Biology Senior Theses

Biology majors must complete either a Senior Seminar (BC 3590) or two semesters of Senior Thesis Research (BIOL BC3593x + 3594y). Students who choose to complete two semesters of Senior Thesis Research work with a faculty adviser on an independent project. Students then present their work at the end of their senior year in front of faculty, staff and students.

Biology Senior Theses Class of 2016

Student Thesis Title
Cara Lachtrupp Use of CRISPR/Cas9 to knock out and functionally define two putative sugar taste receptors in Manduca sexta
Maya Feldman Fate mapping Hoxa5 descendents in Hoxa5Cre transgenic mice
Tara Adames The effects of chemical agents on the unfolded protein response of the honey bee
Nina Deoras The effects of aging on UPR gene expression in honey bees
Amanda McLamb Stability of phenotypes in knockout mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana
Olivia Watkins Investigating agricultural management practices and their impacts on soil microbial communities in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Kai Purnell Green infrastructure type influences the community assembly of urban microbial communities
Jenny Tan Evaluating the effects of canine urine on urban soil microbes
Darcy Cassidy The development of predatory response behaviors
Rachel Caron The role of alternative NF-kappa B transcription factor in regulartory T cell homeostasis
Ilinca Ciubotariu Early diagnosis of childhood leukemia by flow cytometric immunophenotyping of umbilical cord blood units
Perri Callaway Designing a CRISPR/Cas system to target KLHL9 promoter and enhancer regions
Sonia Mankin Analyzing pre-osteoblast growth and extracellular matrix formations on hydroxyapatite scaffolds within a fluid dynamic system
Natalie Pino Electrical current and stem cell usage in healings cartilage injuries
Sabrina Khan

Development of a murine model of MRSA osteomyelitis

Maneesha Thaker Lysostaphin and LysK lysibodies are potent antimicrobial tools against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)  
Cindy Chou Reconstructing the Brachyury-downstream notochord genetic toolkit in Ciona