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Beloit Biomedical Scholars Projects

2016 Research Projects

Research projects conducted by Beloit Biomedical Scholars and their mentors in 2016, student names in bold.

  • J.Z. Alex Cheong’17, Amy Briggs: Used bioinformatics to analyze Arabidopsis' transcriptional responses to pathogen infection (at Beloit College)
  • Marci McClenon'17, Tawnya Cary: Determined whether any correlations exist between the concentration of pollutants, the AMP levels in frogs, and/or appearance of viral infection in frogs (at Beloit College)
  • Kina McCombs'18, and Ted Gries: Completed a thermodynamic assessment of substrate and redox cofactor binding to 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (at Beloit College)
  • Zachary W. Paquin'17, Katie Johnson: Analyzed blood samples from a yearlong collection and conducted statistical analysis of data (at Beloit College)
  • Jennifer Santos-Arevalo'17, Rachel Bergstrom: Investigated the role of specific growth factor signal trafficking in neuron survival and neurodegeneration

2015 Research Projects

Research projects conducted by Beloit Biomedical Scholars and their mentors in 2015, student names in bold.

  • Maddie Barron’17, Alberto Torres’17, Amy Briggs: Explored the role of FPGS in interactions between Arabidopsis thaliana and pathogens (at Beloit College)
  • George Gray’16, Ted Gries: Used urea as probe in understanding the kinetic mechanism and conformational Changes of 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase from saccharomyces cerevisiae (at Beloit College)
  • Jacob Gray’16, Rachel Bergstrom: Investigated the role of specific growth factor signal trafficking in neuron survival and neurodegeneration (at Beloit College)
  • Miranda Simes ’17, Kristin Labby: Synthesized small molecule inhibitors of an antibiotic resistance enzyme (at Beloit College)

2014 Research Projects

Research projects conducted by Beloit Biomedical Scholars and their mentors in 2014, student names in bold.

  • April Apfelbaum’17, Amy Briggs: Tested the effect of removing a specific gene in how a plant responds to a bacterial infection (at Beloit College)
  • Jacob Parrott’15, Amy Briggs: Used computational approaches to understand how a specific gene important to plant immune response is regulated (at Beloit College)
  • Dillon McCannon’15, Katie Johnson: Investigated how molecular markers (glucose and insulin) change with age and weight in horses (at Beloit College)
  • Cheyenne Moffatt’17, Deanna Soper: Investigated the effect of mate competition on mating behavior among bean beetles (at Beloit College)
  • Megan Young’15, Ted Gries: Developed a method to study oxygen binding to hemoglobin appropriate for research and teaching labs (at Beloit College)

2013 Research Projects

Research projects conducted by Beloit Biomedical Scholars and their mentors in 2013, student names in bold.

  • Josh Smith, Amy Briggs: Studies of the Plant Immune System Using Arabidopsis thaliana Uncovers New Understanding of the Defense Protein PARG2 (at Beloit College)
  • Laramie Wieseman, Ted Gries: Potential of urea to probe for conformational changes in 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae (at  College)
  • Cyril Appiagyei, Alan Wolfe: The Effects of yfiQ and Acetlphosphate on Metabolism in E. coli (at Loyola University Medical Center)
  • Matt Rishel, Karen Visick: Roles of SypA and cyclic-di-GMP in biofilm formation in Vibrio fischeri (at Loyola University medical Center)
  • Taylor Amery, Carl Ruby: Discrepancies in Immune Regulation between Young and Old Mice (at Rush University Medical Center)
  • Johnson (Jason) Saba, Andrew Zloza: Preferential Deletion of Anti-Tunor CD8+ T Cells in the Context of Viral Infection (at Rush University Medical Center)
  • Joe Poshepny, Andrew Zloza: Combination Immunotherapy with Interleukin-2 and CTLA-4 Blockade Decreases Tumor Growth and Improves Overall Survival (at Rush University Medical Center)

2012 Research Projects

Research projects conducted by Beloit Biomedical Scholars and their mentors in 2012, student names in bold.

  • Valerie Dautermann, Namoonga Mantina, Katie Johnson: Exercise effects on salivary cortisol (at Beloit College)
  • Ozgun Kilic, Ted Gries, Ant Deterrent Factor (ADF) and Scavenger Deterrent Factor (SDF) produced by the bacteria Xenorhabdus nematophila and Photorhabdus luminescens (at Beloit College)
  • Lucille Tepsa, Amy Briggs: The function of poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation in the plant immune system (at Beloit College)
  • Greg Schalla, Demetrius Gravis: The molecular evolutionary origins of the TIGAR (TP53 Inducible Glycolysis and Apoptosis Regulator) family (at Beloit College)
  • Brenda Plakans, Kate O’Connor-Giles:  Expression of fife, a gene involved in neurotransmitter release, in fruit flies (Drosophila, melangaster) (at the University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Jiaqi Luo, David Williams: Drug targets to treat or prevent the tropical disease schistosomiasis (at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago)
  • Li Wan, Erika Piedras-Renteria: T-type calcium channels (at Loyola University, Chicago)