2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Lillie Auditorium
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sponsored by:

NSF-REU “Biological Discovery in Woods Hole” Program
The Marine Biological Laboratory Divisions of Research & Education
William D. Cohen Endowed Undergraduate Research Fund
Jane C. Kaltenbach-Townsend Endowment for Undergraduate Research
University of Chicago

Program Organizers:
Allen Mensinger, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Duluth
Veronica G. Martinez Acosta, University of the Incarnate Word, TX
Jean Enright – Education Program Coordinator, MBL

Program Schedule – Click to View Abstracts

8:00 am          Opening Remarks – Rae Nishi, Director of Education

Session One – Chair: David Bodznick, PhD, Wesleyan University

8:05 am           Adaptive Sensory Processing in the Lateral Line of Leucoraja erinacea
Anna Krotinger1 and David Bodznick2
1Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 02543, 2Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459

8:20 am          Spinal regeneration in double transected lampreys
1Eduardo Guadarrama, 2Kendra L. Hanslik, 2Scott R. Allen, 2Jennifer R. Morgan
1Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 01002; 2Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, 02543.

 8:35 am          Recording the dynamic passing cloud display in cuttlefish
Hinojoza-Rood, Valerie D. 1,3 and Marissa Y. Annis 2,3
1CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA; 2University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and 3Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

8:50 am          Using passive acoustics to determine the effect of abiotic and biotic sound on Oyster Toadfish (Opsanus tau) vocalization rates
Alayna G. Mackiewicz and Allen F. Mensinger
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA and University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN

9:05 am          Actin cytoskeleton interactions with Kv3.3 and Hax-1 in MNTB neurons
Kaysi Herrera-Pujols1,4, Paola Negrón-Moreno2,4, ElizabethJonas3,4, and Leonard K. Kaczmarek3,4
1Dartmouth College, 2University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, 3Yale University; and Marine Biological Laboratory

9:20 am          Effects of Fragile X Syndrome on the conductance of mitochondrial membrane channels
Sana Sohail1,3, Jorge Salcedo1,3, Elizabeth Jonas2,3
1The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 2Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; 3Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

9:35 am          Cellular and Molecular Characterization of Head Regeneration in Lumbriculus variegatus.
Shannon O’Bryant & Dr. Veronica G. Martinez-Acosta
School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at the University of the Incarnate Word

9:50 am          The neuroanatomical mechanisms of traveling wave displays in cephalopods
Annis, Marissa Y.1,3, Hinojoza-Rood, Valerie D.2,3, Senft, Stephen L.3 and Hanlon, Roger T.3
1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 2California State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA; and 3Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.


10:05 am        COFFEE BREAK

 

Session Two – Chair: Rob Steele, PhD, University of California, Irvine

10:20 am       Location and interactions of Bcl-XL and actin in the brain stem
Paola Negrón-Moreno1,4, Kaysi Herrera-Pujols2,4, Leonard Kaczmarek3,4, Elizabeth Jonas3,4
1
University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, 2Dartmouth College, 3Yale University, 4Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

10:35 am       Analysis of Doryteuthis pealeii Squid Locomotion Using a Novel Bio-logging Tag: Effects of Attachment, Water Flow, and Noise
Destiny N Reese1, Francesco Caruso2, Ian Jones2, Jessica Perelman2, T. Aran Mooney2
1Eckerd College, 2Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

10:50 am       Pancreas beta cell development in Xenopus
Katherine H. Fisher1,2,3, Marcin Wlizla1, Marko Horb1,2
1Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and National Xenopus Resource, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; 2Biological Discovery in Woods Hole NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates; 3Gill Center for Biomolecular Sciences, and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

11:05 am        Eutrophication of Waquoit Bay estuaries: Effects of land-derived nitrogen loading on the assemblages macroalgal taxa
Sharanya Sarathy 1,3, Ivan Valiela 3, Javier Lloret 3, Daniela Hanacek 3, Claire Valva 2,3
1Brown University, Providence, RI; 2University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and 3Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

11:20 am        Responses of inorganic nitrogen concentrations and producers in Cape Cod estuarine systems subject to differing rates of nitrogen loading
Valva, Claire N.1,2, Ivan Valiela2, Javier Lloret2, Daniella Hanacek2, Sharanya Sarathy2,3, Richard McHorney2
1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; and 3Brown University, Providence, RI.

11:35 am        Understanding Particle Cycling in the Deep Sargasso Sea through the Use of Lipid Biomarkers
Johanna Holo1, Maureen Conte2, JC Weber2, Rut Pedrosa-Pamies2
1University of Chicago, 2Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory

11:50 am        The effect of marsh zonation on amphipod distribution and predation
Alexandria M. Walus1, Michael Roy2, Jarrett E.K. Byrnes2
1Department of Integrative Biology, Michigan State University, 2Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston

12:05 pm        Carbon cycling in temperate salt marsh ponds
Gyujong Yoo1,2, Inke Forbrich1, Amanda Spivak3, Kelsey Gosselin3, and Rowena Schenck3,4
1Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, 2Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College, 3Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 4Department of Biogeochemistry and Biophysics, Amherst College


12:20 pm – LUNCH BREAK

 

Session Three – Chair: Beth Giuffrida, Wareham Middle School, MA

1:00 pm            Effects of tidal restriction on greenhouse gas emissions in New England coastal wetlands
Leron Perez1,2, Faming Wang2, and Jianwu Tang2
1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

1:15 pm             Coral Bleaching Research as a Tool for Effective Science Communication
Gyasi Alexander1,2 , Loretta Roberson1
1Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; 2 University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI

1:30 pm            Improved Site-directed RNA editing by using ADARs from diverse organisms
Graciela Gautier1,2, María F. Montiel-González1, Joshua J.C. Rosenthal1
1Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; 2Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

1:45 pm            An ancestral role for RNA editing in innate immunity
Huang, Amy1, Liam Keegan2, Mary O’Connell2, Joshua Rosenthal3
1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Central European Institute of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic; 3Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

2:00 pm          Modeling aging: the eyesight of Brachionus manjavacas
Smith, Julia M.1
1Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA / University of Chicago

2:15 pm           Optimizing the expression of soluble recombinant protein by a mutant reverse transcriptase gene expressed in Escherichia coli
Katherine Dunham1,2, Irina A. Yushenova2, Irina R. Arkhipova2
1Brown University, Providence, RI; 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

2:30 pm           Capture of extrachromosomal circular DNA in bdelloid rotifers via Mu transposition cloning pathway
Jonathan Dow1,2, Fernando Rodriguez1, Irina R. Arkhipova1,2
1Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; 2Brown University, Providence RI.

 2:45 pm          Identifying extrachromosomal intermediates of transposition in bdelloid rotifers
Laura Swain1,2, Irina A. Yushenova1, Irina R. Arkhipova1.
1Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; 2University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


3:00 pm          COFFEE BREAK

 

Session Four – Chair: Jessica Mark Welch, PhD, Marine Biological Laboratory

3:15 pm         Species composition of microbial structures in dental plaque
Alexandra Sjaarda1,2, Jessica Mark Welch1, Gary Borisy3
1Marine Biological Laboratory; 2University of Chicago; 3The Forsyth Institute

3:30 pm        Microbial Structures of the Human Tongue
Isa Alvarez 1, Jessica Mark Welch 2
1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

3:45 pm        Measuring Resolution of the Orientation-Independent Differential Interference Contrast Microscope
Thomas Rhines1,2, Michael Shribak2
1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

4:00 pm       Effects of Fragile X Syndrome on the conductance of mitochondrial membrane channels
Jorge Salcedo1,3, Sana Sohail1,3, Elizabeth Jonas2,3
1
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 2Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; 3Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

4:15 pm        Fast axonal transport dysfunction in neurons is mediated by mutant tau protein via activation of phosphotransferases
1,3Zhang, Rebecca, 2,3Minsu Kang, 2,3Sarah Morris, 2,3Gerardo Morfini, 2,3Scott T. Brady
1CUNY Hunter College, New York City, NY; 2University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; and 3Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

4:30 pm       Inhibition of fast axonal transport in neurons is facilitated by a tau-mediated molecular mechanism involving exposure of the PAD domain
1,3Ebenezer, Karen G., 2,3Minsu Kang, 2,3Sarah Morris, 2,3Gerardo Morfini, 2,3Scott T. Brady
1CUNY Hunter College, New York City, NY; 2University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; and 3Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

4:45 pm       Assessing the use of Tg(fabp10a:EGFP-hPLIN2) as a live lipid marker in zebrafish hepatocytes to identify fatty liver disease
Catherine Palmer1, Leonore Wunsche1, Anjana Ramdas Nair1 Steven Farber2 and Kirsten C. Sadler1
1Biology Program, New York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Campus, 129188, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and 2Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Baltimore, Maryland 21218.

5:00 pm     Divergent fates of UHRF1 deficient embryonic zebrafish hepatocytes
Chanyong Tina Kim1,4, Shuang Wang2, Courtney Sansam3,4, Christopher L. Sansam3,4, and Kirsten C. Sadler1,4
1New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE; 2Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY; 3Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, OK; and 4Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

5:15 pm       A survey of marine fungi species and morphological diversity in Woods Hole
Lorna Mitchison-Field1,2 and Amy Gladfelter2,3
1Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA; 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA; 3University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

5:30 pm     Why are cephalopod eggs so big? Testing the functional limits of jet propulsion in pygmy squid
Malaika Cordeiro1 and Eric Edsinger2
1Roger Williams University 2Marine Biological Laboratory.