Research

Academic Year Research Projects

Anyone interested in conducting

302 Jr. research during the academic year MUST:
 

  • attend the mandatory meeting each semester, see the sidebar for the date.

  • get 3 faculty signatures on a registration form.

  • forms MUST be turned in to the department by the determined date.
     
    • The form will serve as the Instructor's Permission override.
       
      • You will be notified when YOU NEED to ADD the course in HOMER 
         
    • The last day to add this the last day of add/drop.

Interested in 200- or 400-level research?

  • Students are strongly encouraged to come to the meeting, or talk to their potential research advisor directly, but it is not mandatory nor are signatures required.

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The following are projects being conducted by students for Research in Biology (BIOL-30200-xx*).

There are both academic year and summer research opportunities available. (Note: projects may change without notice.)

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ED CLUETT  

  • Mechanisms and pathways of cholesterol transport inside cells
  • Effect of the cholesterol environment on protein function and its relation to diseases: NPC1 and processing of Amyloid Precursor Protein
  • Lab activities for high school biology classes

DAVE GONDEK  

  • Compare, via in silico identification, virulence factors which are unique to Chlamydia species and allow for host adaptation
  • Create Chlamydia virulence factors fusion with fluorescent proteins via in vitro moleculer cloning
  • Contrast spatial and temporal regulation of Chlamydia virulence factors via in vivo over expression during infection and "immunity".
  • Develop hybrid Chlamydia strains for in vivo screening of increased/decreased host specificity

JEAN HARDWICK 

  • Electrophysiological characterization of individual neurons in the cardiac ganglion
  • Analysis of changes in neuronal gene expression using PCR and immunohistochemistry
  • Biochemical analysis of changes in protein levels using Western Blot analysis

MAKI INADA 

  • Using a genome-wide microarray-based approach, identify and characterize novel genes regulated by splicing coupled to mRNA decay
  • Identify conserved cis-regulatory sequences important for changes in splicing 
  • Examine the role of kinases in gene regulation
  • Study the effects of co-transcriptional recruitment of regulatory factors on gene control

LEANN KANDA  ON SABBATICAL – NO OPENINGS until FALL 2015

  • Personality in dwarf hamsters
  • Captive and wild behaviors in chipmunks 
  • Amphibian migration: conservation and population monitoring
  • South Hill animal census, including the new wetlands

TE-WEN LO

  • Evolution of Nematode Dosage Compensation Mechanisms

PETER MELCHER 

  • Investigating embolism refilling in the xylem of plants using microprobe technique
  • Understanding how the patterns of leaf venation alters herbivory tolerance
  • Studying the effects of nutrients and drought on plant fitness.

ANDY SMITH

  • Biochemical identification and characterization of the essential components of a unique biological glue
  • Biochemical and mechanical experiments to characterize the mechanism of adhesion and to test hypotheses of how the glue components contribute to performance
  • Histological analysis of the secretory cells that produce the glue

SUSAN SWENSEN WITHERUP

  • Collaborative research on Puerto Rican plants
  • Phylogenetic Reconstruction of plants belonging to the Genus Gurania (Cucurbitaceae)
  • Projects in Sustainability Science

 

IAN WOODS 

  • Clone a gene expressed in somatosensory neurons.  Carefully document the spatial and temporal characteristics of its expression.  Overexpress the gene product via mRNA injection to assess its effects on somatosensory development.
  • Make a line of transgenic fish that inducibly overexpresses a gene. Analyze the effect of overexpression on development or behavior, especially with regard to somatosensation. 
  • Make a transgenic line that expresses a reporter gene (eg GFP) in a specific neuronal cell type.  Via live imaging of transgenic animals, examine the dynamics of this cell type as it develops and connects with the rest of the nervous system.
  • Analyze the phenotype of a mutation in a gene expressed in somatosensory neurons.
  •  Plan, develop, build, and test equipment and software necessary to measure and analyze anxiety behaviors in larval zebrafish.

 

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