Research Forum2011

Undergraduate

April 8
Friday | Welch Hall | 11am–3pm cns.utexas.edu/researchforum

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They have helped to make this an event of the highest caliber as we show off the tremendous talent evident in our undergraduate students. This work is done in labs both at UT and across the country. Dean College of Natural Sciences 3 . Mary Ann Rankin. We are particularly indebted to our industrial partners who sponsored awards and volunteered the time of the many scientists and engineers who have agreed to serve as judges for the event. I would like to thank the University Co-op for both their ongoing support of undergraduate research in the College and of the many wonderful student events that would not be possible without their generosity. this year’s event demonstrates the breadth and quality of our undergraduate researchers and the outstanding faculty who mentor them. With over 150 undergraduate researchers presenting their work. With all best wishes. As you peruse the program you will see student participation from every department in the College as well as the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts.Welcome to the 2011 College of Natural Sciences Undergraduate Research Forum. Finally. We are especially pleased to have so many research fellowship winners and academic honor students among the presenters. We hope that you will spend time visiting with the students to learn more about their projects and their experiences.

Chemistry. Textiles & Apparel and Astronomy. Computer Science. Each freshman cohort will present an overall poster representing the work they’ve just begun in their research stream. This program has already involved over 2000 freshmen in faculty research in Biology. potentially publishable research project that reflects the core interests of our faculty and fulfills degree requirements for the student. Exploring the Physics of the Universe with White Dwarf Stars Cell Signaling and Signal Transduction Roux Stream Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology Winget Stream Department of Astronomy Functional Genomics Virtual Drug Screening Iyer Stream Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Robertus Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Cell Fate Regulation Vertebrate Interactome Mapping Lloyd Stream Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology Stevens Stream Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology BioBricks Viral Evolution Browning Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Bull Stream Section of Integrative Biology Mitochondrial Gene Expression Supramolecular Sensors Appling Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Anslyn Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Nucleic Acid Aptamer Selection Functional Materials Based on Metal Complexes Ellington Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Jones and Holliday Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Synthesis and Biological Recognition Martin Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 4 . graduate students and peer mentors. Students are members of a 30-student cohort – a Research Stream – in which they conduct independent. Physics.Freshman Research Initiative Research Stream Poster Presentations The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) program in the College of Natural Sciences incorporates authentic faculty research as a means of teaching large numbers of students on a timeline spanning their first two years at UT. Mathematics. but parallel projects under the guidance of faculty. Biochemistry. The core of this program is a yearlong.

Nanomaterials for Chemical Catalysis Stevenson.Democratizing Design Simpson and Davis Stream Computational Intelligence in Game Design Miikkulainen Stream Department of Computer Science Division of Textiles and Apparel and Department of Computer Science Linear Algebra– Constructions and Applications Electronic and Magnetic Materials Research Markert Stream Department of Physics Hadani Stream Department of Mathematics Computational Biology Wilke and Ancel-Meyers Stream Section of Integrative Biology Biology of Biofuels Juenger and Hawkes Stream Section of Integrative Biology 5 . Vanden Bout and Crooks Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Bioprospecting: Isolation of Biologically Active Natural Products from Endophytes Siegel Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Computational Nanoparticles Henkelman Stream Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Brain Tumor Pathology Cowperthwaite and Luci Stream Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology and Section of Neurobiology Frontiers of Linear Algebra Library Development van de Geijn Stream Department of Computer Science Genome Evolution in Plants Jansen Stream Autonomous Vehicles Section of Integrative Biology Stone Stream Department of Computer Science Infinite Uniqueness.

2009 Genevieve Allen Rachel Wiseman and Leanne Field School of Biological Sciences. Andrea Beckham. Dane Chetkovich. Center for Learning and Memory UndergradUate research Fellowship 2010 Hospitalization risk for infants with pertussis. Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Branch Characterization of the Arabidopsis TTG1 Homolog from Beta vulgaris Shelby Allison and Jake Boren Antonio Gonzalez and Alan Lloyd School of Biological Sciences. and Dean Appling School of Biological Sciences. Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Nikolai Dembrow. Kevin Dougherty. Texas. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Observing interactions between proteins involved in mitochondrial translation through the use of TAP-tags Xavier Acuna Anne Tibbetts. and Stephen Martin School of Biological Sciences. and Daniel Johnston School of Biological Sciences. Peggy Huang. College of Liberal Arts. Marissa LaMoure. Timothy Schallert. Department of State Health Services. Natasha Sonsanya. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.Poster Presentations Alphabetical by First Author Ultrasonic vocalizations reveal changes in emotional impact of cocaine and experience Mohamed Abdalla Esther Maier. Plan II Honors Program. Emma Tran. Jada Uzosike. FRI Exploring the Universe with White Dwarf Stars Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Altered HCN1/2 distribution in the fmr1 knockout mouse model of fragile X syndrome Arvin Akhavan Darrin Brager. and Christine Duvauchelle School of Biological Sciences. Kimberley Raab-Graham. College of Pharmacy UndergradUate research Fellowship 2010 EIF2 protein purification Sarah Abdellatif Grace Choy and Karen Browning School of Biological Sciences. Shiyi Geng. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 6 . FRI Mitochondrial Gene Expression Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship The effect of residual nuclear reactions on the radius of the white dwarf star in the binary NN Serpentis Jesus Aguilar-Landaverde Michael Montgomery and Don Winget Department of Astronomy. John Clements. Chung Sub Kim. FRI Cell Fate Regulation Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Effect of substituent position on ligand binding affinity for MUP-I Julie Amthor Kristen Procko.

FRI Computational Nanoparticles Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Autonomous vehicles and traffic lights Alysha Behn Michael Quinlan. FRI Synthesis and Biological Recognition Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Search for a vaccine: Comparison of adaptive immune response to Streptococcus pneumoniae in individuals with and without type-two diabetes mellitus Upasana Bagaria Christine Mathews and Shaper Mirza School of Biological Sciences. and Karen Browning Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Understanding primate spatial cognition: An analysis of mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) travel paths Misha Blizard Mariah Hopkins and Kelsey Ellis School of Biological Sciences. The University of Texas School of Public Health. FRI Biobrick Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Effects of increasing ligand hydrophobicity and conformational constraints on the thermodynamics of protein-ligand interactions Vincent Au Kristen Procko. Zach Simpson. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. sensors. Ryan Ngo. Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship 7 . Panama cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Designing primary sequences for nucleic acid scaffolds. and Andrew Ellington Department of Computer Science. Brownsville Regional Campus Optimization of 140p Au-Cu nanoparticles on an MgO lattice using basin hopping algorithm Caitlin Bagwell Dan Sheppard and Graeme Henkelman Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. and Austin Moore Grace Choy and Karen Browning Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Victor Chu. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.Synthesis of translational regulatory genes in Arabidopsis Myranda Anderson. Ashley Willies. Institute for Fusion Studies Expression of eIF(iso)4G1 and eIF(iso)4G2 within Arabidopsis thaliana knock-out plants Prakash Bhagudas Andrew Lellis. Crosby Cook. and circuits Benjamin Braun Xi Chen. and Stephen Martin Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Mitchell McMullen and Peter Stone Department of Computer Science cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship A metamaterial waveguide for terahertz radiation generation and particle acceleration Will Berdanier Simeon Trendafilov and Gennady Shvets Department of Physics. Peter Allen. Laura Maybery. David Cramer.

Gwen Stovall. Cell Biology Program. Technical University of Dresden Importance of human hedgehog palmitoylacyltransferase (HHAT) for autocrine and paracrine sonic hedgehog signaling in pancreatic cancer Leslie Chang Elissaveta Petrova and Marilyn Resh Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Devin Fraley. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Measuring emission coordinates of pulsars for relativistic positioning system Darius Bunandar Richard Matzner Department of Physics cns sUmmer research abroad Fellowship Characterizing the hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated nonselective cation channel current Mauro Caffarelli Kevin Dougherty and Daniel Johnston School of Biological Sciences. Sarah Smith. Iris Steinebrunner. and Andrew Ellington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Center for Learning and Memory Autonomous traffic planning Dustin Carlino Leonardo Setyanto. James Onyirimba. Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology. Weill Medical College. Michael Quinlan. and Peter Stone Department of Computer Science. Greg Clark. and Andrew Ellington School of Biological Sciences. College of Pharmacy SNPs in mouse mammary cancer cell lines and implications for metastasis Meredith Corley Scott Hunicke-Smith. and Andrew Ellington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. elegans Neima Briggs Xi Chen. FRI Autonomous Vehicles Stream Extracellular nucleotides regulate stomatal aperture in Arabidopsis Andrew Cervantes Angela Liu. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Improved training protocols with which to model two different types of alcohol-seeking behavior Roberto Cofresi Regina Mangieri and Rueben Gonzales Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Institute for Neuroscience. Piyush Khandelwal. Department of Biology. Department of Cell Biology. Cornell University. School of Human Ecology Analysis of a conditional mutation in the C-terminus of Prp43p Christine Cucinotta Jennifer Hennigan and Scott Stevens School of Biological Sciences cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship RNA aptamer selection against EphA2 Ashley Dawson Bradley Hall. Department of Nutritional Sciences.Cascade amplification of enzyme-free DNA circuits in detection of in-vitro DNA and mRNA in C. Jonathan Torres. and Stanley Roux School of Biological Sciences. John Pierce-Shimomura. Tri Nguyen. FRI Aptamer Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship 8 . Department of Pharmacology.

School of Biological Sciences. and Ramon Leeper Department of Physics. Department of Biochemistry. Cockrell School of Engineering 9 . FRI Mitochondrial Gene Expression Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Visualizing hurricane storm surges Ruben Fitch Clint Dawson and Chandra Bajaj Department of Aerospace and Engineering Mechanics. and George Bittner School of Biological Sciences Role of redox in translation initiation Hali Fechtmeyer Courtney Rose and Karen Browning School of Biological Sciences. Matthew Gomez. Gary Rochau. Sandia National Laboratories Polyethylene glycol repair of crush-severed axons: Behavioral recovery and cellular mechanisms Jerry Fan Joshua Britt. James Bailey. and Dhruva Tangellamudi Anne Tibbetts and Dean Appling Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Michael Montgomery. Don Winget.Neuroendocrine regulation of female dominance behavior Julia Ding Lauren O’Connell and Hans Hofmann School of Biological Sciences UndergradUate research Fellowship 2010 RNA extraction of Thermosynechococcus elongatus BP-1 Kim Do Rebecca Knight and Jerry Brand School of Biological Sciences Behavioral effects of repeated spatial memory testing following TBI Amanda Dodson-Mooring and Courtney Lewis Deanna Adkins and Theresa Jones School of Biological Sciences. FRI Biobricks Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Effect of changing lipid composition on glucose transport Estefania Fernandez Breanna Vollmar and Tamir Gonen Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. University of Washington Identifying Atp10 as a possible accessory factor in the initiation of mitochondrial protein synthesis Shea Finch. College of Liberal Arts Creating intelligent agents through shaping of coevolution Adam Dziuk Risto Miikkulainen Department of Computer Science cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Creation of white dwarf photospheres in the laboratory Jennifer Ellis Ross Falcon. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Ryan Milligan. Department of Astronomy. Department of Psychology. Aleksej Zuzek. Christopher Spaeth.

Josh Russell. Colby Tanner. Trinity College Dublin cns sUmmer research abroad Fellowship Gait switching in C. elegans Parkinson model Jennifer Hatcher Layla Young. School of Biological Sciences. Scott Davis. College of Pharmacy. Department of Zoology. Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology UndergradUate research Fellowship 2009 The essential role of transcription factor RFX2 in ciliogenesis Sami Friedrich Mei-I Chung. Jurhee Freese. School of Biological Sciences. Sameer Prakesh. and John Wallingford School of Biological Sciences The Hobby Eberly Telescope Dark Energy eXperiment fiber optic testing system Lindsay Fuller Jeremy Murphy Department of Astronomy The diabetic divide: Do college-level students understand the major differences between type 1 vs. School of Biological Sciences cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Education policy: A tool to reduce inequality Neeraj Goyal Matthew Hersh Department of Mathematics. Anne Tibbetts and Dean Appling Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Justin Gonzalez. Dept of Nutritional Sciences. Claire Conroy. and Jon Pierce-Shimomura Department of Psychology. Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation Mutation of eIF4E and eIFiso4E Cecilia Hall Courtney Rose and Karen Browning Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Andres Vidal. and Logan Connor Mary Steinhardt Dept of Biomedical Engineering. and Deana Erdner School of Biological Sciences. Oscar Ayala. College of Liberal Arts. McCombs School of Business.Molecular profiles and evolution of dopaminergic cells Miles Fontenot Lauren O’Connell and Hans Hofmann School of Biological Sciences. Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research 10 . Fan Feng. FRI Biobricks Stream Hemolymph hormone levels in Carcinus maenus: A shore crab’s response to aggression Rachel Hartnett Jim Wilson. Sarah LeBoeuf. Kelly Bahng. Dept of Kinesiology and Health Education Identifying factors involved in yeast mitochondrial protein synthesis–Lpe10p Paul Gonzales Mitzi Aguilar. type 2 diabetes? Sujata Ghosh. Laila Ydazani. Gilpreet Kooner. Michelle Giltrap.

Department of Psychology. College of Liberal Arts. and Maraigh Leitch School of Biological Sciences. and Eric Anslyn Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. and the implications for biotechnology Austin Hembd Antonio Gonzalez and Alan Lloyd School of Biological Sciences UndergradUate research Fellowship 2009. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Effects of mauveine on a-keratin of wool Tessa Jacocks Cynthia Jay Department of Textiles and Apparel. Greg Clark. College of Liberal Arts. Alona Umali. Robert Dull. Wu Jian and Stanley Roux School of Biological Sciences. School of Human Ecology 11 . Dept of Mechanical Engineering. College of Liberal Arts. Greg Clark. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Examining the growth of transgenic Arabidopsis seedlings with different levels of apyrase in various phosphate concentrations Mamie Huang Daria Mckelvey. cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Pattern-based discrimination of organic acids and red wine varietals using arrays of synthetic receptors Jae Seok Heo. School of Geosciences Repair from a chair: Computer repair as an untrusted cloud service Lon Ingram Ivaylo Popov. Srinath Setty. FRI Supramolecular Sensors Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Development of a rational drug design process: Trends in binding affinity of increasingly basic heterocycles to the major mouse urinary protein (MUP-I) Ming-Chyi (Jennifer) Hsieh. Anna Zhang. Sheldon Landsberger. Marissa Vara. South Texas Rebecca Izen Robert Drolet. Dept of Geography and the Environment. Matthew Lopez. Cockrell School of Engineering. Saundra Nguyen. Brenton Ray. and Jennifer Xiao Lauren Gallagher. and Stanley Roux School of Biological Sciences cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Undisturbed soils? A geoarchaeological analysis at site 41-NU-54 in the Lower Nueces River Valley. Laboratory for Advanced Systems Research The effects of NPA and apyrase inhibitors on the growth rate of Arabidopsis root hair in low and high phosphate conditions Rebecca Izen Emma Tran. and Michael Walfish Department of Computer Science. Dept of Anthropology. a key regulator of plant pigment production. Sunanda Dharmarajan.Vibrational probe labeling of the Ras protein-protein binding interface Ellen Hayes David Walker and Lauren Webb Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Functional characterization of the TTG2 gene. and Shivani Patel Kristen Procko and Stephen Martin School of Biological Sciences.

Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology. FRI Virtual Drug Screening Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Neuronal growth mediated by the small molecule natural product clovanemagnolol Danby Kang Zin Khaing. FRI Synthesis and Biological Recognition Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Viruses and their interference in immune function Collin Johnson School of Biological Sciences Scp1: A human Small C-terminal Gene Kimberly Jones Kathryn Pendleton. Southwestern University Rational drug design applied to SBT and MUP Sarah Jin and Andrew Pansick Kristen Procko and Stephen Martin Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Monica Ramirez. Institute for Neuroscience. Anne Tibbetts. and Keith Stevenson Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. College of Pharmacy. FRI Nanomaterials for Chemical Catalysis Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship 12 . FRI Viral Evolution Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Effect of sodium borohydride concentration on p-nitrophenol reduction by dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles Emily Keller and Claire Molof Katherine Marvin. College of Liberal Arts. and Andrea Gore School of Biological Sciences. and Dean Appling Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Genetic variation in leaf anthocyanin concentration on a latitudinal gradient in 447 wild accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana Sara Jeanes C. and Christine Schmidt Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.Identification and characterization of novel factor Msc6 involved in yeast mitochondrial protein synthesis Melissa Jarmel Jane Shin. Fay Guarraci. and Jon Robertus Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Lindsay Thompson. Randal Linder School of Biological Sciences Endocrine disruptors alter male sexual behavior Justin Jefferson Bailey Kermath. Juan Dominguez. Drew Camelio. David Vaden Bout. Department of Psychology. Cockrell School of Engineering Thermal adaptation of bacteriophage ST-1 Nina Kavarthapu. Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dionicio Siegel. Stacia Rodenbusch. Department of Psychology. Adam Nguyen. and Maitreyee Nigalye Rick Heineman and Jim Bull School of Biological Sciences. Josh Beckham. Clifford Ho. Leighanna Garcia.

and James Yu Grace Choy and Karen Browning School of Biological Sciences. and Andrew Ellington School of Biological Sciences. Kevin Tran. Kendall Gardner. Stanford University Experimental mode amplitude modeling in pulsating white dwarfs Nicholas Kinnaird Michael Montgomery and Don Winget Department of Astronomy. Mark Monti. Garrett Meeks. and Raheem Bello Department of Physics cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Geometry and electronic structure of a sexithiophene derivative Drew Lewis Peter Rossky and Bradley Holliday Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship 13 . Grace Choy. and Karen Browning School of Biological Sciences. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Shirin Mozaffari. Fang Ho. FRI Vertebrate Interactome Mapping Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Synthesizing Arabidopsis thaliana genes: AT3G07400 and AT1G09320 Erica Lay. Department of Genetics. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.Genetic analyses of primary septum formation during yeast cytokinesis Nadia Khan Ryuichi Nishihama and John Pringle School of Biological Sciences. FRI Exploring the Universe with White Dwarf Stars Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Temporal and spatial alterations in mutant swarm size of St. Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Using RNAi to study genes implicated in mammalian RNA processing Brian Lackey. Katie Cude. and Priya Prakash Albert MacKrell and Scott Stevens School of Biological Sciences. Isaac Manzanera. Rosa Cardenas. FRI Aptamer Stream The creation of Arabidospis thaliana plants with non-functioning genes 4E2 and 4E3 James Leidner Laura Mayberry. Louis encephalitis virus in mosquito hosts Evan Koch Claus Wilke and Alexander Ciota School of Biological Sciences. Gwen Stovall. FRI Biobricks Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Thin film deposition of magnetic material via electron beam evaporation John Lesicko John Markert. Jeremy Paster. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. FRI Biobricks Stream RNA aptamer selection against dengue virus envelope protein for inhibition of viral and host membrane fusion Michael Ledbetter Brad Hall.

and Weiling Yin Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Department of Carcinogenesis. FRI Aptamer Stream Genetic analysis of Expansin 10 and Expansin 10P to epidermal cell fate regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana Edward Lie Tony Gonzalez and Alan Lloyd School of Biological Sciences. and John Markert Department of Physics. FRI Functional Genomics Research Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Dynamical imaging experiments on liquids using nuclear magnetic resonance force microscopy Francisco Marquez Rosa Elia Cardenas. Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Cell and Developmental Biology. Andrea Gore. and Andrew Ellington School of Biological Sciences. Holli Duhon. Kate McCaul. Department of Molecular.RNA aptamer selections against BMA_1027. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. and Jon Robertus School of Biological Sciences. Yi Zuo. FRI Cell Fate Regulation Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Synapses in the motor cortex of fragile X mental retardation gene (Fmr1) knockout mice Ashley Liou Parbhat Garg. Institute for Neuroscience. putative surface protein on Burkholderia mallei Katherine Li Brad Hall. Thao Pham. John Mendenhall. College of Pharmacy. School of Biological Sciences. Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Josh Beckham. University of California Santa Cruz Virtual screening identifies novel inhibitor scaffolds of Homo sapiens carbonic anhydrase VII Damir Ljuboja Adam Nguyen. University of Texas M. casei to reduce milk-borne HIV transmission Michael Loesche Shelley Payne and Hannah Marman School of Biological Sciences Short inverted repeats are hot spots for genetic instability in mammalian cells Steve Lu Guliang Wang and Karen Vasquez Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. College of Pharmacy. Anderson Cancer Center UndergradUate research Fellowship 2010 Analyzing the regulatory roles of protein MET18 in Saccharomyces cerevisea DNA damage repair Katherine Luethcke Patrick Killion and Vishy Iyer School of Biological Sciences. Mark Monti. FRI Virtual Drug Screening Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship The bulb vacuum system (BVS) . Katherine Brown.negative pressure therapy for healing acute and chronic wounds in underdeveloped areas Damir Ljuboja School of Biological Sciences cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Expressing single-chain antibodies in probiotic L. FRI Electronic and Magnetic Materials Research Stream 14 . D.

Greg Clark. FRI Computational Intelligence in Game Design Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Expression of the ttg2-3 mutation in Arabidopsis Joshua Moore Antonio Gonzales and Alan Lloyd School of Biological Sciences. Jean Gould. and Don Winget Department of Astronomy. and Hans Hofmann School of Biological Sciences UndergradUate research Fellowship 2009 Consideration of geometry in neural network application to Go Michael Mitchell Vinod Valsalam Department of Computer Science. Daniel Freeman. Frederic Hessman. FRI Epidermal Cell Fates and Pathways Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship 15 . James Hermes. McDonald Observatory Responses to social challenge and opportunity depend on sensory modality Maggie Mitchell Lauren O’Connell. Department of Horticultural Sciences. and Jon Robertus Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Two planets orbiting the eclipsing binary NN Ser George Miller Klaus Beuermann. FRI Viral Evolution Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Determination of the active site structure in the NS1A effector domain Christopher Miller Nandini Chari. Daniel Dykstra. Texas A&M University Neuropeptide regulation of paternal care in a monogamous cichlid fish Bryan Matthews Lauren O’Connell and Hans Hofmann School of Biological Sciences UndergradUate research Fellowship 2010 Transformation of tomatoes with apyrase and annexin genes Daria McKelvey Noel Wat. Tom Marsh. Michael Wu. Texas A&M University The effects of plaque size and number of phages in a plaque on the efficiency of plating of T7+ and T7choosy on IJ1142 Escherichia coli cells Heather Menzie Richard Heineman and James Bull School of Biological Sciences. and David Larson Department of Mathematics.Global coordinate systems: Continuously moving Parseval frames on manifolds Eileen Martin Ryan Hotovy. REU in Matrix Analysis and Wavelets. Department of Mathematics. Steven Parsons. Josh Beckham. and Stanley Roux School of Biological Sciences.

Todd Ditmire. Office of Sponsored Research.Use of site-directed mutagenesis to investigate the crystallization dilemma of C. Bucknell University Engineering avidity effects in aptamers Wayne Ng Michelle Byrom. Josh Beckham. FRI Aptamer Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship The effects of serum on the corrosion properties of titanium Kathryn Pendleton Francesco Contu and Ray Taylor Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Clifford Ho. and Andrew Ellington School of Biological Sciences. Omar Qazi. Adam Nguyen. FRI Virtual Drug Screening Stream In vitro selection of RNA aptamer against Hcp1. albicans methionine synthase Shirin Mortazavi Devinder Ubhi and Jon Robertus Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Vibrational Stark effect measurements at the binding interface between mutants of Rap1A and RalGDS Robert Newberry Christina Ragain and Lauren Webb Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seasonal variation in the phenolic secondary metabolites of Zostera noltii from the Bay of Cádiz Robert Newberry Emily Tollefson. Spain. and Lindsay Fuller Department of Physics Mothers’ and fathers’ attachment representations as predictors of their responses to their infants’ distress Sandra Noonan Leslie Frankel and Nancy Hazen Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. Kathryn Pendleton. Department of Organic Chemistry. Katherine Brown. Houston Dental Branch 16 . University Texas Health Science Center. Eva Zubía. Pacific Lutheran University. María Jesús Ortega. and Joanne Romagni-Colvin Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Arti Pothukuchy. School of Human Ecology Carbonic anhydrase inhibition from virtual screening discoveries Zoe O’Connor and Bryan Han DaMarcus Baymon. Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology Hh signaling pathway role in morphogenesis Van Nguyen Johann Eberhart School of Biological Sciences Energy exchange between filament forming laser beams in air David Nicholson Aaron Bernstein. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology. a major virulence factor in Burkholderia pseudomallei John Ostrominski Bradley Hall. Department of Chemistry. Jennifer Ellis. University of Cádiz. and Andrew Ellington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. and Jon Robertus School of Biological Sciences. Gillis Dyer.

School of Human Ecology. Newborn DNA Analysis Group 17 . Wu Jian. Norway. Department of Nutritional Sciences. FRI Viral Evolution Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Differential sensing of Cabernet Sauvignon at different stages of maturation Duan Quach and Ahmed Hussain Ruth Shear. Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology. Kathryn Pendleton. Alona Umali. and Leanne Field Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Schlumberger Information Solutions. and Eric Anslyn Department of Management. FRI Functional Genomics Research Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Investigation of the potential role of wall associated kinase receptors in plant extracellular nucleotide signaling Vibhuti Rana Greg Clark. School of Biological Sciences. Adam Nguyen. and Stanley Roux School of Biological Sciences. University of Wisconsin-Madison UndergradUate research Fellowship 2010 Protein aggregation optimization: An algorithmic approach Brandon Plost Department of Computer Science Speeding up multiple point geostatistics Brandon Plost Department of Computer Science. and Stanley Roux School of Biological Sciences. Mamie Huang. Nathan Miller. FRI Supramolecular Sensors Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship The transcriptomics of the stress response in Saccharomyces sensu stricto Hilary Rabago and Najwa Majida Patrick Killion. Jayson Tomy. School of Biological Sciences.Finding inhibitors specific to carbonic anhydrase VII using virtual screening Thao Pham Clifford Ho. Houston. Rachel Lee. Texas Department of State Health Services. Schlumberger Information Solutions. Bowdoin College Texas newborn screening program research study to detect severe combined immunodeficiency Lauren Rego Brad Rolf. Anna Tseng. Bruce Kohorn. Katie Luethcke. and Vishy Iyer Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. Department of Biochemistry. Josh Beckham. and Jon Robertus Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Texas Evolution of a virus with error-prone DNA polymerase Megan Price Richard Heineman and James Bull School of Biological Sciences. Greg Clark. Oslo. Michael Luo. McCombs School of Business. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. FRI Virtual Drug Screening Stream Potential role of ectoapyrases in gravitropic responses of primary roots and etiolated hypocotyls in Arabidopsis thaliana Trieu Pham Alex Chung. School of Human Ecology.

Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology. Roger Ashmus. Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology. and Jon Robertus Department of Spanish and Portuguese. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio UndergradUate research Fellowship 2009 18 . FRI Aptamer Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Molecular mechanisms of charge translocation by mitochondrial and bacterial respiratory oxidases Tara Saad Alexander Konstantinov. Kathryn Pendleton. Gwen Stovall. Erika Monroy. Lomonosov Moscow State University cns sUmmer research abroad Fellowship Genetic analysis of the relationship between phosphoinositide-specific Phospholipase C Gene and TTG2 in epidermal cell fates of Arabidopsis thaliana Ashley Saenz Antonio Gonzalez and Alan Lloyd School of Biological Sciences.RNA aptamer selection against fluorescent proteins for signaling diagnostics Alec Rezigh Bradley Hall. Luiz Penalva. School of Biological Sciences. Josh Beckham. College of Pharmacy Finding a novel inhibitor for PTP1B Radhika Sakalkale and Candace Whaley Adam Nguyen. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Austin Rezigh. Nathaniel Schocker. Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute. cruzi & Leishmania parasites Alex Schuppe Andrew Pardo. Tatiana Vygodina. Department of Biochemistry. Jamal Khamsi. and Natalia Atsarkina Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. and Andrew Ellington School of Biological Sciences. and Katja Michael Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. FRI Cell Fate Regulation Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship The effects of an NMDA receptor antagonist in the hypothalamus on the estrus cycle of acyclic female rats Ahmar Sajjad Penny Riha and Andrea Gore Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. FRI Viral Evolution Research Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Visual learning in OpenNERO Peter Scamman Vinod Valsalam. and Vladislav Verkhusha School of Biological Sciences. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. and Risto Miikkulainen Department of Computer Science cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Synthesis of cell surface saccharides of T. FRI Virtual Drug Screening Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Horizontal gene transfer and subsequent adaptations in T7Δlysin Brandi Sauer Richard Heineman and James Bull School of Biological Sciences. Andrew Ellington. College of Liberal Arts. Clifford Ho. Anastasia Kalinovich. Milan Stojanovich. Igor Karpov. University of Texas at El Paso Targeting the RNA binding protein Musashi1 for therapy in tumors of neural origin Aaron Seo Christien Kluwe.

Cockrell School of Engineering Unimodality and the Alexander polynomial Sean Simmons Cameron Gordon Department of Mathematics Potential role for ethylene and auxin in extracellular nucleotide signaling in Arabidopsis root hairs Anusha Sivakumar Chris Ramirez. Greg Clark. FRI Mitochondrial Gene Expression Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Obesity-induced activation of the androgen receptor Faryal Siddiqui Ramona Salcedo Price and Linda deGraffenried Department of Nutritional Sciences. or Twins? Krista Smith Sarah Salviander and Gregory Shields Astronomy Department. Spins. Department of Biomedical Engineering.Characterizing the expression pattern of the Arabidopsis TFVAC gene by promoter:reporter analysis Justin Shank Tony Gonzalez and Alan Lloyd School of Biological Sciences. FRI Cell Fate Regulation Stream UndergradUate research Fellowship 2009 Evolution of a ‘recalcitrant’ strain of the ST-1 bacteriophage Preston Stolte Richard Heineman and James Bull School of Biological Sciences. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. FRI Viral Evolution Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Electric field oscillations in the linearized Vlasov-Poisson system Zachary Stone Philip Morrison Department of Physics 19 . School of Human Ecology Controlling cell fate: Differentiation of progenitor cells to dopaminergic neurons Karli Silverberg Zin Khaing and Sydney Geissler School of Biological Sciences. and Stanley Roux School of Biological Sciences cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Double-Peaked Narrow Emission Lines in AGN: Jets. UT Austin Transparent testa glabra2 (ttg2) enhancer/suppressor screen identifies novel trichome mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana Tyler Smith Tony Gonzalez and Alan Lloyd School of Biological Sciences. Megan Sanford. FRI Cell Fate Regulation Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Identifying the Cox24 protein as a factor involved in mitochondrial protein synthesis Jane Shin Anne Tibbetts and Dean Appling School of Biological Sciences.

and James Bull Freshman Research Initiative. College of Pharmacy 20 .GUS reporter gene reveals the effects of natural variation in AREB1 promoter on gene activation Emeline Sukamtoh David Des Marais and Thomas Juenger School of Biological Sciences Calculation of enthalpies of formation via isodesmic and hypohomodesmotic reaction schemes Daniel Tabor Michael Harding and John Stanton Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Assessing the function and expression pattern of gene AT5G1200 in Arabidopsis thaliana Aimi Tanada Antonio Gonzalez and Alan Lloyd School of Biological Sciences. Biozentrum. Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology An exploratory study of the use of fiber technologies in the analysis of historical artifacts: A conservation plan for the “Gone with the Wind” garments Elizabeth Timmins and Rachel Core Nicole Villarreal. Center for Nonlinear Dynamics Evolution and adaption of T7Δ17 bacteriophage Kevin Tien and Kim Brown Eric Miller. Rick Heineman. University of Basel. Jill Morena. Switzerland cns sUmmer research abroad Fellowship Automatic identification of key transitions in biofilm formation Travis Thatcher Benjamin Cooley and Vernita Gordon Department of Physics. School of Human Ecology Comparison of IMAC and TiO2 affinity chromatography methods for phosphopeptide enrichment Jacqulyn Tolson Marvin Mercado and Maria Person School of Biological Sciences. Kay Gerhardt Jay. Viral Evolution Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Approaches to discover new human disease models through Boolean relationships of orthologous phenotypes Matthew Tien Edward Marcotte and John Woods Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. and Bugao Xu Department of Textiles and Apparel. Protein and Metabolite Analysis Facility. FRI Cell Fate Regulation Stream Genetic network underlying temperature-sensitive sex determination in the red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) is altered by exogenous sex steroid hormones or steroid hormone antagonists Caitlin Taylor Yuiko Matsumoto and David Crews School of Biological Sciences My research abroad experience: the regulation of Bartonella henselae pathogenicity factors Kelsey Temprine Maxime Quebatte and Christoph Dehio School of Biological Sciences.

Dell Pediatric Research Institute 21 .and bi-metallic palladium. Department of Nutritional Sciences. Stacia Rodenbusch. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.Producing antibodies against eIF3 subunits Duy Tran Grace Choy and Karen Browning Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. School of Human Ecology cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Acyl radical insertion of pterin Chen Wang Eric Anslyn and Jeff Pruet University of Texas Defining the role of NF-kB as a target for Omega-3 fatty acids in prostate cancer Kaitlin Whelan David Cavazos and Linda deGraffenried Department of Nutritional Sciences. and gold dendrimerencapsulated nanoparticles Patrick Tynan and Thomas Haviland Emily Keller. FRI Nanomaterials for Chemical Catalysis Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Investigating the role of Hip1r phosphorylation in clathrin-mediated endocytosis in Dictyostelium discoideum Dragoslava Vekilov and Fadi Al-Asadi Thomas Sosa and Theresa O’Halloran School of Biological Sciences Obesity promotes melanoma metastasis by modulating Snai1 and KiSS1 expression Akanksha Verma and Randy Chu Kyoko Kushiro and Nomeli Nunez School of Biological Sciences. Katherine Marvin. School of Human Ecology. and Keith Stevenson School of Biological Sciences. FRI Mitochondrial Gene Expression Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship A functional genomic characterization of stress response transcription factors in Saccharomyces sensu stricto Anna Tseng and Michael Luo Patrick Killion and Vishy Iyer School of Biological Sciences. Claire Molof. platinum. FRI Biobrick Stream Modeling ethylene binding to metal nanoparticles with DFT for olefin/paraffin separation Kelly Tran Zachary Pozun and Graeme Henkelman Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Identifying factors that function with Cox24 protein in yeast mitochondrial protein synthesis Michelle Truong Anne Tibbetts and Dean Appling School of Biological Sciences. FRI Functional Genomics Stream Synthesis and characterization of mono. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Katherine Pendleton. FRI Virtual Drug Screening Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Effects of electrical stimulation on Schwann cell migration on polypyrrole substrates Jose Ybarra Matthew Lopez. Josh Beckham.Evolving communication using neural networks Jason Wolfe Vinod Valsalam and Risto Miikulainen Department of Computer Science. and Dr. Clifford Ho. Christine Schmidt Cockrell School of Engineering 22 . and Jon Robertus School of Biological Sciences. Leandro Forciniti. FRI Computational Intelligence in Game Design Stream cns sUmmer UndergradUate research Fellowship Carbonic anhydrase VII as an epilepsy target using virtual screening Yiling Wu Adam Nguyen. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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