2007 Projects



Tom Baker '07

Picture of Tom Baker '07.(Biology, Cell and Molecular Concentration). Tom worked on understanding the influence of cdk6 on cell migration. To do this he used mouse astrocytes ( a type of brain cell) grown in culture. He could then test the movement of cells across the plate or through a filter to determine if the cell cycle protein, cdk6 influenced the migration of these cells. Faculty Adviser: Martha Grossel

Geoff Bender '07

Picture of Geoff Bender '07.(Biology, Cell and Molecular Concentration) - Honors Thesis: "Diversity of nirS Genes across a Salt Marsh Chronosequence." Geoff was supported by an American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship and presented his findings at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting held in Toronto, Canada, in May 2007. Independent Study: " Microbial Biofilm Diversity in NewEngland Intertidal Zones." Geoff presented his results at the New England Estuarine Research Society meeting in Hull, Mass. in April 2006. Faculty Adviser: Anne Bernhard

Heather Stanish '08 and Zumara De la Cruz '07

Picture of Heather Stanish '08 and Zumara De la Cruz '07.Heather Stanish '08 (Neuroscience) and Zumara De la Cruz '07 (Biology, Cell and Molecular Concentration). Heather and Zumara worked to try to understand where the protein cdk6 is localized within the cell. To do this they used antibodies to localize the cdk6 protein and then a second fluorescent antibody to tag the protein for visualization through a fluorescent microscope

Faculty Adviser: Martha Grossel

Slavina Georgieva '07

Picture of Slavina Georgieva '07.Slavi did a 10-week summer research internship in 2006 and a senior Honors Study, working on the genetic and chromosome deletion mapping of a spontaneous mutant gene that causes flightless behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Slavi presented her work at the 48th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, March 2007, in Philadelphia. Read the College news story. . . Faculty Adviser: Phil Barnes

Molly Goettsche '07

Picture of Molly Goettsche '07.Honors Thesis: "Characterization of nifH Gene Diversity in a Restored Salt Marsh." Also,
see the College news story on her five-second rule class project with Nicole Moin. Faculty Adviser: Anne Bernhard

Chinghar Leung '07

Picture of Chinghar Leung '07.Ching studied the mechanistic aspects of Notch signaling through mgamma driven expression by analyzing ?-galactosidase activity in imaginal wing discs of Drosophila melanogaster. Faculty Adviser: Deborah Eastman

Justine Miller '07

Picture of Justine Miller '07. Justine did two Independent Studies, working on the chromosome deletion mapping of a spontaneous mutant gene that causes flightless behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. Justine presented their work at the 48th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, March 2007, in Philadelphia. Read the College news story on their presentation. Faculty Adviser: Phil Barnes

Nicole Moin '07

Picture of Nicole Moin '07.Honors Thesis: "Dynamics of Marine Group I Crenarchaeaota in Barn Island Salt Marsh, Connecticut." Also,
read the College news story on her "five-second rule" class project with Molly Goettsche '07. Faculty Adviser: Anne Bernhard

Visna Ngov '07

Picture of Visna Ngov '07.Visna Ngov completed standardized surveys of birds along powerline corridors during several summers, assessing the importance of the low vegetation along powerlines as nesting habitat for several declining species. The results of this study will be directly applicable to improving conservation along powerline corridors, providing data on what types of vegetation management are likely to enhance biological diversity. These same management recommendations also could apply to nature preserves and other conservation lands that are being restored for grassland and shrubland species. Faculty Adviser: Robert Askins

Lazaros Yiannos '07

Picture of Lazaros Yiannos '07.Honors Thesis: " The Effects of Salt Marsh Restoration on Bacterial Community Structure and Diversity." Faculty Adviser: Anne Bernhard

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860-439-5021

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860-439-2519

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