Neuroscience

Past Student Theses

Theses prior to 2010 are listed in the menu on the left

Honors theses - Class of 2012

Jorge Alvarado, "CMF41 localization and calcium binding in Trypanosoma brucei." (Advisor: Prof. Springer)

Shirui Chen, "Structure-function analysis of Rab3 and its effect on Bruchpilot localization." (Advisor: Prof. Graf)

Annie Handler, " The effects of melanotan II on taste-responsive neurons in the parabrachial nucleus." (Advisor: Prof. Baird)

Brigit High,  "The effects of clozapine on anxiety behavior in a rat phencyclidine-induced schizophrenia model." (Advisor: Prof. Turgeon)

Roy Jung, "Genetic screen for interactions with the rab3 phenotype in D. melanogaster." (Advisor: Prof. Graf)

Akosua Korboe, "The role of the parabrachial nucleus in rat pancreatic polypeptide mediated increases in sucrose consumption." (Advisor: Prof. Baird)

Fabiana Kreines, "Using channelrhodopsin to study adaptation in hair cells of the zebrafish lateral line." (Advisor: Prof. Trapani)

Grace Li, "Tracing the afferent projections of the posterial lateral Line in Zebrafish." (Advisor: Prof. Trapani)

Constancia Mavodza, "Early versus late eggs of C. elegans hermaphrodite: all eggs are not equal." (Advisor: Prof. Goutte)

Joshua Nazirbage, "The role of sweet taste receptors in the rat brain via intra-third ventricular infusions." (Advisor: Prof. Baird)

Esther Neustadt, "The delayed effects of a single dose of PCP on open field, elevated plus maze and light/dark exploration behavior in young adult rats: An investigation of anxiety across multiple models." (Advisor: Prof. Turgeon)

Priscilla Riva, "Effects of haloperidol on PCP-induced anxiety in light and dark test in rat  " (Advisor: Prof. Turgeon)

Junyeop (Daniel) Roh, "Determining the role of the subunit in determining phospholipid transport specificity by P4ATPases."  (Advisor: Prof. Williamson) 

Alex Stone,  "Site-directed mutagenesis of Dnf-2 and characterization of transport phenotypes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."  (Advisor: Prof. Williamson)

Honors theses - Class of 2011

Muddasir Ayaz, “Inhibiting nuclear envelope formation in fertilized Lytechinus pictus sea urchin eggs through application of the PLC inhibitor U-73122.” Advisor: Prof. Poccia.

Benjamin Gold, “The effect of Rab3-GEF and Rab3-GAP on the distribution of Bruchpilot at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction.”  Advisor: Prof. Graf.

Mwanasha Hamuza, “Contributions of parabrachial Y1 and Y4 receptors in mediating NPY hyperphagia.” Advisor: Prof. Baird.

Ayla Mansur, “Benzodiazepine effects on feeding microstructure : role of the parabrachial nucleus.”  Advisor: Prof. Baird.

Swapnil Mehta, “An investigation into P4-ATPase binding domains.”  Advisor: Prof. Williamson.

Julio Cesar Mendoza, “Plasticity of horizontal optokinetic nystagmus in Rana pipiens : the role of GluR1-containing AMPA receptors.”  Advisor: Prof. George

Melissa Pritchard, “The effect of single PCP administration withdrawal on c-Fos induction in response to stress in the prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens.”  Advisor: Prof. Turgeon.

Cailey Simmons, “The hyperphagic effect of chlorodiazepoxide, but not neuropeptide-Y, is increased by lesions to the parabrachial nucleus.”  Advisor: Prof. Baird.

Saumitra Thakur, "Exploring a potential role for DAG generation in cortical granule-plasma membrane fusion in sea urchin oocytes.”  Advisor: Prof. Poccia.

Alison Thaler, “An investigation of alterations in anxiety behavior as related to schizophrenia:  the delayed effects of a single dose of PCP on elevated plus maze and light/dark emergence behavior in rats.”  Advisor: Prof. Turgeon.

Christina Wright, “Rim regulates calcium channel localization at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction.”  Advisor: Prof. Graf.

Victor Zhu, “Influence of environmental and social factors on the play-fighting behavior of juvenile rats: a behavioral and neurochemical analysis.”  Advisor: Prof. DeVries.

 

Honors theses - Class of 2010

Sophia Cai, "Investigation of the organizational effects of gonadal hormones on the display of sexually dimorphic behaviors induced by a phencyclidine model of schizophrenia." (Advisor: Prof. Turgeon)

Rachel Cameron, "The phencyclidine animal model of schizophrenia: investigation of the age-dependent effects of PCP on anhedonia and anxiety." (Advisor: Prof. Turgeon)

Pallabi Guha, "Exploring the functionality of the ef-hand motif of protein CMF 63 in flagellar motility in trypanosoma brucei" (Advisor: Prof. Springer)

Eric Holaday, "The influence of sex chromosome complement and gonadal sex on vasopressin mRNA levels in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis in mice" (Advisors: Drs. Geert DeVries and Ben Rood, University of Massachusetts)

Clare Howard, "Characterization of a sao-1 deletion allele in C. elegans: New clues about its developmental function" (Advisor:  Prof. Goutte)

Debbie Jiang, "The role of the parabracial nucleus in mediating melanocortin-induced anorexia"  (Advisor: Prof. Baird)

Chido Kativhu, "The role of vasopressin in the emergence of social play in rats" (Advisors: Drs. Geert DeVries and Alexa Veneema, University of Massachusetts)

Daniel Kim, "Investigating sex differences in the effects of 14-day withdrawal from a single phencyclidine injection on corticosterone response, c-Fos induction and N-methyl D-aspartate receptor subunit expression following elevated plus maze testing" (Advisor: Prof. Turgeon)

Ashley Rivera, "Flow cytometric analysis of nuclear envelope precursor vesicles" (Advisor: Prof. Poccia)

 Sanjay Salgado, "The delayed effects of a single dose of PCP on elevated plus maze behavior in rats: implications for the glutamate model of schizophrenia" (Advisor: Prof. Turgeon)

Thuzar Thein, "Investigation of RegA as a ubiquitinated target of FbxA during Dictyostelium discoideum development"  (Advisor, Prof. Ratner)

Alina Tsareva, "Interactions between Lem3p mutants and P4-type ATPases of Saccharomyces cerevisiae" (Advisor: Prof. Williamson)

 

 

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