of Henoch – Schönlein
  • Emily Ledford, "Resisting Resistance: Targeting Virulence Factors of
    Staphylococcus aureus"
  • Kelsey Lynch, "Determining the Role of Drug Efflux in Multidrug Resistant

Praxis III

Fall 2010

Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Dr. Gregory Davis)

  • Erin Miller, “Thermoregulation in Ichthyosaurs”
  • Madi Houff, "The role of the genes Pax6 and Rx in the development of the eye
  • of Xenopus laevis"
  • Joo Park, “Regulation of lifespan by something other than food."
  • Amelie Raz, “The Role of Juvenile Hormone in the Evolutionary Loss of Sexual
  • Plasticity in Aphids”     
  • Kristen Magnusen, “Short-term Evolutionary Responses to Endocrine Disruptors”
  • Madison Schaeffer, “The Parallel Evolution of Herding Behavior in Sheepdogs”

Senior Seminar in Science in Society (Dr. Paul Grobstein)

  • Riki Gifford-Ferguson, “The Human Genome Project and Determining Who We Are”
  • Anne Dowton, “The Vaccination Debate: A Case Study in Scientific Communication”
  • Hope Fillingim, “A History of People, Whales, and Complex Interactions”
  • Dakota Fisher-Vance, “The Science of Science Education”
  • Leah Bonnell, “The Commercialization of Clinical Research: An Examination
  • of Resulting Ethical Issues”
  • Crystal Leonard, “Scientific miscommunication: an examination of the divide
  •  between the scientific community and the public”
  • Moira Hodges, “Redefining Mental Health”
  • Sarah Maley, “Medical Information and the Internet”
  • Kendra Norrell, “Destruction by an Iconic Symbol: The Harms of Vehicle Exhaust”
  • Naa Kwarley Quartey, “Science in Society: exploring the power of science to shape legal policy using abortion as an example”
  • Colette Young, “Lessons from the History of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual”

Spring 2010

Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Biology (Dr. Stephen Gardiner)

Senior Research

  • Sasha DeWitt, The Lateral Septum's Role in Anxiolysis (Advisor: Dr. Earl Thomas, Psychology)
  • Claire Ceriani, The Language Spiral: How Society Evolved Language (Advisor: Dr. Paul Grobstein)
  • Elizabeth Ver Hoeve, Re-Thinking the Role of Cell 208 in the Leech Oscillatory Swim Network (Advisor: Dr. Peter Brodfuehrer)
  • Isabelle Winer, Isolation and Amplification of the Leech GluR2 subunit of the AMPA receptor (Advisor: Dr. Peter Brodfuehrer)
  • Caitlin Jeschke, Eileen Downs, Nafisa Misawa and Hillary Cleveland, Reproductive Polyphenism in the Pea Aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum (Advisor: Dr. Gregory Davis)
  • Evan Raskin, Differential effects of climate change on lizard activity time in varying topographic environments (Advisor: Dr. Michael Sears)
  • Jane Morris, Histone Modifications as Imprinting Control at Rasgrf1 in Neonatal Tissue
  • Mahvish Qureshi, Analysis of the Methylation Pattern on Complementary DNA strands at exon 5 of Mouse Dlk1 Gene
  • Rica Ann Sablan Dela Cruz, Penumetcha,Sahitya Penumetcha, and Yang Gao, Understand the Function of SoxR in Streptomyces coelicolor

Fall 2009

Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Dr. Gregory Davis)

  • Anisha Chirmule, The Development of Mammalian Molars
  • Michelle Crepeau, A Role for Embryonic Turtle β-globin Gene Orthology
    in the Evolution of Endothermy in the Theropod-Bird Lineage
  • Kate Sheridan, Preparing for takeoff: helical growth as a step towards flight in feather evolution
  • Kathy Dilliplane, Sticking Your Neck Out: A Developmental Basis for Variation in Cervical Vertebrae Number in Birds
  • Lisa Lamprou, A Genetic Basis for Variance in Vertebrate Vocalization
  • Andrea Caruana, Are changes in FOXP2 protein responsible for the evolutionary loss of GRIK1 expression in the human brain?

Senior Seminar in Science in Society (Dr. Paul Grobstein)

  • Julia Lewis, Parsing Cancer Metaphors
  • Rachel Brady, Deconstructing the Dichotomy in Biological Sex
  • Trihn Truong, The Effects of Human-Induced Ecological Changes On Infectious Diseases
  • Julianne Rieders, Pandemics and Prevention
  • Lias Betz, Marketing Breast Cancer in Corporate America: Health Activism and Commercialism
  • Anna Dela Cruz, Brain=Perception: Research Implications

Spring 2009

Senior Seminar in Biochemistry (Dr. Monica Chander)

  • Katie Weng, Optimizing antibiotic production in Streptomyces coelicolor and exploring the mechanism of the development of antibiotic resistance
  • Christina Harview, Exploring the effect of exogenous paraoxonase addition to Pseudomonas aeruginosa colonies in vitro and in vivo

Senior Seminar in Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Dr. Greg Davis)

  • Jeam Chung, The Symbiotic Relationship of V. fischeri and E. scolopes-A focus on the Initiation Stage
  • Benjamin Pyenson, The Evolution of Genetic Sex Determination in Turtles
  • Rina Mehta, The Origin and Ontogenesis of Male Dimorphic Vocalization in the Midshipman Fish
  • Madina Ghazanfar, The Role of Ultraconserved Genes in Placental Mammals
  • Caroline Feldman, Tandem Repeats and the Evolution of Craniofacial Morphology in Dogs
  • Jenn Wong, Regenerating Vestigial Organs: The evolutionary effects of sonic hedgehog gene expression on the blind cavefish
  • Megan Gallagher, The Novel Anableps Eye

Senior Seminar in Molecular Genetics (Dr. Tamara Davis)

  • Katie Kent, Investigating the Importance of Location for the Expression of Air and its Non-coding RNA Function
  • Francesca Marangell, Imprinted X-inactivation: A Comparison between Marsupials and Eutherians
  • Andrea, R. Zambetti, Investigation of Epigenetic Alterations in Osteoarthritic Chondrocytes through S-Adenosyl Methionine Supplementation
  • Sarah Allard, Nutritional and Environmental Influences on the Epigenome: The Dose-Dependent Effects of Bisphenol A
  • Kristen, Jusewicz-Haidle, Sub-fertile Males: A Cautionary Tale
  • Alexa Yim, Dnmt3L Protein and the Role of its Sex-Specific Transcripts
  • Molly Pieri, Artificially Induced Monoallelic Expression of the GABRB3 Gene in Mice: Implications for Autism
  • Lauren Poon, A highly conserved activator sequence influences Prader-Willi Syndrome, imprinted genes
  • Penn Trong, Mest expression in hypothalamus of mice may play a role in maternal behavior
  • Heather Fetting, The role of polycomb proteins in tissue-specific imprinting of Grb10

Senior Research

  • Nicolette Belletier, The Reproductive Polyphenism in Acyrthosiphon pisum: Patterning of the Sexual and Asexual Oocytes  (Advisor - Dr. Greg Davis)
  • Rebecca Pisciotta, Understanding Free Will: How our model of the universe informs our conception of human free will (Advisor - Dr. Paul Grobstein)
  • Shikha Prashad, Object Detection & Tracking Using Neural Networks (Advisors Drs. Paul Grobstein and Doug Blank (Computer Science))
  • Nana Asabere, Synaptotagmin-1's Role in Neurite Outgrowth and Patterning (Advisor - Dr. Karen Greif)
  • Dominique McKeever & Sarah Powers, Persistent Excitation in the Leech (Advisor - Dr. Peter Brodfuehrer)
  • Eva Bastianon, The organization of the duo-gland feeding system in the palps of Magelona (Polychaeta) (Advisor - Dr. Stephen Gardiner)

Student Research - Summer 2008