Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meeting of the Minds 2012

Biological Sciences Participates in the Meeting of the Minds

On May 9, 2012, Carnegie Mellon University hosted its annual symposium celebrating undergraduate research, the Meeting of the Minds. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, this event allowed undergraduates to display their research to the entire campus community and visiting industry professionals.

During the Meeting of the Minds, Sigma Xi, the international honorary research society, sponsored a poster competition. Numerous biological sciences undergraduates participated in the event, since it was open to any student presenting a poster in the quantitative sciences. Biological Sciences undergraduate David Huang tied for first place with a physics student. His poster was entitled “Candida Albicans Adherence Regulator ACE2 Is A Pivotal Target Of SNF5;” his advisor was Dr. Aaron Mitchell.

In addition to the undergraduates, the Biological Sciences department supported this outreach event in numerous capacities. Dr. Shoba Subramanian served as organizer of the competition. Faculty members Maggie Braun, Emily Drill, Veronica Hinman, Linda Visomirski-Robic, postdoctoral fellows Jill Dembowski, Jeanne Morin-Leisk, Wenjie Xu, and alumnus Parul Nisha were among the judges.

Associate Professor A. Javier López also served as a judge for the Richard Schoenwald Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Research Prize.

All Biological Sciences Undergraduate Participants

Areej Ali
Infants’ Perception of Causal Chains
Advisor: David Rakison

Titas Banerjee
Phylogenomic Analysis of Tumorigenesis Using Breast Cancer Cells
Advisor: Russell Schwartz

Veronika Biskis
The Relationship Between Attentional and Statistical Language Learning Processes in Preschool Children
Advisor: Erik Thiessen

Clare Bozso
Behavioral Response to Positive Emotional Distractions Differentiate Youth with ADHD Based on Familial Risk of Bipolar Disorder
Advisor: Lori Holt

Neha Chaurasia
Using Analogical Comparison to Improve Mineralogy Site Identification
Advisor: David Klahr

Lianne Cohen
A Flourogen-Activating Protein Biosensor for Protein-Protein and Cell-Cell Interactions

Advisor: Jonathan Jarvik

Paige Davison
Determining the Ways in Which APC2 Cortically Localizes
Advisor: Brooke McCartney

Nicholas Delrose & Allyson Koyen
Investigating the Role of APC2 in Asymmetric Division of Drosophila Neuroblasts
Advisor: Brooke McCartney

Belle English
Visualization of GFP-tagged Proteins in Neuronal-fated MES
Advisors: Margaret Fuhrman & Jonathan Jarvik

Stephanie Guerra
Identification of CIS Regulatory Sequences of Effector Genes in the Sea Urchin Skeletogenic Gene Regulatory Network

Advisor: Charles Ettensohn

Siping He
Investigating the Biological Function of a Non-exonic Recursive Splice Site in the Polychaetoid Gene of Drosophila
Advisor: A. Javier Lopez

David Huang
Candida Albicans Adherence Regulator ACE2 is a Pivotal Target of SNF5

Advisor: Aaron Mitchell

Minju Kim
Human Tear Lipocalin for Imaging Cell Surface Proteins

Advisor: Gordon Rule

Diane Koeller
Truncation, Cloning and Expression of Debranching Enzyme
Advisor: Mark Macbeth

Ling-Yi Kung
Modeling Cell Shape Dynamics
Advisor: Joshua Kangas

Eun Hwa Lee
Effect of “Pre-Existing” Inflammatory Environment on Progenitor Differentiation

Advisor: Phil Campbell

So Jung Lee
Cardiac-Specific Knockdown of the Sodium Dependent Glucose Cotransporter 1 (SGLT1) Attenuates the Cardiomyopathy Caused by a Mutation in PRKAG2
Advisors: Maggie Braun & Ferhaan Ahmad

Margaret Libonati
Identification and Analysis of Patira Miniata Gene CGM CIS-Regulatory Module

Advisor: Veronica Hinman

Janice Lyu
HSP27 and its Effect on Caspase Activity During Sperm Differentiation in Drosophila

Advisor: Jonathan Minden

Andrew McCoy
Thrombin Biosensors and Characterization of the Fluorogen-activating Protein (FAP) Platform
Advisor: Peter Berget

Mridula Nadamuni
Inspired: Common Themes in Science
Advisor: Maggie Braun

Prihanka Nandakumar
Structural Determination of Branced RNA by Single Molecule Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
Advisor: Linda Peteanu

Anna Park
Characterizing the Role of Nucleolar Protein NOP12 in Ribosome Assembly

Advisor: John Woolford

Oliver Ruiz
The Effects of Amphetamine on the Regulation of Intracellular Signaling by Reward-predictive Cues
Advisor: Edda Thiels

Maneesha Sakhuja
Understanding Conformational Changes in Opioid Receptors upon Ligand Binding
Advisor: Manojkumar Puthenveedu

Katherine Siewart
Phylogenetic Reconstruction of Domain Shuffling in the Maguk Protein Family
Advisor: Dannie Durand

Hannah Wirtshafter
Cortical Representation of Temperature Sensation in Mouse

Advisor: Alison Barth

Pavan Yalamanchili
A Political Survey of the CMU Community
Advisor: Brian Junker

Cindy Zhu
The Role of Diaphanous in Actin Assembly in the Drosophila Syncytial Embryo
Advisor: Brooke McCartney

Nicolas Zuniga-Penaranda
Priming of Manual Actions by Their Related Sounds

Advisor: Laurie Heller

Nicolas Zuniga-Penaranda
Newly Formed Sound-action Associations Elicit Auditory-motor Priming
Advisor: Laurie Heller