Biology

Clark student studying in lab undergrad research projects

Recent Undergraduate Research Projects in the Biological Sciences

Spring 2015

Characterization of British Columbia Threespine Stickleback (Gastroesteus aculeatus.) Ryan Barney '15 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Identification of the Potential Zinc Finger Motif in Dictyostelium discoideum
Ima1 Protein. Ying Ge Wang ’16 & Elizabeth Nelson ’16 (in collaboration with
Xiang Ren, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Investigating the role of CG4096 in EGFR Signaling Pathway. Pinky Htun ’17
(Sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Copy Number Variation in the Fungal Pathogen Cryptococcus gattii. Jacob
Steenwyk ’15
(Sponsor: Professor John Gibbons)

Diversification of gene families involved in fruiting body development in
Agaricomycetes inferred using comparative genomics. Sam Kovaka ’16 (Sponsor:
Professor David Hibbett)

The effect of lizard head shape on burrowing performance in substrates of
varying particle size: An analysis using mechanical models. Molly Provost ’15
(Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Effects of Substrate Particle Diameter and Angle of Incline on Lizard
Locomotion. Sarah Kaufman ’15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Regulation of nitrogen assimilating transcripts in the diatom Thalassiosira
pseudonana
. Rebecca Littlefield ’15 (Sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Allergic Asthma: Unexpected Complexity and Genotoxicity. Leonardo Cuervo
’15
(Sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Analysis of mRNA transcript stability in Thalassiosira pseudonana using the
biosynthetic label 4-thiouracil. Vanessa Adam ’15 (in collaboration with Minoli
Perera, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Domesticating Genetics: Evaluating genetic divergence between domesticated
and wild fungal strains. Emma O'Melia ’15 (Sponsor: Professor John Gibbons)

Tannic acid's impact three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Yitao
Shen ’16
(Sponsor: Professors John Baker)

Effect of ancestral and re-evolved limbs on locomotor efficiency in lizards.
Dennis Glynn ’15, Leah Khayter ’17, Mitchell Rosenberg ’16 & Richard Shen
’16
(Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Effects of morphological variation on locomotor kinematics and performance in
three skink species. Nate Biedak ’17, Marian Crockett ’16, Rickey Phou ’15 &
PK Thorstenn ’15
(Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Journey to the Center of the Earth: Burrowing Performance and Kinematics
Among Skink Lizards. Brian Davis ’16, Faye Harwell ’15 & Dan Lima ’15
(Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Analysis of the effect of increasing substrate coarseness on the kinematics and
performance of burrowing in the Philippine skink, Brachymeles orientalis. Luke
Carter ’15, Erika Schaper ’18 & Will Walker ’16
(Sponsor: Professor Philip
Bergmann)

Cell Printing: A Novel Quantitative Assay. James St. Denis ’15 (Sponsor:
Professor Denis Larochelle)

2014 Fall

Identification of the potential zinc finger motif in Dictyostelium discoideum lma1 protein. Ying Ge Wang '16 (in collaboration with Xiang Ren, PhD candidate. Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Investigating the role of CG4096 in the EGFR Signaling Pathway. Pinky Htun '17 (Sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Diversification of gene families involved in fruiting body development in Agaricomycetes inferred using comparative genomics. Sam Kovaka '16 (sponsor: Professor David Hibbett)

The effect of lizard head shape on burrowing performance in substrates of varying particle size: an analysis using mechanical models. Molly Provost '15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Effects of substrate particle diameter and angle of incline on lizard locomotion. Sarah Kaufman '15 (Professor Philip Bergmann)

Regulation of nitrogen assimilatin transcripts in the diatom Thlassiosira pseudonana. Rebecca Littlefield '15 (Sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Allergic asthma: unexpected complexity and genotoxicity. Leonardo Cuervo '15 (Sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Anaylsis of mRNA transcript stability in Thalassiosira pseudonana using the biosythetic label 4-thiouracil. Vanessa Adam '15 (In colaboration with Minoli Perera, PhD candidate. Sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Domesticating genetics: evaluatin genetic divergence between domesticated and wild fungal strains. Emma O'Melia '15 (Sponsor: Professor John Gibbons)

Tannic acid's impact on threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Yitao Shen '16 (Sponsors: Professors John Baker & Fred Greenaway)

Effect of ancestral and re-revolved limbs on locomter efficiency in lizards. Dennis Glynn '15, Leah Khayter '17, Mitchell Rosenberg '16, and Richard Shen '16 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Effects of morphological variation on locomoter kinematics and performance in three skink species. Nate Biedak '17, Marian Crockett '16, Rickey Phou '15, and PK Thorstenn '15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Journey to the center of the earth: burrowing performance and kinematics among skink lizards. Brian Davis '16, Faye Harwell '15 and Dan Lima '15. (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Analysis of the effect of increasing substrate coarsness on the kinematics and performance of burrowing in the Philippine skink, Brachymeles orientalis. Luke Carter '15, Erika Schaper '18 and Will Walker '16 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Cell printing: a novel quantitative assay. James St. Denis '15 (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

To see more, view undergraduate research projects undertaken in previous years.