The PAS Undergraduate and Graduate Research Grants Program has awarded grants to 23 students from ten different Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

Grants were awarded to:

Josie Rice and Nikolaos Tsotakos, PSU-Harrisburg: “Characterization of the role of the long non-coding RNA MEG3 in the autophagy of human glomerular epithelial cells following injury induced by high glucose”

Avery Mills and Jeanne Berk, Cedar Crest College: “Analysis of taurine content in traditional and BEG commercial dog foods”

Erica Nettles and Jennifer Hayden, Cedar Crest College: “Impact of lysine acetylation on Mycobacterium smegmatis survivorship in the presence of isoniazid and pyrazinamide”

Zachary Nawrocki, Emma Shangraw, and Jane Cavender, Elizabethtown College: “The effect of the Simian Virus 40 T-Antigen expresssion in immortalized huan diploid fibroblast cells on the alternative splicing protein SRSF1 and the subsequent formation of different RON isoforms”

Kelsey Ruhlman and Jessica Petko, PSU-York: “Expression and function of SETDB1 in the ovaries of the common house spider, Paraseatoda tepidariorium”

Angelika Chiang, Jordyn Buchanan, and Quyen Aoh, Gannon University: “Role of SCAMP3 Regulating CXCR4 Trafficking”

Emily Konopa and Jeffrey Newman, Lycoming College: “Novel Moraxella species isolated from clinical cases of ocular infections”

Lauren Crispina, Kristy Sagun, and John Ciglioano, Cedar Crest College: “Assessment of microplastic presence, type, and concentration in the Lehigh River watershed and in drinking water on the Cedar Crest College Campus”

Huntur Woodard and Anne Vardo-Zalik, PSU-York: “Identification of Molecular Markers for Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) and the Effects of Wild Fire on Lizard Genetic Diversity”

Riley Tremblay and Allison Cornell, Cedar Crest College: “Heterophil to lymphocyte ratio in developing free-living American kestrel chicks (Falco sparverius)”

Ashley Yeager and Wendy Boehmler, York College: “The Effect of L-Theanine on Anxiety-Like Behavior and Development in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)”

Andrew George and Meda Higa, York College: “Determining Hantavirus Glycoprotein Induced Autophagy of A549 Cells and Its Dependence on Beclin-1”

Carly Wood and Andre Walther, Cedar Crest College: “The effect of Replication Protein A phosphorylation on telomere shortening in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”

Kallon Crowther and Wendy Boehmler, York College: “The Spatiotemporal Expression of a Neuropsychiatric Risk Gene, Complement Component 4, during Zebrafish Development”

Adam Winchell and Jessica Petko, PSU-York: “Effect of circadian period on growth in the common house spider, Parasteatoda tepidariorum.”

Claire Pikal and Nicholas Sizemore, University of Scranton: “Synthetic Investigations of Intermolecular Diels–Alder Reactions of α-amido acrylate dienophiles”

Emmanuel Aidoo and Nicholas Sizemore, University of Scranton: “Synthetic Studies of Transannular Cyclizations of Medium-Ring Amido Alkenes”

Kaylyn Brindisi and John Ciglioano, Cedar Crest College: “The Effects of Ocean Acidification and Warming on the Larval Development of Palaemonetes pugio”

John Shebby and Christopher Brey, Marymount University: “In vivo promoter analysis of the klf-1 gene in Caenorhabditis elegans”

Sagar Kasar and Cuong Diep, Indiana University of PA: “Determining the role of the Wnt signaling pathway in zebrafish adult kidney development”

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