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Undergraduate Program: Research Opportunities

Research Projects and Mentors

2018 Senior Honors Thesis Students

Student Mentor Thesis Title
Beecy, Sidney M Romero The Effects of Enrichment on the Behavior and Physiology of Captive Starlings (Sturnum vulgaris)
Blackmer, Jane M McVey The Interaction of DNA Double-Strand Break Repair and CAG/CTG Trinucleotide Repeat Instability in Drosophila melanogaster
Brown, Lucas X Xhu, M McVey The Upstream Transcriptional Regulation of the COPD-Linked DSP Gene
Bunnell, Sophia D Kaplan Bioelectric Modulation of Membrane Potential in Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells
Busse, Sera M Levin Cross-limb Communication During Xenopus Hind-limb Regenerative Response: non-local Bioelectric Injury Signals
Castaneda, Juan M McVey Elucidating the multiple functions of POLDIP2 in Drosophila melanogaster
Harris, Hannah K McLaughlin Investigating the bioelectric regulation of pattern formation in Xenopus laevis
Kim, Michelle (Gina) D Zoukhn, H Bernheim Effect of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines on Lacrimal Gland Myoepithelial Cell Functions
Liang, Miranda S Mirkin A study of the mechanisms of GAA repeat expansion in S. cerevisiae
Mahrokhian, Shant E Vannier, H Bernheim Host-Parasite Interactions in Babesiosis: Insights from Immunologic and Genetic Studies
Molina Vargas, Adrian C Fruedenreich and S Mirkin Effects of mutant cdc13 on CAG repeat instability and fragility in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Munoz, Maria (Alejandra) M Reed Evaluating the Relationship Between Habitat Interspersion and Abundance of the Hawaiian Gallinule
Regan, Samantha C Fruedenreich Helicase Requirements for the Prevention of Fragility at the Flex1 AT Repeat
Sharma, Nihaarika Ernab, S Fuchs Identification of pathogenic lymphocyte subsets in human ankylosing spondylitis
Takacsi-Nagy, Oliver C Fruedenreich Determination of the Role of Irc20 in Preventing CAG Repeat Fragility
Wollmuth, Charles C Fruedenreich Investigating the Effects of Structure Specific Nucleases on Fragility of the Flex1 Subregion of Common Fragile Site FRA16D

Spring 2018 Independent Research Students

Student Mentor Project
Abigail Mandel Jose Ordovas-Montanes (MIT) Cross-feeding of host epithelial cells in colonic organoids
Alan Chen Ben Wolfe Analyzing the mechanism behind volatile mediated interactions between bacteria and fungi
Arpita Jajoo Mitch McVey Characterization of the Detrimental Cellular Effects of Sertraline Hydrochloride in Drosophila melanogaster
Aubrey Specht Juliet Fuhrman An Improved Method for Studying the Chitin Metabolic Response to a More Challenging Diet in Caenorhabditis elegans.
Colin Raposo Stephen Fuchs Epa1p repeats and C. glabrata adhesion
Daniel Kaltman Michael Levin Mass Disruption and Preference of Cognitive Drug Stimuli of Physarum
Elise Westervelt Mitch McVey Suppression of Rev1 Activity by MMS22L-TONSL in Drosophila melanogaster
Erin Logee Philip Starks Facilitating Community Science: Developing a Cost Effective Microbial Decontamination Method
Frances DeFreitas Michael Levin Effect of cholinergic drug on the morphology of Physarum polycephalum
Francesca DeIeso-Frechette Amy Yee (Sackler) Effects of Epigallocatechin-3-gallate and Decitabine on Wnt Signaling Target Genes in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Grace Tellado Jan Pechenik Mean clearance and respiration rates as a measure of perceived temperature stress in the suspension-feeding marine gastropod Crepidula fornicata
Jennifer Duffy Juliet Fuhrman Preparation for Chitin-Binding Domain Manipulation of the W03F11.1 Caenorhabditis elegans Obstructor Gene, and its role in Nematode Development
Jessica Fok Rob Jackson (Sackler) Requirement of Nkt in Different Glia Subclasses in Drosophila Night Sleep
Jessica Ziccarello Stephen Fuchs An Analysis of Factors Involved in Biotic and Abiotic Adhesion of Clinical Isolates of Candida glabrata
Julia Hofer Peter Juo (Sackler) Analysis of novel genes involved in GLR-1 glutamate receptor signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans
Kenneth Li Larry Feig (Sackler) Investigating the Roles of Lsamp and Btg2 in Regulating the Stress Response of Early-Adolescent Mice
Kevin (Zixin) Hong Catherine Freudenreich The Effects of Replication fork Restart on CAG Repeat instability in S. pombe
Lauren Banner Jamie Maguire (Sackler) Duration of Abnormal Stress Response in Preclinical Models of Postpartum Depression
Margot Day Michael Levin Cilia Repatterning in D. Japonica
Marjorie de la Rosa Mejia Catherine Freudenreich Investigating the Role of Pol32 in CAG Repeat Instability During Fill-In Synthesis
Maura Barry Kelly McLaughlin Analyzing Pax7 and Tyrosine Hydroxylase Protein Expression Patterns in the Brians of pre-metamorphic Xenopus laevis Tadpoles to Investigate Craniofacial Defect Remodeling
Michael Frenkel Michael Levin Impact of Bioelectricity on Innate Immunity in Mammalian Cells
Rachel Saxe Juliet Fuhrman Double Knockdown of Obstructor Genes W03F11.1 and C39D10.7 Using RNA Interference for Lifespan and Methylene Blue Study in Caenorhabditis elegans
Sarah Shnayder Mitch McVey Verifying Lodestar as Potential DNA Damage Tolerance Gene
Shravya Sakunala Ben Wolfe Genetic and Functional Diversity within L. sanfranciscensis
Sophie O'Bryan David Kaplan Lyophilized Silk-Extracellular Matrix Sponges as Scaffolds for Kidney Organoid Engineering
Sumedha Sahay Rob Jackson (Sackler) Sex-specific differences in sleep regulation of NKT deficient drosophila
Tess Deegan Mimi Kao Effects of Adrenocorticotrophic Hormone Treatment on Adult Song in Taeniopygia guttata (Zebra Finch)
Tori Rooks Michael Levin Earth's Geomagnetic Field's Influence on Early Embryonic Development in Xenopus
Yosbel Victores Juliet Fuhrman Lufenuron's Effect on Chitin Synthesis of Caenorhabditis elegans

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