Biology Senior Theses

Biology majors must complete either a Senior Seminar in Biology (BIOL BC3590) or two semesters of Senior Thesis Research Seminar (BIOL BC3593 & BIOL BC3594y). Students who choose to complete two semesters of Senior Thesis Research work with a faculty advisor on an independent project to ultimately produce a primary research paper. Students then present their work at the end of their senior year in front of faculty, staff, and students.

Biology Senior Theses: Class of 2019

Research Symposium Program 
BIOL BC3593-BC3594 Senior Thesis Research Presentations 


Betsy Ladyzhets
Survey of Deciduous Tree and Shrub Construction Costs at Black Rock Forest
Research Mentors: Kevin Griffin (Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University) & William Schuster (Black Rok Forest Consortium)

Binita Shah
Structures of Intermediates in Bacterial Translation 
Research Mentors: Jack Fu and Joachim Frank (Columbia University Medical Center)

Anita Montero
The Effect of Maternal Relationship on Offspring Survival in Yellow-bellied Marmots
Research Mentors: Daniel T. Blumstein and Dana Williams (University of California, Los Angeles)

Joanly Sanchez
Metallothionein-3 (MT-3) Gene Activation Through Hypoxia: Promoter and Transcriptional Studies
Research Mentor: Mary Sever (Department of Chemistry, Barnard College)

Natalie Kolba
Regulation and Function of the NO-cGMP pathway in Drosophila Sensory Neurons
Research Mentor: Wesley B. Grueber (The Columbia Zuckerman Institute)

Shannon Macleod
Characterizing the heat shock response in Megachile rotundata
Research Mentor: Jonathan Snow (Department of Biology, Barnard College)

Kira Mitchel
Comparison of Skeletal Patterning following Conditional Deletion of Hoxa5 in Somites and Lateral Plate Mesoderm
Research Mentor: Jennifer Mansfield (Department of Biology, Barnard College)

Hanna Scholze
Repositioning of Daporinab for Use in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Research Mentors: Claudio Scuoppo and XXX Dalla-Favera (Institute for Cancer Genetics, Columbia University Medical Center)

Julia Pickel
Value of Repeat Culture in Fungal Corneal Ulcer Treatment in the Mycotic Antimicrobial Localized Injection Trial (MALIN)
Research Mentor: Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer (University of California, San Francisco)

Jiani Liang
Integrating Neuralized 1β Function in Beta Cells
Research Mentors:

Lillian Lawrence
Investigating the Role of BRCA1 in Ub-PCNA-dependent Trans-lesion Synthesis Repair of DNA
Research Mentors: Alberto Ciccia and Angelo Taglialatela (Irving Cancer Research Center, Columbia University)

Nicki Mohammadi
Understanding the Effects of Cell Adhesion Molecules on C. elegans Behavior
Research Mentor: Oliver Hobert (Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University)

BIOL BC3591-BC3592 Guided Research & Seminar Posters


Dunay Bach
Heat Shock Response and Thermal Stress in the Honey Bee
Research Mentor: Jon Snow (Biology Depatment, Barnard College)

Liza Casella
Defining Critical Feature of the Immune Microenvironment in Neural Tumors
Research Mentors: Andrew Silverman, Robyn Gartrell, and Yvonne Saenger (Department of Oncology, Columbia University Medical Center)

Anastaija Cupic

Tasneem Ebrahim
How Does Glucose Level Affect the Epigenome?
Research Mentor: Songtao Jia (Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University)

Iasha Khan
Understanding the Role of the CD200-CD200R Pathway in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Metastasis
Research Mentor: David M. Owens (Department of Pathology, Columbia University Medical Center)

Sophia Liu
Does a Spoonful of Sugar Help the Ethanol Go Down?
Research Mentor: John Glendinning (Department of Biology, Barnard College)

Nora McNamara-Bordewick

Eva Schwartz
bc1 Complex Assembly in Yeast Mitochondria
Research Mentor: Alexander Tzagoloff (Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University)

Jerica Tan

Nina Tang

Zaza Vongkusolkit
Quantification of Neuroendocrine Cells in Prostate of Adult Mice
Research Mentor: 

Senior Seminar in Data Intensive Approaches in Biology: Graphical Abstracts, Fall 2018

Iman Amir, Class of 2019
Jake Arlow, Class of 2019

Tatiana Becerra, Class of 2019

Nushrat Chowdhury, Class of 2019

Alyson Dennis, Class of 2019

Caroline Dolt, Class of 2019

Jenny Goodgal, Class of 2019

Olivia Korostoff-Larsson, Class of 2019

Betsy Ladyzhets, Class of 2019

Taylor Leong, Class of 2019

Catherine Miller, Class of 2019

Ariel Tzamarot, Class of 2019

Emma Vincent, Class of 2019

Biology Senior Theses: Class of 2018

Student Thesis Title
Amelia Baier Role of FGFR Signaling in Cutaneous Merkel Cell Carcinoma Pathogenesis
Jenna Bergmann Effects of Tissue-Specific Deletion of Hoxa5 by Prx1-Cre on Perinatal Survival and Axial Skeletal Patterning
Mary Chalkley Determining the Role of Nkx2.2 in Cell Fate Determination
Sarah Chaudhry Group A Streptococcous Infections in Mice Induce Th17 Cells into the Olfactory Bulb
Gabi Gelnavis FoxO 1,3,4 Transcription Factors Regulate Scavenger Receptor Class B Member 1 Protein and Hepatic Lipase in the Reverse Cholesterol Transport Pathway
Tasnin Kabir Constructing a Functional Heterologous Cell Line to Molecularly Characterize the IRE-1 Pathway in Apis mellifera
Esther Kang The Impacts of Hurricane Matthew on the Coastal Phytoplankton Community of the mid-Atlantic Bight
Lena Kogan Development and Differentiation of the Somatic Progenitor Cells in the Drosophila Ovary
Hana Koob Aim17p-Localization of Mob1p in Budding Yeast with Mitochondrial Inheritance Defects
Olivia Korostoff-Larson Mutational Analysis of NUCB1 Mediated Inhibition of Amyloid Aggregation
Sabrina Krebs Refining Murine Blast Injury Models of Severe TBI for Future Studies of Disorders of Arousal
Madison Lichak Betta Fish:  Developing a New Model for Studying Behavior and Pigmentation
Meaghan Marohn Targeted Mutagenesis of Manduca sexta Gustatory Receptor Genes using CRISPR/Cas9
Elizabeth McAneny Motor-Cognitive Dual-Task Performance and Falls in People with Huntington's Disease
Samantha Ong Dissecting Ventral Hippocampus Contextual memory Circuit Activity
Lia Parkin Synonymous Codon Bias
Nicole Rondeau Upregulation of Lactate Dehydrogenase and Glycine N-Methyltransferase in Situations of Cellular Stress in Apis mellifera
Emma Ruskin MicroUnity:  Harnessing the Power of Laboratory Research in STEAM Education
Kathyana Santiago Improving Hybridoma Fusion Efficiency
Emma Vincent Transmission of Respiratory Viruses Among Families in Upper Manhattan
Amen Wiqas Mast Cells and Zinc Homeostasis in the Brain