2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium


 POSTER SESSION Thursday, August 16, 2018, 3 to 5 pm, Meigs Room

Sponsored by:
NSF-REU “Biological Discovery in Woods Hole” Program
The University of Chicago
MBL Division of Education – Rae Nishi, Director
MBL Division of Research – David Mark Welch, Director

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

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Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Tau Aggregates on Fast Axonal Transport 

Aloe1,2, K. Bechberger1,3, S. Koenig1,3, S.L. Morris4, G. Morfini1,4, S.T. Brady1,4

1Marine Biological Laboratory, MA; 2Hunter College, CUNY, NY; 3University of Kaiserslautern, Germany; 4University of Illinois at Chicago, IL


Marine benthic algal response to salt marsh nutrient enrichment

K.E. Armstrong, A. Davis, H.L.Sullivan, L.A. Deegan

Woods Hole Research Center


Elucidating Interactions Between the Parkinson’s disease-associated protein, α-Synuclein, and Dynamin-1

Yohan Auguste1,2, Karina Vargas2, Julia Eisen2, Jennifer Morgan2

1Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002, 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, Woods Hole, MA 02543


Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity in Parkinson’s-Associated DJ-1 Knock-Out Mice

Natasha K. Baas-Thomas1, and Elizabeth A. Jonas2

1Reed College, 2Yale University School of Medicine


Generating RFX6 Mutants via CRISPR/Cas9 to Model Mitchell-Riley Syndrome in Xenopus tropicalis

Swathi Balaji1 and Marko Horb2

1The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, 2National Xenopus Resource and Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA


Linking Landscapes: salt marsh geomorphology structures mummichog diet

Cameron A. Bechtold, Justin S. Lesser, Linda A. Deegan, and James A. Nelson

Union College


Does Hydra Have Social Behavior?

Jordan Bolling1, Robert Steele2

1The University of Alabama, 2University of California, Irvine


Studying the Role of RNA Editing in Regenerating Octopus Bimaculoides

N.B. Coffey1,2, J.F. Diaz Quiroz2, J.J.C. Rosenthal2

1The University of Chicago, 2Bell Center, Marine Biological Laboratory


Plant community composition in an experimentally eutrophied salt marsh

Corbiere, H.L. Sullivan, T.J. Mozder, L.A. Deegan

Woods Hole Research Center


Maternal age effects on offspring life and healthspan

Jackie Culotta1,2, Emily Stone2, Emily Corey2, Ilana Jacobs2, Evgeny Ivashkin2, and Kristin Gribble2

1Carleton College, 2Marine Biological Laboratory


Particulate Carbon Cycling in the Sargasso Sea Water Column: Insights from Lipid Biomarkers to Evaluate Seasonality

Emily DeFelippis, Rut Pedrosa-Pàmies, Maureen Conte

Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA


Assessing calcification of Astrangia under different temperature and physiological conditions using Scanning Electron Microscopy

Zoe Dellaert1,2, Dr. Loretta Roberson2

1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA


Micron-Scale Spatial Structure of Microbial Communities on the Kelp Nereocystis luetkeana

Loretha Jack1,2, Tabita Ramirez-Puebla2, Jessica Mark Welch2

1University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 2Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA


Origins of deep sea fatty acids assessed using compound specific stable isotopes

Marianna Karagiannis1,2, JC Weber2, and Maureen Conte2

1University of Chicago, 2The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory


Quantifying camouflage: how well do cephalopods resemble the color of the background in the eyes of different predators?

Jaida Kenana1,2, Derya Akkaynak2, Roger Hanlon3

1University of Chicago, 2Princeton University, 3Marine Biological Laboratory


Role of Foxl2 in Xenopus tropicalis Female Sex-Determination

Ashley Lemonds1, Gina Payne2, Anthony Rodriguez-Vargas2, Marko Horb2

1Department of Biology: Truman State University, 100 E Normal St, Kirksville, MO 63501, 2Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543


Role of reverse transcriptase-related (rvt) genes in metal stress response

Bria Metzger1, Fernando Rodriguez2, Irina Yusshenova2, Irina Arkhipova1,2

1Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, 2Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 02543


Potential net nitrogen mineralization in Plum Island salt marsh soils

Miller, H.J., Sullivan, H.L., Deegan, L.A.

Woods Hole Research Center


Hydrogel enables injection of squid embryos for CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing and other genetic tools in cephalopods

Atreyo Pal1, Eric Edsinger2

1Biological Sciences Division, University of Chicago, 2Marine Biological Laboratory


Effects of Actin Polymerization Inhibition on Vesicular Exocytosis and Recovery

William A. Ramos1, 2, Leonard K. Kaczmarek2, 3, Kambiz N. Alavian2, 3, 4, Elizabeth A. Jonas2, 3

The College of the University of Chicago; 2Marine Biological Laboratory 3Yale University School of Medicine; 4Imperial College London, Department of Medicine


Cold shocks induce asymbiotic colonies in A. poculata, an emerging coral model

Liliana K. Rangel-Parra1,2, Mayra A. Sánchez Garcia2, Loretta M. Roberson2

1Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608 USA, 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 02543


Testing Age-Dependent Effects on Episodic-Like Memory in Cuttlefish

Micaela M. Rivera1, Roger T. Hanlon2, Alexandra K. Schnell2

1Ripon College, 2Marine Biological Laboratory, 3University of Cambridge, UK


Characterization of Neoblast population during regeneration in Lumbriculus Variegatus

Bryan Salvador1,2 and Dr. Veronica G. Martinez-Acosta1,2

1Dept. of Biology, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, 2Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA 02543


Vitamin C transporter gene regulation in early developmental stages of Porites astreoides

Phoebe Seltzer1, Eldad Gutner-Hoch2, Loretta Roberson2

1The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 02543


Effects of Increasing pCO2 and Temperature on Swimming Behavior of D. Pealii Paralarvae

Toni Sleugh1, Casey Zakroff2, Dr. Aran Mooney2

1Iowa State University, 2WHOI


Macrophyte stable isotope signatures as indicators of nitrogen loads and sources in three estuaries of Waquoit Bay

Paige Torres1,2, Ivan Valiela2, Javier Lloret2, Daniella Hanacek2

1Brown University, Providence RI; 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA


Nitrogen load regime change: changes in atmospheric deposition drive trajectory of nitrogen loads in Buzzards Bay estuaries

Claire Valva1, Ivan Valiela 2, Javier Lloret2

1The University of Chicago, Chicago IL, 2The Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA


Potassium Channel Organizes Actin Structure of the Presynaptic Terminal

Jessica Xia1, Shobana Subramanian2, Elizabeth A. Jonas2,4, Leonard K. Kaczmarek3,4

1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2Departments of Internal Medicine and Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 3Departments of Pharmacology and Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 4Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA


Stimulation Changes Actin Architecture in the Presynaptic Terminal

Adam Zabner1, Shobana Subramanian2, Jessica Xia1, Leonard K. Kaczmarek2, Elizabeth A. Jonas2

1University of Chicago, the College, Chicago, IL, 2Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT


Photoreceptor characterization as evidence for retinal specialization and visual adaptation in an elasmobranch

Kevin Zhao1, Lena M. Herbst3, and Lydia M. Mathgër2

1University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, 2Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA