Titles of student research projects over the past few years are listed here, illustrating the breadth of research being done by students in the Biology Department, as well as exemplifying the research interests of the faculty mentors with whom these students worked.

 

  • Student Research Projects - 2017

    Dillon Alderfer ’18 The effect of flower color and nectar on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) pollination (Howard)

    Max Aleman ’17 The interacting effect of breeding and DNA methylation on the differential response to herbivory in Solanum dulcamara (Mena-Ali)

    Hhun Hyung An ’17 HAP1 Cells: A new model system for studying Wnt Signaling and the β-catenin destruction complex (Roberts)

    Anna Ming Bauer ’18 Analysis of hybridization events in Pythium sp. using flow cytometry (Blair)

    Abbey Bennett ’17 Evaluation of the temperature sensitivity of different Symbiodinium clades via site directed mutagenesis of glycarealdehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (Fields)

    Lauren Bowser ’18 Natural history of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in the Amish community (Jinks)

    Jane Braswell ’18 Personality in captive juvenile Red Fox (Ardia)

    Claire Charpentier ’19 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    Rachel Clifford ’18 Thermostability of Phospho-gluco isomerase in Acropera and Symbiodinium C and D as an explanation for coral bleaching (Fields)

    Kristen Colon ’19 Correlation between endosperm cellularization and embryo maturation in Arabidopsis seeds (Jenik)

    Lauren D’Arinzo ’17 Naturalistic Driving Analysis: How do sleeping behaviors affect teen and adult driving outcomes? (Miller)

    Danae Diaz ’18 The effect of micro-plastic consumption on Rotifer reproductive success (Thompson)

    Jennifer Deasy ’18 Loss of function mutations in DDX3X associated with syndromic intellectual disability impair RNA granule biogenesis (Jinks)

    Kaela Drzewiecki ’18 Assessing the pathophysiological impact of dominant mutations in LONP1 associated with Congenial Diaphragmatic Hernia; How do CDH-associated changes in LONP1 differ from those associated with CODAS syndrome? (Jinks)

    Allison Edelstein ’17 The length-force relationship in the obliquely striated muscles of Nereis virens in comparison to vertebrate cross-striated muscle when stimulated by Twitch and Tetanus Stimuli (Thompson)

    John Emmett ’17 The functional morphology of the nuchal joint in multiple Cephlapod Mollusks (Thompson)

    Ariel Eraso ’18 Effects of changes in enzyme stability on thermotolerance in coral-algae symbiosis (Fields)

    Emily Errickson ’18 The mechanistic role of β-catenin binding sites on APC and Axin in Wg/Wnt regulation (Roberts)

    Rachel Felder ’17 The effects of patch size and placement in a rural to urban gradient on diversity and abundance of species (Ardia)

    Briana Ferguson ’18 Drought tolerance of epiphytes along an elevation gradient in Monteverde, Costa Rica (Gotsch)

    Ian Finnegan ’18 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    Quinn Fox ’19 Dendroecological analysis of recruitment and growth by dominant tree species during 75 years of old field forest succession in Indiana (Sipe)

    Marina Frayberg ’18 Phenotype assessment of mice model of CODAS syndrome (Jinks)

    Shoshana Freeman ’18 Social learning of eating (Howard)

    Abigail Ginader ’17 ArcGIS: Spatial analysis of heroin use and treatment in Lancaster County, PA (Everett)

    Lucas Groff ’19 Effects of cannibalism on survival of Hesperodiaptomus arctics in alpine lakes (Fischer and Olson)

    Sarah Hafiz ’18 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    Conor Harbeck ’17 Lure effectiveness in mammals in Lancaster County (Ardia)

    Jennifer Hoerner ’17 Measuring anatomical parts of pollinators of Asclepias Syriaca (Howard)

    Addie Irvin ’18 Impact of water access and quality on mammals in Lancaster and York county (Ardia)

    Kenneth Jordan ’18 Coral bleaching due to phophoglucose isomerase and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase thermal sensitivity (Fields)

    Filip Keri ’18 Estimating yolk mass and size from digital images (Ardia)

    Theodore King ’17 Sunscreen: Saving our skins but killing our coral (Fields)

    Kota Kishel ’17 Habitat use by the Red Fox (Vulpus vulpus) and Gray Fox (Urocyon conereoaryenteus) (Ardia)

    Hanna Kowalewski ’18 Tropical coral ecology (Fields)

    Briana Krewson ’17 Using Mus musculus to study cortifical malformation associated with CRADD missense mutations (Jinks)

    Arielle Labiner ’18 Length-Force Relationship of Obliquely Striated Muscle Fibers in the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica (Thompson)

    Eric Lang ’18 Presence, effects, and consequences of OE for Speyaria idalia (Blair/Howard)

    Garrett Largoza ’18 Investigation of the length-force relationship in the obliquely striated muscles of the Clam Worm (Thompson)

    Euyn Lim ’17 Functional study of a read-through mutation in TUBGCP6 associated with microcephaly and chorioretinopathy (Jinks)

    Richard Lucanie ’17 Ontgenetic changes of connective tissue volume fraction in fins of the cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis (Thompson)

    Lauren Marconi ’17 Single-channel currents characterize ion channels involved in photosensory systems in the tube feet of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Shelley)

    Eric Martinez ’17 Autosomal recessive multi-system developmental delay associated with a missense mutation in the YARS gene (Jinks)

    Danielle Moloney ’18 A comparative analysis of thermal sensitivity of symbiodinium C and D (Fields)

    Paige Notarianni ’18 Investigating gene repression mediated by DNA methylation in Phytopythium vexans using bisulfite sequencing techniques (Blair)

    Carmen Navia ’18 Possible redundancy of β-catenin binding sites on APC and Axin involved in Wnt signaling (Roberts)

    Haley Plante ’17 Interactive effects of temperature and transparency on the phenology of Hesperodiaptomus arcticus in alpine lakes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains (Fischer)

    Catherine Powers ’17 Investigating the redundancy of β- catenin sites on axin and APC (Roberts)

    Arun Ramkissoon ’18 Human impact on local biodiversity in forest patches (Ardia)

    Alma Rechnitzer ’18 Examining the role of TMCC1 in NLRC3 immune-regulation (Davis)

    Samantha Riccio ’18 Integrating evolution in the North Museum curriculum (Ardia)

    Crystal Richards ’17 Investigating the Atlantic longfin squid, Doryteuthis pealeii, Paralarvae (Hatchlings) jetting locomotion (Thompson)

    Yosvany Rodriguez ’18 Habitat selection in red foxes: an urban vs. rural comparison (Ardia)

    Julia Rosenwald ’17 The role of leaf wetness duration and leaf surface traits on foliar uptake and leaf water status (Gotsch)

    Kevin Ruiz ’20 Analyses of gene expression and root phenotypes in asil1 and asil2 mutants in Arabidopsis (Jenik)

    Warren Saengtawesin ’19 Differential herbivore preference and consumption rates of primed offspring of Solanum dulcamara by Manduca sexta caterpillars (Mena-Ali)

    Sucel Sanchez ’17 Understanding ecological strategies of Tropical Montane Cloud Forest trees using measurements of lead functional traits (Gotsch)

    Shelby Sawyer ’18 The ecology of alpine lakes (Fischer)

    Sarah Schannauer ’18 Genetic diversity of Speyeria idalia in Lebanon County PA (Blair)

    Muneeb Shah ’17 Modulation of smooth muscle-like tissue in Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Shelley)

    Phillip Sitver ’17 Establishment of drug administration protocol for biochemical modulation of sea urchin vision (Shelley)

    Erin Smith ’17 Public Health Communication (Rice)

    Cylena Stewart ’17 Localization and Expression of NFATc and DSCR1 in Ts65Dn and Dp(16)IYe Mice (Moore)

    Jessi Stover ’18 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    Ryan Stull ’17 The effect of low light regimes on tree seedling photosynthesis, biomass allocation patterns, and predicted survival in a mature forest in West Central Indiana (Sipe)

    Matthew Tancer ’18 Effect of topography and elevation on deer pressure in Lancaster county forests (Ardia)

    Andrij Tarasiuk ’17 Single ion channel modeling in R Studio (Shelley)

    Julie Tran ’17 Investigating if the APC/α-catenin interaction regulates Wnt/β-catenin signaling (Roberts)

    Zachary Troiani ’18 FMNL1 and TMCC1 are potential interactors of NLRC3, a negative regulator of the cGas-STING immune system pathway (Davis)

    Ionela Turcin ’18 Analysis of promoter deletions in LEC2 and FUS3 and resulting effects on gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana (Jenik)

    Celeste Watkins ’17 Hiking foot traffic in Lancaster County Conservancy protected lands as a metric of urbanization (Ardia)

    Lindsay Williams ’18 Analysis of oxidative stress, apoptosis and endochondral ossification in embryonic long bones in Dp(16)1 Yey and Ts65Dn mice (Moore)

    Leah Zebovitz ’17 Social learning in society finches (Ardia)

    Victoria Zayat ’17 Integrating evolution into the North Museum collections (Ardia/Bechtel) 

  • Student Research Projects - 2016

    Dillon Alderfer ’18 The effect of flower color and nectar on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) pollination (Howard)

    Max Aleman '17 The interacting effect of breeding and DNA methylation on the differential response to herbivory in Solanum dulcamara (Mena-Ali)

    Abbey Bennett ’17 Evaluation of the temperature sensitivity of different Symbiodinium clades via site directed mutagenesis of glycarealdehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (Fields)

    Jane Braswell ’18 Personality in captive juvenile Red Fox (Ardia)

    Erin Caplan ’16 Public Health Communication (Rice)

    Claire Charpentier ’19 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    Kristen Colon ‘19 Correlation between endosperm cellularization and embryo maturation in Arabidopsis seeds (Jenik)

    Emma Corrado ‘16 Federal Law Enforcement & Violence Prevention: Right People. Right Places. Right Time (Everett)

    Patricia Crigler ’16 The ontogeny of nuchal joint struction and cuntion in the longfin squid doryteuthis pealeii (Thompson)

    Danae Diaz ’18 Mechanism of adhesion in the nuchal joint of squids (Thompson)

     

    Lauren D’Arinzo ’17 Naturalistic Driving Analysis: How do sleeping behaviors affect teen and adult driving outcomes? (Miller)

    Jennifer Deasy '18 Loss of function mutations in DDX3X associated with syndromic intellectual disability impair RNA granule biogenesis (Jinks)

    Emily Durocher ’16 Subcellular localization of NLCRS isoforms and their role in protein function in the immune system (Davis)

    John Emmett ’17 Common morphology and mechanics behind the nuchal joint pod in multiple cephlapod mollusk (Thompson)

    Ariel Eraso '18 Proteomic analysis of seasonal protein expression in Geukensia demissa: Changes in abundance of cytoskeletal proteins (Fields)

    Rachel Felder ’17 The effects of patch size and placement in a rural to urban gradient on diversity and abundance of species (Ardia)

    Minjun Feng ’18 Determining if the timing of endosperm cellularization is related to embryonic maturation in Arabidopsis thaliana (Jenik)

    Ian Finnegan ’18 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    Abigail Ginader '17 ArcGIS: Spatial analysis of heroin use and treatment in Lancaster County, PA (Everett)

    Abigail Haba ‘16 The functional morphology of a biological plunger (Thompson)

    Sarah Hafiz ’18 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    David Halkyard ’17 Investigation of cardiac muscle α-actin 1 in cardiogenesis of Dp(16)1Yey mouse model for Down Syndrome (Moore)

    Conor Harbeck ’17 Lure effectiveness in mammals in Lancaster County (Ardia)

    Jennifer Hoerner ’17 Measuring anatomical parts of pollinators of Asclepias Syriaca (Howard)

    Robert Holzman ’16 Contractile properties of individual obliquely strated muscle fibers (Thompson)

    Hhun Hyung An ’17 HAP1 Cells: A new model system for studying Wnt Signaling and the β-catenin destruction complex (Roberts)

    Grace Kalmus ’16 Factors that influence low birth weight pregnancy outcomes in Lancaster County births from 2004-2008 (Miller)

    Theodore King ’17 Sunscreen: Saving our skins but killing our coral (Fields)

    Briana Krewson ’17 Using Mus musculus to study cortifical malformation associated with CRADD missense mutations (Jinks)

    Courtney Lang ‘16 Role of wet adhesion in articulation of the nuchal joint during locomotion (Thompson)

    Garrett Largoza ’18 Mechanism of adhesion in the nuchal joint of squids (Thompson)

     

    Peter Lewis ’16 Ontogeny of UV tolerance in the freshwater snail Helisoma trivolvis (Olson)

    Euyn Lim ’17 Functional study of a read-through mutation in TUBGCP6 associated with microcephaly and chorioretinopathy (Jinks)

    Sara Lobdell ’16 The effect of temperature on the aggressiveness of Pythium heterothallicum (Blair)

    Richard Lucanie ’17 Ontgenetic changes of connective tissue volume fraction in fins of the cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis (Thompson)

    Lauren Marconi ’17 Single-channel currents characterize ion channels involved in photosensory systems in the tube feet of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Shelley)

    Catherine Nguyen ‘16 Functional analogies on a novel mutation in the small G-protein signaling modulator 2 (Jinks)

    Heather Nonnemacher '16 Introduction to R for Public Health Data Analysis (Everett)

    Rory Palmer ’16 Regulation of ASIL1 and ASIL2 in Arabidopsis thaliana seed development (Jenik)

    Haley Plante ’17 Interactive effects of temperature and transparency on the phenology of Hesperodiaptomus arcticus in alpine lakes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains (Fischer)

    Catherine Powers ’17 Investigating the redundancy of β-catenin sites on axin and APC (Roberts)

    Crystal Richards ’17 Investigating the Atlantic longfin squid, Doryteuthis pealeii, Paralarvae (Hatchlings) jetting locomotion (Thompson)

    Kathryn Rogers ’16 Cohabitation and habitat excluson in mammals in Lancaster County (Ardia)

    Julia Rosenwald ’17 The role of leaf wetness duration and leaf surface traits on foliar uptake and leaf water status (Gotsch)

    Warren Saengtawesin '19 Differential herbivore preference and consumption rates of primed offspring of Solanum dulcamara by Manduca sexta caterpillars (Mena-Ali)

    Sucel Sanchez ’17 Understanding ecological strategies of Tropical Montane Cloud Forest trees using measurements of leaf functional traits (Gotsch)

    Shelby Sawyer ’18 The ecology of alpine lakes (Fischer)

    Muneeb Shah ’17 Modulation of smooth muscle-like tissue in Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Shelley)

    Daniel Schecter ’16 The ontogeny of the head retractor muscle morphology in squid (Thompson)

    Alison Shupp ‘16 Functional studies of a novel mutation in JKAMP (Jinks)

    Phillip Sitver ’17 Establishment of drug administration protocol for biochemical modulation of sea urchin vision (Shelley)

    Erin Smith ’17 Public Health Communication (Rice)

    Ryan Stull ’17 The effect of low light regimes on tree seedling photosynthesis, biomass allocation patterns, and predicted survival in a mature forest in West Central Indiana (Sipe)

    Jessi Stover ’18 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    Andrij Tarasiuk ‘17 Single ion channel modeling in R Studio (Shelley)

    Julie Tran ’17 Investigating if the APC/α-catenin interaction regulates Wnt/β-catenin signaling (Roberts)

    Kate Trieschman ’16 Subcellular localization of NLRC5 (Davis)

    Zachary Troiani ‘18 FMNL1 and TMCC1 are potential interactors of NLRC3, a negative regulator of the cGas-STING immune system pathway (Davis)

    Theodore Uzamere ’16 Functional studies of rare neurogenetic disorders (Jinks)

    Yuchi Wang ’17 ASIL 1 and 2 promoter analysis for Arabidopsis thaliana (Jenik)

    Jenna Wasserman ’16 Timing of maturation process in Arabidopsis thaliana (Jenik)

    Celeste Watkins ’17 Hiking foot traffic in Lancaster County Conservancy protected lands as a metric of urbanization (Ardia)

    Lindsay Williams ’18 Long bone development of Dp(16)1Yey embryos (Moore)

     

  • Student Research Projects - 2015

     

    Hanna Aharonov ’16 Identification of intraspecific variation in pathogenic behavior in Pythium: does ploidy play a role? (Blair)

    Hyun Hyung An ’17 HAP1 Cells: a new model system for studying Wnt signaling and the β-catenin destruction complex (Roberts)

    Nathaniel Arruda-Leupert ’15 The role of the ECM protein fibulin on cell migration during Drosophila embryogenesis (Ismat)

    Emma Corrado ’16 Federal law enforcement and violence prevention: Right people. Right places. Right time. (Everett)

    Sean Cosgriff ’15 Investigation of conserved interactions between human adenomatous polyposis coli 2 (APC2) and human Tankyrase (Roberts)

    Courtney Cox ’15 Combined effects of two major agricultural herbicides on survival, growth, and behavior of Physa sp. (Fischer)

    Patricia Crigler ’16 The ontogeny of nuchal joint structure and function in the longfin squid, Doryteuthis pealei (Thompson)

    Thai ‘Dat’ Dao ’15 The role of the ASIL genes and their role in seed maturation in Arabidopsis thaliana (Jenik)

    Alexander Darby ’15 Dry season water balance in the epiphyte community of Monteverde, Costa Rica (Gotsch)

    Kenneth Davidson ’16 Recovery from water stress via absorption of foliar fog in succulent Peperomia scandens (Gotsch)


    Meghan Dean ’15 Analysis of MLC2a and MLC2v localization and expression during cardiogenesis in the Dp(16)1Yey mouse model for Down syndrome (Moore)

    Vanessa Duarte ’16 CAM and C3 photosynthesis in Peperomias (Gotsch)

    Emily Durocher ’16 Subcellular localization of NLRCS isoforms and their role in protein function in the immune system (Davis)

    Allison Edelstein ’17 The effect of Dp(16)1Yey in Down syndrome model mouse on protein variability in embryonic cardiogenesis and skeletal development (Moore)

    Ellie Ezekiel ’17 Avian malaria lineage distributions (Ardia)

    Ayan Felix ’16 The effects of transfection with heteromeric AMPA receptors under TARP regulation in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells (Shelley)

    Gabrielle Ferry ’15 Investigation of heat shock cognate 71 kDa, a target protein in the skeletal development of Dp(16)1Yey mouse model for Down syndrome (Moore)

    Rhya Ghose ’15 Perceptions of safety on college campuses (Miller/Penn)

    Andrew Glunk ’15 Functional trait and species composition analysis along an altitudinal gradient: projecting the impact of climate change on epiphytes in Monteverde, Costa Rica (Gotsch)

    Bradford Greaves ’15 Investigating if Tankyrase regulates APC2 protein levels in Wnt signaling (Roberts)

    Abigail Haba ’16 The functional morphology of a biological plunger (Thompson)

    Conor Harbeck ’17 Environmental predictability and offspring sex ratio (Ardia)

    Julie Harvey ’15 Food: Environmental and health outcomes (Everett)

    Ronni Higger ’16 Preliminary single channel analysis of the accessory subunit γ-8 on the GluA1 AMPA-type receptor (Shelley)

    Kimberly Hilfrank ’15 Amish and Mennonite attitudes towards genetic testing (Miller)

    Robert Holzman ’16 Contractile properties of individual obliquely striated muscle fibers (Thompson)

    Doug Indelicato ’15 Using landowner valuation of ecosystem services (LoVES) to identify hotspots of conservation action (Lonsdorf)

    Janice Karbachinskiy ’15 Stress in the context of public health (Miller/Abbott)

    Lucy Kirkman ’17 Biochemical modulation of sea urchin vision (Shelley)

    Alanna Koehler ’15 Characterization of WDR73 and functional studies of a novel frameshift in WDR73 associated with nephrocerebellar syndrome (Jinks)

    Scott LaValva ’15 The morphology and mechanics of a gliding joint in a soft-bodied invertebrate (Thompson)

    Rakeb Lemma ’16 Functional studies of a disease-associated protein truncating mutation in the SMAD4 gene (Jinks)

    Tashi Lhamo ’15 The extracellular protease stl inhibits sensory neuron migration (Ismat)

    Matt Loiacono ’15 Modeling Squash Bee metapolulations to support cucurbit farming practices (Lonsdorf)

    Molly Lowell ’16 Migratory behavior of Hesperodiaptomus arcticus in Moraine Lake at dawn (Fischer)

    Benjamin Martin ’16 Growth of Elaeagnus umbellata (Autumn Olive) in serpentine and non-serpentine soils (Flinn)

    Madeleine McGlincy ’15 Functional studies of WDR73 (Jinks)

    Hayley Mead ’15 Examining maternal depression and child development utilizing data from the Nurse Family Partnership Program: Interactions between maternal depression, child personal-social capabilities, and parental involvement and response (Everett)

    Kelsey Michenko ’16 A longitudinal study of the distribution of Red Back salamanders (P. cinereus): the effects of climate and habitat variation (Fischer)

    Eila Miller ’15 The effect of ultraviolet light intensity and exposure time on Daphnia magna light avoidance behavior (Fischer)

    Catherine Nguyen ‘16 Functional analysis on a novel mutation in the small G protein signaling modulator 2 (Jinks)

    Quynh Nguyen ’15 Expression of CRADD c. 382G>C in developing mouse brain (Jinks)

    John O’Neill ’15 Determining the timing of the seed maturation program in Arabidopsis thaliana (Jenik)

    Mackenzie Oettel ’15 Health outcomes of women exposed to sexual violence in Lancaster, PA (Everett)

    Veronica Ortiz ’15 Development of a single-fiber preparation to investigate the contractile properties of obliquely striated muscles in polychaete worms (Thompson)

    Minh Pham ’15 Fibulin and AdamTS-B in cell migration in Drosphila (Ismat)

    Haley Plante ’17 Using landowner valuation of ecosystem services (LoVES) to identify hotspots of conservation action (Lonsdorf)

    Catherine Powers ’17 Investigating redundancy of β-catenin binding sites on Axin and APC (Roberts)

    Stefan Radevic ’17 Data collection of GluA2 currents to analyze AMPA receptor function and simplified mathematical model (Shelley)

    George Raum ’15 Analysis of impact of TUBGCP6 mutation on interaction with Plk4 (Jinks)

    Mallory Reed ’16 Physical and behavioral effects of sublethal ultraviolet radiation exposure on the freshwater snail Physa gyrina (Olson)

    Kathryn Rogers ’16 Cohabitation and habitat exclusion in mammals in Lancaster County (Ardia)

    Daniel Schecter ’16 The ontogeny of head retractor muscle morphology in the Atlantic Longfin squid (Thompson)

    Alison Shupp ’16 Biophysical properties of the homomeric GluA4 AMPA receptor in the presence of modulatory TARP γ-4 (Shelley)

    Julia Siegal ’15 That's What They Say: Public health nutrition theories and misconceptions (Everett)

    Rahmat Sikder ’15 An investigation on the electrophysiologicy of GluA4 AMPA receptors in association with TARP γ-8 (Shelley)

    Molly Stapleton ’16 Diseases and disease mechanisms affecting pregnant women and children in Stalin's Russian gulags (Everett)

    Nicole Strauss ’15 Amish and Mennonite oral health in Lancaster County (Miller)

    Suzanna Talento ’15 Analysis of nucleotide binding and hydrolysis in NOD2-mediated pathologies (Davis)

    Aaron Tocker ’15 NLRC3 interacts with T3JAM and IQGAP1: Implications for connection to intercellular DNA sensing and cytoskeletal involvement in NLR biology (Davis)

    Kate Trieschman ’16 Subcellular localization of LCRC5 (Davis)

    Adil Tyeb ’16 The effect of morphology, physical dispersal agents, and rotational direction on dispersal potential and flight performance of winged fruits and seeds (Thompson)

    Brian Velasco ’15 A comparative enzyme kinetics study of Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and pyruvate kinase in the coral Acropora millepora and its symbiotic dinoflagellete Symbiodinium (Fields)

    Ryan Von Kleeck ’15 Tankyrase dependent degradation of Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (Roberts)

    Lauren Yazujian ’17 Examining health access in the Middle East and Africa (Everett)

    Jaewoo Yun ’15 A study of obliquely striated muscles in Nereis virens under hypopic stress conditions (Thompson)

    Anouar Zouak ’15 The role of AdamTS-B on trachael migration in Drosophila melanogaster (Ismat)

  • Student Research Projects - 2014

    Zachary Adams ’14 Health survey of the Lancaster County Plain Communities (Miller)

    Amalia Antonoplos ’14  CER, policy, and the public’s health (Everett)

    Samuel Bouquin ’15 Exploring the frequency-dependent length-force relationship of the obliquely striated longitudinal body wall muscles of the medicinal leech, Hirudo verbana (Thompson, J.)

    Arissa Brown ’14 Improving midwife resources: care of the newborn at risk (Miller)

    William Cappuccio ’15 Quantification of defense gene expression associated with herbivory by Manduca sexta in Solanum carolinense (Mena-Ali)

    Bekim Cela ’14 Biochemical assessment of the coral-algal symbiosis: are enzymes of each partner adapted to the same temperature regime? (Fields)

    Madison (Sonny) Clark-Turner ’14 Evaluating evidence for horizontal gene transfer events in oomycetes (Blair)

    Lauren Coffua ’14 Culture and sequence based approaches to studying comycete diversity in home gardens with a focus on Solanum lycopersicum (Blair)

    Sean Cosgriff ’15 Testing for evolutionary conservation of the APC2/Tankyrase protein interaction (Roberts)

    Yufei Dai ’15 Recruitment and growth histories of sub-canopy sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and American beech (Fagus grandifolia) populations in a midwestern forest preserve (Sipe)

    Thai Dao ’15 Regulation of the ASIL genes and their role in seed maturation in Arabidopsis thaliana (Jenik)

    Mackenzie Dix ’14 Coping with climate change: The effects of drying conditions on the hydraulic capacity of epiphyte species in the tropical montane cloud forest (Gotsch)

    Alexander Darby ’15 Epiphyte dry season water balance in the Tropical Montane Cloud Forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica (Gotsch)

    Kenneth Davidson ’16 An analysis of leaf cellular physiology in response to climate variation (Gotsch)

    Meghan Dean ’15 Quantification and analysis of Mlc2A expression and oxidative stress biomarkers and their role in cardiogenesis in Down syndrome (Moore)

    Vanessa Duarte ’16 The Switching From C3 to CAM Photosynthesis Under Drought Stress for Peperomia scandens (Gotsch)

    Edward Early ’14 The Effect of Patch Size and Surrounding Matrices on Mammal Diversity and Abundance in Forest Habitats along an Urban-Rural Gradient (Ardia; co-advised w/Lonsdorf)

    Josephine Ferenc ’14 Oral health standards of the Plain people; Oral health & the cleft palate (Everett)

    Gabrielle Ferry ’15 Investigation of Heat Shock Cognate 71 kDa, a target protein in the skeletal development of Dp(16)1Yey mouse model for Down syndrome (Moore)

    Liz Fletman ’15 Characterization of mitochondrial matrix remodeling and ultrastructural abnormalities in CODAS patient cells (Jinks)

    Anna Folz ’15 Woodstove use and its impact on the health of rural Guatemalan families (Everett)

    Ashley Gelata ’15 The impacts of herbicides on the ecology of snails (Fischer)

    Rhya Ghose ’15 Behind the campus tour: perceptions and realities of campus safety (Miller and Penn)

    Andrew Glunk ’15 Understanding species distribution and successful adaptations of epiphytic species across a microclimate gradient in Monteverde, Costa Rica (Gotsch)

    Bradford Greaves ’15 Investigating if Tankyrase-mediated PARylation regulates APC2 protein levels (Roberts)

    Hannah Groff ’14 Selfing in post-disturbance populations of hayscented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) (Flinn)

    Abigail Haba ’16 Functional compartmentalization in the anterior nuchal retractor muscles of squid (Thompson, J.)

    Elizabeth Heppeheimer ’14 Assessing spatial and temporal changes in the genetic structure of the red fox, Vulpes vulpes, in response to anthropogenic land alteration (Ardia; co-advised w/Mena-Ali)

    Logan Jury ’15 The impacts of water stress on sunfleck utilization in Ailanthus altissima (Sipe)

    Angela Kahugu ’15 Is N-linked glycosylation of HERG3 potassium ion channels required for normal membrane trafficking? (Jinks)

    Janice Karbachinskiy ’15 Stress contagion as a public health issue (Miller and Abbott)

    Upamanyu Kashyap ’17 Exploration of sunfleck temporal structure using curve-fitting techniques (Sipe)

    Alanna Koehler ’15 Description of a novel protein and two mutations associated with nephrocerebellar syndrome in Amish children (Jinks)

    Kelsey Kreyche ’14 Superantigen mediated inflammasome activation in human monocytes (Davis)

    Hannah Kuhns ’15 A comparison of functional traits between native serpentine species and non-native invasive species in the State Line serpentine barrens (Flinn)

    Kathleen Lane ’14 Macrosomia in the Lancaster County Amish population (Miller)

    Scott LaValva ’15 The morphology and mechanics of a gliding joint in a soft-bodied invertebrate (Thompson, J.)

    Tashi Lhamo ’15 The extracellular protease stl inhibits migration of the v'ch1 sensory neuron during Drosophila embryogenesis (Ismat)

    Kate Liebow ’15 Photosynthetic induction state and Lightfleck use efficiency by temperate forest tree seedlings in response to pre-fleck shade levels measured in the field (Sipe)

    Sara Lobdell ’16 Biomass and carbon patterns of snags, coarse woody debris, and fine woody debris in a west-central Indiana forest (Sipe)

    Matthew Loiacono ’15 The role of mating systems in the colonization of logged forests by hayscented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) (Flinn)

    Madeleine McGlincy ’15 – Functional characterization of two mutations in a novel protein associated with nephrocerebellar syndrome (Jinks)

    Jennifer Mikes ’15 Patterns in functional diversity along successional gradients in the southeastern Pennsylvania serpentine barrens (Flinn)

    Eila Miller ’15 Vertical migration behavior of Hesperodiaptomus arcticus in Moraine Lake (Fischer)

    Karla Molina ’16 Functional characterization of protein truncating mutations in BRAT1 on ATM signaling during the DNA damage response (Jinks)

    Lizzy Noonan-Pomoda ’14 Global reproductive rights (Everett)

    Megan O'Donnell 14 Factors influencing alcohol use at Franklin and Marshall College (Miller)

    Mackenzie Oettel ’15 - Health outcomes of women exposed to sexual violence (Everett)

    John O'Neill ’15 Determining the timing of the seed maturation program in Arabidopsis thaliana (Jenik)

    Veronica Ortiz ’15 The length-force relationship of isolated obliquely striated muscle fibers (Thompson, J.)

    Quynh Nguyen 15 Do Cradd knockout mice display altered neuronal apoptosis during brain development? (Jinks)

    Maria Patino ’16 The role of the extracellular protease AdamTS-A on germ cell migration (Ismat)

    Corinne Pellows 14 An examination of systems to encourage organ donation (Miller)

    Minh Ngoc Pham ’15 The roles of AdamTS-B and fbl in Drosophila wing morphogenesis (Ismat)

    Samantha Porcelli ’15 Quantification of the change in DNA methylation levels iSolanum carolinense before and after exposure to environmental stress (Mena-Ali)

    Varun Rajagopalan 14 Lancaster County lead exposure: knowledge, attitudes and perception of lead exposure (Miller)

    Paige Robinson ’14 Functional studies to evaluate the impact of a novel APC-Tankyrase interaction on â-catenin regulation (Roberts)

    Nicole Rynecki ’15 The role of integrins in sensory axon guidance during Drosophila embryogenesis (Ismat)

    Daniel Schecter 16 Muscle fiber specialization in the head retractors of squid (Thompson, J.)

    Meryl Schulman 14 The Community Health Needs Assessment of Lancaster General Health and Ephrata Community Hospital and its effect on the overall health of the Lancaster County community (Miller)

    Maxwell Sechzer ’14 Does metabolic rate mediate effects of incubation temperature on adult coping style? (Ardia)

    Laura Smith ’14 Superantigen mediated inflammasome activation in human monocytes (Davis)

    Suzanna Talento ’15 Nucleotide binding mediates NOD2 activation in vitro (Davis)

    Aaron Tocker ’15 Identification of novel protein:protein interactions in NLR family members (Davis)

    Adil Tyeb ’16 The effects of morphology, wind, and rotational direction on the dispersal potential and flight performance of winged seeds (Thompson, J.)

    Brian Velasco 15 Comparisons of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and pyruvate kinase in the coral Acropora millepora and its algal symbiont Symbiodinium (Fields)

    Tyler Veterano ’14 Morphological and molecular characterization of novel Pythium species from southeastern Pennsylvania (Blair)

    Ryan von Kleeck ’15 Does Tankyrase binding mediate direct ubiquitination of APC2 through the E3 ubiquitin ligase RNF146? (Roberts)

    Robert Yamulla ’14 Testing the models: Phosphorylation of high-affinity â-catenin binding sites is not required for APC mediated â-catenin destruction (Roberts)

    James Yun ’15 Combining physiological and proteomics approaches to investigate the effects of hypoxia on muscle fatigue in an intertidal marine polychaete (Thompson, J.)

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