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Presentation Schedule

 Oral Presentations: Session I (11:00 AM – 12:15 PM)

Session Chair: Thanuka Udumulla-Arachchilage

Presentation Title

Student Author(s)

Faculty Advisor(s)

DETERMINING THE EFFECTS OF SALT STRESS ON SWITCHGRASS (PANICUM VIRGATUM) GROWTH IN TISSUE CULTURE MEDIA

Meghan Richline (Junior, Biology), Melissa Scanlon (Senior, Biology)

Yan Xu

IMPACT OF INFORMATION ON A COOPERATIVE GAME NETWORK

Tomas Carino-Bazan (Senior, Mathematics)

Amanda Beecher

INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF HCP-3 DURING CELL DIVISION IN THE NEMATODE C. ELEGANS

Madeleine Maas (Senior, Biology), Brianna Romer (Senior, Biology), Meghann Herman (Junior, Biology), Jenna-Marie Tracy (Alumnus, Biology)

Joost Monen

VIRTUAL REALITY FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY (SCI) PATIENTS

Saima Khot (Graduate student, Telecommunications and Networks), Alexa Piccoli (Graduate student, Computer Science), George Samuels (Senior, Computer Science), Ashley Hinkson (Senior, Information Technology), Mario Pichardo (Senior, Computer Science), Arton Mirakaj (Senior, Computer Science)

Jean Coppola, David Putrino

SOLVATOCHROMIC STUDY OF A NOVEL DIFLUOROMETRIC PROBE

Aleksandar Goranov (Senior, Chemistry), Katerina Djambazova (Junior, Chemistry and Psychology)

Loraine Tan

OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF TRANSPARENT CONDUCTING FILMS

Alexander Clark (Senior, Engineering Physics), Daniel Latona (Senior, Engineering Physics)

Catalin Martin

Oral Presentations: Session II (2:45 PM – 4:15 PM)

Session Chair: Meghan Richline

Presentation Title

Student Author(s)

Faculty Advisor(s)

SEQUENTIAL EXPERIMENTS TO SYNTHESIZE DIPHENYLACETYLENE FROM STYRENE IN AN UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY

Thanuka Udumulla (Senior, Chemistry), Matthew McCloskey (Junior, Chemistry), Amran Hussain (Alumnus, Biochemistry), Mayra Romero (Junior, Biochemistry)

Sarah Carberry

BIOCHEMICAL STUDIES OF N-TERMINAL AND C-TERMINAL CONTACTS OF E. COLI RECOMBINATION PROTEIN RECR AND ITS INTERLOCKING MUTANTS USING GEL ELECTROPHORESIS AND FAST PROTEIN LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY

Soo Jin Koo (Senior, Biochemistry), Christine Jaipersaud (Junior, Biochemistry), Rojina Shrestha (Freshman, Biochemistry)

Seung-Sup Kim

DETERMINING OPTIMAL LIGHT AND NITROGEN TREATMENTS FOR GROWTH IN CALENDULA OFFICINALIS THROUGH PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR ANALYSIS, AND ASSESSING FOR ACCUMULATION OF PHYTOCHEMICAL GROUPS

Pragun Tuladhar (Junior, Biochemistry), Safal Shrestha (Senior, Bioinformatics)

Yan Xu

EVALUATION OF GUANOFURACIN AS AN ANTIBIOTIC

Jennifer Trabucco (Junior, Biochemistry)

Tom Owen

EXPLORING MAGNETIC AMORPHOUS ALLOYS FOR SENSOR APPLICATIONS

Lindsey Gray (Junior, Engineering Physics), Alexander Clark (Senior, Engineering Physics), Kamil Nowak (Senior, Engineering Physics)

Catalin Martin

BIOCHEMICAL STUDIES OF BACTERIAL GROWTH AND PROTEIN EXPRESSION PATTERNS OF GUT MICROBES INCLUDING LACTOBACILLUS RHAMNOSUS GG AND ESCHERICHIA COLI K-12 USING UV-VIS SPECTROPHOTOMETRY, TWO DIMENSIONAL GEL ELECTROPHORESIS AND FAST PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY

Devashri Parikh (Junior, Biochemistry), Pritha Aggarwal (Junior, Biochemistry)

Seung-Sup Kim, Nicole Rodstrom

* All oral presentations are also poster presentations, the remaining poster presentations are listed below.

Poster Presentations (12:15-1:00 PM & 4:15-5:00 PM)

Poster Title

Student Author(s)

Faculty Advisor(s)

A SURVEY OF INSECT POLLINATORS IN A SUBURBAN NATIVE WILDFLOWER MEADOW IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY

Leyla Aydin (Junior, Biology), Aina Yadav (Junior, Environmental Science), Brenda Arthur (Senior, Biology), Dominique Otiepka (Junior, Environmental Studies)

Eric Wiener

ANDROID APPLICATION TO AID BIRD IDENTIFICATION IN THE FIELD

Thomas Harden (Alumnus, Environmental Science)

Eric Wiener

ANALYSIS OF GENES INVOLVED IN BONE GROWTH REGULATION

Tabitha Jaison (Freshman, Biology), Asma Abeer (Freshman, Biology), Samrah Khan (Freshman, Biology), Samuel Sanchez (Freshman, Biology)

Thomas Owen

CAPABILITY FOR PRODUCTION OF MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES

Jennifer Howard (Senior, Biology)

Thomas Owen

CRITICAL MICELLE CONCENTRATION DETERMINATION BY TWO FLUORESCENT PROBES

Dalton Kaye (Senior, Chemistry), Michael Knef (Senior, Biochemistry), Brian Gural (Sophomore, Biochemistry)

Loraine Tan

COMPARING THE EFFICACY OF RNAi INJECTION VS. FEEDING IN C. ELEGANS

JJ Fritsch (Senior, Biology), Samantha Davis (Senior, Biology), Julianna Herman (Junior, Biology)

Joost Monen

DEVELOPING A GENETIC TEST TO ASSESS GENES IMPLICATED IN CANINE ATOPIC DERMATITIS (CAD)   Dana McKenna (Junior, Biology)

Joost Monen

DEVELOPMENT PF A CeCEMP-C RNAi APPROACH TO TEST FOR SEPARASE-MEDIATED CLEAVAGE OF THE CENTROMETRIC PROTEIN, HCP-3 in E ELEGANS     Austin Marcelo (,), Marco Salazar (,), Daniel Pleskowicz (,)     Joost Monen
DEVELOPMENT OF THE 2-D PAGE TECHNIQUE AS A TOOL FOR INVESTIGATING THE RAT SIT PROTEIN    Taylor Donnelly (Senior, Biology), Hailey Ebue (Senior, Biology)

Thomas Owen, Nicole Rodstrom

ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF A NATIVE INSECT DEFOLIATOR: CHESTNUT OAK DEFOLIATION, FOREST SUCCESSION AND CANOPY GAP EXPANSION IN A MIXED HARDWOOD FOREST OF THE NJ HIGHLANDS Michael Flood (Senior, Environmental Science), Brandon Dolce (Senior, Environmental Science)

Eric Wiener

ESTABLISHMENT OF OPTIMAL MC3T3 OSTEOBLASTIC DIFFERENTIATION CONDITIONS Nicholas Luke (Junior, Biology)

Thomas Owen

GENERATING A MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY AGAINST THE CENTROMERIC PROTEIN, HCP-3, IN C. ELEGANS Meghann Herman (Junior, Biology)

Joost Monen

INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF TWO CENP-A HOMOLOGS DURING CELL DIVISION IN THE NEMATODE C. ELEGANS Madeleine Maas (Senior, Biology), Jenna-Marie Tracy (Alumnus, Biology)

Joost Monen

LIVE IMAGING AND ANALYSIS OF WILD-TYPE VERSUS HCP-3 DEPLETED EMBRYOS IN THE NEMATODE, CAENORHABDITIS ELEGANS Brianna Romer (Senior, Biology), Meghann Herman (Junior, Biology)

Joost Monen

MIGRANT RAPTOR USE OF DIFFERENT PATHWAYS THROUGH THE ATLANTIC FLYWAY: COMPARISONS AT DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHIC SCALES AND ACROSS SPECIES Patrick Erb (Senior, Environmental Science), Holly Ellerbusch (Senior, Environmental Science), Christine Szpond (Senior, Environmental Science), Sean Farrell (Senior, Environmental Science)

Eric Wiener

OPTIMIZATION OF PRIMER PAIRS FOR USE IN RT-QPCR Lauren Thau (Senior, Biology)

Thomas Owen

ORGAN-SPECIFIC LIGHT AND NITROGEN EFFECT ON THE ACCUMULATION OF TOTAL PHENOLIC AND ANTIOXIDANT COMPOUNDS IN ARTEMESIA ANNUA Nicholette Ivezaj (Senior, Biology), Richard Apramian (Senior, Biology)

Yan Xu

OVEREXPRESSING SIT IN OSTEOBLASTS Georgi Petkov (Sophomore, Biochemistry)

Thomas Owen

REDUCTION OF CHALCONES VIA TRANSFER HYDROGENATION Daniel Ferrante (Senior, Biochemistry), Brenna Berenholz (Senior, Chemistry)

Stephen Anderson, Jay Carreon

SOLVENT-FREE SYNTHESIS OF CHALCONES AS ANTIOXIDANTS Julia Carey (Junior, Chemistry), Mayra Romero (Junior, Biochemistry)

Jay Carreon

THE EFFECT OF MOBILE MEDITATION ON MENTAL HEALTH   Rachel Lea González (Senior, Information Systems), Danielle Ran (Junior, Marketing)

Pauline Mosley

THE ROLE OF SIT IN HUMAN OSTEOBLAST CELL DIFFERENTIATION Donald Irons (Junior, Biology), Gabrielle Foster (Junior, Biology)

Thomas Owen

THE VULNERABILITY ASSURANCE

John Guckian (Senior, Information Technology)

Pauline Mosley

USE OF CRISPR CAS9 GENOME EDITING TO GENERATE POINT MUTATIONS IN THE RAT SIT GENE Jeferson Mendoza (High School, Biology)

Thomas Owen

USE OF CRISPR-CAS9 GENE EDITING TO EXPLORE THE ROLE OF C-SRC IN OSTEOBLAST FUNCTION Candace Morales-Wilde (Senior, Biology, Chemistry), Samuel Sanchez (Freshman, Biology ), Holly Goldfarb (Junior, Biology ), Alyssa Rosa (Freshman, Biology)

Thomas Owen, Nicole Rodstrom

USE OF GENOME EDITING TO DELETE THE SIT GENE IN OSTEOBLASTS Sydney Kauffman (Junior, Biology), David Cifelli (Junior, Biology)

Thomas Owen

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