Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH GRANTS IN 2013 – 2014

“Evolution of Gene Expression Validated Using the rtPCR Technique”
  • Candice Amo-Adade and
  • Jessica Foley
  • Mentor:  Dr. David Hearn (Biological Sciences)

“Cross-Linker Effect on Molecular Imprinted Polymer Sensors”
  • Daniel Baumann
  • Mentor:  Dr. Shannon Stitzel (Chemistry)

“Characterizing the Expression of the puuP_puuA_1 Protein”
  • Daniel Bennett
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“Regioselective Bromination of Phenylalanine: Quantifying Reaction Rates Under Controlled NaBr + NaOCL Conditions”
  • Mark Bickley
  • Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

“Development of Numerical Methods to Study Image Formation of Electron Scattering”
  • Stephen Blama
  • Mentor:  Dr. Jia-An Yan (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“Transformation of an Herbicide's Active and 'Inert' Ingredients under Simulated Environmental Conditions”
  • Mark Burton
  • Mentor:   Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

“Characterization of Small Protein argF_ISC1_3 in Escherichia coli
  • Baboucarr Ceesay and
  • Kenneth Harris
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“Elongation Factor 2 Levels and Immunotoxin Activity”
  • Anne Chamoun
  • Mentor:  Dr. John Weldon (Biological Sciences)

“The B-Z-DNA Transition Under Elevated Temperatures and Osmotic Stress”
  • Maimouna Cisse
  • Mentor:  Dr. Richard Preisler (Chemistry)

“Analyzing and Manipulating Small Protein Expression in elba_ycgX_11”
  • Aileen Delgadillo
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“The Evolution of Viviparity in Squamate Lizards and the Effect of Reproductive Mode on Morphology and Sexual Dimorphism”
  • Julia Dottle
  • Mentor:  Dr. Christopher Oufiero (Biological Sciences)

“Effects on Surfacing Behavior of a Facultative Air Breather, Panaque maccus, in the Presence of the Predator”
  • Molly Fisher
  • Mentor:  Dr. Jay Nelson (Biological Sciences)

“Characterizing of caiT_fixA_0 Small Protein in Escherichia coli
  • David Fricker
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“Characterizing Microsatellites in the American Toad”
  • Allyson Genson
  • Mentor:  Dr. Brian Masters (Biological Sciences)

“Development of a Simple, Quantitative Assay for Unlabeled Acyclovir in Clinical Samples”
  • Benjamin Harding and
  • Kevon Sampson
  • Mentor:  Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

“Isolation and Characterization of a Small Putative Protein Encoded by the torR_torC_0 Gene in Escherichia coli
  • Shawn Hirsch
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“The Differences in Locomotion Between Species of Cichlids from Lake Mawai with Various Habitats and Diet”
  • Shannon Horan and
  • Nicole Staton
  • Mentor:  Dr. Christopher Oufiero (Biological Sciences)

“Directed Evolution of a Small Protein”
  • Aqsa Jamil
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Analysis: Instrumentation and Method Development”
  • Jonathan Jopse
  • Mentor:  Dr. Ellen Hondrogiannis (Chemistry)

“Investigation of Expression Patterns in Small Protein dadX in Escherichia coli
  • Megan Karanfil and
  • Kelsey Shiflett
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“Mineral Content and pH of Soil Sampled in the Glen Woods and Its Effect on Land Snails Found”
  • Shivani Kharod
  • Mentor:  Dr. Colleen Winters (Biological Sciences)

“Analysis of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in US28 and Enhanced Binding Affinity of Viruses to the Mutant Strain Compared to the Wild-Type”
  • Laura Kretzer
  • Mentor:  Dr. Elana Ehrlich (Biological Sciences)

“Experimental Demonstration of Luneburg Lens Waveguides”
  • David Lahneman
  • Mentor:  Dr. Vera Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“Planetary Accretion from E-Chondrites”
  • Elizabeth Leidich
  • Mentor:  Dr. Gregory Shofner (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“Transformation of the MYB13 Gene”
  • Sarah Lynch
  • Mentor:  Dr. David Hearn (Biological Sciences)

“Effect of p53 Inhibition on Appendage Regeneration in Salamanders”
  • Katelyn Marshall
  • Mentor:  Dr. Renee Dickie (Biological Sciences)

“Transforming Brassica-Observing the Impact of Changes in Gene Expression in Wood Development”
  • Kristina Martin
  • Mentor:  Dr. David Hearn (Biological Sciences)

“Investigating the Function of coaE_guaC_O in Escherichia coli
  • Taylor Mcllquham
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“Turning Off the GPA: A Furin's Involvement in the Intoxication Pathway of Recombinant Immunotoxins Based on Pseudomonas Exotoxin A”
  • Bryan Miller
  • Mentor:  Dr. John Weldon (Biological Sciences)

“Analysis of Cullin 5 Expression in Breast Cancer”
  • Ninna Nana
  • Mentor:  Dr. Elana Ehrlich (Biological Sciences)

“Does Social Status Influence Air-Breathing Behavior of a Facultative Air Breather, Panaque maccus?”
  • Cheyenne Owens
  • Mentor:  Dr. Jay Nelson (Biological Sciences)

“Purification of Unmodified Human Elongation Factor 2 in Vitro Reconstitution of Diphthamide Synthesis”
  • Nirja Patel
  • Mentor:  Dr. John Weldon (Biological Sciences)

“Chromatographic Investigation of Humic Substance Adsorption on Calcite”
  • Carrie Reed
  • Mentor:  Dr. Ryan Sours (Chemistry)

“The Effects of Osmolytes and Transition Metal Complexes on the Conformational Transition from B-DNA to Z-DNA”
  • Daniela Rey-Ardila
  • Mentor:  Dr. Richard Preisler (Chemistry)

“Flavonoids as a Tool to Investigate Regulation of Thioredoxin Reductase 1 and the 15kDa Selenoprotein in Colon Cancer”
  • Lauren Rosso
  • Mentor:  Dr. Peko Tsuji (Biological Sciences)

“A Novel Approach to Quantify Halide Concentration in Drinking Water and Related Matrices”
  • Nicholas Sapienza
  • Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

“Cloning and Characterization of CMV US28 Variants”
  • Rebecca Silver
  • Mentor:  Dr. Elana Ehrlich (Biological Sciences)

“Characterization of zupT_ribB_0 in Eschericha coli
  • Ying Tan
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“Reactivity of Anisole and Bromoanisola Regiosomers Towards Brominating Agents in Solutions of NaBr+ Free Available Chlorine”
  • Daniel Victor
  • Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

“Measuring Nanoparticle Size Using Dynamic Light Scattering”
  • Thomas Volpe
  • Mentor:  Dr. Jeffrey Simpson (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“Structural and Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Electron-Dopes Mixed Valent Rare Earth Manganites”
  • Zoey Warecki
  • Mentors:  Dr. Rajeswari Kolagani and Dr. Grace Yong (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“Structural Characterization of TIR Domain of Dictyostelium discoideum
  • Theresa White
  • Mentor:  Dr. Michele Snyder (Biological Sciences)

“Analysis of Cullin 5 Expression in Breast Cancer”
  • Sarah Wicks
  • Mentor:  Dr. Elana Ehrlich (Biological Sciences)

“Identification and Characterization of a Small Protein in Escherichia coli
  • Justin Willstaedt
  • Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Hemm (Biological Sciences)

“Decreased Plant Micronutrients in the Critical Zone Due to Halite Addition”
  • Gregory Woodward
  • Mentor:  Dr. Joel Moore (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“Metamaterial Rout to High Temperature Superconductivity”
  • Kathryn Zander
  • Mentor:  Dr. Vera Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“The role of Dictyostelium discoideum TirA in Signaling and Anti-Bacterial Responses”
  • Ava Zapf
  • Mentor:  Dr. Michelle Snyder (Biological Sciences)



UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH TRAVEL AWARDS in 2013 – 2014

To:  27th Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics,Carbondale, Illinois, October 5, 2013
  • Amber Truitt
  • “Effect of Mutations in the Conformation of A-sitge RNA Hairpins”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Ana Maria Soto (Chemistry)

To:  Association for Science Teacher Education Northeast Regional Conference, Cornwall, New York, October 16, 2013
  • Allison Kahan
  • Lauren Lattieri
  • “A Frank and Earnest Discussion of Teacher Preparation: Towson UTeach”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Cynthia Ghent (Biological Sciences)

To:  American Institute for Cancer Research Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer, Bethesda, Maryland, November 7, 2013
  • Sarah Galinn
  • “Influence of Dietary Polyphenols and Sulforaphane on Expression of Selenproteins in Colon Cancer Cells”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Petra Tsuji (Biological Sciences)

  • Thomas Mcilroy III
  • “Influence of Dietary Selenium, Inflammation and 15kDA Selenoprotein Expression on the Carcinogen-metabolizing Enzyme CYP2E1”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Petra Tsuji (Biological Sciences)

To:  Annual Kennesaw Mountain Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Kennesaw, Georgia, November 8, 2013
  • Larry Allen
  • “Dimension of Smooth Bivariate Spines on Hexagonal Partitions”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Tatyana Sorokina (Mathematics)

  • James Hughes
  • “Applications of Akima Method and Cubic Splines”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Tatyana Sorokina (Mathematics)

  • Rachael Mady
  • “Multiplication of Polynomials in Bernstein-Bezer Form”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Tatyana Sorokina (Mathematics)

To:  Fall Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers - Chesapeake Section, Virginia Beach, Virginia, November 9, 2013
  • Dana Molloy
  • “Physics Almost Saved the President”
  • Mentor:  Dr. James Overduin (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)


To:  Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Nashville, Tennessee, November 13, 2013
  • Daniel Ayorinde
  • “Efficacy of Polycaprolactone Pencyclovir Implant on the Prevention of Primary Herpes Simplex Virus-2 Infection”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

  • Thamar Etienne
  • “Long Term Release Antiherpetic Drug Delivery from Biodegradable Polyesters: Chemical and Physical Characterization of Drug Release”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

  • Kevon Sampson
  • “Implantation of the Polymers PLGA, Silicone MED-4950, and PCL as Antigen Delivery Systems In Order to Suppress Allergic Immune Response”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

  • Kierra Stephens
  • Dictyostelium discoideum Protein TirA Stimulates the Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species in Response to Bacteria”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Michelle Snyder (Biological Sciences)

To:  The American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 14, 2013
  • Michael Berlett
  • “The Role of Dictyostelium discoideum TirA in the Signaling Response to Bacterial Prey”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Michelle Snyder (Biological Sciences)

To:  223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Washington, DC, January 8, 2014
  • Jason Powell
  • “Galactic Supernova Remnants in the WISE All-Sky Survey”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Parviz Ghavamian (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

  • Tina Mahmoudian
  • “Development of the Hα profile in Nova Del 2013”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Alex Storrs (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

To:  Joint Mathematical Meetings, Baltimore, Maryland, January 15, 2014
  • Rachel Jones
  • “Divvying Up the Practice Field: Student Solutions”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Diana Cheng (Mathematics)

To:  The American Chemical Society National Spring Meeting, Dallas, Texas, March 17, 2014
  • Mark Burton
  • “Transformation of an Herbicide’s Active and “Inert” Ingredients Under Simulated Environmental Conditions: Reactions at the Solid-Water Interface”
  • Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

  • Sarah Krause
  • “Varying the Sterics of an Azaferrocene Lewis Base Donor: Synthesis and Structure of Azaferrocene-Boranes”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Timothy Brunker (Chemistry)

  • Jason Smith
  • “Synthesis and Reactivity of Borenium Ions Supported by Azaferrocene Donors”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Timothy Brunker (Chemistry)

  • Daniel Victor
  • “Reactivity of Anisole and Bromoanisole Regioisomers Toward Brominating Agents in Solutions of NaBr + Free Available Chlorine”
  • Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

To:  American Physical Society Meeting, Anaheim, Denver, Colorado, March 2014
  • Kyle Sherbert
  • “Electron Diffraction by a Benzene Molecule in Real Time”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Jia-An Yan (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

  • Zoey Warecki
  • “Structural and Electrical Properties of Thin Films of Electron-doped Mixed-valent Rare Earth Manganites”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Raj Kolagani (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

To:  American Physical Society Meeting, Savannah, Georgia, April 2014
  • Daniel Zile
  • “Derivation of the Blot-Savart Law from Coulomb’s Law and Implications for Gravity”
  • Mentor:  Dr. James Overduin (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

To:  American Society for Virology Conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, June 2014
  • Brian Green
  • “Determination of Penciclovir Drug Delivery Via a Long-term Biodegradable Subcutaneous Implant in vivo”
  • Mentor:  Dr.Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

To:  The Trace Elements in Man and Animals Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 2014
  • Lauren Rosso
  • “Effect of Flavonoids on the Thioredoxin Reductase 1 and the 15kDa Selenoprotein in Colon Cancer Cells”
  • Mentor:  Dr. Petra Tsuji (Biological Sciences)


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