Student Honors Research:

Amherst's Biology Department has a long tradition of active research by its faculty and participation of senior majors and other students in this research. Biology majors who enter the Honors Program devote about half of their academic effort during the senior year to research, and the resulting thesis is often the basis of their first scientific publication.

Class of 2014

Anagho, Holda. Setting up a system for the high-throughput stress resistance screening of Caenorhabditis elegans small rna mutants using the automatic lifespan machine.  Advisor: Yan Qi

Aoyama, Julien. Characterization of aph-1(zu147) suppression by removing rnf-5 in c. elegans: Possible γ-secretase misassembly defects. Advisor: Caroline Goutte

Aziz-Bose, Razina. Elucidating the role of the met channel in hair cell encoding using channelrhodopsin-2.  Neuroscience. Advisor: Josef Trapani

Blank, Caitlin. Evolutionary consequences of the loss of self-incompatibility in the widespread species Lycium carolinianum. Advisor: Jill Miller

Cho, Se Yeon. Preferences of Eulampis jugularis as a mechanism for floral trait divergence in two color morphs of Heliconia caribaea Advisor: Ethan Temeles

England, Christina. An experimental test of the antioxidant role of carotenoids in the convict cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata). Advisor: Ethan Clotfelter

Finch, Christopher. Activation of the cAMP Phosphodiesterase RegA in D. discoideum. BCBP. Advisor: David Ratner

Fredrick, Thomas. Diversity and selection at a self-incompatibility locus in the genus microbotryum. Advisor: Michael Hood

Hamati, Fadi. Diacylglycerol: A quantitative study of enzyme-mediated changes in er morphology. Advisor: Dominic Poccia

Hoffmann, Claire. Coloration, competition, and mate choice in the convict cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata): investigating the sensory drive hypothesis. Advisor: Ethan Clotfelter

Iyengar, Varun. Characterizing spontaneous hair-cell neurotransmission and spike encoding in the zebrafish lateral-line system. Neuroscience. Advisor: Josef Trapani

Kerr, David. Reconstitution of C. elegans gamma-secretase: Notch substrates and presenilin expression. BCBP. Advisor: Caroline Goutte

Kim, Joseph. Investigating the intersection of terminal differentiation and ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis: first steps to the creation of a pkar-/fbxa- double knockout strain of Dictyostelium discoideum. Advisor: David Ratner

Newman, Jennifer. Does pollinator competition lead to floral divergence?: eulampis jugularis and its effects of the two color morphs of Heliconia caribaea.  Advisor: Ethan Temeles

Park, Michelle. Using next-generation sequencing to understand the phylogeographic relationships among populations of Lycium carolinianum. Advisor: Rachel Levin

Reighard, Charles.  A structure-function analysis of rab3-interacting molecule (rim) at the Drosophila melanogaster neuromuscular junction. Neuroscience. Advisor: Ethan Graf

Servos, Mariah. Investigating the effect of the acetate switch on Vibrio cholerae virulence in the model host Drosophila melanogaster. Advisor: Alexandra Purdy

Surujon, Defne. Creating an rdeA-/fbxA- double knockout to investigate intracellular signalling processes in Dictyostelium discoideum. BCBP. Advisor: David Ratner

Tyler, Paul. Investigating CrbS-mediated signaling in two non-O1/O139 strains of Vibrio cholerae. Advisor: Alexandra Purdy

Walker, Lisa. Lipid and calcium contributions to membrane fusion. BCBP. Advisor: Dominic Poccia

Wolf, Monroe. The effect of sympatry on interspecific competition among pathogens. Advisor: Michael Hood

Last Updated:
5 May 2014 TLR


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