Student Videos & Posters

2018 REU students talk about their summer research projects— their questions and their findings.

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Alia LunaGeneration and Characterization of an Acetyl Mimetic RAD51 Variant
Mentor: Michael Sehorn, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

Jade MellorComparative Venom Gland Transcriptomics of Montane Rattlesnakes from the American Southwest
Mentor:  Christopher Parkinson, Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation

Ana Marzoa In vitro analysis of Peroxin interactions on Trypanosoma brucei
Mentor:  Meredith Morris, Department of Genetics & Biochemistry, Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center (EPIC)

Alex MoraCell-Matrix Alignment Interactions in Heterogeneous Environments
Mentor:  William Richardson, Department of Bioengineering & Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering

Marko MrdjenCharacterizing Uncultured Betaproteobacteria Found in the Chesapeake Bay
Mentor:  Barbara Campbell, Department of Biological Sciences

Megan PerezDeveloping a PCR Protocol to Characterize Tooth Plaque Samples Using the 50S rRNA (L11) Region of the Bacterial Genome
Mentor:  Vincent Richards, Department of Biological Sciences

Samantha SolomonScreening of transporters of heme biosynthetic intermediates in a human protozoan pathogen, Toxoplasma gondii
Mentor: Zhicheng Dou, Department of Biological Sciences

Sabrina SuttonCloning of Salinity Stress Response Genes from Seashore Paspalum
Mentor:  Hong Luo, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

Sierra Wallace, Construction of a RAD51 Variant with Defective Interaction with BRCA2 4th Repeat
Mentor:  Michael Sehorn, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

Tanachia WilliamsSeveral toxicants increase retention of Triglycerides in Daphnia magna and human liver cells
Mentor:  Williams Baldwin, Department of Biological Sciences

2017 REU students

Tanner Coleman, "Generation of plasmid constructs of Toxoplasma cystatin 1 and 2 for recombinant protein expression in E. coli"

Mentor:  Zhicheng Dou, Department of Biological Sciences

Ana Henriquez, "The effects of fluconazole and vitamin C on reactive oxygen species accumulation and development of heteroresistance in Cryptococcus neoformans"

Mentor:  Lukasz Kozubowski, Department of Genetics & Biochemistry

Pedro Martinez, "Characterization of an uncultured marine Bacteroidetes from Chesapeake Bay" 

Mentor:  Barbara Campbell, Department of Biological Sciences

Hannah Mummey, “Targeting Lipid Droplets in Trypanosomes”

Mentor:  Kimberly Paul, Department of Genetics & Biochemistry, Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center (EPIC)

Megan Onyundo, “Molecular Adaptations of Oryza glaberrima

Mentor:  Amy Lawton-Rauh, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

Emma Roback, "Response to Environmental Change: Skin Resistance to Water Loss in Lungless Salamanders"

Mentor:  Michael Sears, Department of Biological Sciences

Kollin Schultz, “Regulation of mTORC1 by Amino Acids”

Mentor:  David Feliciano, Department of Biological Sciences

Courtney Tello, "Construction of Human Fas plasmid and its application in cancer immunotherapy"

Mentor:  Yanzhang (Charlie) Wei, Department of Biological Sciences

Edu Usoro, "The Characterization of Variants in the gene DMC1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae"

Mentor:  Michael Sehorn, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

Jakob Wentzel, “Investigating Response to Abiotic Stress in the Genus Amaranths

Mentor: Kimberly Paul, Department of Genetics & Biochemistry, Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center (EPIC)

2016 REU student videos:

Kimberly AcevedoKimberly Acevedo
Factors affecting the spawning activites of the bluehead chub and yellowfin shiner
Mentor: Dr. Vince Richards
Department of Biological Sciences

Emily CaggianoEmily Caggiano
Mapping and characterization of a premature senescence mutant in maize
Mentor:  Dr. Rajandeep Singh Sekhon
Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

Castro picNoemi Castro
Mechanisms by which arsenic inhibits growth in killifish, Fundulus heteroclitus
Mentor:  Dr. Lisa Bain
Department of Biological Sciences

Z Henry picZakiyah Henry
Understanding the mechanisms and toxicity of triclosan using zolendronic acid
Mentor:  Dr. William Baldwin
Department of Biological Sciences

Johnson picScott Johnson
Observing mammalian corticogenesis using fluorescent proteins to track intracellular communication in the subventricular zone
Mentor:  Dr. David Feliciano
Department of Biological Sciences

Keeffe picRachel Keeffe
Comparing the waterfall climbing kinematics of gobies from the islands of Hawaii and Reunion
Mentor:  Dr. Richarld Blob
Department of Biological Sciences

Kidane picAaron Kidane
Implications of mutated HELLS in leukemia
Mentor:  Dr. Michael Sehorn
Department of Genetics and Biochemistry

McPhail picJared McPhail
Understanding tradeoffs in cardiac function due to modification of water loss rates
Mentor:  Dr. Michael Sears
Department of Biological Sciences

Swain picGabrielle Swain
Improved genome modification of Toxoplasma gondii
Mentor:  Dr. Zhicheng Dou
Department of Biological Sciences