Biology

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Recent Undergraduate Research Projects in the Biological Sciences

2014 Academic Spree Day Presentations

Does Stretching Facilitate Athletic Performance? Qui Trinh '15 (Sponsor: Professor David Thurlow)

Nicotine Impact on Brain Activation in an Animal Model of ADHD. Matthew Thompson '14 (Sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Phylogenetic Analysis of Septic Leach Field. Alexander Vickers '14 (Sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

Antibody Profile to Influenza Virus in the ED Patients and Antibody Treatment Patterns for Elderly Patients in the ED Department. Rezwana Hoque '14 (in collaboration with Dr. John P. Haran, UMass Medical Center; Sponsor: Professor David Thurlow)

Dehydration Rates of Green Frogs (Lithobates clamitans). Hannah Diebboll '14 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Relationship between Size of Sea Anemone Hosts and Occupancy of Periclimines Shrimp Symbionts in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Katelyn Richer '15 (Sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Long-term natural variation in egg size and clutch size in divergent populations of Alaskan threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Briana Cooney '15, Sarah Saltzman '15 & Marian Crockett '16 (Sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Schooling Tendency in the Presence of a Predator in Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Jenna Kosmo '15 (in collaboration with Melissa Graham, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Effects of Substrate Particle Diameter on Non-Steady State Locomotion of Steppe Runner (Eremias arguta). Kyle Pettinelli '14 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Post Transcriptional Regulation and Growth Kinetics in the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. Joshua Buggé '14 (Sponsor: Professor Deb Robertson)

Puf expression in the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana in response to nitrogen availability. Rachel Forman-Rubinsky '14 & Emily Stone '16 (in collaboration with Minoli Perera, graduate student, and Joshua Buggé; Sponsor: Professor Deb Robertson)

Analysis of mRNA half-lives encoding nitrogen-assimilating enzymes in Thalassiosira pseudonana. Vanessa Adam '15, Kendall Lunn '14, Gaby Jijon Nemalceff '14 & Hannah Reich '15 (in collaboration with Minoli Perera, graduate student, and Joshua Buggé (PLA); Sponsor: Professor Deb Robertson)

Post-transcriptional regulation of mRNA encoding nitrogen assimilating enzymes in the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. Rebecca Littlefield '15, Kyle Pettinelli '14, & Stephanie Wong '14 (in collaboration with Minoli Perera, graduate student, and Joshua Buggé; Sponsor: Professor Deb Robertson)

Characterization of the circadian RNA-binding proteins, Chlamy1 and Chlamy3, in diatoms. Nicole Dube '15, Chris Dibble '16 & Samantha Shum '14 (in collaboration with Minoli Perera, graduate student, and Joshua Buggé (PLA); Sponsor: Professor Deb Robertson)

Determination of growth rates and carrying capacity in marine diatoms: Impacts of silicate limitation. Rory Jones '14 & Levi Seeley '16 (in collaboration with Minoli Perera, graduate student, and Joshua Buggé ; Sponsor: Professor Deb Robertson)

Cloning Xanthobacter autitrophicus Py2 mer operon. Erin Thayer '14 (in collaboration with Colin Rutner, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

2013 Fall Fest Presentations

CapitellaTNEarly BMP signaling is necessary for proper development of the brain, eyes and foregut in the annelid Capitella teleta. Michele Corbet '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Development of Molecular Assays to Test the Efficacy of a Novel Transmission Blocking Vaccine Targeting Plasmodium falciparum. Oyindamola Adefisayo '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Dr. Patrick Duffy and Professor Justin Thackeray)

Confirmation of arsenate reductase activity by Denitrovibrio acetiphilus protein YP_003504839 using cross-species complementation. Amanda Barbosa '14 (sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

Screening for Mutant SI Alleles in Drosophila melanogaster. Spencer Brightman '14 (sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Characterization of the 3’ Untranslated Regions of Modified Nitrate Reductase Transgenes in the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. Joshua Buggé '14 (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Preliminary Survey of Habitat Preference in Margaritifera margaritifera. Thomas Carroll '13 (sponsor: Professor John baker)

Inhibition of BMP Signaling in Capitella teleta. Rebecca Friedman '14 (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Habitat Assessment of Buffered and Non-buffered Zones of the Mousam Branchbrook Little River Estuary. Faye Harwell '15, NOAA Fellow-supported jointly by the Mosakowski Institute and the Marsh Institute (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

The Effect of Land Cover on Freshwater Macroinvertebrates in the East Branch of the Swift River in Petersham, Massachusetts. Maria Gabriela Jijon '14, LEEP Pioneer & Global Scholars Program (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Neurogenesis and Neural Stem Cells in the Annelid Capitella teleta. Lauren Koppel '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Cloning of DdCDC20. Kyle Lewis '14 (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Effect of Temperature on the Interaction between Aedes aegypti and Ascogregarina taiwanensis. Marco Notarangelo '15 (in collaboration with John Soghigian, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Todd Livdahl)

Comparison of life history traits between Newfoundland and Alaskan threespine stickleback. Jenna Kosmo '15, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

stickle-catchComparison of morphological characteristics among Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) populations in Newfoundland, British Columbia and Alaska. Jason Moreira '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Variation in Newfoundland Threespine Stickleback. Emma O'Melia '15, LEEP Pioneer and Steinbrecher Fellow (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

The Effects of Substrate Particle Diameter on Non-Steady State Locomotion of Steppe Runner (Eremias arguta). Kyle Pettinelli '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Nocodazole 23. and D. Discoideum/NES of CenBKO. Allen Roth '14 (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Identifying Binding Partners of Nuf2 in Dictyostelium discoideum. Jenny Six '14 & Xiang Ren, Graduate Student (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Interactions Between CentrinB and Rad4 in Dictyostelium discoideum. Jeff Stanmyer '14 (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

RutnerTNCloning Py2 mer Operon in Xanthobacter Autotrophicus. Erin Thayer '14, LEEP Pioneer (in collaboration with Colin Rutner, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

How Tannin Levels Impact Early Development in Threespine Stickleback. Laura Urciuoli '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Analysis of Microbial Communities from the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Testing Center. Alexander Vickers'14 (sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

 

2013 LEEP Pioneer, Steinbrecher & NOAA Fellowship Programs

Stressful Maternal Environment: Deleterious or Adaptive Buffering of Offspring? Alison Berlent '13 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Habitat Assessment of Buffered and Non-buffered Zones of the Mousam Branchbrook Little River Estuary. Faye Harwell '15, NOAA Fellow-supported jointly by the Mosakowski Institute and the Marsh Institute (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Early BMP Signaling Is Necessary for Proper Development of the Brain, Eyes and Foregut in the Annelid, Capitella teleta. Michele Corbet '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Development of Molecular Assays to Test the Efficacy of a Novel Transmission Blocking Vaccine Targeting Plasmodium Falciparum. Oyindamola Adefisayo '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Dr. Patrick Duffy and Professor Justin Thackeray)

The Effect of Land Cover on Freshwater Macroinvertebrates in the East Branch of the Swift River in Petersham, Massachusetts. Maria Gabriela Jijon '14, LEEP Pioneer & Global Scholars Program (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Neurogenesis and Neural Stem Cells in the annelid Capitella teleta. Lauren Koppel '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Comparison of Life History Traits between Newfoundland and Alaskan Threespine Stickleback. Jenna Kosmo '15, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Comparison of Morphological Characteristics among Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) populations in Newfoundland, British Columbia and Alaska. Jason Moreira '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Variation in Newfoundland Threespine Stickleback. Emma O'Melia '15, LEEP Pioneer and Steinbrecher Fellow (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

The Effects of Substrate Particle Diameter on Non-Steady State Locomotion of Steppe Runner (Eremias arguta). Kyle Pettinelli '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Cloning Py2 mer Operon in Xanthobacter Autotrophicus. Erin Thayer '14, LEEP Pioneer (in collaboration with Colin Rutner, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

2013 Academic Spree Day Posters/Presentations

Lasry_7Confirmation of Arsenate Reductase Activity by Denitrovibrio acetiphilus Protein YP_003504839 using cross-species complementation. Amanda Barbosa '14 (sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

Variation in Size, Age and Growth Rate in Four Alaskan Threespine Stickleback Populations. Ryan Barney '15, Emma Cotnoir '15, Rachel Eaton '13, Alyssa Barone '16 & Dali Smolsky '16 (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Stressful Maternal Environment: Deleterious or Adaptive Buffering of Offspring? Alison Berlent '13 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Characterization of 3' Untranslated Regions of Modified Nitrate Reductase Transgenes in the Marine Diatom, Thalassiosira pseudonana. Joshua Buggé '14 (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Alexis2013Developmental norms in the wood decaying basidiomycete, Lentinus tigrinus. Alexis Carlson '13 (sponsor: Professor David Hibbett)

Heritiability of egg size in Alaskan threespine stickleback. Briana Cooney '15, Seth Bunde '15 & Kendall Lunn '14 (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Effects of avian predation cues on antipredator schooling responses in varying populations of Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Kristen Cullity '13 & Kelly Lamond '13 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Sequencing and Activity of Nitrate Reductase in Fucus vesiculosus. Caroline Johnson '13 & Kristen Cullity '13 (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Comparison of Handling Time Between Two Ecotypes of Threespine Stickleback. Andrea Gialtouridis '14, Bethlehem Taye '13 & Morgan Atkinson '13 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Genetic Analysis of Growth Factor Signaling Inhibitors in Drosophila. Rachel Gore '13 (sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Satyrization: Testing for Mating Asymmetry between Mosquito Species. Rachel Kaiser '13 (sponsor: Professor Todd Livdahl)

Population differences in Exploration Avoidance Behavior in Three Gasterosteus aculeatus Populations. Audrey Seiz '13, Rachel Kaiser '13 & Katherine McMahan '13 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

How Dietary Restriction Impacts Exploratory Behavior. Laura Urciuoli '14, Katelyn Richer '15 & Stephanie Aldrich '13 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Diet Deficit and Gompensatory Growth in Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Jenna Kosmo '15 & Laura Urciuoli '14 (in collaboration with Miguel Reyes, graduate student; sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Endurance Swimming in Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Jason Moreira '14 (in collaboration with Miguel Reyes, graduate student; sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Longterm Annual Fluctuations in Female Life History Traits in Alaskan Threespine Stickleback. Miga Lee '15, Kelly McPartland '16 & Kiera Bloch '15 (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation in Marine Diatoms: Examination of the role of 3'UTRs. Magali Lemahieu '13 (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Exploring the Basidiomycetous Endophytic Community of Natural and Planted Rubber Tree Populations (Hevea brasiliensis). Rachael Martin '13 (sponsors: Professor David Hibbett and Dr. Romina Gazis, postdoctoral researcher)

Interactions Between Temperature and Water: The Effects of the Thermal and Hydraulic Environment on Preferences in Ectotherms). Allegra Mitchell '13 (sponsor: Professor Philip J. Bergmann)

An Exploration of Life History Variation in British Columbia Populations of Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus. Dina Navon '13 (in collaboration with Richard King, graduate student; sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Behavioral Plasticity and the Loss of Unusual Populations in an Adaptive Radiation. Dina Navon '13 & Mitchell Kukol '14 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

A comparison of FemaleThreespine Stickleback Life History Traits across Divergent Alaskan Lakes. Yitao Shen '16, Karalynne Correia '16, Olivia Bourque '15 & Dina Navon '13 (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

A Morphospace for Visualizing Limb Shape Variation in Scincid Lizards. Erika Roth '13 (sponsor: Professor Philip J. Bergmann)

Cloning Xanthobacter autotrophicus Py2 mer Operon. Colin Rutner '13 & Erin Thayer '14 (sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

The Effects of Nitrate Fertilization on Photosynthetic Activity of the Salt Marsh Cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora. Hillary Sullivan '13 (in collaboration with Katherine Friedman, graduatestudent; sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Analysis of Microbial Communities for the Potential for Mercury Mobilization from Septic Leach Fields of MASSTC. Alexander Vickers '14 (sponsor: Professor Heather
Wiatrowski)

2012 Summer Research Posters/Presentations

Confirmation of Arsenate Reductase Activity by Denitrovibrio acetiphilus Protein YP_003504839 Using Cross-species Complementation. Amanda Barbosa '14 (sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

Screening for Mutant SI Alleles in Drosophila melanogaster. Spencer Brightman '14 (sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Characterization of the 3' Untranslated Regions of Modified Nitrate Reductase Transgenes in the Marine Diatom, Thalassiosira pseudonana. Joshua Buggé '14 (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Preliminary Survey of Habitat Preference in Margaritifera margaritifera. Thomas Carroll '13 (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Inhibition of BMP Signaling in Capitella teleta. Rebecca Friedman '14 (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Cloning of DdCDC20. Kyle Lewis '14 (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Effect of Temperature on the Interaction between Aedes aegypti and Ascogregarina taiwanensis. Marco Notarangelo '15 (in collaboration with John Soghigian, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Todd Livdahl)

Nocodazole and D. Discoideum/NES of CenBKO. Allen Roth '14 (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Identifying Binding Partners of Nuf2 in Dictyostelium discoideum. Jenny Six '14 & Xiang Ren, Graduate Student (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Interactions Between CentrinB and Rad4 in Dictyostelium discoideum. Jeff Stanmyer '14 (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

How Tannin Levels Impact Early Development in Threespine Stickleback. Laura Urciuoli '14, LEEP Pioneer (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Analysis of Microbial Communities from the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Testing Center. Alexander Vickers'14 (sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

2012 Fall Fest LEEP Pioneer Posters/Presentations

StickleWater Quality and Invasive Species Monitoring for Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust. Cynthia Alonso '14 & Doug Rice '13 (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Species Delimitation in Trametes (Polyporales, Basidiomycota): A Comparison of ITS, TEF1, RPB1 and RPB2 Phylogenies. Alexis Carlson '13, Steinbrecher Fellow (sponsor: Professor David Hibbett)

Biomonitoring of Eelgrasses at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Karissa Lear '13 (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Spawning Black Sea Bass in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Audrey Seiz '14 (sponsor: Professor John Baker )

Green2Grow, Emergency Communications. Amy Kapitan '13 (sponsor: Professor Todd Livdahl)

2012 Academic Spree Day Posters/Presentations

MushroomsEffects of caudal autotomy on aquatic locomotion in the brown basilisk lizard (Basiliscus vittatus). Daniel Rabinowicz '12, Allyson Zelck '13 & Simone Palladino '12 (sponsor: Professor Philip J. Bergmann)

The Effects of Nitrate Fertilization on the Physiology of a common Salt Marsh Cordgrass Species, Spartina alterniflora. Katherine Friedman '12 (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Macrophage-targeted glucan particle (GP) encapsulated rapamycin delivery increases autophagy induction in B6 LC3-GFP macrophages. Melanie Rasmus '12 (sponsors: Professor David Thurlow, Clark University & Professor Gary Ostroff, UMass Medical School)

Gregarine infection in Ochlerotatus triseriatus and its impact on vulnerability to predation. Linda Valsdottir '12 (in collaboration with John Soghigian, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Todd Livdahl)

Size at Age in Alaskan Threespine Stickleback: Evolution and Variation through Space and Time. Ryan Barney '15, Jenna Kosmo '15 & Nick Pagan '15 (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Investigation of Ddkif1 by RNAi and Gene Knockout Approaches. Lauren Beaudin '12 (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Development of a Novel Technique for the Quantitative Analysis of Mosquito Eggs. Matthew Warndorf '12 (sponsor: Professor Todd Livdahl)

Analysis of Microbial Communities for the Potential for Mercury Mobilization from Leach Fields of the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Testing Center. Amanda Barbosa '14, Britni Stowell '13, Alexander Vickers '14 & Matthew Isihara '14 (sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

Is the 3'UTR Important in the Post Transcriptional Regualation of Nitrite Reductase mRNA in the Marine Diatom, Thalassiosira pseudonana? Joshua Bugge '14, Huseyin Kivrak '14, Piangfan Naksukpaiboon '13 & Sarah Whitcher '14 (in collaboration with Dylan Scott, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Expression and Regulation of Nitrate and Silicon Transporters in the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. Mackenzie Gill '14, Lauren Haley '12, Shakima Kelley '13, Shakira Kelley '13 & Margaret Small '12 (in collaboration with Jessica Alexander, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Identification of RNA binding Proteins in the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. Thomas Spaulding '13 (in collaboration with Minoli Perera, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Examination of mRNA Stability in Nitrogen Starved Thalassiosira pseudonana. Susan Damon '12, Erin Ross '12 & Audrey Seiz '13 (in collaboration with Jessica Alexander and Minoli Perera, graduate students; sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

2011 Fall Fest Summer Research Posters/Presentations

RockyShoresDifference in Oviposition Between Young and Old Mosquitoes of the Species Aedes albopictus, Ae. Aegypti, and Ochlerotatus triseriatus. Thomas Carroll '13 (in collaboration with: John Soghigian; graduate student; sponsor: Professor Todd Livdahl)

Analysis of Campylobacter and its Variable Concentrations in Luxembourg's Water-ways.
Caroline Johnson '13 (sponsor: Professor John Baker)

Identifying the Genetic Basis of Schooling Behavior in Threespine Stickleback. Magali Lemahieu '13
(sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Cloning X. autotrophicus mer Operon. Colin Rutner '13 (in collaboration with Amanda Petrus, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

The Effect of Nitrate on Photosynthetic Ability of Salt Marsh Cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora.
Hillary Sullivan '13 (in collaboration with Katie Friedman, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Investigating the Cellular Mechanism Underlying Neural Development in the Annelid, Capitella teleta.
Eric Tillotson '13 (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Analysis of Microbial Communities for the Potential for Mercury Mobilization from Leach Fields of MASSTC. Alexander Vickers '12 (sponsor: Professor Heather Wiatrowski)

Effects of Alcohol Intake on Mitochondrial Function and Expression of Connexin Proteins.
Maria Paredes '15 (sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Analyzing Function of Proneural Homologs During Brain Development in the Annelid, Capitella teleta.
Stephanie Aldrich '13 (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

BMP4 Over-expression Leads to the Development of a Third Eye in the Annelid, Capitella teleta.
Michele Corbet '14 (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Roles of SoxB1 and Notch Pathways in the Development of Neural Precursor Cells of the Annelid, Capitella teleta. Simona Tolchin '13 (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Survival of Host-passaged Vibrio cholerae Under Various Stress Conditions. Lina Sanchez '12
(in collaboration with Faith Wallace-Gadsden, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Andrew Camilli)