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Sampling of Projects: Faculty with Students

A SAMPLING of PROJECTS FROM DEPAUW BIOLOGY FACULTY & STUDENTS

         

              

                 

Dr. Lynn Bedard Molecular Biology,
Microbiology Biology

Cloning of high copy suppressors of a mutant H4 protein in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Student: Jenna Whitbeck ‘11

Epitope tagging and localization of the chromatin assembly factor, Cac1p, in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Student: JooYoung Park ‘11

Investigating the role of Hif1 in histone protein import in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Student: Jessica Boyer

Dr. Jim Benedix
Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology

The evolution of parachuting behavior in the arboreal frog Hyla chrysoscelis
Students: Luke Miller, Ashley Conard, Stephen Hesterberg

Male-male aggressive behavior in cricket frogs
Students: Stephen Hesterberg, Ashley Conard, Luke Miller

Can clover explain the patchy distribution of crickets in pastures and lawns?
Student: Bethany Buis

Directed seed dispersal of cedar trees in a disturbed environment
Student: Briana White

Songs of love: field research on frogs and crickets
Students: Amy Coleman, Steven Cudney, and Jessie Pa’ahana

Dr. Dana Duddle
Plant Evolutionary Ecology, Conservation Biology

Investigating the environmental induction of anthocyanin production in hemp dogbane
Student: David Furman ‘09

Nature, red in stem and leaf: plant ecology, physiology and evolution in an abandoned limestone quarry
Students: Ryan Edelen ’11, Matthew Howes ’11, Erica Ross '10

Stress in the weedy medicinal plant, Portulaca oleracea: a metabolomic and ecological study 
Students:  Tanner Miller ‘11, Courtney Brimmer,’12 Kelly Summers ‘11

The effect of climate change on the medicinal plant purslane (Portulaca oleracea).  
Students:  Elizabeth Botts, M. Keinsley, C. Brimmer, T. Miller, K. Summers; and Professor B. Hanson
 
The roles of light intensity and genetics in the synthesis of anthocyanins in Apocynum cannabinum
Student:  Erica Ross '10 
 
Why are some stems red? Expression and function of anthocyanins in Apocynum cannabinum plants under stress.  
Students:  Erica Ross '10, Ryan Edelen '11, Matthew Howes '11
 
Examining the potential for local adaptation in populations of Apocynum cannabinum at an abandoned limestone quarry
Student: Bryan Helm

Dr. Vanessa Fox Ecology

Where has all the leaf litter gone?
Students: Summer Drake '08, Chad Byers '08, Charlotte Buehler '08

Leaf litter, nutrient cycling, and forest ecology in the vicinity of an abandoned limestone quarry.
Students: Summer Drake '08, Chad Byers '08, Charlotte Buehler '08 

Are there too many deer in the DePauw Nature Park?
Students:  Kristen Frederick '12, Ryan Kelly '12, Emily Meadows '12

White-tailed deer movement patterns in the DePauw Nature Park.
Student:  Mitch Strobl '12

Trees and vines:  friends, foes, or indifferent?
Students:  Scott Meyer '12, Dan Wetli '12

Dr. Chet Fornari
Molecular Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics, Microbiology

Characterization of the homeobox gene #13 in salamanders and rotifers
Student: Amanda Meyer ’09

Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful: the role of hox genes in rotifer and salamander development and evolution
Students: Tia Malcom and Amanda Meyer

Computational analysis of new homeobox genes in rotifers
Student: Greg Dahman

Dr. Wade Hazel Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics

Analysis of COI sequence variation in Hawaiian aquatic insects
Students: Clinton Hasenour

Computer simulations of status-dependent selection
Student: Jyotishman Nag

The relationship between the timing of diapause and generation length in swallowtail butterfly species. 
Student: K. Gagesch
 
Shifting diapause timing and incidence in swallowtail butterflies.  
Student: M. Haag

Why germline filters out severe mtDNA mutations.   Science.  E-Letter response (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/eletters/319/5865/958) 24 June 2008. 
Students: Alexander Berlin , Jacqueline Betsch, Tanya Corman, Ryan Ely, John Emhart, Dennis Fisher, Kyle Foster, Andrew Hadley, Lauren Huff, Brock Sishc, Brian Smith. 

Interspecific comparison of pupation site preference in swallowtail butterflies: implications for evolution of plasticity in pupal color. 
Students:  Niki Stone, Andie Wyatt, Kate Marshall

The proximate control of pupal color in swallowtail butterflies: implications for the evolution of environmentally-cued pupal color in butterflies 
Students: Lauren Rakes, Matt Jones

Dr. Kevin Kinney Physiology, Immunology, Neuroimmunology

Preliminary investigation of the role of IL-1 in the behavioral fever response of the green iguana
Students: Dahlia Tawfik, Marisa Yochum

Effects of two different types of denervation on primary and secondary antigen-specific antibody response in mice.
Students: Marisa Yochum, Lauren Rakes, Phillip Mann, Jennifer Pasko, Emily Thornton

Effects of handling stress on primary and secondary antibody responses in the frog Xenopus laevis 
Students: Chatel Bennet and Erin Wickerham

Evaluation of a colorimetric assay for in vitro proliferation of Xenopus splenocytes.  
Student: Elias Oziolor

Dr. Pascal Lafontant Biomedical Science, Physiology

The giant danio as a model of cardiac remodeling and regeneration.
Students: Alan R. Burns, Jamie A. Grivas, Mary A. Lesch, Tanmoy D. Lala, Sean P. Reuter, Loren J. Field, Tyler D. Frounfelter.

Apoptosis and remodeling in a zebrafish model of heart disease
Students: Ben Golden, Jamie Grivas

Structural and biochemical analysis of Danio rerio and giant danio adult hearts
Student: Adrienne Cobb ’09

Dr. Henning Schneider Molecular Neurobiology, Physiology, and Neuroethology

Mapping of serotonin type 1A receptor expression in the zebrafish
Student: Ashley Strahley

Identification of 5HT2C receptor expressing neurons in zebrafish
Students: Michael Forde and Kate Mittendorf

5HT2C receptor expressing cells in the olfactory organ of zebrafish larvae
Student: Kathleen Mittendorf

Cloning and characterization of a zebrafish 5HT7 receptor gene
Student: Danielle Brueck

Dr. Bruce Serlin Cellular Biology, Plant Biology

Ramifications of nascent fungicides on local aquatic vertebrates
Students: Heather Jeffries and Dusty Kime

Dr. Janet Vaglia

Developmental Biology

The longer the better? Axial elongation and tail development in the two-lined salamander
Students: Kurt White and Alison Case

Secrets of salamander tail: A comparative study of posterior body axis development
Students: Noe Flores ’11 and Neil Fitzharris ’10