The PAS Undergraduate and Graduate Research Grants Program has awarded grants to fourteen students from ten different Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

Grants were awarded to:

Andrew King and Dr. William Schwindinger “The Potential Role of GNG4 in Kallmann Syndrome.” Bloomsburg University of PA

Jennifer Daly, Juliann Jakeman and Dr. Sheryl Fuller-Espie “Investigation of Chemotactic Responses in Earthworm Coelomocytes Using a Combined Boyden-Flow Cytometry Assay and Microscopy Techniques” Cabrini College

Megan Morrison and Dr. André Walther Development of novel system for biodiesel fatty acid production using the oleaginous yeast Cryptococcus neoformans Cedar Crest College

Nadia Namous and Dr. André Walther “Analysis of the role of RPA phosphorylation in the regulation of Adaptation in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae” Cedar Crest College

Shannon McGee and Dr. Lindsey Welch “Extraction of Lipids for the Synthesis of Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME) from Oleaginous Yeast in the Production of Biodiesel” Cedar Crest College

Madison Stahr and Dr. Suzanne Boyden “Does hay-scented fern use chemical warfare to inhibit the germination and growth of competing hardwood tree species?” Clarion University of PA

Clare Dochat, Georgie Scott, and Dr. Cynthia Keler  “Prevalence of Salmonella typhimurium in House Sparrows on DVU Campus and Antibiotic Resistance Profiles” Delaware Valley University

Eric Januszkiewicz and Dr. Thomas LaDuke “Using Microsatellite Loci for Population Genetic Analysis of the Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus, in Pennsylvania” East Stroudsburg University

Vishal Keshari and Dr. Cuong Diep “Analyzing dimerization of the lhx1a transcription factor protein by co-immunoprecipitation” Indiana University of PA

James Birch and Dr. Narayanaswamy Bharathan “Protein signatures from wild type and reduced genomic compliments of Rhizoctonia solani isolates” Indiana University of PA

Jennifer Monico and Dr. Mel Zimmerman “Investigation of the ecological impact of Japanese knotweed on the riparian plant community and its potential use as a food source for macro-invertebrates” Lycoming College

Robert Wood and Dr. Sara Turner “Examining Antimicrobial Efficiency of Antibiotics Coupled with Poly-phenol Extracts from Fermented Foodstuffs” Mercyhurst University

Matthew Redline and Dr. Meda Higa “Investigating potential differences in interferon regulation by the Zaire and Reston strains of Ebola VP35 protein” York College of PA

Benjamin Essick and Dr. Meda Higa “Expressing and Purifying Hantaan and Puumala Soluble GN Glycoproteins in Escherichia coli” York College of PA


Additionally, the PAS Grants Program funded a High School Student Research Grant in 2015

Darcy Harris and Dr. Sheryl Fuller-Espie “Optimization of cell culture conditions for the coelomocytes of Eisenia hortensis”  Owen J. Roberts High School, Pottstown, PA


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