Select Graduate Student Profiles

Weiguo Han
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sherine Elsawa
Research Topic: The role of the tumor microenvironment (TME) in Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM)

The role of the tumor microenvironment (TME) in Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM)

John McLarney
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Estelle Hrabak
Research Topic: Identification of Protein Acyltransferase Substrates in Arabidopsis thanliana

Protein Acyltransferase14 (PAT14) targets in Arabidopsis thaliana

Kevin Schuster
Faculty Advisor:
Rick Cote
Research Topic: The potential of phosphodiesterase inhibitors to manage phytoparasitic nematodes

The potential of phosphodiesterase inhibitors to manage phytoparasitic nematodes

Daniel Thornton
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Feixia Chu
Research Topic: Posttranslational modifications of heat shock protein 90

Posttranslational modifications of heat shock protein 90

Juan Yang
Faculty Advisor:
rotating
Research Topic: acid sensing ion channels (ASICs), primary cilia

Acid sensing ion channels (ASICs), primary cilia

Yuxin Zhou
Faculty Advisor:
Xuanmao Chen
Research Topic: Neuronal Primary Cilia, cAMP Signaling, Brain Ciliopathies

Neuronal Primary Cilia, cAMP Signaling, Brain Ciliopathies

Sydney Birch
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Plachetzki
Research Topic: Evolution of Cnidarian Sensory Systems

Evolution of Cnidarian Sensory Systems

Yuanyu (Helen) Cao
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anita Klein
Research Topics: How red alga Porphyra umbilicalis survives desiccation stress/ The population structure of asexual Porphyra umbilicalis in NW Atlantic

How red alga Porphyra umbilicalis survives desiccation stress/ The population structure of asexual Porphyra umbilicalis in NW Atlantic

Andrew Lang
Advisor: Dr. Matt MacManes
Research Topic: The Neurogenetic Basis of Parental Care

The Neurogenetic Basis of Parental Care

Ian Mills
Faculty Advisor: rotating
Research Topic: The role of RPA1 subunit paralogs on the repair of double stranded DNA breaks in Arabidopsis thaliana.

The role of RPA1 subunit paralogs on the repair of double stranded DNA breaks in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Jennifer Nance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Feixia Chu
Research Topic: The function of acetylation for lineage specific differentiation of embryonic stem cells

The function of acetylation for lineage specific differentiation of embryonic stem cells

Haley Nolen
Faculty Advisor: rotating
Research Topic: Genetic Resistance to Downy Mildew in Quinoa

Genetic Resistance to Downy Mildew in Quinoa

Jennifer Spillane
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Matthew MacManes and Dr. David Plachetzki
Research Topic: Poriferan genomics and phylogenetics

Poriferan genomics and phylogenetics

Ashley Sterpka

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Xuanmao Chen
Research Topic: Astrocytic Primary Cilia
Astrocytic Primary Cilia

Matt Strobel
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Xuanmao Chen
Research Topic: The role of primary cilia signaling in major depression disorder

The role of primary cilia signaling in major depression disorder

Krystalle Diaz
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelley Thomas
Research Topic: Microbial community assemblage in microscopic marine animals (meiofauna) in Gulf of Mexico and Panama sediments

Microbial community assemblage in microscopic marine animals (meiofauna) in Gulf of Mexico and Panama sediments

Nathaniel Ennis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lou Tisa
Research Topic: Taxonomic and Functional Characterization of Stone-Dwelling Bacterial Communities Using Metagenomics

Taxonomic and Functional Characterization of Stone-Dwelling Bacterial Communities Using Megagenomics

Ben Mason
Faculty Advisor: rotating
Research Interest: Soil microbial ecology

Soil microbial ecology

Cooper Park
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Andam
Research Topic: Determine the distribution and origin of accessory genes found in Streptomyces that are associated with different species of earthworm

Determine the distribution and origin of accessory genes found in Streptomyces that are associated with different species of earthworm

Jonathan Sreter
Advisor: Dr. Krisztina Varga
Research Topic: Protein Structure and Function- Antifreeze Proteins

Protein Structure and Function: Antifreeze Proteins

Erik Swanson
Faculty Advisor: Louis Tisa
Research Topic: Bioremediation of dioxin-like compounds by Frankia and the actinorhizal symbiosis

Bioremediation of dioxin-like compounds by Frankia and the actinorhizal symbiosis

Ryan Wilmot
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Louis Tisa

Devon O'Rourke
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Foster
Research Topic: Pest management strategies using bat guano as invasive species surveillance tool.

Pest management strategies using bat guano as invasive species surveillance tool.

Richa Gupta
Faculty Advisor: Rick Cote

Weiyuan Wang
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian Barth
Research Topic: Epigenetic regulation of sphingolipid metabolism in acute myeloid leukemia

Epigenetic regulation of sphingolipid metabolism in acute myeloid leukemia