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Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (students accepted to multiple programs selected the one in italics). Click on a name to read more about their summer experience.

  • Avila University –  Luke Chambers ’12
  • Colorado State University, Princeton UniversityJenna Christensen ’11
  • Colorado State University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Joe Endicott 11
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine – Cameron Evans ’11 
  • William Jewell College, Biology Research Internship –  Elizabeth Everman ’11
  • Duke University – Stephanie Fogerson ’11
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Cassi Johnson ’12
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Internal Medicine, Division on Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism – Christopher Koehn ’11

 

2011 Student Poster Presentations

  • Are fatty acid translocase membrane receptor proteins expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells and are the proteins a contributor to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques by lipid uptake? (Loren Archibeque ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Tara Allen)
  • Evaluation of the Interaction Between p75NTR and A2A Receptors in the Presence of Amyloid-Beta in PC12 Neuronal Cells (Meghan Braby ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Lori Wetmore)
  • An investigation of genetic distance through population dispersal of the invasive species Eleutherodactylus coqui on Hawai’i Island (Anura:  Eleutherodactylidae) (Elizabeth Everman ’11; Research Advisor: Dr. Paul Klawinski)
  • Investigation of the Nature and Timeline of the Progression of Autophagy and Apoptosis in PC12 Cells (Stephanie Fogerson ’11; Research Adviser: Dr. Lori Wetmore)
  • Determining the cytotoxicity and HDAC inhibitory effects of isatin-derivatives in HCT-116 colorectal carcinoma cells (Rachel Gabrielse ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Lori Wetmore)
  • Cross Talk Between Muscle and Bone: FGF23 Signaling in Vascular Smooth Muscle (Troy Green ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Lori Wetmore)
  • Investigating the Effect of the Protein-Hormone Leptin on the Erythroleukemia Cell Line K562, Elucidating Possible Mechanisms for Chemoresistance (Julie Hancock ’11; Research Advisor: Dr. Lori Wetmore)
  • Synthesis and Analysis of Porphyrins (Kolton Holbrook ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Jason Morrill)
  • The investigation of the induction of autophagy in p-53 mutant glioblastoma U138MG cells exposed to plumbagin and rapamycin (Cassi Johnson ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Lori Wetmore)
  • Free Fatty Acid Induced Apoptosis Through the Exposure of Saturated Palmitic Acid and Mono-Unsaturated Palmitoleic Acid (David Kennedy ’11; Research Advisor: Dr. Tara Allen)
  • Western Blot Analysis of CD36/FAT expression in A7r5 Aortic Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells (Michael McClanahan ’11; Research Advisor: Dr. Tara Allen)
  • Effect of seed planting depth and soil disturbance on seedling emergence in Helianthus annuus(Cally Owsley ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Moody)
  • Detection of long chain fatty acid transporters (FAT/CD36) in the intracellular pools of cultured A7r5 vascular smooth muscle cells (Logan Pettz ’12)
  • Investigation of the medicinal properties of Tradescantia spp. found in Northwestern Missouri (Ashley Pooker ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Moody)
  • Quantifying Past to Present High Latitude Amplification of Climate Change at N. American Long-Term Ecological Sites (Norman Smith ’11; Research Advisor: Dr. Paul Klawinski)
  • Survival Signaling in p53-Mutant Glioblastoma: PTEN Expression and Akt Activation (Stephen Whitmore ’12; Research Advisor: Dr. Lori Wetmore)
  • Eliciting the function of the Notch pathway in Schmidtea mediterranea, a model organism for the study of regeneration (Nicolas Wheeler ’13; Research Advisor: Dr. Paul Klawinski)

Research projects by 2010 seniors in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology

  • Cell cycle effects of plumbagin and rapamycin on U138 glioblastoma cells
  • Design of benzoic acid derivatives as broad-spectrum influenza neuraminidase inhibitors using QSAR and docking pH trigger insertion of Diptheria toxin T-domain by histidine protonation
  • Computational mechanistic investigation of novel fast-acting reacting methacrylate polymerization
  • Synthesis of ImEMA-HEMA diblock copolymer as a membrane material for PEM fuel cells
  • Evaluation of the interaction between p75NTR and A2A receptors in the presence of brain derived neurotrophic factor and amyloid-b(1-42) in PC12 cells
  • Effect of introduced Falcataria moluccana and Eleutherodactylus coqui in Hawaii on litter anthrop communities
  • Effect of caveolae on fatty acids transport in vascular smooth muscle cells
  • Investigation of the role of saturated and unsaturated fatty acid in the regulation of vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis
  • Investigation of hepatitis C viral translation inhibition through docking benzimidaoles at a proposed HCV IRES binding site
  • Synthesis of a novel pyrrole monomer
  • Characterization of Bacillus subtilis DivIVA location in Escherichia coli
  • Identifying the protein-protein interaction between MinCD and DivIVA via novel protein MinJ in Bacillus subtilis
  • Effects of endothelin-1 on the Fas death receptor pathway in vascular smooth muscle cells: Implications for atherosclerosis
  • Effects of C-terminal tail truncation on the negative cooperativity of GroEL
  • Effects of palmitic and oleic acid incubation on triacylglycerol composition in vascular smooth muscle cells
  • Effects of curcumin on inflammatory gene expression in human coronary artery endothelial cells
  • Effect of acid stress on Escherichia coli with C-terminal truncations in GroEL
  • Saturated fatty acids versus monounsaturated fatty acids and their role in vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis

Tri-Beta Research Awards
2010 – 4 student grants

  • Investigation of the Role of JNK in Plumbagin and Rapamycin Induced Cell Death in p-53 mutant U138MG Glioblastoma Cells (Luke Chambers ’12 and Jason Kingsolver ’11)
  • An investigation of genetic divergence through population dispersal among the invasive species Eleutherodactylus coqui on the Big Island of Hawaii (Anura: Eleutherdactylidae). (Elizabeth Everman  ’11)
  • Investigation of the Nature and Timeline of the Progression of Autophagy and Apoptosis during Amino Acid Starvation or Amyloid Beta (25-35) Protein Exposure in PC12 Pheochromocytoma Cells (Stephanie Fogerson  ’11)
  • The Effect of Na+, K+, and Ca2+ Flux on Apoptosis in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells (Michael  O'Bryan ’11)

2009 – 4 student grants

  • An investigation of the effect of the LG3 fragment of perlecan on fatty acid-inducted apoptosis in vascular smooth muscle cells. (Brittany Belke ’10)
  • Investigating the effect of the protein hormone Leptin on chemoresistance. (Cameron Evans ’11)
  • Evaluation of the interaction between p75NTR and A2A receptors in the presence of amyloid-β in PC12 neuronal cells. (Hannah Lewis ’10 and Kelsey Rogers ’10)
  • Effects of endothelin-1 on the Fas death pathway in vascular smooth muscle cells: Implications for atherosclerosis. (Julianne Schwerdtfager ’10)

2008 – 6 student grants

  • Effect of Falcataria moluccana in Hawaii on litter and aerial arthropod communities: Implications of coqui frog introduction. (Jessica Schwalm ’10)
  • The expression of the ALT pathway genes during autophagy in the human glioblastoma multiforme p53 mutant cell line U138MG after exposure to pro-autophagy drugs. (Trisha Stan ’09)
  • Does the presence of saturated or unsaturated fatty acids induce apoptosis in rat thoracic aorta smooth muscle cells? (Jenna Christensen ’11)
  • A mutational approach to understand Bacillus subtilis DivIVA and Spo0J/Soj interactions within Escherichia coli. (Sarah Henke ’10)
  • Effects of hydroxyethyl methacrylate and hydroxyethyl acrylate on mice L929 fibroblast cell membrane permeability.” (Trent McCord ’09)
  • Examining the effects of insulin and IGF-1 on apoptosis of vascular smooth muscle cells. (Chelsea Koehn ’09)

Other Recent Tri-Beta Research Projects

  • GroEl C-terminal chaperomics (Chase Engel ’09)
  • Investigation of the effects of zinc chloride on oxidative stress induced apoptosis in the retinal pigment epithelial cell line ARPE-19 (Jessica Nichols ’08)
  • Study of Cross-talk between cyclic adenosine monophosphate and cyclic guanosine monophosphate in vascular smooth muscle cells (Jessica Scheele ’08)
  •  Investigation of fatty acid transport in vascular smooth muscle (Amy Schwindt ’08)
  • Does the presence of saturated or unsaturated fatty acids induce apoptosis in rat thoracic aorta smooth muscle cells? (Lea Hogsett ’09 and Jenna Christensen ’11)

 

 

 

 
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