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February 18, 2014

Students Will Present Research at Annual Meeting of Pennsylvania Academy of Science

Twenty-one students will present research papers with their biology faculty mentors at the 90th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science March 21-23 at Susquehanna University.

Michael Butler, assistant professor of biology, worked with the following students who will present at the conference:

  • Michael Astor ’17 (Ogdensburg, N.J.), biochemistry
    Samantha Gleich ’17 (East Windsor, N.J.), biology
    “Mid-life Immune Challenges Affect Melanin Deposition in Male Mallard Feathers”
  • Nicole Damore ’17 (Great River, N.Y.), biochemistry
    “Corticosterone Levels Correlate with White Plumage Coloration in Mallard Ducks”

Laurie Caslake, associate professor of biology, mentored the following students in their research:

  • Tanina Cadwell ’17 (Hollis, N.H.), neuroscience
    Katherine Cedillos ’17 (Gaithersburg, Md.)
    Luis Gomez ’17 (Silver Spring, Md.), biology
    Khadeja Moses ’17 (Newark, N.J.), biology
    Laura Trocchia ’17 (Manhasset, N.Y.), neuroscience
    “Microbial Contamination of Toothbrushes – Development of a Protocol for a Microbiology Lab”
  • Michael Galperin ’16 (Warminster, Pa.), biology
    “Quorum Sensing is Necessary for Biofilm Formation by Pseudomonas Fluorescens MIC102L in Sandy Soil”

Eric Ho, assistant professor of biology, worked with the following students who will present at the conference:

  • Maureen Carey ’14 (Providence, R.I.), mathematics
    “A Transcriptome Analysis of Borrelia Burgdorferi Infected Murine Heart and Brain Tissue”
  • Richard Tillquist ’14 (Englewood, Colo.), computer science
    “Al COncurrent Next GEneration Sequencing SilulaTor – CONGEST”

Robert Kurt, professor and head of biology, mentored the following students in their research:

  • Sze Cheng ’17 (Gurnee, Ill.), biology
    Natalie Cardenas ’17 (Laurel, Md.), neuroscience
    “Evaluating the Presence of Imflammasomes in 4T1 Cancer Cells by Comparing Gene Expression between 4T1 Cells and Dendritic Cells”
  • Carli Jones ’17 (Hillsborough, N.J.), biology
    “Comparing Expression of Genes in the TLR4 Pathway between 4T1 and Dendritic Cells”
  • Tiffany Phuong ’16 (Aldan, Pa.), biology
    “Modeling TLR4-Myd88 Signaling in 4T1 Cells to Predict Tumor Progression”
  • Jacob Ricca ’14 (East Northport, N.Y.), neuroscience
    “The Potential Use of Antibody-DNA Complexes as a Molecular Targeted Cancer Therapy”

Manuel Ospina-Giraldo, associate professor of biology, worked with the following students who will present at the conference:

  • Lauren Hinkel ’14 (New Hope, Pa.), biology
    “Expression of the Chitin Synthase Gene in Phytophthora spp.: Analysis of Expression in Sporangial Structures and During Host Infection”
  • Brent Horowitz ’14 (Lexington, Mass.), biology
    “The Role of Pectin Methylesterase-encoding Genes of Phytophthora sojae During Infection of Susceptible Soybean Plants”

Megan Rothenberger, assistant professor of biology, and James Dearworth, associate professor of biology, worked with neuroscience major Alexander Gordon-Sandweiss ’17 (Shoreline, Wash.) on “Seasonal Frequency of the Red-eared Slider Turtle in the Lehigh Valley.”

Rothenberger also mentored biology major Connor Maake ’17 (Allentown, Pa.) and Erika Hernandez ’17 (Arlington, Texas), who will present “Using Data from a Multiyear Monitoring Effort as a Tool for Assessing Dam Removal.”

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