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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.
An, Juhyung K. Testing for a novel phospholipid translocase binding interaction: A haloperidol sensitivity screen. Advisor: Patrick Williamson.
Cesinger, Monica. Feeding the quorum: An examination of cell-to-cell communication and metabolism in Vibrio cholerae. Advisor: Alexandra Purdy.
Cobrinik, Dora L. Effects of SUV addition of phosphatidylethanolamine on membrane fusion in sea urchin cortical lawns. Advisor: Dominic Poccia.
DeSimone, Joely. Examining the effects of blowfly larvae (Protocalliphora sialia) on tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) nestling condition and possible host compensatory strategies. Advisor: Ethan Clotfelter. Winner of The Oscar E. Schotte Award.
Diehl, Frances. Molecular signaling mechanisms of the sensor kinase CrbS in Vibrio cholerae. Advisor: Alexandra Purdy.
Hollinger, Maile. Molecular characterization of an rdea-fbxa- double mutant via quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Advisor: David Ratner.
Kim, John. Logistic linear modeling of enhancer module even-skipped stripe 2 in early Drosophila melanogaster development. Advisor: Michael Hood.
Leet, Donna. Analysis of presenilin HOP-1 function in C. elegans gonad development. Advisor: Caroline Goutte.
Levy, Molly. Plant competition or pollinator competition?: Mechanisms of selection in a hummingbird-pollinated system. Advisor: Ethan Temeles.
Lobrano, Madeleine. Evidence of self-incompatibility in invasive Lycium ferocissimum: An exception to Baker's Rule. Advisor: Jill Miller.
Pettie, Kade. Spatial organization of predicted transcription factor binding sites in Drosophia ChiP peaks. Advisor: Patrick Williamson.
Ray, Charles T. Investigating the intersection between Protein Kinase A and the ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis pathway in Dictyostelium discoideum via the generation of a fbxA/pkaR double mutant strain. Advisor: David Ratner.
Steinbrook, Eric A. Host resistance and disease risk in the anther-smut system. Advisor: Michael Hood.
Ulloa, Gabriela. The structural role of lipids with negative intrinsic curvature in endoplasmic reticulum morphology. Advisor: Dominic Poccia.
Vrtilek, Julia. Comparing the effects of Hop-1 and Sel-2 presenilins on compromised notch signaling in C. elegans. Advisor: Caroline Goutte.
11 June 2015 TLR