Academic Year Research Projects

Anyone interested in conducting

302 Jr. research during the academic year MUST:

  • attend the mandatory meeting,

  • get 3 faculty signatures on the registration form.

    • The form will serve as theInstructor'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 OR Biochemistry Research?

  • Students (including Biochem majors) 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 such as Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.
  • Cholesterol homeostasis

DAVE GONDEK

  • Compare, via in silicoidentification, 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

  • Personality in dwarf hamsters, especially movement correlation with social and antipredator responses

  • Effects of recreation trails on wildlife movement

  • Amphibian migration: conservation and population monitoring

  • ICNL deer density and impacts

TE-WEN LO

  • Evolution of Nematode Dosage Compensation Mechanisms

BROOKS MINER

  • Adaptation to UV radiation exposure in the freshwater crustacean Daphnia (water flea), including:

- DNA repair kinetics
- Protection from DNA damage by melanin pigmentation
- Gene expression in response to UV radiation exposure
- Fieldwork collecting Daphnia from local ponds during spring
& early summer

  • Rapid evolution in response to food quality in Daphnia mendotae (water flea) in Oneida Lake, NY

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

SUSAN WITHERUP

  • Research on Puerto Rican Fan Flowers
    • Pollination Biology
    • Genetic Diversity
    • Impacts of Invasive Species on Islands
  • 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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Fall 2019 Research Opportunities

Read the project descriptions

3 faculty signatures required on the
registration form by
1 pm, Fri., Apr. 12