Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
McKinly Laboratory
University of Delaware

Participants, Poster Locations or Talk Time, and Sponsor
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1:00 to 2:00 PM Odd-numbered Posters Attended by Presenters
2:00 to 3:00 PM Even-numbered Posters Attended by Presenters

First Name
Last Name
Funding Source
Research Supervisor
Poster Location
Sandy  Almassou Biological sciences IMBRE (NIH) Bauer Red 03 Prevalence of Non-Therapeutic Thoracotomy Operations for Indeterminate Pulmonary Nodules 
Christina  Antonopoulos Biochemistry HHMI Colman Purple 12 Hybridization Studies of Human Adenylosuccinate Lyase:  Mutant Pair R396H/L311V Associated with Autism
Yianna  Antonopoulos Biochemistry Other Teplyakov Yellow 25 Interfacing Shape-restricted DNA Molecules With Semiconductors for Future Biosensing Applications and for Single Molecule Investigations
Dylan S  Audette B.A. Biology Other Sikes Blue 22 Analysis of Signaling Processes by which IGFBP2 Induces LNCaP Motility and Invasion 
Amanda  Barnard Animal Science and Biological Sciences EPSCoR (NSF) Hanson Purple 13 Analysis of genes encoding potential sulfur oxidation enzymes in the green sulfur bacterium Chlorobium tepidum
Brian  Barnette Biological Sciences Charles Peter White Funanage Blue 05 Bisulfite Conversion in the G-C Rich DMPK Gene for Methylation Analysis:  What Works? 
Diniece  Barran Biological Sciences Other Deleon Red 14 Acid-active Hyaluronidases in Mouse and Human Sperm
Elizabeth  Barton Wildlife Conservation EPSCoR (NSF) Tallamy Green 09 Butterfly Attracting Landscape Plants
Edward  Bayley Biological Sciences HHMI Naik Blue 12 Investigation Into the Function of Calcium-and Integrin-Binding (CIB) Protein Family Members
Tyler  Bazzoli Chemistry HHMI Brown Purple 16 & Talk 1:15 Identifying Biomarkers of the MHC Gene to Investigate Chemosensory Discrimination
Marco  Bedolla Chemical Engineering Science and Engineering Barteau Purple 02 Modification and Subsequent Use of a Gas Phase Reactor for the Study of Propylene Epoxidation Catalysts
Gina  Bellumori Fitness Management Science and Engineering Knight Green 18 Analysis of Motor Unit Discharge Behavior
Ann  Benavidez Chemistry and French HHMI Fox Purple 20 & Talk 1:45 Investigating the Spontaneous Resolution of Abiotic Metallofoldamers Using Solid-State Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy
Deanna  Berruti Nursing IMBRE (NIH) Miller Green 22 Measurements of Postural Instability in Parkinson’s Disease:   A Literature Review from 2002 to 2008 /
Gregory  Blasdel Chemistry, Physics B.S. Chemistry Alumni Fox Yellow 14 Exploring an Iron-Catalyzed Road to Enantiomeric Purity in Cyclopropanes
Peter  Bocchini Mechanical Engineering Science and Engineering Prasad Yellow 06 Strategy for Managing the Negative Effects of Carbon-Dioxide Evolution in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
Haley  Boyd Computer and Information Sciences Science and Engineering Pollock Yellow 05 Analyzing Word Usage in Software to Improve Software Maintenance Tools
Jennifer  Breithaupt Biology Charles Peter White Reisman Green 26 The Influence of a Front Handrail on Swing Phase Gait Compensations Post-Stroke
Kevin Wayne  Brew Chemical Engineering Science and Engineering Lauterbach Yellow 01 Hydrothermal Synthesis of Bismuth Molybdate Catalysts
Mark  Brown Biochemistry IMBRE (NIH) Sikes Blue 21 Expression of SCN2β in LNCaP Progression Line to Determine Potential Role of Promoting a More Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Rebecca S. H.  Brown Biological Sciences EPSCoR (NSF) Green Blue 07 MicroRNA (miRNA) Association with Environmental Stresses in Arabidopsis
Jason  Buchta Biochemistry Chemistry Alumni Taber Yellow 22 Transition Metal Mediated cis-insertion
Megan  Carlberg Biological Sciences  Charles Peter White Boyd Red 10 Functional characterization of a betaine/carnitine/choline transporter (BCCT) found as part of a unique cluster of systems on chromosome I of V. parahaemolyticus RIMD2210633
Shannon  Carter Biology IMBRE (NIH) Mason Blue 10 Expression of the Placental Cysteine Protease Cathepsin 1
Kiamesha N.  Castle Biology DoD RDuncan Red 20 A Potential Role of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in Prostate Cancer Metastasis to Bone
Sarah  Dalton Civil Engineering Science and Engineering McNeil Yellow 03 Hurricane Evacuation in Delaware
Danielle  Daniels Biological Science DoD Cooper Red 11 The effect of IGF-1 and RhoC GTPase on Prostate Cancer Cell adhesion to Bone Marrow Endothelial Cells
Mark  Darocki Biology Science and Engineering Edwards Green 15 The Effects of Acute Ascorbic Acid on Arterial Stiffness in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease.
Anthony M.  Darrington Biology IMBRE (NIH) D'Sousa Purple 19 Analyzing the Utility of the Kevill-D'Souza Aromatic Ring Parameter (I) in Correlation Analysis
Kyle F.  Davis Biochemistry HHMI Zondlo Yellow 26 Alpha–Helix mimics to inhibit HIV-1 membrane fusion
Nicole  Dobbs Environmental Engineering EPSCoR (NSF) Chirnside Green 04 Development of an Assay to Monitor the Activity of Fungal Enzymes in Soil
Aleksey  Dvorzhinskiy Biological Sciences Science and Engineering Herson Blue 08 The acrB efflux pump gene is upregulated in strains of Salmonella enterica 4931 with reduced susceptibility to the quaternary ammonium compound Dodecyltrimethylammonium chloride 
Theresa  Ernst Nursing IMBRE (NIH) Prettyman Green 25 Improving Adherence to a Weight Loss Program Following Gastric Banding Surgery Using Telephone Consultations
Seth Finger Animal Science HHMI Naik Blue 13 Identification of a Calcium and Integrin Binding Protein-1 (CIB1) Compensatory Molecule by RNA Expression Analysis of CIB Family Members 
Megan  Fisher Biology HHMI MDuncan Red 17 The Effects of BetaB2-Crystallin Mutation on TGFbeta Signaling Leading to Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT)
Environmental Science
Green 12
Sol-Gel Synthesis of Nano-Manganese Oxides: A Never Ending Mystery
Thomas  Flanagan Physics Science and Engineering Nowak Yellow 04 A Path to Pico-Tesla Magnetic Tunnel Junction Sensors
Sarah  Flynn Exercise Science Science and Engineering Binder-Macleod Green 13 Fast Treadmill Training and Muscle Stimulation to Rehabilitate Post-Stroke Gait
Sander  Frank Biology Other Sikes Blue 23 Localizing Compartmental Gene Expression in Urogenital Sinus (UGS)
Joseph  George Medicine (MBBS / BSc in Surgery & Anaesthesia) Other Boman Red 08 Study of neuroendocrine & stem cells in normal and malignant human colonic tissues.
Sohil N.  Golwala Medical Technology Science and Engineering Parent Green 23 Characterization of protective convalescent serum generated from Yersinia infected mice
Kyle  Green Biological Sciences HHMI Farach-Carson Blue 20 Differential ECM Gene Expression by Parotid and Submandibular Salivary Gland Cells
Rachael Greenberg

Laurenceau Blue 27 Predicting Newlywed Marital Quality Through the Use of the SPAFF
Robert Andrew  Hackendorn Mechanical Engineering Science and Engineering Shah Yellow 09 Sb Doped Ti02-Ge Nanocomposites for Thermoelectric Applications 
Stefan  Hailey Biology IMBRE (NIH) Schmidt Green 07 Effects of human selection on the evolution of the chicken
Heather  Hartman Chemistry HHMI Schneider Yellow 20 Inherent Antibacterial Activity of a   Beta-Hairpin Peptide Hydrogel: The Effect of the Lysine Side Chain Length on Activity
Benjamin  Hmiel Chemistry Chemistry Alumni Bobev Purple 15 Synthesis and Structural Characterization of RE[BixGe1-x]2 (RE = Y, Nd, Sm, Gd-Ho) intermetallic compounds
Kyle  Hoffmann Chemical Engineering HHMI Dhurjati Purple 05 Mathematical Models for the Simulation of Gene Expression
Lauren  Isaacs Biology HHMI MDuncan Red 18 & Talk 2:00 The role of protein-protein interactions in controlling Prox1 function
Parag  Jalan Chemical Engineering Science and Engineering Lauterbach Yellow 02 Effects of promoter loadings on KRu4O8 Hollandite-based NH3 decomposition catalysts
Torsten A.  Joerger Medical Technolgoy Science and Engineering Parent Green 24 Determining the role of the IL-12 p40 subunit in protection against Yersinia infection
Kyle R.  Johnson Chemistry Chemistry Alumni Taber Yellow 23 Preparation of an Advanced Intermediate for the Synthesis of the Isofurans
Upasana  Joneja Biochemistry HHMI Wang Blue 27 Structural characterization of the Survival Motor Neuron protein
Allison  Kasmari Biological Sciences and Liberal Studies Science and Engineering Farach-Carson (Blue 03) & Talk 2:30 Identifying the potential gene targets of microRNAs involved in the bone metastasis of prostate cancer to bone
Megan  Kissig Biology IMBRE (NIH) Naik Blue 14 Role of junctional adhesion molecule-A (JAM-A) in the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
Mollie  Kostielney Biological Sciences Other McLane Green 19 Eristostatin and Its Effect on Natural Killer Cell Lysis with Melanoma
Grace  Lagasse Biological Sciences Charles Peter White Morgan Green 06 Sequence Conservation and Differential Expression of Marek's Disease Virus MicroRNAs
Sam  Linton Biochemistry Science and Engineering Bahnson Purple 09 Prevention of Aggregation of Human Platelet-Activating Factor Acetylhydrolase Type II Through Site-Directed Mutagenesis
Ashley E.  Logan Histotechnology IMBRE (NIH) Fawcett Green 16 Assessment of Synovial Fluid Cytokine Levels and Differential Cell Counts with Clinical Outcome of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Patients   
Alaa  Mahmoud Medical Technology Science and Engineering McLane Green 20 Natural Killer Cell Secretion of TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma in the Presence of Eristostatin and Melanoma Cells / 
Brian P.  Mahon Biology  IMBRE (NIH) D'Sousa Purple 18 Solvolytic Reactions of Thiolesters 
Eiffel John Q.  Manzano Biology HHMI Laverty Blue 09 The Potential Role of DRA (Down Regulated in Adenoma) Transporter in HCO3– Secretion of Chick Proximal Tubule (PT) Cells
Andrew  Martin Philosophy EPSCoR (NSF) Powers Blue 28 Science, Ethics, and Public Policy: The Virtual Fountainhead
Breonna  Martin Biological Sciences IMBRE (NIH) Van Golen Blue 26 The Effect of FTI Treatment on RhoC GTPase Expression in Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Garret  McGraw Computer Engineering Science and Engineering Kiamilev Purple 08 Efficiency Improvement for Time-Domain Integral Equation Methods for Electromagnetic Scattering
David  Meninger Chemistry and Physics HHMI Patel Yellow 17 Phase-Transfer Energetics Across the Hexane-Water Interface: Effects of a Polarizable Hexane Force Field
Michiro. Biology HHMI Koh Yellow 16 Evaluating the Molecular Mechanisms of Anti-Androgen Resistance.
Galen  Missig B.S. Psychology Other Rosen Blue 30 Peripheral Oxytocin reduces acoustic startle in Male Rats: a model of post-traumatic stress disorder
Joan  Mogire Biotechnology EPSCoR (NSF) Davis Red 13 Using GFP as a Reporter Gene to Develop a "Knockoutâ" Method to Study the Role of CPEB in Learning and Memory.
Allison  Moran Medical Technology EPSCoR (NSF) Biswas Red 06 Antibiotic Resistance and Degradation of Sulfamethioxine and Tylosin by Environmental Isolates
Stephanie L.  Myrick Biochemistry HHMI Sullivan Yellow 10 & Talk 2:45 Design of a Cell-Responsive De-PEGylation DNA Delivery System
Tejal  Naik Biological Sciences IMBRE (NIH) Deleon Red 15 Identification and Characterization of the Role of HYAL2 in Mammalian Reproduction
Aivi  Nguyen Biological Sciences CMG Concentration HHMI Usher Blue 25 ApoC-I and ApoE Production and Regulation during Cholesterol Efflux from Adipocytes
Samantha  Nigro Biological Sciences Science and Engineering RDuncan Red 21 Early Signaling Mechanisms in Bovine Articular Chondrocytes Induced by Mechanical Stimulation.
Kristin M.  Nuzzio Chemistry HHMI Polenova Yellow 18 15N Isotope Enrichment and Purification of CAP-Gly for Characterization by NMR Spectroscopy
Kathryn  Orio Biological Sciences Other Farach-Carson Blue 01 Genotype Phenotype Correlations in HNPCC
Megan  Owens Histotechnology IMBRE (NIH) Mason Blue 11 Mechanisms of Death for Neuroblastoma Cells
Matthew  Panunto Environmental Science EPSCoR (NSF) Allison Green 01 Modeling the Effects of Land Use Change on Runoff and Sediment, Nitrogen and Phosphorus Loadings to Surface Waters in the Mispillion Watershed.
Adrian R.  Pearson Biology Other Joeger Green 05 Comparison of Gene Expression by Salmonella enterica Serovars Kentucky and Enteritidis Under Hydrochloric Acid-induced pH of 4.5
Yuliya  Pepelyayeva Biological sciences IMBRE (NIH) Bauer Red 03 Prevalence of Non-Therapeutic Thoracotomy Operations for Indeterminate Pulmonary Nodules.
Wachen  Peters Biology DoD Sikes Blue 24 The role of purinergic signaling in an isogenic progression of prostate cancer cells. 
Kelly  Pippins Quantitative Biology HHMI Schleiniger Blue 18 Role of Enteroendocrine Cells in Human Colon Crypt Dynamics and Colon Tumorigenesis
Michael  Pirnot Chemistry Other Taber Yellow 24 & Talk 1:30 Towards the Synthesis of Lycopladine A
Lauren  Pulinka Psychology and Interpersonal Communications Science and Engineering Laurenceau Blue 27 Predicting Newlywed Marital Quality Through the Use of the SPAFF
John  Quigley Chemical Engineering Science and Engineering Chen Purple 04 Synthesis and Characterization of Tungsten Monocarbide Thin Films Made by Physical Vapor Deposition
Darneisha N.  Reed Medical Technology IMBRE (NIH) D'Sousa Purple 17 Understanding the Mechanism of Reaction of Isopropyl Chloroformate 
Addison  Reid Wildlife Conservation EPSCoR (NSF) Bowman Green 03 The Effect of Safety Zones on White-tailed Deer Populations in Delaware
Aaron  Reinicker Chemical Engineering Science and Engineering Chen Purple 03 Tungsten Carbides and Bimetallic Carbides as Potential Methanol Fuel Cell Anodes
Matthew  Richards Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology HHMI Farach-Carson Blue 04 Optimizing PCR conditions for the Human Perlecan Promoter
Matthew  Riscinti Neuroscience HHMI Safran Blue 16 Targeting perlecan domain I and heparin binding growth factors to articular cartilage surfaces: A promising tool to repair knee osteoarthritis. 
Ritika  Samant Biological Sciences Beckman Niak Blue 15 The Identification of PDZ Domain Proteins Interacting with JAM-B
Dan  Sandusky Biochemistry HHMI Akins Red 02 An Evaluation of Aortic Cell Growth in Defined Serum Free and Recommended Serum-Containing Media with Various Growth Factors
James  Sargianis Mechanical Engineering Science and Engineering Santare Yellow 07 Out of Plane Thermal Expansion of Nafion® Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications
Sepehr  Sedigh Haghighat Biology/premed Other Boman Red 09 Study of microRNA expression in normal colonic epithelium and colon cancers
Kevin  Sforza Biochemistry HHMI Zhuang Purple 14 Expression and characterization of RAD5 HIRAN domain in DNA damage repair and chromatin remodeling
Liana F.  Sherrod Biological Sciences HHMI McLane Green 21 Interactions Between The Disintegrin Eristostatin and Melanoma Cell Surface Proteins 
Kevin E.  Shuman Biology EPSCoR (NSF) Biswas Red 07 Role of Environmental Bacteria in Detoxification of Metals and the Rate of Elemental Selenium formation
Laura   Sloofman Quantitative Biology Charles Peter White Safran Blue 17 & Talk 2:15 Effects of diminished protein synthesis on bone anabolic response to load in RPL29-deficient mice
Michelle A  Smith Biological Sciences Charles Peter White Deleon Red 16 In Vivo Short-term Effects of TiO2 Nanoparticles on Murine Sperm
Carla  Spence Biological Sciences Science and Engineering Adams Red 01 Relationship of fungal pathogen and non-pathogen with innate immunity 
Sarah  Stapley Wildlife Conservation EPSCoR (NSF) Shriver Green 08 Comparison of Breeding Ecology Between Wood Thrushes (Hylocichla mustelina) and Gray Catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis)
Kyle David  Steelman Mechanical Engineering Science and Engineering Agrawal Purple 01 Design and Fabrication of Micro Air Vehicles modeled after an Insect Thorax.
Stengel Physics
Seckel Yellow 08
Jaime  Stull Biological Sciences HHMI MDuncan Red 19 Activation of CREB-2/ATF4 and GADD153/CHOP in Response to Excess Unfolded Proteins in the Lens
Amy  Styer biochemistry Beckman Chen Purple 11 Trypanosomatid parasites and their kinetopast topoisomerase II
Kathryn  Teixeira Biological Sciences (Cell & Molecular) IMBRE (NIH) Galileo Blue 06 Quantitative Analysis of Breast Cancer Metastasis to the Brain
Stephen J.  Tereniak Chemistry, B.S. HHMI Riordan Yellow 19 Synthesis and Characterization of a New PSiPr2 Ligand and [PSiPr2NiCl]BPh4 for Coordination Chemistry and Bioinorganic Modeling
Patricia  Timothee Biology IMBRE (NIH) RDuncan Red 22 Protein Kinase C Mediates Purinergic Receptor Induced Contraction in MC3T3-E1 Osteoblasts.
Jessica  Torres Neuroscience Science and Engineering Selva Blue 19 The role of alg10 in N-glycosylation during Drosophila development
Julia  Turner Nursing IMBRE (NIH) Bucher Green 14 A Randomized Blinded Trial of Presurgical Incision Warming for the Prevention of Wound Complications in Women Undergoing Cesarean Section 
Elaina  Welch Biological Sciences HHMI Cooper Red 12 Down Regulation of TGF-β1 when treated with IGF-1 and the Effect on Prostate Cancer 
Peter  Wells Chemical Engineering Other Epps Purple 06 Functionalization of Diblock Copolymer Micelles
Jordan  Wheatley Biology IMBRE (NIH) Bauer Red 05 Comparison of VATS versus Open Lobectomy in Quality of Life Measurements
Sara  White Biochemistry HHMI Zondlo Yellow 27 Design of a Protein Kinase Inducible Domain for CDK5
Kishana  Williamson Animal Science and Wildlife Conservation EPSCoR (NSF) Benson Green 02 Onset and Cessation of Rigor Mortis In Laying Hens
Ryan  Wilson Biochemistry Chemistry Alumni Bahnson Purple 10 Peroxiredoxin VI in Complex With a Transition Inhibitor
Meghan Woods Biochemistry HHMI Jia Purple 07 Synthesis and Characterization of PEG-Peptide Hybrid Hydrogels for Vocal Fold Tissue Engineering
Megan  Zagrobelny Chemical Engineering Science and Engineering Vlachos Yellow 11 Alternative Reactor Optimization for Hydrogen Production from Ammonia Decomposition and Water-Gas Shift Reaction
Carolyn E.  Ziminski Nursing IMBRE (NIH) Rempusheski Green 27 Community-Dwelling Elders' Perceptions of Elder Mistreatment: Scale Development
Steven  Zucker Chemistry Chemistry Alumni Johnston (Yellow 15) & Talk 1:00 Characterization of Carbonaceous Airborne Particulate Matter in Wilmington, Delaware

Links: Summer 2008 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Symposium Abstracts from other Colleges and Departments,
2008 Undergraduate Research Summer Enrichment ProgramUnversity of Delaware Undergraduate Research Program, Howard Hughes Undergraduate Program.
Created  11 August 2008. Last up dated 28 August 2008 by Hal White
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