Biology

Clark student studying in lab undergrad research projects

Recent Undergraduate Research Projects in the Biological Sciences

2016

Understanding the Forces Maintaining Copy Number Variation: the Important Partnership of Science and Science Communication. Julianne Murphy '17, Steinbrecher Fellow (Sponsor: Professor John Gibbons)

Identifying Cis-Regulatory Modules That Regulate the Gene twin of eyeless in Drosophila melanogaster. Luke Nourie '17, LEEP fellow (Sponsor: Professor Robert Drewell)

Exploring the interaction between CenB and Rad4. Shivani Patel '16 (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Investigation of CDK1-site in Src1 in Dictyostelium discoideum. Ying Ge Wang '16 (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Identification of the Nuclear Membrane Targeting Signal of DdSrc1 in Dictyostelium discoideum. Elizabeth Nelson '16 & Ying Ge Wang '16 (in collaboration with Xiang Ren, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Identifying Cis-Regulatory Modules That Regulate the Gene twin of eyeless in Drosophila melanogaster. Luke Nourie '17 (Sponsor: Professor Robert Drewell) – LEEP Project

Exploring the interaction between CenB and Rad4. Shivani Patel '16 (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

How does tree functional diversity affect aboveground carbon storage in tropical pastures. Stephanie Funk '16 (in collaboration with Achim Haeger; Sponsor: Professor John Baker)

2015

Utilization of BioID to Explore Nuclear Proteins in Dictyostelium discoideum. Elizabeth Nelson '16, LEEP fellow & Ying ge Wang '16, LEEP fellow (in collaboration with Xiang ren, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Exploring the interaction between CenB and Rad4. Shivani Patel '16, LEEP fellow (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Generating novel genotypes in the Drosophila sl gene. Samuel Peluso '16, Herbert James '16 & Justin Wilbur '17 (sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Investigation of CDK1-site of Src1 in Dictyostelium discoideum. Ying ge Wang '16, LEEP fellow (in collaboration with Xiang ren, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Development of Bioluminescent Bacteria for UV Sensitivity Assay Improvement. Kayli schulz '16 (sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Investigation of CDK1-site of Src1 in Dictyostelium discoideum. Ying ge Wang '16, LEEP fellow (in collaboration with Xiang ren, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Genetic diversity of Margaritifera margaritifera populations across Northwestern Massachusetts. Brennin Consalvi '17, LEEP fellow (sponsors: Professor John Baker & Professor John Gibbons)

The effects of mixing different substrate particle sizes on lizard running performance.Marian Crockett '16 (sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Behavioral Response to Predatory Attack in Gravid Three-Spine Stickleback. Samantha Dokus '16, LEEP Fellow (in collaboration with Melissa Graham, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Investigating brain gene expression related to the stress-response system in threespine stickleback fish. Amanda Fragata '16 & Tina Vo '16 (in collaboration with Melissa Graham, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Interactions between dumpy and rickets: a story in the matrix? Phoebe Hughes '16 (sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Predicted role of SoxB genes during neurogenesis in the annelid Capitella teleta. Christie Joyce '16 (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Uncovering variations in the carbon strategies of giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera. Celine Miranda '17 (in collaboration with Sarah Tepler, UCSC , sponsored by NSF Research experience for Undergraduates)

The Role of BMP Signaling in Neural Development in the Annelid Capitella teleta. Kristi Sarro '16 (sponsor: Professor Neva Meyer)

Resource Partitioning in Response to Competition in Ochlerotatus hendersoni. Levi Seeley '16 & Monica Marrone '16 (sponsor: Professor Todd Livdahl)

Investigating Methylation Difference Between Honeybee Sub castes. Ethan Wainblat '16, LEEP Fellow & Rachel Orlomoski '17, LEEP Fellow (sponsor: Professor Robert Drewell)

Testing the Effects of Hydration State and Temperature on Moisture Preferences and Water-Conserving Postures in American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus). Verna Zhao '17, LEEP Fellow (in collaboration with FayeHarwell, graduate student; sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Characterization of British Columbia Threespine Stickleback (Gastroesteus aculeatus.) Ryan Barney '15 (sponsor: Professor Susan Foster)

Identification of the Potential Zinc Finger Motif in Dictyostelium discoideum Ima1 Protein. Ying Ge Wang ’16 & Elizabeth Nelson ’16 (in collaboration with Xiang Ren, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Investigating the role of CG4096 in EGFR Signaling Pathway. Pinky Htun '17 (Sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Copy Number Variation in the Fungal Pathogen Cryptococcus gattii. Jacob Steenwyk '15 (Sponsor: Professor John Gibbons)

Diversification of gene families involved in fruiting body development in Agaricomycetes inferred using comparative genomics. Sam Kovaka '16 (Sponsor: Professor David Hibbett)

The effect of lizard head shape on burrowing performance in substrates of varying particle size: An analysis using mechanical models. Molly Provost '15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Effects of Substrate Particle Diameter and Angle of Incline on Lizard Locomotion. Sarah Kaufman '15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Regulation of nitrogen assimilating transcripts in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. Rebecca Littlefield '15 (Sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Allergic Asthma: Unexpected Complexity and Genotoxicity. Leonardo Cuervo '15 (Sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Analysis of mRNA transcript stability in Thalassiosira pseudonana using the biosynthetic label 4-thiouracil. Vanessa Adam '15 (in collaboration with Minoli Perera, graduate student; Sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Domesticating Genetics: Evaluating genetic divergence between domesticated and wild fungal strains. Emma O'Melia '15 (Sponsor: Professor John Gibbons)

Tannic acid's impact three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Yitao Shen '16 (Sponsor: Professors John Baker)

Effect of ancestral and re-evolved limbs on locomotor efficiency in lizards. Dennis Glynn '15, Leah Khayter '17, Mitchell Rosenberg ’16 & Richard Shen ’16 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Effects of morphological variation on locomotor kinematics and performance in three skink species. Nate Biedak '17, Marian Crockett ’16, Rickey Phou ’15 & PK Thorstenn ’15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Journey to the Center of the Earth: Burrowing Performance and Kinematics Among Skink Lizards. Brian Davis '16, Faye Harwell '15 & Dan Lima '15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Analysis of the effect of increasing substrate coarseness on the kinematics and performance of burrowing in the Philippine skink, Brachymeles orientalis. Luke Carter '15, Erika Schaper '18 & Will Walker '16 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Cell Printing: A Novel Quantitative Assay. James St. Denis '15 (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

2014

Identification of the potential zinc finger motif in Dictyostelium discoideum lma1 protein. Ying Ge Wang '16 (in collaboration with Xiang Ren, PhD candidate. Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

Investigating the role of CG4096 in the EGFR Signaling Pathway. Pinky Htun '17 (Sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Diversification of gene families involved in fruiting body development in Agaricomycetes inferred using comparative genomics. Sam Kovaka '16 (sponsor: Professor David Hibbett)

The effect of lizard head shape on burrowing performance in substrates of varying particle size: an analysis using mechanical models. Molly Provost '15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Effects of substrate particle diameter and angle of incline on lizard locomotion. Sarah Kaufman '15 (Professor Philip Bergmann)

Regulation of nitrogen assimilatin transcripts in the diatom Thlassiosira pseudonana. Rebecca Littlefield '15 (Sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Allergic asthma: unexpected complexity and genotoxicity. Leonardo Cuervo '15 (Sponsor: Professor Justin Thackeray)

Anaylsis of mRNA transcript stability in Thalassiosira pseudonana using the biosythetic label 4-thiouracil. Vanessa Adam '15 (In colaboration with Minoli Perera, PhD candidate. Sponsor: Professor Deborah Robertson)

Domesticating genetics: evaluatin genetic divergence between domesticated and wild fungal strains. Emma O'Melia '15 (Sponsor: Professor John Gibbons)

Tannic acid's impact on threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Yitao Shen '16 (Sponsors: Professors John Baker & Fred Greenaway)

Effect of ancestral and re-revolved limbs on locomter efficiency in lizards. Dennis Glynn '15, Leah Khayter '17, Mitchell Rosenberg '16, and Richard Shen '16 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Effects of morphological variation on locomoter kinematics and performance in three skink species. Nate Biedak '17, Marian Crockett '16, Rickey Phou '15, and PK Thorstenn '15 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Journey to the center of the earth: burrowing performance and kinematics among skink lizards. Brian Davis '16, Faye Harwell '15 and Dan Lima '15. (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Analysis of the effect of increasing substrate coarsness on the kinematics and performance of burrowing in the Philippine skink, Brachymeles orientalis. Luke Carter '15, Erika Schaper '18 and Will Walker '16 (Sponsor: Professor Philip Bergmann)

Cell printing: a novel quantitative assay. James St. Denis '15 (Sponsor: Professor Denis Larochelle)

To see more, view undergraduate research projects undertaken in previous years.