Fall 2020 Schedule

Fall 2020 ABT 395/399 Student Presentations
Tuesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:00am to 3:30pm
Presentations by Zoom
Please contact Esther Fleming, efleming@uky.edu, for more information.

9:50am  Zoom Check-in

9:55am   Welcome and Introduction  Dr. Aardra Kachroo, ABT 395/399 Course Coordinator

10:00am    Interactive effect of genetics, environment, and agronomic management on soybean seed composition  
Mentor:  Dr. Montserrat Salmeron, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

10:15am   Hadi Elgaali    Single-cell analysis of the periodontal immune niche in type 2 diabetes
Mentor:  Dr. Barbara Nikolajczyk, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine 

10:30am  Gavin Brackett    Mechanisms of familial social transmission of aggression in honeybees
Mentor:  Dr. Clare C. Rittschof, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

10:45am  Noah Clements    How repeat induced point mutation (RIP) affects single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) calling in fungal genomic sequences
Mentor:  Dr. Mark Farman, Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

11:00am  Morganne Dixey    Mechanisms of virulence regulation by the lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi
Mentor:  Dr. Brian Stevenson, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, College of Medicine

11:15am  Morgan Erwin    Transmission of the Helicoverpa zea nudivirus by sterile males
Mentor:  Dr. Bruce Webb, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

11:30AM-1:00PM LUNCH BREAK

1:00pm  Brianna Fischer  The roles of NCK-1 and MAGU-2 during neuromuscular junction development in Caenorhabditis elegans 
Mentor:  Dr. Salvatore J. Cherra III, Department of Neuroscience, College of Medicine

1:15pm  McKenna Roe    Liquid-liquid phase separation of the human metapneumovirus phosphoprotein and nucleoprotein characterized in vitro
Mentor:  Dr. Rebecca Dutch, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, College of Medicine

1:30pm  Jason Wu    Determination of specific termite individuals performing undertaking behavior
Mentor:  Dr. Xuguo Zhou, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

1:45pm  Mckenxzy Boateng, Jr    Bioinformatics analysis of the long-term effect of tillage and nitrogen input agriculture on soil bacterial communities
Mentor:   Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Lopez, Department of Horticulture, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

2:00pm  Katie Chheang    Effects and mechanisms of gold nanoparticle exposure on longevity in C. elegans
Mentor:  Dr. Olga Tsyusko, Department of Plant and Soil Science, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

2:15pm  Alyse Ptacek     Role of Wnt pathway in leukemia stem cells modeled in zebrafish
Mentor:  Dr. Jessica Blackburn, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, College of Medicine

2:30pm  Keeley Ruskowski    Review of bacterial contamination of various commercial fermentations: Causes and treatments
Mentor:  Dr. Luke Moe, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

2:45pm  Emma Skipworth     Determining the mechanism by which Borrelia burgdorferi controls production of the SpoVG DNA-/RNA-binding regulatory protein
Mentor:  Dr. Brian Stevenson, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, College of Medicine

3:00pm   Hannah Cleary     Methods of mechanotransduction in corpuscles of waterfowl
Mentor:  Dr. Eve Schneider, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

3:15pm  Sara Hieneman    Monitoring GIPC3 binding to auditory transduction pathway proteins
Mentor:  Dr. Craig W. Vander Kooi, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, College of Medicine

Thursday, November 19, 2020 

9:55am   Dr. Aardra Kachroo  Welcome & Introductions

10:00am  Andrea Martin     Serum and imaging-based biomarkers of cartilage health in hip joint disease
Mentor:  Dr. Michael Samaan, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, College of Education

10:15am Sunny Ghuneim   Sex-specific effects of early life stress on water and electrolyte homeostasis
Mentor: Dr. Analia Loria-Kinsey, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine

10:30am  Amanda Fiedler    Phthalates disrupt the prostaglandin pathway: Linking their roles in female fertility
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Hannon, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine

10:45am  Allison Fink    Factors Affecting the periparturient rise in Haemonchus contortus infection in hampshire and polypay ewes  Mentor: Dr. Debra Aaron, Department of Animal Science. College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

11:00am  Christopher Martin    Conservation of systemic acquired resistance in plants
Mentor: Dr. Aardra Kachroo Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

11:15am  Cole Blanford    Receptor impacts on inflammatory response due to Pneumocystis trophozoites
Mentor: Dr. Beth Garvy, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, College of Medicine

11:30AM-1:00PM LUNCH BREAK

1:00pm  Grace Moses    Will the co-infection of Rickettsia in Mermessus fradeorum lessen the strength of CI (cytoplasmic incompatibility) caused by Rickettsiella?
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer White, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

1:15pm  Braden Florence    Production of nanobodies targeting SARS-CoV2 spike protein
Mentor: Dr. Konstantin V. Korotkov, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, College of Medicine

1:30pm Luke Landis    Population intercommunication of the eastern subterranean termite as a function of colony vitality
Mentor: Dr. Xuguo Zhou, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

1:45pm  Kyle Stephenson    Bactericidal and anti-inflammatory nanoparticles for periodontal disease treatment
Mentor: Dr. Luciana Macchion Shaddox, Department of Oral Health Practice, College of Dentistry

2:00pm  Taylor Napier    Effects of honey or sucrose diet on the aggression of guard bees toward returning foragers in Apis mellifera
Mentor: Dr. Clare Rittschof, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

2:15pm  Reagan Smith    Repurposing FDA approved drugs to target leukemia stem cells and prevent patient relapse
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Blackburn, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, College of Medicine

2:30pm Courtney Shields    Evaluation of novel biological control rhizobacteria for management of angular leaf spot in dark tobacco
Mentor: Dr. Natalia Martinez, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment

2:45pm  Evelyn Turnbaugh    Progress towards establishing a capn5 zebrafish mutant line using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing
Mentor: Dr. Ann Morris, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

3:00pm  Emory Wilds    DNA mismatch repair and chemotherapy resistance
Mentor: Dr. Eva Goellner, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, College of Medicine

3:15pm  Mary Catherine Wilson    Developing a platform for production of Protoilludene for medical applications in the treatment of substance addiction
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Chappell, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

3:30pm  Anna Foose    Role of grooming behavior and pesticide resistance in honeybees
Mentor: Dr. Clare Rittschof, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment