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Students pursue independent projects with undergraduate research grants

Undergraduate research grants are awarded for independent research during the fall and spring semesters, based on review of applications by the faculty senate undergraduate research committee. Awards typically range from $300-$800.

Following are Microbiology awardees by academic year, their research projects and faculty advisers:

2012-2013, Round 1 (Fall)

  • Mary Carrier, "Identifying Hemolytic Effectors of Acinetobacter baumannii,," Luis Actis
  • Michael O'Connell, "Modification of Interferon-γ Receptor B Chain," Joseph Carlin
  • Kathleen Ott, "Investigating Hair Invasive Capacity of Geomyces destructans, Etiologic Agent of White Nose Bat Syndrome," Marcia Lee

2011-2012, Round 2 (Spring)

  • Erin Gadda, "Generation of a mttP2 Knockout Mutant and Cloning of mttP2 Gene for Complementation of Mutant," D. J. Ferguson
  • Maria Holztrager, "Screening Chitinase Enzymes to Control Dandruff Associated Yeast Malassezia," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Sarah Lynch and Caitlin Finelli, "Development of a Fifth Generation Baculovirus Expression Vector System for Future Vaccine Production," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Andrew Oberlin, "Database of Mycoplasma Evolution: A Web-based Resource for the Genomic Study of Mycoplasma," Iddo Friedberg
  • Ashley Richards, "Role of Blue-Light Sensing in the Response of Acinetobacter baumannii to Oxidative Stress," Luis Actis
  • Rachel Siekemeyer, "Chlamydial Modifications of Interferon-γ Receptors in Human Epithelial Cells," Joseph Carlin
  • Hanna Scinto and Adam Spurling, "Comparative Keratinolytic Capacities of Live Bat Isolates of Geomyces Species," Marcia Lee

2011-2012, Round 1 (Fall)

  • Ashley Richards, "Role of Cyclic di-GMP in Light-Mediated BIsA Regulation in Acinetobacter baumannii, Luis Actis
  • Michael O'Connell, "Chlamydia May Down-Regulate Toll-Like Receptors to Avoid Host Detection," Joseph Carlin
  • Chad Liber, "Investigation of the Effects of Structural Perturbations in Cardiac Myosin Binding Protein c on Protein Folding and Function," Natosha Finley
  • Adam Spurling and Lindsay Tirrell, "Comparative Growth Capacities of Bat Cave Isolates of Geomyces Species" Marcia Lee

2010-2011, Round 2 (Spring)

  • Ashley Richards, "Protein Interactions in Acinetobacter baumannii: Who Turned the Lights Out?" Luis Actis
  • Thomas Park, "The Role of an Iron-Sulfur Cluster Biosynthesis Protein During Iron Starvation of Acinetobacter baumannii," Luis Actis
  • Sankalp Malhotra, "Inhibition of IFN-gamma Activated JAK/STAT Signaling by Chlamydia psittaci," Joseph Carlin
  • Nicole Davis, "Development of a Fifth Generation of Baculovirus Expression Vector System for Future Influenza Vaccine Production" Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Chris Hillman, "Screening Chitinase Enzymes to Control Dandruff-Associated Yeast Malassezia," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Travis Lepera, "Investigating a Putative Dimetnylamine Permease in M. acetivarons," D. J. Ferguson
  • Aaron Love, "Effects of Abederived Extracts Upon Opportunistic Filamentous Fungal Pathogens," Marcia Lee
  • Alexander Loomis, "Comparative Study on Oxidative Stress Between Two Psychrophilic Algae," Rachael Morgan-Kiss

2010-2011, Round 1 (Fall)

  • Anna Hang, "Investigation of the Mechanism of Chlamydia Infection Based on mRNA Concentrations of Specific Proteins in the JAK/STAT pathway," Joseph Carlin
  • John C. Lewandowski, "Comparative Thigmotropic Capacity in Fungi," Marcia Lee
  • Vonette J. Ridley, "Characterization of Ice Nucleating Active Environmental Fungi," Marcia Lee

2009-2010, Round 2 (Spring)

  • Mark A. Noviski, "Expression of Nucleotropic Chlamydial Proteins in Human Epithelial Cells," Joseph Carlin
  • Christina J. van Lier, "Comparison and Identification of Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydophila psittaci Protein Localization to the Host Nucleus," Joseph Carlin
  • Andrew R. Nowakowski, "Screening a Chitinase Enzyme for the Controlling of Dandruff-associated Yeast Malassezia," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Andrew Allbee, Travis Lepera, "Investigating Putative Trimethylamine Permeases in Methanosarcina acetivorans," D.J. Ferguson
  • Aimi Toyama, Shaun Gabriel, "Knocking out the mttP1 and mttp2 genes in Methanosarcina acetivorans to determine their roles in methylotrophic methanogenesis," D.J. Ferguson
  • Lauren J. Spadafora, "Medical Research Experience in Haiti," Marcia Lee
  • Audrey Lloyd, "Sequencing the rbcs Gene in Chlamydomonas raudensis UWO 241: an Analysis of the Only Known Cold Adapted RubisCO," Rachael M. Morgan-Kiss

2009-2010, Round 1 (Fall)

  • Anna Hang, "Effect of Chlamydia Infection on mRNA Concentrations of Specific Proteins in the JAK/STAT Pathway," Joseph Carlin
  • Sankalp Malhotra, "Investigating the Effect of Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia psittaci on the Expression of IFN-y Activated JAK/STAT Pathway Proteins in Cell Culture," Joseph Carlin
  • Lauren M. Moore, "Utilization of a Fluorescent Sphingolipid in Identification of C. trachomatis Infected HeLa229 Cells," Joseph Carlin
  • Michelle A. Torbeck, "Effects of Aloe Extracts Upon Bacterial Burn Wound Pathogens," Marcia Lee

2008-2009, Round 2 (Spring)

  • Thomas Park, "The Pili Formation of Acinetobacter baumannii in the Presence of Blood," Luis Actis
  • Lisa M. Farinella, "Bacteria in Consortia," Annette Bollmann
  • Andrew W. Allbee, "Examination of a Gene Encoding a Putative Methylamine Permease in a Methanogen," Donald J. Ferguson
  • Aimi Toyama, "Identifying the Role of the mtmP Gene in Methylotrophic Methanogenesis," Donald J. Ferguson
  • Matthew F. Kuhar, "Alternative Ribosome Binding and Gene Expression by SD Led and Non-SD Led Genes in Escherichia coli," Gary Janssen
  • Richard K. Nkhata, "Antifungal Activity of Equisetum hyemale Extract Against Opportunistic Soil-Inhabiting Fungal Pathogens," Marcia Lee
  • Stephanie K. Smith, "The Effect of Plant Extract on Thigmotropic Abilities of Filamentous Fungi," Marcia Lee

2008-2009, Round 1 (Fall)

  • Andrew D. Ohl, "Low Level Density Determination Through Nucleic Acid Binding Dyes," Annette Bollmann
  • Jennica N. Johns, "Effect of Dexamethasone and Chlamydia on Stabilization of Indoleamine Dioxygenase," Joseph Carlin
  • Christina J. Van Lier, "Comparison and Identification of Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia psittaci Protein Localization to the Host Nucleus," Joseph Carlin
  • Andrew Kilianski and Weiying Wang, "Creation of Novel Baculovirus Expression Using Current Lambda-red System," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Christine R. Barrett, "Investigating Antifungal Activity of Aloe striata Against Aspergillus fumigatus," Marcia Lee
  • Sehee S. Rim, "Investigation of Inhibitory Effects of Antifungal Agent on Thigmotropism by Fusarium solani, a Predominant Invasive Ocular Fungus," Marcia Lee
  • Patrick C. Feasel, "Cold Adaptation of Ribulose 1,6-Bisphosphate Carboxylase/Oxygenase (RubisCO) in the Model Psychrophilic Green Alga, Chlamydomonas raudensis," Rachael Morgan-Kiss

2007-2008, Round 2 (Spring)

  • Stacey L. Fisher, "Comparison of Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia psittaci Protein Localized to the Host Nucleus," Joseph Carlin
  • Jennica N. Johns, "Effect of Dexamethasone on Indoleamine 2,3 Dioxygenase Activity and Growth of Chlamydia in Human Monocytes," Joseph Carlin
  • Dawn E. Widener, "Effect of Aloe barbadensis Upon Viability and Germination of an Emerging Fungal Pathogen," Marcia Lee

2007-2008, Round 1 (Fall)

  • Jordan Norton, "The Morphology and Life Cycle of Mycoplasma gallinarum," Mitchell Balish
  • Brittany Peterson, "Identification of Specific DNA Sequences Associated with the Electron-dense Core in Mycoplasma galliseptiam," Mitchell Balish
  • Katherine McClain, "Increased mRNA Stability in Dexamethansome Enhanced in Doleamine," Joseph Carlin
  • Joshua Trester, "Investigating Pre- and Post-translational Differences in JAK1 Protein Expression in Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia psittaci-infected Cell Cultures," Joseph Carlin
  • Andrew Stepleton, "The Influence of Nucleotides Upstream to the Start Codon on Gene Expression in Escherichia coli," Gary Janssen
  • Laura Budd, "Effect of pH upon Germinative Potential of an Emerging Fungal Pathogen," Marcia Lee


  • Dana M. Annerino, "Investigation of ORF 148 Gene Fragment Protein and Function in Ascovirus Using Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Expression Systems," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Rebecca L. Bryson, "The Role of TLR's in IDO Induction During Chlamydia trachomatis Infection," Joseph Carlin
  • Leonard T. Buller, "Ribosome Binding and Translation of a Short Open Reading Frame Within the Untranslated Leader Region of the Escherichia coli aroL Gene," Gary Janssen
  • Tara Eagle, "Time-dependent Janus Kinase (JAK) Protein Expression in Cells Infected with Chlamydia psittaci," Joseph Carlin
  • Leon R. Friesen, "Functional Analysis of an Ascoviral Protein Kinase in Cellular Nuclear Envelope Breakdown," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Michael D. Ganzhorn, "Demonstration of S1/P1 Nuclease Activity in Ascovirus Utilizing Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Expression Systems," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Matthew O. Henson and Sehee S. Rim, "Inhibitory Effects of Aloe Species on Candida albicans an Opportunistic Burn Wound Pathogen," Marcia Lee
  • Lauren A. McGaughey, "Analysis of Log Phase Pseudomonas aeruginosa with Treatment of Silver Nitrate," Kelly Abshire
  • Phillip D. McMullen, "Determining Protein Expression Patterns of Stationary Phase Silver-Resistant Mutants of Escherichia coli by Two-Dimensional Gel Analysis," Kelly Abshire
  • Andrea M. Middleton, "Ribosome Binding and Translation in Escherichia coli of mRNA Fragments Containing 5'-terminal AUG Triplets," Gary Janssen
  • Kathleen E. Mishler, "Chlamydia psittaci and Chlamydia trachomatis Induced Decrease of Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase Activity," Joseph Carlin
  • Christopher J. Shoemaker, "Functions of Potential Energy Transduction System Homologs in A. actinomycetemcomitans," Luis Actis
  • Russell N. Stitzlein, "Cytokine Induction by Chlamydia trachomatis Infected Cells," Joseph Carlin
  • Joshua T. Trester, "Determining the Differences in JAK 1 Protein Concentration in Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia psittaci-infected Cell Cultures Through ELISA Analysis," Joseph Carlin


  • Rebecca L. Bryson, "Purification of Indolamine Dioxygenase by Introducing a Polyhistidine Tag in IDO," Joseph Carlin
  • Nadine R. Chonko and Monica J. Ranly, "Influence of Hyphal Wall Protein 1 (HWP1) upon Ability of Candida albicans to Thigmotrope," Marcia Lee
  • Jill M. Fritz, "The Quantification of Apoptosis in Protein-Malnourished, Weanling Mice," John Stevenson
  • Nicholas F. Kotsonis, "Proteomic Analysis of Stationary Phase Escherichia coli with Treatment of Silver Nitrate," Kelly Abshire
  • Lauren E. Land, "Does the Presence of a Capsule Diminish Binding of Secretory IgA to Cryptococcus neoformans?" Marcia Lee
  • Krystal L. Lockett and Jennifer R. Nauman, "Detection of Synergistic Antifungal Drug Combinations Against Pathogenic Fusarium Species," Marcia Lee
  • Eva Lu, "Using Flow Cytometry to Detect Antifungal Activity of Aloe cameronii Extracts Against Burn Wound Pathogens," Marcia Lee
  • Kathleen Mishler, "Increased mRNA Stability in Dexamethasone Enhanced Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase Activity," Joseph Carlin
  • Craig P. Seaborn, "Test of the Function of SV40 Polyadenylation Signal in the Baculovirus Expression System," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Christopher J. Shoemaker, "Global Analysis of Genetic Factors in Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans Affected by Hydroxyapatite and Anaerobic Growth Conditions," Luis Actis
  • Russell N. Stitzlein, "Cytokine Induction of Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO)," Joseph Carlin


  • Jasmine M. Pagan, "Iron Acquisition in the Dental Pathogen Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans," Luis Actis
  • Jimisha J. Patel, "TLR-Ligand Enhancement of IFN-Induced IDO Activity in Epithelial Cells," Joseph Carlin
  • Craig P. Seaborn, "Quantitative Analysis of SV40 pA on the Gene Expression in AcMNPV," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Katie M. Unger, "Investigation of Ascovirus Replication Location," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Carrie E. Koenig, "Cicada Input Effects on the Bacterial Community of an Aquatic Ecosystem," Matthew Fields
  • Jennifer J. Haky, "Studies of Virulent Burkholderia cepacia," Anne Morris Hooke
  • Krystal K. Lockett, "Does Quorum Sensing Play a Role in the Regulation of Bacterial Ice Nucleation Activity?" Marcia Lee
  • Matthew J. Gittinger, "The Effect of Increased Levels of IL-10, Induced by the Presence of Corticosterone, on Macrophage Activation," John Stevenson
  • Thomas P. Wolski, Jr., "The Synergistic Role of Corticosterone and Interleukin-6 on Macrophage Activation," John Stevenson


  • Jennifer M. Curry, "A Comparison of the Effects of the 11-kDa and 55-kDa Proteins on the Viral DNA Replication and Late Gene Expression During an Adenovirus Infection," Eileen Bridge
  • Kara E. Batte, "Comparative Effects of Aloe barbadensis and Aloe camerooni Extracts on Germination and Viability of Candida albicans," Marcia Lee
  • Adam C. Welch and Rasheedia M. Aigoro, "Identification of Brain Regions that Trigger Mating or Fighting Behaviors in the Cricket Using c-Fos as a Marker of Neuronal Activation," Kathleen Killian
  • Margaret K. Homan, "How do the Structural Differences in Lipopolysaccharide Affect Interferon-y Induced Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase Activity?" Joseph Carlin
  • Jasmine M. Pagan, "Investigation Into the Mechanisms of Adhesion of the Haemophilus influenzae Biogroup Aegyptius Brazilian Purpuric Fever Clone F3031," Luis Actis
  • Kelly N. Labs and Serena R. Jennings, "Pursuit of Fungal Compounds Active in Ice Nucleation," Marcia Lee
  • William M. Carter II and Uzoma O. Anaba, "The Influence of Anti-Fungal Drugs Upon Fungal Thigmotrophism in vitro," Marcia Lee
  • Courtney R. Lucas, "Isolation, Investigation, and SSU DNA Gene Sequencing of Novel Bacteria from Northern Chinese Salt Lakes," Matthew Fields
  • Sarah J. Landis, "Corticosterone Mediated Membrane Remodeling in Thymocyte Apoptosis," John Stevenson
  • Michael J. Flagler, "Identification of Genes Involved in Biofilm Formation in Acinetobacter baumannii," Luis Actis
  • Tracy L. Doyle, "A Test of Fusion Protein Expression in Yeast for Protein Functional Studies," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Matthew R. Newton, "Peptidoglycan and Lipoteichoic Acid Enhancement of IFN-Induced IDO Activity in Epithelial Cells," Joseph Carlin
  • Elizabeth J. Gannon, "Effects of Lactoferrin on Candida albicans," Marcia Lee
  • Lauren J. Scott, "Effects of Heat Shock Protein 90 on Phosphotidylserine Externalization During Glucocorticoid-Induced Apoptosis of Murine Thymocytes," John Stevenson
  • Matthew J. Gittinger, The Effect of Corticosterone on Cytokine Levels in Protein Deficient, Salmonella Infected Mice," John Stevenson
  • Philip T. Hale, "Characterization of the Effect of NF-kB Inhibition and Stimulation Upon Interferon Regulatory Factor 1," Joseph Carlin


  • John C. Berschback, "Identification of Genes Responsible for Biofilm Formation in Acinetobacter baumannii," Luis A. Actis
  • Diana E. Mallin, "The Effects of Interferon on the Localization of Nuclear Domain 10 Proteins and Adenovirus DNA Replication," Eileen Bridge
  • Julie A. Shapiro, "Does the Formation of DNA Concatamers Affect Adenovirus Late Gene Expression?" Eileen Bridge
  • Dana N. Bonaminio, "Effects Upstream Gene Sequences on the Regulatory Region of Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase," Joseph M. Carlin
  • Philip T. Hale, "Introduction of a Polyhistidine Tag onto Indoleamine Dioxygenase," Joseph M. Carlin
  • David A. Radoff, Does Chlamydia Decrease a Cell's Responsiveness to Interferon-gamma Using the Toll-Like Receptor System?" Joseph M. Carlin
  • Nicolas G. Nelson, "Inhibition of Attachment of Otitis Media Pathogens,"Marjorie M. Cowan
  • Jacqueline A. Hardgrove, "Evaluation of the Abundance of the Toluene Dioxygenase Gene in the Environment by QC-PCR," Robert H. Findlay
  • James C. Judkins, Studying the Role of Detritivores in PCB Trophodynamics in the Western Basin of Lake Erie Through Water Column Analysis," Robert H. Findlay
  • Brenda M. Boll, "Antifungal Effect of Aloe barbadensis Gel on the Viability and Germination of Candida albicans," Marcia R. Lee
  • Lesya S. Kulick, "The Effect of Secretory Immunoglobulin A on Thigmotropism of Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis," Marcia R. Lee


  • Alaina M. Diamond, "The Ability of Leptomycin B to Inhibit the Transport of Adenovirus from the Nucleus to the Cytoplasm Using Various Nuclear Export Signals," Eileen Bridge
  • Kellie L. Dodd, "Developing a Complementation Assay to Study the Function of the Adenovirus 55K Regulatory Protein," Eileen Bridge
  • Andy J. Dunne, "Effects of ND10 Structure and Interferon Treatment on Viral Replication and Gene Expression," Eileen Bridge
  • Angelynn D. Cowen, "Apoptosis Due to Indoleamine 2,3 Dioxygenase Induction Among Activated CD4 and CD8 T Cell Populations," Joseph M. Carlin
  • Gregory S. Maeder, "The Effect of Chlamydia on IFN-gamma Receptor Affinity," Joseph M. Carlin
  • Nicole M. Ark, "Use of Quantitative-Competitive PCR to Evaluate the Abundance of Transposase (tnpA) in PAH-Contaminated Environments," Robert H. Findlay
  • Jacqueline A. Hardgrove, "Effectiveness of Flow Cytometry Compared to Viable Plate Counting in the Quantitative Detection of Escherichia coli Transported through Groundwater Sediments," Robert H. Findlay
  • James C. Judkins, "Development of Technique Necessary to Obtain Homogenous, Representative Samples from the Epilithon of Freshwater Streams for Analysis of Microbial Community Structure," Robert H. Findlay


  • Nicole Ark, "Creation of Competitive Standard Gene Sequences to Evaluate Degradative Gene Frequencies in PAH-Contaminated Environments," Robert Findlay;
  • Christopher Carter, Kristen Martins and Kellie Dodd, "Transport of Adenovirus RNA from the Nucleus to the Cytoplasm," Eileen Bridge;
  • Danielle Freppon, "Interleukin-10 Interference with IDO Induction," Joseph Carlin;
  • Ninostka Hardman and Courtney Kiefaber, "Flow Cytometric Investigation of Susceptibility of Fusarium oxysporum Conidial Populations to Amphotericin B," Marcia Lee;
  • Stephanie Houk, "The Role of Extracellular Capsule on the Adhesion of Streptococcus pyogenes and on Attempts to Block Adhesion," Marjorie Cowan;
  • Kimberly Roth, "Determination of the Anticandidal Activity of Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)," Marcia Lee;
  • Jonathan Schilling, "The Role of ND10 Organization on Adenovirus DNA Replication and Gene Expression," Eileen Bridge;
  • Lee Shainbrown, "Expression of Interleukin-10 mRNA in Chlamydia Infected Cells," Joseph Carlin;
  • Dawn Stang, "Bioaccumulation of Lipophilic Pollutants among Benthic Invertebrates Based on Digestive Physiology," Robert Findlay.

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