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 1999
Babson, Brooke. "Boats and Seahorses: The Effect of Boat Engine Noise on Courting, Reproduction, Growth, and Mortality in the Dwarf Seahorse, Hippocampus zosterae." (Advisor: Prof. Masonjones).
Berg, Kent. "Evolution of Virulence in Vibrio cholerae: Precision of Toxin Regulation." (Advisor: Prof. Ewald).
Haduong, Josephine. "Cell-cell Communication in Caenorhabditis elegans: Characterization of an aph-1 Suppressor." (Advisor: Prof. Goutte).
Olin, Rebecca. "Insertional Mutagenesis in Dictyostelium discoideum: A Critical Examination of REMI" (Advisor: Prof. Ratner).
Pan, Irvin. "Pollinator-Mediated Selection on a Floral Trait: Spur Variation in Impatiens capensis." (Advisor: Prof. Temeles).
Procaccini, Piero. "In Vitro Hypermutation Using the J-C Intron to Examine Antibody Diversity in Culture." (Advisor: Prof. Goldsby).
Rubin, Daniel. "Effects of Vibrio cholerae infection in a suckling mouse assay: A Comparison of 01 and 0139 Strains." (Advisor: Prof. Ewald).
Saunders, Alissa. "The Changes in Toxigenicity and Antibiotic Resistance of Vibrio cholerae Over Time in Latin America." (Advisor: Prof. Ewald).
Saunders, Jill. "Vibrio cholerae in Latin America: Geographic Variations in Virulence, Antibiotic Resistance and Water Quality." (Advisor: Prof. Ewald).
Serebro, Janine. "Isolation and Initial Characterization of Caenorhabditis briggsae aph-2." (Advisor: Prof. Goutte)
Stephens, Robert Scott. "Necessary and Sufficient: Identifying the Kinases Responsible for Phosphorylation and Sperm Decondensation in the Sea Urchin." (Advisor: Prof. Poccia).
Class of 1998
Barrett, Emily. "An Investigation of Mobility Mechanisms in Monarda didyma: Countering the Anther Avoidance Behavior of Archilochus colubris?" (Advisor: Professor Temeles).
Darling, Susan. "The Effect of Floral Mobility on the Pollination of Monarda didyma by Archilochus colubris." (Advisor Professor Temeles).
Distler, Matthew. "Virulence of Brazilian Vibrio cholerae: Evolution and Growth Effects." (Advisor: Professor Ewald).
Goehring, Nathan. "An Evolutionary Perspective on Regulation of Virulence in Vibrio cholerae: Environmental Cues and Diversity of Response." (Advisor: Professor Ewald).
Heineman, Anna. "Isolating and Sequencing the 5' end of the DG17-Homologous Gene in Dictyostelium discoideum." (Advisor: Professor Ratner).
Herrick, Justin. "An Assay for in vitro Replication of Sea Urchin Pronuclei." (Advisor: Professor Poccia).
Hyun, Teresa. "Finding Differential Gene Expression in Bovine Ileal Peyer's Patch B cells." (Advisor: Professor Goldsby).
Lukoma, Michael. "Inhibition of SP Histone Phosphorylation and Male Pronuclear Decondensation." (Advisor: Professor Poccia).
Nadine, Brian. "The Regulative Potential of Dictyostelium discoideum: A Reexamination using Improved GFP and Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting." (Advisor: Professor Ratner).
Patrick, Amanda. "A Molecular Characterization of the Caenorhabditis elegans Protein APH-2." (Advisor: Professor Goutte).
Ponce de Leon, Pedro. "Isolating and Sequencing Catalytic Antibody Variable Region Genes from Monoclonal Antibody Secreting B cells." (Advisor: Professor Ratner).
Sussman, Jeremy. "Evolution of Virulence of Vibrio cholerae: Refining the Method of Study." (Advisor: Professor Ewald).
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