Biology Research at the PSU Showcase of Excellence

1505 Showcase of Excellence

The Student Showcase of Excellence is an annual event in which students across campus share their research with PSU and the broader community through posters and oral presentations.   At this year’s Showcase on April 24th there were more than 100 student presentations, 17 of which emerged from research done in collaboration with 6 biology faculty mentors.  These 17 poster presentations represented work done by 8 graduate students (M.S. in Biology program) and 24 undergraduates (majoring in Biology, Biotechnology, and Environmental Biology).

Congratulations to all of our presenters!

Identification of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Human Connective Tissue Growth Factor Gene – Jonathan Bairam, Ashley Kennedy, Ethan Johnson, Kimberly Jesseman, Joel Dufour, Alycia Wiggins, Evyn Grimes, Zoe White, and Heather Doherty

 Developing an in vitro V. cholerae Model to Determine the Effects of a Clinically Relevant SNP in frhA on Attachment and Pathogenicity – Kyle Brumfield, Gordon Ceasar, and Mike Son

 Abiotic and Biotic Factors Associated with Variation in Stream Insect Abundance at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH – Rachael Glazner and Kerry Yurewicz

Identification of Segmentation, Hox, and Appendage-patterning Genes in the Mayfly Hexagenia limbata Christopher Gonzalez and Brigid O’Donnell

 The Spatial Ecology of Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) in the Andean Foothills of Ecuador – Daniel Inserillo and Len Reitsma

Characterization of Connective Tissue Growth Factor Gene Expression in a Tissue Culture Model of Wounding – Kimberly Jesseman, Ashley Kennedy, Jonathan Bairam, Ethan Johnson, Alycia Wiggins, Joel Dufour, Evyn Grimes, and Heather Doherty

 An Evolutionary and Structural Analysis of the Connective Tissue Growth Factor Gene – Ashley Kennedy, Joel Dufour, and Heather Doherty

The Effects of Copper Supplementation on the Recovery of Biomedically Bled American Horseshoe Crabs, Limulus polyphemus Jesse Kimelstein, Lindsey Bergholm, Courtney Pearson, and Christopher Chabot

 Investigating the Impacts of Variable Stream Flow and Temperature on Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities – Donovan King and Kerry Yurewicz

Localization of the CLOCK Protein in the Brain of the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus Katherine Manchester, Albert Lamonda, and Christopher Chabot

Determining the Effects of Clinically Relevant SNPs on Virulence Factor Expression and Increased Virulence Capabilities in Vibrio choleraeAshley Maxner, Bailey Carignan, and Mike Son

Localization of Non-photoreceptive CRYPTOCHROME2 in the Eyes of the American Lobster, Homarus americanus Carissa Mosbey, Christopher Wilk, and Christopher Chabot

The Effects of RNAi on the Circatidal Rhythms of Limulus polyphemus Lorna Smith, Andra Dion, Christopher Freeman, Kyle Brumfield, and Christopher Chabot

Determining the Effects of Clinically Relevant SNPs in Regulatory Genes on the Metabolic Activities and Virulence Capabilities of the Human Pathogen Vibrio cholerae Ghada Swissi, Fiona McEnany, Kyle Brumfield, Gordon Ceasar, and Mike Son

Is the Circadian Clock Protein CRYPTOCHROME inthe Eyestalks of the American Lobster? – Michelle Tremblay, Sam Levesque, Christopher Wilk, and Christopher Chabot

The Effects of Biomedical Bleeding on Heart Rate and Activity of the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus Eliza Whatley, Deirdre Martin-Baker, and  Christopher Chabot

Transcriptomic and Genomic Identification of a Putative Circadian System in the Crustacean Homarus americanus – Christopher Wilk and Christopher Chabot