The PAS Undergraduate and Graduate Research Grants Program has awarded grants to 24 students from thirteen different Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

Grants were awarded to:

Fadia Namous and André Walther, Cedar Crest College “Examining the role of Replication Protein A Phosphorylation in Regulating the Cellular Response to Chemotherapeutic Drugs in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Constance Selinsky and André Walther, Cedar Crest College “Development of novel system for biodiesel fatty acid production using the oleaginous yeast Cryptococcus neoformans

Julianna Marotta and K. Joy Karnas,  Cedar Crest College, “Overexpression of the AcrAB-Efflux Pump to Assess its Role in Triclosan Resistance”

Shannon McGee and Lindsey Welch, Cedar Crest College, “Analyzing Different Methods of Physical Agitation for the Lipid Extraction from Cryptococcus neoformans

Amanda Childs and Lindsey Welch, Cedar Crest College, “Investigation of Biooils Produced From Pyrolyzed Wood With The Use of Solid Acid Catalysts”

Amanda Budzilowicz and Joyce Belcher, Cabrini University “Regulatory effects of ellagic acid on bone-resorbing osteoclast cells”

Sydney Stern and Sheryl Fuller-Espie, Cabrini University “In vitro anticancer potential of protein extracts purified from the earthworm Eisenia hortensis: A flow cytometry study investigating inhibitory actions on bladder and colon cancer cell lines”

Kelly Murman and Thomas LaDuke, East Stroudsburg University “A Comparative Dietary Analysis of Five Species in the Streamside Salamander Guild (Plethodontidae) in Eastern Pennsylvania”

Kristina Roy and Jane Huffman, East Stroudsburg University “Prevalence of Larval Trematodes in Freshwater Gastropods of Lentic Sites in Northeastern Pennsylvania”

Matthew Thiemsen and Meg Laakso, Eastern University ”Purification of codon-optimized coat proteins from tomato yellow leaf curl virus and cotton leaf curl Gezira virus for antibody production”

Brady Morgan and Diane Bridge, Elizabethtown College “Development of a Protocol for Use of CRISPR/Cas9 for Gene Inactivation in Hydra vulgaris”

Priscilla Thomas and Quyen Aoh, Gannon University “The Role of SCAMP3 in CXCR4 Trafficking”

Jeremy Santarelli and Quyen Aoh, Gannon University “The role of SCAMP3 in beta amyloid production and secretion”

Lauren Mabe and Megan Knoch, Indiana University of PA “Effect of Hyperglycemia on the Circadian Rhythms of Erythrocyte Peroxiredoxins”

Noriko Mikeasky and Cuong Diep Indiana University of PA “Testing lhx1a dimerization in vitro using co-immunoprecipitation”

Wafaa Aljagthmi and Cuong Diep Indiana University of PA “Confirming lhx1a dimerization in vivo using split GFP”

Gina Vaira and Paul Nealen Indiana University of PA “The Forgotten Ape: Exploring the Cognitive Abilities of Symphalangus syndactylus.”

Alexis Perez and Barbara Fenner, Kings College “The Effects of glutamate on trkB.t1 mediated calcium release in SH-SY5Y cells”

Paul Kraycer and Christopher Brey, Marywood UniversityCaenorhabditis elegans Krüppel-like Transcription Factor Family Genetic Analysis: Examining klf2 and klf3 Interaction”

Michael Healy and Amy Parente, Mercyhurst University “Utilizing a Wireless Sensor Network to Monitor Water Quality in Presque Isle Bay”

Andrea Fetters and Tia-Lynn Ashman, Univeristy of Pittsburgh “Understanding the potential consequences of widespread human-mediated plant introductions in urban centers”

Elysia Heil and Nicholas Sizemore, University of Scranton “Computational Investigations of Intermolecular Diels–Alder Reactions of α-Amido Acrylates”

Anna Harutyunyan and M. Dana Harriger, Wilson College “Synthesis and Effects of Fe-AZT and Pd-AZT on Viability of Human Hepatocytes and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells”

Gaser Ahmed and Brad Engle, Wilson College “Analysis of the Effects of Gluten Proteins and Low-gliadin Wheat Products on Celiac Disease in NOD-DQ8 Mice”

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