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Undergraduate Summer Scholars in Microbiology

The Undergraduate Summer Scholars program annually grants funding to 100 students for research activities with a faculty mentor. Students receive a $2,600 fellowship, up to $400 for supplies, services and travel and 12 hours of academic credit with a waiver of instructional fees and tuition.

The program is coordinated by the office for the advancement of scholarship and teaching.

Following are Microbiology awardees with their project titles and faculty mentors:


  • Caitlin Finelli, "Producing a Soluble Polyhedron for Protein-Protein Interaction Study of Baculovirus Viron Occlusion Mechanism," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Erin Gadda, "Cloning and Expression of the mttC1 Gene from Desulfitobacterium hafniense," D.J. Ferguson
  • John McChesney, "The Mycoplasma pneumoniae Trailing Filament," Mitchell Balish
  • Michael O'Connell, "Expression of Toll-Like Receptors During Chlamydial Infection," Joseph Carlin
  • Adam Spurling, "Investigating Virulence Factors of Pathogenic Strains of Geomyces destructans," Marcia Lee
  • Esther Wheeler, "Identification of the Intracellular Binding Partner of Adenylate Cyclase Toxin, ExoY, from Pseudomonas aeruginosa," Natosha Finley


  • Ryan J. Kelly, "A Usable Function Prediction Server for Molecular Sequences," Iddo Friedberg
  • Travis J. Lepera, "Cloning and Expression of Putative Permease Genes from a Methanogen," D.J. Ferguson
  • John C. Lewandowski, "Investigating Ice Nucleating Activity in Psychrophilic Environmental Fungi," Marcia Lee


  • Andrew W. Allbee, "Cloning and Recombinant Expression of a Putative Permease Encoding Gene Involved in Biological Methane Production," D.J. Ferguson
  • Jessica A. Kozlowski, "Influence of Starvation on Ammonia Oxidizer Communities in Enrichment Cultures," Annette Bollmann
  • Triratana Sanguanbun, "Characterization of Cold Tolerant Native Ohio Microalgae for Biofuel Production," Rachael Morgan-Kiss
  • Kendall A. Sibbing, "Gliding Motility of Mycoplasma sualvi," Mitchell Balish


  • Lidia S. Arikat, "Protein Factors Associated with Attachment and Gliding Motility in Mycoplasma," Mitchell F. Balish
  • Dean J. Campbell, "Tissue Tropism Studies of Spodopteria exigua Multicapsid Nucleopolyhedrovirus (SeMNPV) in Heterologous Insect Hosts Using Fluorescent Protein Marker," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Sean P. Gallagher, "Analysis of the Second Iron Uptake System of Acinetobacter baumannii 17978," Luis A. Actis
  • Andrew Kilianski, "Biochemical Characterization of Virally Encoded RNA Polymerases of Ascovirus," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Sehee S. Rim, "Sublethal Effects of Plant Extracts Upon Opportunistic Fungal Pathogens," Marcia R. Lee
  • Weiying Wang, "Secretome Changes of Sf21 Cells Upon Infection by Autographa californica Multicapsid Nucleopolyhedrovirus," Xiao-Wen Cheng


  • Tyler R. Miller, "Isolation and Characterization of Avian Influenza Virus from Migration Birds in Miami Valley," Xiufeng Wan
  • Colin M. Turney, "The Impacts of Lactobacilli on the Gene Expressions of Toll-Like Receptors (TLR) Against Rotavirus Infection," Xiufeng Wan
  • Tara B. Tyner, "Cell Secretion After Viral Infection Studies to Understand Host Range Determination of Baculoviruses in Insects," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Dawn E. Widener, "Investigation of Comparative Effects of Aloe Species Against Two Common Opportunistic Fungal Pathogens," Marcia R. Lee


  • Charles M. Fullem, "Analysis of Cell Division in Mycoplasma pirum," Mitchell F. Balish
  • Michael D. Ganzhorn, "Determination of the Specific Amino Acids Involved in the Formation of the Polyhedra Within Infected Insect Host Cells," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Nicholas F. Kotsonis, "The Proteomic Analysis of Stationary Phase Escherichia coli Treatment With Silver Nitrate," Kelly Z. Abshire
  • Elizabeth R. Leamy, "Host Cell Defenses That Interface With Adenovirus Gene Expression," Eileen Bridge
  • Andrea M. Middleton, "Isolation and Characterization of Leadered/Leaderless Hybrid mRNAs in Streptomyces," Gary R. Janssen
  • Melita Pavlinic, "What Causes IFN Gamma Receptors to be Defective in Chlamydia-infected Cells?" Joseph M. Carlin
  • Joshua T. Trester, "Determining the Nature of Protein Degradation in Chlamydia-infected Human Cell Cultures," Joseph M. Carlin


  • Tracy L. Doyle, "A Test of Fusion Protein Expression in Yeast for Protein Functional Studies," Xiao-Wen Cheng
  • Jennifer J. Haky, "Burkholderia cepacia Virulence in a New Animal Model," Anne Morris Hooke
  • Melissa M. Hamann, "Preventative Measures Against Entamoeba histolytica: A Comparison of Practices in Ghana and the United States," Joseph M. Carlin
  • Jacob A. Kurowski, "Phenotypic Analysis of Mutant Strains of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, a Model System for Metal-Reducing Bacteria," Matthew Fields
  • Jasmine M. Pagan, "Investigation into the Mechanisms of Virulence of the Haemophilus influenzae Biogroup Aegyptius Brazilian Purpuric Fever Clone F3031," Luis A. Actis
  • Craig P. Seaborn, "Quantitative Analysis of SV40 Polyadenylation Sequence on Protein Expression Yield in Baculoviruses," Xiao-Wen Cheng


  • Philip T. Hale, "Generation of His-tagged Indoleamine Dioxygenase," Joseph M. Carlin
  • David R. Friedmann, "In vitro and in vivo Analysis of the Bacteriophage Lambda of Translational Initiation Region, Gary R. Janssen
  • Kara E. Batte, "Effects of Aloe camerooni on Germination and Viability of Candida albicans," Marcia R. Lee


  • John C. Berschback, "Functional Analysis of Acinetobacter baumanni Genes Using a Novel Insertion Mutagenesis System," Luis A. Actis
  • Brenda M. Boll, "Immunologic Defenses Against Ocular Opportunistic Fungal (Fusarium oxysporum) Infection," Marcia R. Lee
  • James C. Judkins, "Analysis of PCB and PAH Trophodynamics in the Western Basin of Lake Erie," Robert H. Findlay
  • David A. Radoff, "Is the Upregulation of Interferon Receptors by Chlamydia pneumoniae Due to the Toll-Like Receptor System?," Joseph M. Carlin

More information on research funding opportunities is available from the Office for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching.

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