2005-2006 Award Recipients

Summer 2006 UROP Award Recipients

  • Ackerman, Julie
    The Treatment of Psychological Disorders with Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Professor: Kohn, Livia, CAS – Religion
  • Baldwin, Stephanie
    Patterns of Social Networking in Centenarians
    Professor: Peris, Thomas, MED – Geriatrics
  • Barkman, Julie
    Measuring the Duration of Garnet Growth During Subduction
    Professor: Baxter, Ethan, CAS – Earth Sciences
  • Bash, Mollie
    The Effect of Type IV Phosphodiesterase Inhibition within the Ventral Pallidum on Cocaine-Induced Place Preference
    Professor: Cherry, James, CAS – Psychology
  • Bausell, Rebecca
    The Role of the Etorhinal Cortex in Memory Formation in Rats
    Professor: Eichenbaum, Howard, CAS – Psychology
  • Berglund, Jennifer
    Physical Caste, Neural Polymorphism and Division of Labor in the Leaf-cutter Ant Acromyrmex octospinosus (Formicidae:  Attini)
    Professor: Traniello, James, CAS – Biology
  • Blease, Sophie
    The Relationship of Antemortem Clock Drawing Performance to Neuropathology in Alzhermer’s Participants
    Professor: Au, Roda, MED – Framingham Heart Study
  • Blom, Erica
    Freedom, Autonomy and Accountability in the Colombian Educational System
    Professor: Glenn, Charles, SED – Administration, Training, & Policy
  • Bogner, Kari
    Fish Bone Acellularity: An Experimental Study of the Effects of Sex and Age on Bone Remodeling of the Jaw and Fin of Cichlids
    Professor: Kaufman, Les, CAS – Biology
  • Brewer, Jonathan
    Searching for Anomalous Low-Frequency Earthquakes Using the TUCAN Seismic Array in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
    Professor: Abners, Geoffrey, CAS – Earth Sciences
  • Brosy, Andra
    Imagination and the Public Sphere: The Multidisciplinary Implications of the Products and Processes of the Imagination as they Transform, Transcend, and Translate into the Public Sphere
    Professor: Salyer, Greg, MET – Liberal Studies
  • Buurma, Andrea
    Identification of the Cellular Targets of Camalexin, a Plant Natural Product with Cytotoxic Properties
    Professor: Celenza, John, CAS – Biology
  • Byerly, Laura
    Neuropsychological Correlates of Functional Abilities in Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Professor: Jefferson, Angela, MED – Alzheimer’s
  • Carleton, Matthew
    Installation of the Forward Cherenkov Calorimeter in the CMS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider
    Professor: Sulak, Lawrence, CAS – Physics
  • Carouge, Caitlin
    Design and Design Software Textbook Research
    Professor: Macario, Joyce, COM – Mass Communication
  • Chen, Marie
    IL-16 Recruitment of T Regulatory Cells for Resolution of Asthmatic Inflammation
    Professor: Cruikshank, William, MED – Pulmonary Center
  • Chien, Karen
    Quantitative Characterization of Bone Fracture Healing Using Micro-Computed Tomography
    Professor: Morgan, Elise, ENG – Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Coleman, Kate
    Molecular Characterization of the Protein Targets for Synthetic Derivatives of Natural Products That Inhibit the NF-kB Signal Transduction Pathway
    Professor: Gilmore, Thomas, CAS – Biology
  • Curcio-Bonner, Crystal
    Migratory Effects of gp120 on Human Regulatory T Cells
    Professor: Cruikshank, William, MED – Pulmonary Center
  • D’Agnes, Kathryn
    Pinpointing the Genetics of Schizophrenia: An Adaptation of the Dynamic Programming Algorithm to Locate the Genetic causes of Schizophrenia
    Professor: Smith, Cassandra, ENG – Biomedical Engineering
  • Dang, Rick
    Identification of Two Closely Colocalized Synapses with Destaining Technique at the Inhibitory Terminals of Crayfish Neuromuscular Junction
    Professor: Lin, Jen-Wei, CAS – Biology
  • Decker, Michael
    Determining the potential of Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 4-alpha (HNF4a) as a Biochemical Marker for Early Detection and Treatment of Renal Cell Carcinoma
    Professor: Liou, Louis, MED – Pathology
  • Ding, Chao
    The Dragon’s Menu:  The Study of China’s Energy Policy and its Effects in Terms of Environment, Economics, and Political Strategy
    Professor: Fewsmith, Joseph, CAS – International Relations
  • Donahue, Joseph
    The Effect of Nitric Oxide on Spontaneous Inhibitory Synaptic Currents in Salamander Retinal Ganglion Cells
    Professor: Cook, Paul, CAS – Biology
  • DuBois, Katherine
    Gene Expression Patterns in Edwardisella lineata: A Look into the Development of a Parasite
    Professor: Finnerty, John, CAS – Biology
  • Eldridge, Marcus
    Jamming on the Road to Recover: The use of Non-Standard Musical Instruments in Stroke Rehabilitation
    Professor: Saltzman, Elliot, SAR – Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Farrell, Kaitlin
    A Comparison of Fluctuating Asymmetry during the Neonatal Growth Phase of Brazillian Free-tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) at a Natural and Man-made Maternity Colony
    Professor: Kunz, Thomas, CAS – Biology
  • Genuardi, Michael
    The Malleable Social Landscape of the Leaf-Cutter Ant Acromyrmex octospinosus:  A Photographic Study of Polyethism and the Underlying Mechanisms of Social Order
    Professor: Traniello, James, CAS – Biology
  • Goucher, Haley
    Identification and Characterization of NF-kB Proteins in Evolutionary Basal Marine Organisms: The Molecular Basis of a Primitive Immune System and Stress Response Pathway
    Professor: Gilmore, Thomas, CAS – Biology
  • Harvey, Mark
    Studies Toward Enhancing the Oxidative Activity of Novel Diferrous Complexes: Structure vs. Reactivity in Models of Methane Monooxygenase
    Professor: Caradonna, John, CAS – Chemistry
  • Liu, Felix
    Gene-Engineering Through Synthetic Designing of Bacterial DNA Using Standardized Biological Parts
    Professor: Gardner, Timothy, ENG – Biomedical Engineering
  • Lohr, Ross
    Determining Suitability Factors for Recipient Villages Under a Program of Sustained Donations Using the Principles of the U.N. Millenium Goals Anti-Poverty Project
    Professor: Visaria, Sujata, CAS – Economics
  • Magarian, Elise
    The Morphological Responses of Convict Cichlid Fish to Conspecific Injury Released Olfactory Cues
    Professor: Abate, Maria, CGS – Natural Science
  • Mathew, Matthen
    Characterization of a Novel Alpha-Actinin Binding Domain in CMYA3
    Professor: Naya, Frank, CAS – Biology
  • Muñoz, Martha
    Local Adaptation and Speciation in Anolis Lizards
    Professor:  Schneider, Chris, CAS – Biology
  • Nadler, Lauren
    Ecological Influences on Rabies Infections in the Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus
    Professor: Kunz, Thomas, CAS – Biology
  • Natoli, Theodore
    Protein-Protein Docking
    Professor: Vajda, Sandor, ENG – Biomedical Engineering
  • Olofson, Julie
    fMRI Study of Cholinergic Modulation of Long-term and Working Memory
    Professor: Stern, Chantal, CAS – Psychology
  • Parikh, Chandni
    Prelexical Predictors of Word Learning
    Professor: Singh, Leher, SAR – Speech, Language, and Hearing Science
  • Patel, Ishan
    The Development and Use of the Karhunen-Loeve Transform (Principal Components Analysis) to Analyze and Decompose Vibrational Surface Enhanced Raman Spectra
    Professor: Ziegler, Lawrence, CAS – Chemistry
  • Perahia, Tzlil
    Stereochemical Diversity Utilizing the Diels-Adler Reaction with Functionalized Pyran and Piperdine Cores
    Professor: Panek, James, CAS – Chemistry
  • Pfeiffer, Vera
    Genetic Connectivity and Larval Dispersal of Ctenochaetus striatus and Acanthurus lineatus in the Indo-West Pacific
    Professor: Barber, Paul, CAS – Biology
  • Renaud, Terence
    The German Resistance in America L Karl B. Frank and ‘New Beginnings’ in New York, 1939-1945
    Professor: Schmidt, James, UNI – History
  • Robsky, Katherine
    The effects of Aging on Recovery Time and Cognition in Sleep-Deprived Zebrafish
    Professor: Zhdanova, Irina, MED – Anatomy/Neurobiology
  • Rogge, Jessica
    The role of External Gills in Oxygen Uptake and Adaptive Plasticity in Hatching: a test with Red-eyed Treefrogs, Agalychnis callidryas
    Professor: Warkentin, Karen, CAS – Biology
  • Rolph, Michele
    Impact of Nitrogen Pollution from a Nearby Highway on Deciduous Tree Uptake and Storage Nitrogen: Insights from Tree Rings and Isotopes
    Professor: Templer, Pamela, CAS – Biology
  • Romano, John
    The role of bombesin-like Peptides (BLP) in the Proliferation, Migration and Invasion of Gastrointestinal Cancer Cells
    Professor: Weber, Christian, MED – Gastorenterology
  • Salimi, Umar
    Elucidating the Mechanism of Vertebrate Retinal Development: Role of Integrins in R-Cognin Mediated Retinal Cell Aggregation
    Professor: Hausman, Robert, CAS – Biology
  • Schrecengost, Kevin
    Using Thermobarometry to Determine the Pressure of Crystallization of Aleutian Magmas
    Professor: Plank, Terry, CAS – Earth Sciences
  • Smith, Aaron
    Effect of D-Electron Count on Oxygen Atom Transfer Catalysis
    Professor: Caradonna, John, CAS – Chemistry
  • Smoligovets, Alexander
    Do mRNAs Localize to Ribbon Synapses in the Vertebrate Retina?
    Professor: Cook, Paul, CAS – Biology
  • Stuart, Brian
    Visualizations and Simulations for the IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) Project
    Professor: Schwadron, Nathan, CAS – Astronomy
  • Vincent, John
    Elucidation of Neurona Dendritic and Axonal-Specific mRNA Localization Elements
    Professor: Deshler, James, CAS – Biology
  • Vreeland, Lauren
    Female Preferences for Dominant Male American Lobsters (Homarus americanus) Before and After Established Dominance and Determining How Males Convey Dominance to Female Lobsters
    Professor: Atema, Jelle, CAS – Biology
  • Watkins, Malca
    Studies Towards the Synthesis of Bioactive Coumarins
    Professor: Porco, John, CAS – Chemistry
  • Werden, Leland
    The Effects of Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard), an Invasive Plant Species, on Nutrient Cycling
    Professor: Finzi, Adrien, CAS – Biology
  • Williams, Julia
    Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)
    Professor: Schwadron, Nathan, CAS – Astronomy
  • Wolfe, Benjamin
    Human Perimetry Systems- Systems for Evaluating Attentional Neglect in Human Patients and Animal Models
    Professor: Valero-Cabre, Antoni, MED – Anatomy/Neurobiology
  • Yan, Peter
    Fragile Site Sequence Modeling and Analysis
    Professor: Smith, Cassandra, ENG – Biomedical Engineering
  • Yershov, Anya
    Characterization of Structurally and Functionally Distinct Estrogen Receptor (ER) Splice Variants in Zebrafish: Differential Expression in Response to Environmental Estrogens
    Professor: Callard, Gloria, CAS – Biology
  • Zee, Tiffany
    A Multiplex Analysis of Genotypes for Human Inborn Errors in Fructose Metabolism
    Professor: Tolan, Dean, CAS – Biology

Spring 2006 UROP Award Recipients

  • Africa, Jonathan
    Molecular Analysis of a Protein Involved in the Development of Some Human Lymphomas: Effect of a Serine to Aspartic Acid Mutation on the Activity of the REL Transcription Factor
    Professor: Gilmore, Thomas, CAS – Biology
  • Berglund, Jennifer
    Physical caste, Neural Polymorhpism and Division of Labor in the Leaf-cutter and Acromyrmex octospinosus (Formicicdae: Attini)
    Professor: Traniello, James, CAS – Biology
  • Chandra, Suparna
    Characterizing the Role of HSP90 in Defense Against Herbivory
    Professor: Queitsch, Christine, Genetics and Genomics
  • Chow, Andrew
    Effects of Strength and Balance Training on Postural Control
    Professor: Oddsson, Lars, NeuroMuscular Research Center
  • Comb, William
    A new Form of Regulation of a Cell Signaling Pathway Involved in Cancer and Inflammation: Role of Disulfice Bond Formation in the Gamma Subunit (NEMO) of the lkB Kinase
    Professor: Gilmore, Thomas, CAS – Biology
  • Elias, Jerry
    Serotonin Receptor RNA Editing: A Potential Mechanism of Cognitive Impairment in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Associated Dementia
    Professor: Monty Montano, MED – Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Fogertey, Margaret
    The Fragile Foundations of Regional Scientific Advantage? The Impact of the US Administration Stem Cell Policy on the Geographic of Scientific Discovery
    Professor: Furman, Jeffrey, SMG – Strategy & Policy
  • Franson, Cara
    Interpreting Function of Tuareg Jewlery. Case study: The Tuareg Art Collection at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
    Professor: Beckner, Cynthia, CAS – Art History
  • Calinak, Corey
    Genetic Regulation of Growth on Glyceroly/Fructose Media in Escherichia coli Mutants with Defective Fructose 1-phosphate Kinase
    Professor: Kornberg, Hans, UNI – University Professors Program
  • Hagedorn, Andrew
    Implementing Efficient Reconciliation of Ordered Data
    Professor: Trachtenberg, Ari, ENG -Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Hashmi, Basma
    Analysis of Airway Resistance as a Function of Lung Volume during a Deep Breath: Experimental Measurements and Computer Modeling
    Professor: Jackson, Andrew, ENG – Biomedical Engineering
  • Hatten, Tobias
    Sedimentation Processes of Lovells Island- Observations of Island Morphology and the Local Hydrodynamics
    Professor: Fitzgerald, Duncan, CAS – Earth Sciences
  • Henry, Sarah
    Families’ and Children’s Adjustment Study
    Professor: Tompson, Martha, CAS – Psychology
  • Jacobson, Jaclyn
    Spatio-temporal Interactions in Detectin Masked Sounds
    Professor: Shinn-Cunningham, Barbara, CAS – Cognitive and Neural Systems
  • Lavely, Adam
    Robustness of Speech Perception in Simulated Reverberant Environments
    Professor: Shinn-Cunningham, Barbara, CAS – Cognitive & Neural Systems
  • Lee, Nancy
    The Effect of Injury-Released Predation Cue on the Dispersal of Juvenile Convict Cichlids (Archocentrus nigrofaciatus)
    Professor: Abate, Maria, CGS – Natural Science
  • Mathew, Matthen
    Characterization of Minimal Interaction Domain between CMYA3 and Alpha-Actin
    Professor: Naya, Frank, CAS – Biology
  • Nautsch, Felix
    Apoptosis in Mammalian Cells as a Result of the Inhibition of the Transcription Factor LSF in Conjunction with Cell Stress Signaling Pathways
    Professor: Hansen, Ulla, CAS – Biology
  • Patel, Ishan
    The Development of Raman Active Substrates, Bacterial Binding Compouds, and Virus Signatures
    Professor: Ziegler, Lawrence, CAS – Chemistry
  • Ratnasari, Anita
    Development of Screening Assay for Testing Potential Agonists for the Orphan Human Ombesin Receptor Subtype-3 (hBRS-3)
    Professor: Weber, Christian, MED – Gastorenterology
  • Riggs, Ambryice
    Validation of Tow Sentinel Models of Environmental Pollutant Exposure: Comparison of Male Reproductive Effects in Fish that Differ in Life Strategy, Level of Exposure, and Phylogeny
    Professor: Callard, Gloria, CAS – Biology
  • Romesser, Paul
    Protemic Identification of Novel Machines that remodel Chromatin and Recruit Transcription Factors to Control Cyclin A Transcription in B Cells
    Professor: Denis, Gerald, MED – Cancer Research Center
  • Sajous, Rachel
    The Effect of Mating Stimulation on the Expression of Phosphorylated Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase in the Hippocampus of Female Rats
    Professor: Erskine, Mary, CAS – Biology
  • Willey, Tara
    Experience and Brain Development in the Ant Pheidole dentata
    Professor: Traniello, James, CAS – Biology
  • Wolfe, Benjamin
    Human Perimetry Systems- Systems for Evaluating Attentional Neglect in Human Patients and Animal Models
    Professor: Valero-Cabre, Antoni, MED – Anatomy/Neurobiology
  • Yee, Judy
    The Role of Muscarinic Cholinergic Antagonist Scopolamine on Cocaine-Primed Reinstatement
    Professor: Pierce, R. Christopher, MED – Pharmacology

Fall 2005 UROP Award Recipients

  • Abichandani, Ajay
    The use of Transgenic Methods to Determine the Role of the Central Alpha-2-adrenergic Receptors (a2-AR) in the Regulation of Hypertension
    Professor: Gavras, Haralambos, MED – Hypertension
  • Allain, Christina
    The Effect Of Antisense Oligos on Vascular Lesions in Diabetic Retinopathy
    Professor: Roy, Sayon, MED – Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition
  • Aono, Hiromasa
    Identification of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase Alternative Transcripts in the Rodent Retina
    Professor: Eldred, William, CAS – Biology
  • Bagley, Joseph
    Life on the Frog Pond: A Prehistory of Boston Common
    Professor: Runnels,  Curtis, CAS – Archaeology
  • Barnes, Carrie
    Understanding the Patterns of Applying of the Doctrine of Equivalents in Patient Litigation
    Professor: Meurer, Michael, LAW – Law Instruction
  • Burnett, Sarah
    Neuroprotective Properties of Parvalbumin Under Ca Influx in Basal Forebrain Cholinergic Neurons
    Professor: Erskine, Mary, CAS – Biology
  • Chow, Andrew
    A New Tool for Treatment of Motor Function and Balance
    Professor: Oddsson, Lars, ENG – NeuroMuscular Research Center
  • Comb, William
    A New Form of Regulation of a Cell Signaling Pathway Involved in Cancer and Inflammation: Role of Disulfide Bond Formation in the Gamma Subunit (NEMO) of the lkB Kinase
    Professor: Gilmore, Thomas, CAS – Biology
  • Miri, Shadi
    What DNA Polymerase Bypasses Benzo[a]pyrene ([-ta])-B[a]P-N2-dG) adducts in E. coli?
    Professor: Loechler, Edward, CAS – Biology
  • Hatten, Tobias
    Sedimentation Processes of Lovells Island- Observations of Island Morphology and the Local Hydrodynamics
    Professor: Fitzgerald, Duncan, CAS – Earth Sciences
  • Hodis, Eran
    Investigating Secreted Elastin from Patterned Neonatal Vascular Smooth Music cells and Fabricating a Patterned Polycaprolactone Rolled Tube Scaffold for VSMCs
    Professor: Wong, Joyce, ENG – Biomedical Engineering
  • Houtchens, Graham
    Examining Cell Behavior in Response to Both Chemotactic and Durotactic Stimuli
    Professor: Wong, Joyce, ENG – Biomedical Engineering
  • King, Megan
    Use of Global Positioning System (GPS) Satellites to Study Disturbances in the Earth’s Low Latitude Ionosphere
    Professor: Mendillo, Michael, CAS – Astronomy
  • Lee, Nancy
    Kin Recognition in Juvenile Convict Cichlids (Cichlasoma Nigrofaciatum)
    Professor: Abate, Maria, CGS – Natural Science
  • Mathew, Matthen
    Identification of Protein-Protein Interaction Between CMYA3 and Alpha-Actinin
    Professor: Naya, Frank, CAS – Biology
  • Minocha, Anuj
    Visualization of Dcp 1 and Diap 1 in the Drosophila Germline
    Professor: McCall, Kim, CAS – Biology
  • Nautsch, Felix
    Apoptosis in Mammalian Cells as a Result of the Inhibition of the Transcription Factor LSF in Conjunction with Cell Stress Signaling Pathways
    Professor: Hansen, Ulla, CAS – Biology
  • Patel, Ishan
    The Development of Raman Active Substrates, Bacterial Binding Compounds, and Spore Signatures
    Professor: Ziegler, Lawrence, CAS – Chemistry
  • Ratnasari, Anita
    Identification of the Native Ligand for the Orphan Human Bombesin Receptor Subtype-3 (hBRS-3)
    Professor: Weber, Christian, MED – Gastorenterology
  • Rice, Grant
    Inhibition of Flavivirus Replication
    Professor: Snyder, John, CAS – Chemistry
  • Romesser, Paul
    Protemic Identification of Novel Machines that Remodel Chromatin and Recruit Transcription Factors to Control Cyclin a Transcription in B cells
    Professor: Denis, Gerald, MED – Cancer Research Center
  • Shadrach, Jennifer
    The Effect of Bilateral Hippocampal Infusions of Anisomycin on the Establishment of Pseudopregnancy in the Female Rat
    Professor: Erskine, Mary, CAS – Biology
  • Shtessel, Maria
    Validating Predicted Functions for Uncharacterized Genes in Drosophila melanogaster
    Professor: McCall, Kim, CAS – Biology
  • Stachelhaus, Scott
    Ge/Si Ratios in the Monterey Formation and DSDP/ODP Cores: Assessing the Importance of Diagenetic Chemical Fractionation on the Final Ge/Si Ratio in Siliceous Sediment
    Professor: Murray, Richard, CAS – Earth Sciences
  • Willey, Tara
    Experience and Brain Development in the Ant Pheidole dentata
    Professor: Traniello, James, CAS – Biology
  • Wolfe, Benjamin
    Human Perimetry Systems -Systems for Evaluating Attentional Neglect in Human Patients and Animal Models
    Professor: Valero-Cabre, Antoni, MED – Anatomy/Neurobiology
  • Yee, Judy
    The Role of Muscarinic Cholinergic Antagonist Scopolamine on Cocaine-Primed Reinstatement
    Professor: Pierce, R. Christopher, MED – Pharmacology
  • York, Amber
    Fish Spatial Cognition and Habitat Complexity
    Professor: Kaufman, Les, CAS – Biology