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Undergraduate Program: Research Opportunities

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Senior Honors Thesis Students

Student Thesis Advisor Thesis Title
Ahmad, Maimuna Juliet Fuhrman, Biology Department Elucidating Marginal Zone B cell Fate Decisions using Genome-wide Chromatin Accessibility Profiling
Epiney, Justine Kelly McLaughlin Investigating the patterning role of the Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 4 (HCN4) during cardiogenesis in Xenopus laevis
Fair, Stacey Catherine Freudenreich Investigating the effects of transcription and RNA processing on CAG repeat fragility
Gold, Michaela Catherine Freudenreich The Effects of Replication Fork Restart on CAG Repeat Instability in S. pombe
Hossain, Imtiyaz Dr. Joerg Ermann (BWH) Rare IL-17A+ Lymphocytes in the Pathogenesis of Spondyloarthritis
O'Connor, Luke Dr. Philip T. B. Starks Seasonality of mineral content in adult honey bees and their pollen
Park, Albert Marcia C. Haigis (HMS) Characterization of Recombinant Human SIRT4 in Escherichia coli
Poppleton, Erik Barbara Brodsky (BME), Stephen Fuchs Structural changes in phosphorylated triple helical collagen-like peptides and requirements for in vitro enzymatic phosphorylation
Rimniceanu, Martha Barry Trimmer The Neural Basis of Localized Thermosensation in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta
Rubinstein, Rachel Sergei Mirkin Oxford Nanopore DNA sequencing through secondary-structure-forming trinucleotide repeat sequences and complex genomic rearrangements
Tomarchio, Gina Mitch McVey Building tools to identify interacting partners of Rev1 polymerase in its novel role of DNA Damage Tolerance by Template Switching

Spring 2017 Independent Research Students

Student Mentor Project
Nellie Agosta Juliet Fuhrman Induction and purification of a recombinant chitin deacetylase coded for by the C54G7.3 gene in Caenorhabditis Elegans
Jane Blackmer Mitch McVey The Creation of a CRISPR-Cas9 Induced Null Mutant of CtIP in Drosophila melanogaster
Lucas Brown Benjamin Wolfe The Development of Analytical Tools for the Study of the Planarian Microbiome
Sera Busse Michael Levin Cross-Limb Communication During Regeneration in Xenopus
Hayley Carabello Michael Levin The Effect of a Cocktail Hydrogel Device on the Regeneration of the Distal Tibiofibular Bone and Soft Tissue in Adult Xenopus laevis
Juan Castaneda Mitch McVey Elucidating the Cause of Homozygous Inviability in POLDIP2 Deficient Drosophila melanogaster
Natalie Danziger Mitch McVey EMS Mutagenesis Screen for genes involved in DNA damage tolerance
Kinsey Drake Benjamin Wolfe The Sourdough System: Discovering the Diversity of American Sourdough and Developing Methods for Laboratory-Grown Sourdoughs
Jennifer Duffy Juliet Fuhrman The C39D10.7 and W03F11.1 Obstructor Genes of Caenorhabditis elegans and their role in Nematode Development
Matthew Evers Juliet Fuhrman Increased Expression of Caenorhabditis elegans Chitin Deacetylase-Encoding Genes in Response to a Challenging Diet
Olivia Familusi Catherine Freudenreich IRC20 and its Roles in Maintaining CAG Tract Length Stability
Harris Fitzgerel Juliet Fuhrman Knockdown of the obstructor gene W03F11.1 in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans
Hannah Harris Kelly McLaughlin Investigating the role of HCN4 during embryogenesis
Nishant Joshi Eric Tytell The Neural Model and Phase Model with Two Forcers
Sabrina Khan Juliet Fuhrman Purification of soluble C. elegans chitin deacetylase protein
Zoe Lazarus Jan Pechenik Impact of high temperature thermal stress on feeding and respiration rates in winter-acclimated marine intertidal gastropod Crepidula fornicata
Miranda Liang Sergei Mirkin The role of R-loops in large-scale GAA repeat expansion
Kevin Meli Stephen Fuchs Effect of HDAC inhibitor butyrate on D. japonica regeneration and H3 acetylation
Kristine Moran Michael Levin Analysis of Progesterone Therapy for Regeneration, and Promotion of patterning via recutting technique in Xenopus laevis
Elana Sanford Karl Munger Isoleucine supplementation may extend lifespan of primary foreskin keratinocytes
Jason Shaffer Benjamin Wolfe Genetic and Ecological Characterization of sigB mutants in Staphylococcus xylosus
Nihaarika Sharma Steve Fuchs Investigating the Role of Repetitive Protein DDR48
Hanna Slutsky Mitch McVey Validating MMS mutagen sensitivity to uncover novel genes involved in template switching
Tucker Taylor Richard Veit, Michael Reed Threesome Grouping Behavior of the American Oystercatcher: an Indicator of Polygamy?
Grace Tellado Jan Pechenik Impact of high temperature stress on winter acclimated juveniles of the marine gastropod Crepidula fornicata in air and submerged
Charles Wollmuth Catherine Freudenreich Investigating the Effects of Nucleases Mus81, Yen1 and Slx1 on Fragility of the F1 Sub-Region of Common Fragile Site FRA16D
Jessica Ziccarello Steve Fuchs Improving Expression & Regulation of a Drug-Controllable Yeast Surface Display System

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