Kudos! Elitsa Stoyanova (Biochemistry ’14) received a BBB Research Scholarship ; The John Bernard Scholar is Andrew Becker; Whalen Symposium & Award Recipients; Andrew Becker receives an award; Josh Messinger recieves H&S Funding
Monday, December 9, 2013
The BBB Research Scholarship is to support her research project, “In vivo tracking of CART neuropeptide dynamics in Danio rerio”. The results of the research will be presented at a future convention and may be published in BIOS. Research conducted under the supervision of Ian Woods.
CART (cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript) is a neuropeptide with functions in behaviors such as food intake, body weight maintenance, and reward. The aim of this research project is to elucidate the in vivo dynamics of the expression, release, transport and receptor localization of the CART peptide. We plan to accomplish this through four main steps, using Split GFP as a reporter of CART localization. First, we will generate plasmid reagents that will enable an inducible cart-gfp11 (hs-gfp-11) and a ubiquitously-expressed gfp1-10 (actin-gfp1-10). Second, we will test the functionality of the hs-cart-gfp11 via established behavioral assays. Third, we will create transgenic zebrafish for the hs-cart-gfp11 and actin-gfp1-10 construct,confirm their fluorescence in transiently-transgenic larvae, and generate stable lines for these transgenes. Finally, we will generate reagents for genome editing via CRISPR or TALEN technologies to introduce the gfp11 label to the CART gene on its endogenous locus. Taken together, these experiments will elucidate the dynamics of CART signaling in the context of a living, functioning brain.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Andrew is among the 2013 Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Scholar Award Winners.
The awards are made to students achieving the highest level of academic performance combined with exceptional depth and breadth of interest and outstanding community service. Andrew is the Director of Internal Communications for the Senior Class Cabinet, President of the Pre-Medical Society, President of the Diabetes Awareness Club, and a Group Leader for Ithaca College’s Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. Andrew also serves as a Teaching Assistant and Academic Enrichment Services tutor at Ithaca College for chemistry courses.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The James J. Whalen Academic Symposium was conceived of as an event celebrating student research and creative activity at Ithaca College. The 16th annual Symposium upheld the tradition of the event, providing a day filled with outstanding presentations on independent research and original creative work in the arts.
Adam Longwich (Biochemistry ’14). Molecular Phylogenetic: Reconstruction of the Neotropical Cucumber Genus Gurania based on the Serine/Threonine Phosphatase Low-Copy Nuclear Marker (Susan Swensen)
Robert Nichols (Biochemistry ’14). Linking the Carboxy Terminal Domain Code of RNA Plymerase II to Regulating Chromatin States (Maki Inada)
Andrew Becker (Biochemistry ’14). Oral Presentation. A New Method for the Synthesis of Organic Polymer Bone Scaffolds (Michael Haaf)
Joshua Messinger (Biochemistry ’14). Poster Presentation. I Can Grow There Too: Survey of Host Species Specific Growth of Chlamydia (David Gondek)
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership recognizes juniors and seniors who excel academically, perform service to the College community and nation, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment.
Among the student recipients include:
- Andrew Becker (Biochemistry '14)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Josh Messinger (Bioc '14) has received funding to support his project, "Evaluation of Recombination across Chlamydia Species". The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dave Gondek.
Currently, we are using Chlamydia as a model organism to explore the relationship it takes with its host and how it creates a “hostile takeover” of the host cell. The current project that I am working on explores how these organisms may be increasing the presence of host proteins that prevent the host from dying in the Chlamydia’s presence.