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Students from 2017 Summer

Olive

Olive Anagu Whittier College
"Platinum(II) based drugs - cisplatin, oxaliplatin, and carboplatin effect on ribosome biogenesis"
Professor Vickie Derose, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Emily Sutton
Rashika

Rashika Budhathoki North Virginia Community College
"Linking Transcription Factors to Neuronal Connectivity in the Central Complex of Drosophila"
Professor Chris Doe, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Luis Sullivan, Mubarak Syed

Alexia

Alexia Gee California State University: San Marcos
"Investigating the relationship between plant diversity and soil carbon across elevation gradients of sagebrush steppe communities"
Lucas Silva, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Schyler Reis

Jocelyne

Jocelyne Hernandez
Texas A&M University
"Understanding the Evolutionary Paths of Proteins Using GFP to RFP Analysis"
Mike Harms, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Anneliese Morrison
Uriel

Uriel Jean-Baptiste Florida State University
"Using a Sequence-Specific Chromatin Remodeling Protein to Alter Heat Shock Response in S. Cerevisiae. "
Jeffrey McKnight, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Laura McKnight, Zena Jensvold
Cameron

Cameron Long Santa Rosa Junior College
"Characterization of colonic apoptosis following DSS induced colitis in the absence of Lrig3"
Annie Powell, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Bree Mohr
Serena

Serena Sweet University of Miami
"Quantification of Synapse Number For Identification of Molecules Influencing Cholinergic Synapse Formation in Drosophila "
Chris Doe, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Sarah Ackerman, Emily Sales
Samuel

Samuel Tao University of Florida
"Using Microfluidic Electrophysiology to Assess Clozapine Sensitivity In Natural Isolates of C. elegans."
Shawn Lockery, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Serge Faumont
Isabella

Isabella Young University of Florida
"Investigation of Transmembrane Pore-Forming Toxins with Native Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry "
Jim Prell, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Jesse Wilson
Brian

Brenna Tremp Hillsdale College
"Undiagnosed Disease Network"
Monte Westerfield, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Aurélie Clément
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Students from 2016 Summer

Dammy

Dammy Martins Stony Brook University
"Role of PI 3-Kinase Regulatory Subunits in Insulin Stimulated Glucose Uptake"
Professor Carrie McCurdy, Department of Human Physiology
Mentor: Byron Hetrick
Arthy

Arthy Narayanan BMS College of Engineering
"Temporal Acuity and Phoneme Perception of the Auditory System"
Professor Mike Wehr , Institute of Neuroscience
Bianca

Bianca Arao Modesto Junior College
"Zebrafish Bacterial Transmission"
Professor Karen Guillemin , Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr Keaton Stagaman
Ebony

Ebony Hargrove-Wiley Tuskegee University
"Participation of Intestinal Stem Cells in Colitis Recovery"
Professor Annie Powell , Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr Jessica Preston
Janice

Janice Hodges University of Mississippi
"Sexual Selection in the Evolution of the Male Spermatic System among Caenorhabditis species"
Professor Patrick Phillips , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Katja Kasimatis
Joshua

Joshua Gil University of Florida
"Identifying the connection between gut microbiota, inflammation, and enteric nervous system function in ret mutant zebrafish "
Professor Judith Eisen , Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor:Dr Kristi Hamilton
Joshua

Joshua Matt Southern Utah University
"Adaptive Trajectories of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 to become Host-Associated in a Zebrafish (Danio rerio)"
Professor Brendan Bohannan , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Jarret Lebov
Kassina

Kassina Kim-Hayes Macalester College
"How Does Odor Concentration Affect Olfactory Navigational Strategy?"
Professor Matt Smear , Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Teresa Findley
Valentina

Valentina Guevara University of Florida
"Azide-modified platinum(II) compounds in DNA for Pt(II)-based drug examination via click chemistry"
Professor Vickie DeRose , Department of Chemistry and Biochemsitry
Mentor: Emily Sutton
Karen

Karra Rutherford Saint Leo University
"Investigation of Embryonic Lethal Cell Division Defects in Temperature Sensitive Caenorhabditis elegans Mutants"
Professor Bruce Bowerman , Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Aleesa Schlientz
Allister

Allister Collins Mount Saint Mary College
"Investigating the role of sterile environments in lateral line development of threespine stickleback"
Professor Brendan Bohannan , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Robert Steury
Andrea

Andrea Loya University of Texas at El Paso
"The effect of different substrates on microbial communities of cavity nests in birds."
Professor Brendan Bohannan , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Felipe Campos Cerda
Rebekah

Rebekah Rashford University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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Professor Chris Doe , Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Emily Sales
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Students from 2015 Summer

Lacey

Lacey Lopez University of Missouri-Columbia
"Diet influences the reproductive success of Caenorhabditis elegans"
Professor Patrick Phillips , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Stephen Banse
Jackson

Jackson Osaghae-Nosa University of Missouri-Columbia
"Factors that influence propensity to arrest in RNA Polymerase II of Saccharomyces cerevisiae "
Professor Diane Hawley, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Christian Burns

Sophie

Sophie White McDaniel College
"How does light affect the translation of psbA mRNA in chloroplasts? "
Professor Alice Barkan, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Non Chotewutmontri

Mohammed

Mohammed Sahar
University of Massachusetts
"Classification of Inorganic Nanoscale Speciation Through Proton, 27Al, and 69/71Ga-NMR"
Professor Darren Johnson and Jim Hutchison, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:Brantly Fulton
Sarina

Sarina Pollat-Sandoval University of New Mexico
"Evolution of Specificity for S100A5 and S100A6 Ca2+-Binding Proteins"
Professor Mike Harms, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Luke Wheeler
Kali

Kali Prescott California State University, Monterey Bay
"How does deep peat warming affect greenhouse gas porewater concentrations? "
Professor Scott Bridgham , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Anya Hopple
Sarah

Michael Hirezi Louisiana State University
"Bacteriophage T4 gene protein 32: Modelling the dynamics of the cooperative binding of gp32 onto ssDNA"
Professor Andy Marcus , Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mentor: Brett Israels
Reina

Reina Betancourt Georgia State University
"The Effects of Organized Gene Expression Patterns on Bacterial Behavior"
Professor Karen Guillemin, Institute of Molecular Biology, Raghu Parthasarathy, Department of Physics, Tristan Ursell Department of Physics
Mentor: Dr Travis Wiles
Jackson

Nick Jackson University of Alaska Anchorage
"Value Based Decision Making in Caenorhabditis elegans"
Professor Shawn Lockery, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr Travis Wiles
Brian

Brian Rodriguez Texas Tech University
"A Novel Gene, CG7706, and Its Implications In Synaptic Overgrowth and Development"
Professor Tory Herman, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mike Spinner
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Students from 2014 Summer

Adriana

Adriana Alexander Southern Oregon University
"Temperature-Sensitive, Embryonic-Lethal Mutations Affecting Cell Division, Cell Polarity, and Cytokinesis in C. elegans"
Professor Bruce Bowerman, Institute of Molecular Biology, Department of Biology
Mentor: Josh Lowery
Teretha

Teretha Taylor Albany State University
"Annotation and Evolution of microRNA in Stickleback"
Professor John Postlethwait, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Pete Batzel

Kyle

Kyle Gonsalves University of Virgin Islands
"Characterizing the Morphological Variation of Skeletal Structures in the Threespine Stickleback Populations of the McKenzie River "
Professor Bill Cresko, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Kristin Alligood

Abby

Abby Tami
Florida State University
"Characterizing extant members of the S100 protein family in light of antagonistic allostery evolution"
Professor Mike Harms, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor:Luke Wheeler
Christian

Christian Rivoira Queens College
"Tracing Pigmentation alleles of Anthocyanin Pathway within Mimulus: Independent Mutation or Result of Gene Flow?"
Professor Matt Streisfeld, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr Sean Stankowski, Josh Bahr
Michael

Michael Kiflezghi Virginia Commonwealth University
"Microfluidics, Diet, and Genetic Networks in C. elegans: Generating Individuality in an Isogenic Population"
Professor Patrick Phillips , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr Stephen Banse
Sarah

Sarah Rader Friends University
"Functionality of “Gating” Amino Acid Mutants at the 769 position on the RPB2 subunit of RNA Polymerase II in Saccharomyces cerevisiae"
Professor Diane Hawley , Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Christian Burns
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Students from 2013 Summer

Melanie

Melanie Alvarado - University of Alaska Anchorage
"Endogenous And Exogenous DNA Damage Within The Fanconi Anemia DNA Repair Pathway Of Mutant Zebrafish""
Professor John Postlethwait, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor:
Dr Sam Peterson
Dylan

Dylan Carter - University of Nebraska
"Assessing the Specificity of Antibodies Targeting Whirlin A and Whirlin B"
Professor Monte Westerfield, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor:
Dr Sabrina Toro

Justin

Justin McKetney - San Diego State University
"Connecting dissolved organic carbon in wetlands to carbon gas emission"

Professor Scott Bridgham, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr Laurel Pfeiffer-Meister
Caleb

Caleb Hubbard - Southwestern Oklahoma State University
"The role of CRMP in proper synapse formation in Drosophila"
Professor Tory Herman, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor:Sarah Casper
Alex

Alexander Novak - Minnesota State University Moorhead
"Degining interaction interfaces important for the establishment of cell polarity in Drosophila neuroblasts"
Professor Ken Prehoda, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Jon Mauser
Kelsie

Kelsie Rodriquez - California State University Monterey Bay
"Pentamidine Derivatives Decrease Transcription of Pathogenic CTG Repeat Expansions in vitro"
Professor Andy Berglund, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Ruth Siboni

John

John Sisay - University of Massachusetts Amherst
"Caenorhabditis remanei vs PA14: Wrinkling beats Phenazine-1-Carboxylic Acid"
Professor Patrick Phillips, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor:Heather Archer

Jessica

 

Jessica Smith - University of Hawaii at Manoa
"Vertical Transmission of Bacterial Endophytes in Cascade-Ruby Gold Corn"

Professor Brendan Bohannan, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Lucas Nebert




Laura

Savanna Tierney - San Diego State University
"Analyzing Protein Localization and Retinal Cell Survival in a Zebrafish Mutant of ush2a the Causitive Gene in Usher Syndrome Type 2A"
Professor Monte Westerfield, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr Jennifer Phillips
Michelle

Michelle Valdiviez - The University of Texas at El Paso
"Analyzing Cell Division Defects in Temperature-sensitive Embryonic Lethal C. elegans Mutants"
Professor Bruce Bowerman, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Josh Lowry

Students from 2012 Summer

Katie

Katie Canul California State Monterey Bay
"The Role of Autoinducer-II in Helicobacter Pylori Biofilm Formation"
Professor Karen Guillemin, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Jeneva Foster
Jordan

Jordan Harbin California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
"Adult OPC reactivation and the ability to induce gliomagenesis"
Professor Hui Zong, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rui Galvao

Yovanni

Yovanni Mojica Palomar College
"Genetic Analysis of the Role of Permeability-Glycoprotein Family Members in Caenorhabditis Elegans to Determine Resistance Against the Anthelmintincs Ivermectin and Levamisole"
Professor Shawn Lockery, UO Dept of Biology an Institute of Neuroscience
Professor Janis Weeks, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Banse

Amber

Amber Bonds
University of New Haven
"RNA Polymerase II Mutations and their affects on Transcription Elongation"
Professor Diane Hawley, UO Dept of Chemistry
Maria

Maria Banuelos University of Redlands
"Linking Methanogen Community Composition to Methane Production Rates in Wetland Soils"
Professor Brendan Bohannan, UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Steve McAllister
Abraham

Abraham Gutierrez University of California, Santa Cruz
"Delay at early stage of Embryonic Cell Division"
Professor Bruce Bowerman, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Josh Lowry
Erika

Erika Johnson Northern Arizona University, Yuma
"Identifying a new gene required for synapse formation"
Professor Tory Herman, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Eric Lyons
Nneka

 

Nneka Nnatubeugo Bowdoin College
"Interpreting the inheritance patterns of drought tolerance and resin production in Mimulus aurantiacus"
Professor Matt Streisfeld, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr Jay Sobel

Laura

Laura Sloan Indiana University
"Genetic Expression Response Associated with Acclimation to Acute Heat Stress Resistance in Caenorhabditis Remanei"
Prefessor Scott Bridgham, UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr. Laurel Pfeifer-Meister

Avi

Avi Kandel University of Florida
"Regulation of NM II B in Drosophila"
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Ryan Frei

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Students from 2011 Summer

Cassandra

Cassandra Turcotte University of Pennsylvania
"Ihh, PTHrP and the Role of Cell Detail in Endochondral Bone Development"
Professor Charles Kimmel, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Brian Eames
Shireen

Shireen Flores University of Hawaii at Hilo
"Nutrient control of gene expression patterns in Drosophila: RNA-Seq analysis of starvation and iron deprivation responses"
Professor Eric Johnson, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Nick Kamps-Hughes

Daniel

Daniel Johansen University of Notre Dame
"Transport and localization of the synaptic components in eye development"
Professor Tory Herman, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Tory Herman, Jennifer Jeffress

Karan

Ann Oluloro University of Oregon
"Screening with microfluidic devices for pharmaceutical agents to treat parasitic diseases"
Professor Janis Weeks, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience
Mentors: Dr. Janis Weeks, Dr. Shawn Lockery
Melissa

Melissa Spear The University of Texas at El Paso
"Evolution of genetic networks controlling cellular stress response and longevity"
Professor Patrick Phillips, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rose Reynolds
Tyler

Tyler Starr Willamette University
"Acquisition of distinct DNA binding mechanisms in steroid hormone receptors vs estrogen related receptors"
Professor Joe Thornton, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dave Anderson
Sarah

 

Cayla Brocious Northern Arizona University
"Inquiry into genetic correlations between a transcription factor regulating the anthocyanin pathway and traits involved in the ecogeographic distribution of two ecotypes of Mimulus aurantiacus"
Professor Matt Streisfeld, UO Dept of Biology
Mentors: Dr. Jay Sobel

Kelsey

Kelsey Ward Lyon College
"The Effect of the BAF Chromatin Regulator in Heart Valve Maturation of Mus Musculus"
Professor Kryn Stankunas, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Brynn Simek

Cameron

Cameron Brown University of Georgia
"Assaying the Catalytic Activity of Ancestral GK Proteins"
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Doug Anderson

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Students from 2010 Summer


Cassandra

Rachel Brickman Amherst College
"Can we stop the Terminator? Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants provide the answer!"
Professor Diane K. Hawley, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Charles Kubicek
Shireen

Megan Gladwin Colorado State University of Pueblo
"Does Rho GAP 71E affect cell polarity in Drosophila neuroblasts?"
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mike Drummond

Daniel

Kyle Mears Western Washington University
"Characterization of Genes Involved in Drosophila Neuroblast Self Renewal"
Professor Chris Doe, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Travis Carney

Karan

Alecia Stewart-Malone
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
"Identify candidate "aging genes" using Caenorhabditis remanei strains divergent for longevity"
Professor Patrick Phillips UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rose Reynolds
Karan

Ilene Magpiong Mount Holyoke College
"Developing a Redox Sensitive Red Fluorescent Protein Biosensor for Expression in the Mitochondria of Yeast"
Professor James Remington, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentors: Dr. Nayden Koon, Karen Kallio
Melissa

Kelsey Anbuhl Spring Hill College
"Investigating the role of gpr98 (ush2c) in zebrafish sensory cell development and function"
Professor Monte Westerfield, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Phillips
Tyler

Katrina Burgoyne University of Alaska Southeast
"Stickleback gut microbial communities across populations"
Professor Karen Guillemin, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre
Sarah

 

Letonia Copeland-Hardin Howard University
"The Gene Machine: Controlling the Creation of Synapse Formation"
Professor Tory Herman, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology

Kelsey

Arlene Laeno Notre Dame de Namur University
"Understanding the General Acid –Base Mechanism and Folding of the Hammerhead Ribozyme"
Professor Vickie DeRose, UO Dept of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Adam Unger

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