Spring 2020 Schedule

Spring 2020 ABT 395/399 Student Presentations
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:00am to 5:00pm
Presentations by Zoom
Please contact Esther Fleming, efleming@uky.edu, for more information.

8:50am  Zoom Check-in

8:55am   Welcome and Introduction  Dr. Aardra Kachroo, ABT 395/399 Course Coordinator

9:00am  Cheyenne Chandler  Characterization of epididymal fat in Zhx2+Zhx2- mice on a high-fat/high cholesterol diet
Mentor  Dr. Brett Spear, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UK College of Medicine

9:15am   McKaylee Copher  An investigation into sublethal doses of dicamba on Amaranthus palmeri: Are epigenetics involved in any response?
Mentor:  Dr. Erin Haramoto, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

9:30am  Allison Ellis  Discovering novel interacting proteins of the small subunit of Rubisco utilizing mini and BIOID systems
Mentor:  Dr. Robert Houtz, Department of Horticulture, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

9:45am  Kara Tauer  Design and evaluation of a high-quality protein screening library
Mentor:  Dr. Luke Bradley, Department of Neuroscience, UK College of Medicine

10:00am  Julie Hancock  Effect of knockdown of isoflavone synthase on root nodulation
Mentor:   Dr. Randy Dinkins, Forage-Animal Production Research Unit, USDA

10:15am  Stevi Howard   Chemerin as a biomarker of aging in mice
Mentor:  Dr. Kevin Pearson, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, UK College of Medicine

10:30am  Lora Boyadjieva   Molecular and morphological identification of the causal agent of black root rot in Hemp (Cannabis sativa) in Kentucky
Mentor:  Dr. Nicole Gauthier, Department of Plant Pathology, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

10:45am  Ashley Brown   Mutations in the polyadenylation complex of Sarcocystis neurona that confer resistance to the anti-protozoal drug AN3661
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Howe, Department of Veterinary Science, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

11:00am-2:00pm   Lunch Break

2:00pm  Kristen Bruce   The cowpea aphid is a suitable food source for green lacewings
Mentor:  Dr. Jen White, Department of Entomology, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

2:15pm  Jordan Corley  Effect of bacterial adaptation to the environment on cellulose production, or how Covid-19 made me adapt
Mentor:   Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Lopez, Department of Horticulture, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

2:30pm  Makenzie Goodness   Generation and Characterization of a Demethylated Soybean Population
Mentor:   Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Lopez, Department of Horticulture, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

2:45pm  Larissa Silverio-Ferrell   Peeking into the unknown: Can we breed plant-microbe interactions for more sustainable crops?
Mentor:   Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Lopez, Department of Horticulture, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

3:00pm  Kristoffer Childers   Assessing the Accuracy and Practicality of bellus3D Dental Pro Mobile Application
Mentor:   Dr. Mohamed Bazina, Department of Oral Health Science, UK College of Dentistry

3:15pm  Hannah Kemplin   Inhibition of hexosamine biosynthesis reduces colorectal cancer proliferation and survival
Mentor:   Dr. Kate Zaytseva, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, Markey Cancer Center, UK College of Medicine

3:30pm  Elena Manauis   Characterization of Novel N-Methyltransferase for the Alternative Alkylation of Nucleosides
Mentor:   Dr. Steven Van Lanen, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UK College of Pharmacy

3:45pm   Erin McMahon   Biotinylation of Rhodococcus equi Surface Proteins
Mentor:   Dr. Carrie Shaffer, Department of Veterinary Science, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

4:00pm  Sydney Ott   X-Clarity: See-through technology to look into the brain
Mentor:   Dr. Bjoern Bauer, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UK College of Pharmacy

4:15pm  Kate Rodgers   Analyzing pipecolic acid metabolism in soybean
Mentor:   Dr. Pradeep Kachroo, Department of Plant Pathology, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

4:30pm  Yating Zhang   Competitor intimidation in termites through behavioral tracking
Mentor:   Dr. Xuguo Zhou, Department of Entomology, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment