Student Honors Research: 2005 - 2009

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 2009

Andicoechea, Jonathan.  Generalization, specialization, and pollinator-mediated selection:  A case study involving the hummingbird Eulampis jugularis and its food plant Heliconia caribaea  (Advisor:  Prof. Temeles).

Barbieri, John S.  The search for ubiquitinated RegA:  a biochemical investigation into whether the cAMP phosphodiesterase RegA is ubiquitinated by FbxA in Dictyostelium discoideum  (Advisor:  Prof. Ratner). 

Berman, Daniel G.  Regionalization of neutralizing anti-SEB antibody binding sites  (Advisor:  Prof. Goldsby).

Byanova, Katerina L.  Pollinator-mediated selection in a specialist plant:  female purple-throated carib, Eulampis jugularis, and Heliconia bihai  (Advisor:  Prof. Temeles).

Chung, Erin.  The instability of coexistence between closely-related pathogen species and resistance patterns in a complex multiple-pathogen single-host system  (Advisor:  Prof. Hood).  

Cutler, Samuel R.  Visualization of mutant APH-1 protein in early C. Elegans embryos  (Advisor:  Prof. Goutte).

Damashek, Julian  Uncovering a tale of worldwide plant dispersal:  evolutionary relationships of Chinese Lycium (Solanaceae)  Levin/(Advisor:  Profs. Levin and Miller).

Darling, Alanna R.  Songbirds in winter:  the adjustment of antipredator behavior according to predator size  (Advisor:  Prof. Temeles).

Dhond, Mukta.  Confirmation of a bottleneck at the S-RNase locus in old world Lycium (Solanaceae)  (Advisor:  Prof. Miller).

Ferraiolo, Natalie K.  Investigation of synergies between neutralizing antibodies and pharmacological agents for the inhibition of T-cell responses to toxic shock syndrome toxin-1  (Advisor:  Prof. Goldsby).

Helman, Daniel J.  cDNA library complementation of Dictyostelium discoideum temperature sensitive mutations tsgA and tsgK  (Advisor:  Prof. Ratner).

Holsey, Michael D.  Age-dependent changes in ryanodine receptor modulation and the effects of calcium dyshomeostasis in the brain  (Advisor:  Prof. S. George).

Kelly, Cecilia R.
  Site-directed mutagenesis of Dnf2p, a P4-type ATPase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae  (Advisor:  Prof. Williamson).

Kostyun, Jamie L.  Allelic diversity and segregation at the S-RNase locus in wild tomato, Solanum peruvianum (Solanaceae)  (Advisor:  Prof. Miller).

Stephanie Z. Li.  Hybridization and its genomic consequences on the fungal pathogen Microbotryum violaceum  (Advisor:  Prof. Hood).

Marks, Sarah-Margaret.  Inactivation of nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) in C. Elegans can suppress start codon mutations  (Advisor:  Prof. Goutte).

Morrison, Erin S.  The influence of early maternal effects and rearing conditions on innate immunity in nestling tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor)  (Advisor:  Prof. Clotfelter).

Myers, Darienne R.  Fluorescence analyses of DG17 and cousin, two RING finger proteins of Dictyostelium discoideum  (Advisor:  Prof. Ratner).

Peterson, Daniel A.  The adaptive role of hybridization in the evolution of the anther-smut fungus Microbotryum violaceum  (Advisor:  Prof. Hood).

Prevatt, Edward G.  Characterizing the familial intrahepatic cholestasis causing mutations in the trans-membrane region of ATP8B1  (Advisor:  Prof. Williamson).

Rifkin, Joanna L.  Evidence for ecological causation of sexual dimorphism in the hermit hummingbirds (Phaethornithinae)  (Advisors:  Profs. Temeles and Miller).

Stevenson, Louise M.  The effect of phytoestrogens on sex steroid levels, gamete quality, and fertilization success in Betta splendens  (Advisor:  Prof. Clotfelter).

Vincent, Benjamin J.  Quantification of membrane vesicle binding in a sea urchin cell-free system  (Advisor:  Prof. Poccia).

Xie, Chen.  Characterization of affinity and neutralization efficiency in a collection of monoclonal α-SEB antibodies  (Advisor:  Prof. Goldsby).


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