Andreana HolowatyjAndrea Holowatyj, Class of 2013

"I conducted research in the field of geometric knot theory and combinatorics since my freshman year. I have had the opportunity to present and share my work nationally and internationally with renowned professors and experts in this mathematical field. These opportunities have been the stepping stone for me to earn fellowships in other scientific areas of research."

Jakub Jancek 2017
Jakub Jancek will present his project, "Optimizing Kinect® Depth Sensing Using Dynamic Polarization," at the 48th Association for Computing Machinery Technical Symposium of the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) on March 8-11 in Seattle, Washington. Jancek's project traces its roots to Benedictine's Natural Science Summer Research Program (summer 2016) under the supervision of Dr. Grace Mirsky.  Read the press release.

Dr. Del Corral's summer research 2017

 

Dr. Tischler's summer research 2017

 

Dr. Rubush's summer research 2017

 

Dr. Aleinikava's summer research 2017 

Dr. Hall's summer research 2017

 

Dr. Stone's summer research 2017

 

Dr. Sarathy's summer research 2017

 

Areeba Asim, NSSRP 2017

 Areeba Asim
Major: Health Science

Zubair Farooqui, NSSRP 2017

 Zubair Farooqui
Major: Biology

Alexandra Karnowska, NSSRP 2017
Alexandra Karwowska
Major: Biology

Marko Saric, NSSRP 2017

 Marko Saric
Major: Biology

Timothy Benjamin, NSSRP 2017

 Timothy Benjamin
Major: Environmental Science

Emily Gornick, NSSRP 2017

 Emily Gornick
Major: Biochemistry/Moleculary Biology

Erik Kerber, NSSRP 2017
Erik Kerber
Major: Health Science

Simren Singh, NSSRP 2017
Simren Singh
Major: Biology


Sabina Bukowska, NSSRP 2017

 Sabina Bukowska
Major: Exercise & Sports Studies

Mohammed Haq, NSSRP 2017
Mohammed Haq
Major: Health Science

Yechan Kim, NSSRP 2017

 Yechan Kim
Major: Health Science

Jonathan Stiles, NSSRP 2017

 Jonathan Stiles
Major: Engineering Science

Stefano Chiaradonna, NSSRP 2017

 Stefano Chiaradonna
Major: Biology

James Hoshell, NSSRP 2017
James Hoshell
Major: Chemistry

 
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Tyler Vavrek, NSSRP 2017

 Tyler Vavrek
Major: Biology

Lubna Ziauddin, NSSRP 2017

 Lubna Ziauddin
Major: Health Science

 
Dr. DeLegge - NSSRP 2016
Katharine Howard and Matthew Gilsdorf review with their mentor Dr. Anthony DeLegge one of the equations pertinent to their research on vaccinating against the spread of Varicella-Zoster Virus.

 

Shaner nssrp 2016
Maseera Moine, Jessica Newhouse, mentor Dr. Sarah Shaner  and Sharyn Doden stand in the  lab where they  use electrochemistry to make new materials and modify the surface properties of electrodes.

 

Dr. Mirsky - NSSRP 2016
Jakub Jancek and mentor Dr. Grace Mirsky work on optimizing Microsoft Kinect 360 sensor depth measurements using dynamic polarization.

 

Dr. Aldrich - NSSRP 2016
Cecilia Do, mentor Dr. Preston Aldrich and Saaniya Attar used network methods and phython computer programming to study microRNA networks in nematodes and humans.

 

Dr. Sarathy - NSSRP 2016
Dr. Sarathy and her students (from left) Sharyl Alendry, Tanushree Nair,  Ladan Haery and Hafsa Sirajuddin check out items from the freezer. Students worked on Dr. Sarathy’s ongoing study of bile acid diarrhea which has been repeatedly demonstrated in people with irritable bowel disease. Increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production is associated with inflammatory conditions as seen in Crohn's disease. Thus, the goal this summer was to investigate if bile acids can modulate ROS production by colonic epithelial T-84 cells. The students were busy studying the role for oxidative stress in BAD and found that the bile acid CDCA induced ROS while LCA did not.


DR. Rubush - NSSRP 2016
Jennifer Fedor, mentor Dr. David Rubush and Tyler Vavrek hold a model of the organic compound they synthesized.  They were synthesizing organic compounds that could be used to fight malaria.

 

Dr. Comar - NSSRP 2016
Mentor Dr. Timothy Comar,  Elizabeth Rodriguez and Stefano Chiaradonna work on developing mathematical models.  Elizabeth modeled integrated past management systems using agent based models and impulsive differential equations based models and Stefano developed epidemiological models with partial vaccination strategies for the spread and control of HPV.

 

Dr. Stone - NSSRP 2016
Jonathan Mason and Bruce Granick worked with mentor Dr. Kari Stone to employ an environmentally benign protein engineering strategy that utilizes protein scaffolds of robust heme-containing proteins to introduce manganese porphyrin derivative cofactors to provide for new entries into catalysis.

 

Dr. Rylaarsdam - NSSRP 2016
Morgan Schumacher (right) worked with mentor Dr. Robin Rylaarsdam in an ongoing investigation of McCune-Albright Syndrome, a rare disorder that causes spongy patches in bone tissue and results in frequent fractures and deformities in patients.  There is no treatment for this disease. The ongoing study is looking at the mutation in the gene encoding a cell to cell communication protein, Gs, which causes the disease. Students are helping to find binding sites on this protein that could serve as drug binding sites with the ultimate goal of finding a treatment for the disease.


Dr. Heinz - China Pollination Project 2016
Anna Scheidel, mentor Dr. Cheryl Heinz and Heinery Arevalo investigate flowers at the Youth Park in Beijing, China. They are observing the flowers for bees and other pollinators as part of the China Pollination Project.

 

Dr. Kaur - NSSRP 2016
Marko Saric and mentor Dr. Manmohan Kaur study fractals, an object that shows self-similarity at all scales—such as a fern or cauliflower. Marko researched how fractals can be algorithmically generated with the help of iterated function systems, determine conditions that lead to self similarity and use a computer system to generate fractals.

 

Dr. McCarthy - NSSRP 2016
Mentor Dr. Robert McCarthy’s (above center) research focuses on the human fossil record.  Maimoona Fatima (left) worked on a project assessing the usefulness of postcranial skeletal data in mammalian phylogeny reconstruction and Jay Ahuja (right) 3D-printed hominin fossils that will be used in human evolution classes and research on skull morphology and body size and shape. In the photo above Dr. McCarthy and his students hold two of these skulls.

 

Dr. Del Corral - NSSRP 2016
Mentor Dr. Pedro Del Corral works with students (from front) Brett Kosowski and Faith Mancol to conduct a pilot study that examines whether there is an association between various glucocorticoids indices and the exaggerated blood pressure response to exercise. The test subject shown is Kris Castle, a Benedictine graduate and Summer Research alumni.
   
China Pollination Project 2015
The China Pollination Project allowed BenU students and mentors to visit China to learn more about China and to study native pollinators in two cities there. Above in Tiananmen Square in Beijing are (from left) Ann Pendergast, Dr. Cheryl Heinz, Amy Klinkgbiel, Annie White, Katie Vittal, Jermeen El-Zabet, Rachel Warren and Dr. Steven Day.  Ann and Rachel were able to broaden their experience through NSSRP and continue research when they returned, starting to build a local pollinator data set and analyzing the results of the work in China. Below, they work together to record the presence of pollinators on some flowering plants.
Rachel and Ann studying pollinators

Dr. Rubush- NSSRP 2015
Organic synthesis of novel compounds that show promise in fighting cancer and malaria was Dr. Rubush's project. Shown are his researchers Mahmoud Abdel, Harsh Sharma, Jeevan Bains and Rushad Marfatia.

 

Dr. Shaner - NSSRP 2015
Electrochemistry - In Dr. Sarah Shaner's lab, students learn how to perform electrochemical experiments and gain experience in the synthesis and characterization of molecules, metal complexes and materials. Shown with her students, Sharyn Doden and Fauzia Mujid, lab work was also an important part of their work. Dr. Shaner and her students in NSSRP lab

   
Dr. Sarathy and NSSRP student researchers 2015
Bile Acids - Dr. Sarathy's students (from left) Tanushree nair, Sally Jo Detloff, Bhavana Movva, and Hafsa Sirajuddin worked to identify the specific processes involved in bile acid-mediated fluid secretion. Below, Dr. Sarathy supervises Tanushree as she does the ELISA assay.
Dr. Sarathy's NSSRP lab


Jonathan Bell and Dr. Kari Stone
Protein Project - Jonathan Bell worked with Dr. Kari Stone to research utilizing metal-substituted hemoproteins in order to promote new kinds of reactivity.


Dr. Grace Mirsky NSSRP 2015
Searching for accurate predictive algorithms to improve patient outcomes, Dr. Grace Mirsky's student, Jose Dieck, looked into how to decrease the number of false cardiac arrhythmia alarms for patients in intensive care.

 

Dr. Aldrich - NSSRP 2015
Investigating the Interactivity of complex systems are Dr. Preston Aldrich and his researchers, Jermeen El-Zebet and Mudassir Yahya.  The research included examining complex biological networks with applications in genomics and the dispersion of invasive plants as well as applications of network theory in linguistics and scheduling.


Nelson research 2015
Training students to "think like a scientist" is one of the goals of Dr. Peter Nelson's research. He is with student Jozef Palasiewicz as Jozef explains the equations he derived for a model on Ion transport across cell membranes. The "ion-jump" model explains the basic principles of bio-electricity in a way that's much easier to understand than the stand text book approach.


Dr. McCarthy's summer research 2015
Skulls - Detailed research into the morphology of early hominids is the basis for research conducted by Dr. Robert McCarthy shown with student researchers Monica Kunkel and Jamine Bains.

   

Scott Meyer nssrp 2015
Developing biosensors
was one of the summer projects worked on by Dr. Scott Meyer's students, Jeremy Bingen and Dana Cairns. Below, lab work was an important part of their research.Meyer nssrp 2015

 

DR. Ziliak - NSSRP 2015
Computing the structure of generalized symmetric spaces was the goal of Dr. Ellen Ziliak's research. Students computed specific examples of these matrix groups and observed patterns that describe these spaces. Once a pattern was observed, they worked to prove the patterns hold in the entrie Speical Orthogonal Group. Researchers Andrew norbye and Mark Hansen discuss their work with Dr. Ziliak.

   

 2014 Summer Research

Mohammad ArshadMohammad Arshad
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Del Corral
Major: Biology

 Nasiha AsadullahNasiha Asadullah
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dijkstra
Major: Biology
   
Sreevidya BodepudiSreevidya Bodepudi
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Smith
Major: Biology
 Dana CairnsDana Cairns 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meyer
Major: Biochem/Molecular Biology
   
Julie CarrollJulie Carroll
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biochem/Molecular Biology
 Katherine DudasKatherine Dudas
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. McCarthy
Major: Health Science
   
David HungDavid Hung
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarathy
Major: Biology
 Fatima JavedFatima Javed
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarathy
Major: Biochem/Molecular Biology
   
Chris KarglChris Kargl
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Del Corral
Major: Biology
 Nabihah KhanNabihah Khan
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarathy
Major: Biology
   
Nwafor NwokeNwafor Nwoke
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Biochem/Molecular Biology
 Cameron PombertCameron Pombert
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meyer
Major: Biochem/Molecular Biology
   
Kris RosemannKris Rosemann
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nadolski
Major: Mathematics
 Payal ShuklaPayal Shukla
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarathy
Major: Biology
   
Judith StanfordJudith Stanford
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dijkstra
Major: Clinical Life Science
 Sarah UrbasSarah Urbas
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. McCarthy
Major: Biology
   
Jermeen WadieJermeen Wadie
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Biology
 Hannah WanglerHannah Wangler
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. DeLegge
Major: Mathematics
   
Naila YaseenNaila Yaseen
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biology
 Kelsey ZimmermanKelsey Zimmerman
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Biochemistry

 

   
Sherish AbbasiSaherish Abbasi
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Biology

Research:
Effects of variously fertilized tomato plants on the herbivore Manduca sexta.
 Imran AkhtarImran Akhtar
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarathy
Major: Health Science
                   
Research:
Cytotoxic Effects of Bile Acids on Epithelial Cells.
   
Enela AliajEnela Aliaj
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meyer
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Sequence enabled reassembly in detecting damaged/modified DNA.
 Fatjona AliajFatjona Aliaj
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meyer
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
A FRET-monitored phage display system.
   
Ayesha BadarAyesha Badar
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarathy
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Cytotoxic Effects of Bile Acids on Epithelial Cells.
 Xinwei ChenXinwei Chen
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ziliak
Major: Mathematics

Research:
Geometric Quasigroup Theory and It’s Application to MAC.
   
Humdoon ChoudhryHumdoon Choudhry
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Metal-Replaced Myoglobin that Promotes New Reactivities.
 Rabia ChoudhryRabia Choudhry
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes with Redox-Active Ligands.
   
Nicole FramarinNicole Framarin
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarathy
Major: Health Science
                   
Research:
Cytotoxic Effects of Bile Acids on Epithelial Cells.
 Marihan HegazyMarihan Hegazy
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meyer
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Modification of Protein-Ligand Interaction Via in Vitro Selection.
   
HuiHui LiHuiHui Li
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Effects of variously fertilized tomato plants on the herbivore Manduca sexta.
 Zakaria MalikZakaria Malik
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes with Redox-Active Ligands.
   
Kiran MunirKiran Munir
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. DeLegge
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
An Epidemic Model with Multi-Stage Vaccine.
 Taliha NadeemTaliha Nadeem
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. DeLegge
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
An Epidemic Model with Multiple Susceptibility Groups.
   
Rachel NicinskiRachel Nicinski
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. DeLegge
Major: Mathematics
                   
Research:
An Epidemic Model with Multiple Susceptibility Groups.
 Bosky ParikhBosky Parikh
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Chemistry
                   
Research:
Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes with Redox-Active Ligands.
   
Katherine PartykaKatherine Partyka
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. McCarthy
Majors: Health Science and Psychology
                   
Research:
Role of the Vocal Tract in Speech Production.
 Cameron PombertCameron Pombert
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
An Integrated Pest Management System with an Ivlev-Type Functional Response and Introduced Disease in Prey with Nonlinear Saturation Incidence Rate.
   
Alka SajanAlka Sajan
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kaur
Major: Computer Science
                   
Research:
Security of Public Key Cryptosystems Based on Discrete Logarithm Problem.
 Jonathan SchramJonathan Schram
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kaur
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
                   
Research:
Security of Public Key Cryptosystems Based on Discrete Logarithm Problem.
   
Anoop TakherAnoop Takher
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meyer
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Sequence enabled reassembly in detecting damaged/modified DNA.
 Kyle TurcicKyle Turcic
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Suppressing Overactive Forms of Gs protein.
   
Jermeen WadieJermeen Wadie
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Analysis of Biological Networks.
 Mir ZulquarnainMir Zulquarnain
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. McCarthy
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Role of the Vocal Tract in Speech Production.

 

   

 2012 Summer Research

Rebecca AlvarezRebecca Alvarez
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Freeland
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Hyperfine splitting in onium.
 Evan ArianoEvan Ariano
                   
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Heinz
Majors: Biology
                   
Research:
Preference and performance of Manduca sexta  on tomato plants treated with varying N/P ratios.
   
Julie CarrollJulie Carroll
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Rational drug discovery for McCune-Albright Syndrome
 Rabia ChoudhryRabia Choudhry
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Metal complexes of tris(2-aminophenyl)amine.
   
Spencer HavisSpencer Havis
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Two-prey, one-predator model with impulsive effects for integrated pest management research.
 Anthony HayesAnthony Hayes
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Freeland
Major: Physics
                   
Research:
Hyperfine splitting in onium.
   
Miranda HendersonMiranda Henderson
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Majors: Biology & Mathematics

Research:
Comparison of the influence of sub-networks on three-gene regulatory networks.
 Joey HuaJoey Hua
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Metal-replaced myoglobin for atom-transfer chemistry.
   
Katherine HunzingerKatherine Hunzinger
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. DeLegge
Major: Health Science
                   
Research:
An epidemic model with a multi-stage vaccine.
 Farina KanwalFarina Kanwal
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
The Dynamics of a SVEIR epidemic model with Pulse Vaccination.
   
Farah KhanFarah Khan
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Coordination chemistry of a macrocyclic ligand.
 Gonzalo LanderosGonzalo Landeros
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kaur
Major: Computer Science
                   
Research:
Is elliptic curve cryptography secure?
   
Taha MirzaTaha Mirza
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Health Science
                   
Research:
US transportation networks and the gene pool of an invasive species.
 Kiran MunirKiran Munir
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. DeLegge
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
An epidemic model with a multi-stage vaccine.
   
Natalia PoniatowskaNatalia Poniatowska
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ziliak
Major: Mathematics
                   
Research:
Security of a MAC utilizing the non-associative property of quasigroups.
 Trisha RussoTrisha Russo
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nadolski
Major: Mathematics
                   
Research:
Using Markov Chains and Hierarchical Modeling to investigate the Tree of Heaven.
   
Mehak SandhuMehak Sandhu
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kaur
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Is elliptic curve cryptography secure?
 Lina SavickasLina Savickas
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Preference and performance of Manduca sexta  on tomato plants treated with varying N/P ratios.
   
Sandra Tovalin-SchmidtSandra Tovalin-Schmidt
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Chemistry & Mathematics
                   
Research:
Synthesis of metal complexes of amidophenolates.
 Kyle TurcicKyle Turcic
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Rational drug discovery for McCune-Albright Syndrome.

Feras AlhouraniFeras Alhourani
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Smith
Major: Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Research:
The Effects of Taurine and Glucoronolactone on Drosophila melanogaster.
 Elena AliajEnela Aliaj
                   
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Aldrich & Dr. Comar
Majors: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
An Edge-weighted Model for the Spread of Non-indigenous Species.
   
Rebecca AlvarezRebecca Alvarez
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Reversing the Biochemical Pathology of McCune-Albright Syndrome.
 Mohammad ArfeenMohammad Arfeen
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nelson
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Biophyiscs and Physiological Modeling: Saturation, Nonlinear Least-Squares and Evaporating Cooling.
   
Faiza ChoudhryFaiza Choudhry
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Reversing the Biochemical Pathology of McCune-Albright Syndrome.
 Thao DinhThao Dhin
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tischler
Major: Health Sciences
                   
Research:
Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria  Isolated from Goose Feces.
   
Miranda HendersonMiranda Henderson
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Biology

Research:
Comparison of Boolean vs. Continuous Dynamics on Three-Gene Regulatory Networks.
 Joey HuahJoey Huah
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes with Redox-active  Ligands for Catalysis.
   
Tahreem IqbalTahreem Iqbal
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes with Redox-active Ligands for Catalysis.
 Graham KennedyGraham Kennedy
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tischler
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria Isolated from Goose Feces.
   
Reema KhatriReema Khatri
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. DeLegge
Major: Mathematics
                   
Research:
An Epidemic Model with a Multi-Stage Vaccine.
 Bohdan KhomtchoukBohdan Khomtchouk
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Mathematics, BMB, Physics
                   
Research:
Zipf’s Law and Genome Organization.
   
Kevin KhouryKevin Khoury
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes with Redox-active Ligands for Catalysis.
 Theresa KimmittTheresa Kimmitt
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Effects of Varied Fertilizers and Levels on Tomato Plants and Preference of Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca sexta.
   
Edward PriceEdward Price
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ziliak
Major: Mathematics
                   
Research:
Using Cayley Graphs to Build Groups.
 Maria RadcliffeMaria Radcliffe
                   
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Aldrich & Dr. Comar
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
A Node-Weighted Model for the Spread of a Non-indigenous Species.
   
Samer SabbaghSamer Sabbagh
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tischler
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria Isolated from Goose Feces.
 Eman SahloulEman Sahloul
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: BMB/Global Studies
                   
Research:
Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes with Redox-active Ligands for Catalysis.
   
Nate SwetlitzNate Swetlitz
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tischler
Major: Guest Student
                   
Research:
Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria Isolated from Goose Feces.
 Amel TobaaAmel Tobaa
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nelson
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Biophyiscs and Physiological Modeling: Saturation, Nonlinear Least-Squares and Evaporating Cooling.
   
Raquel Tobar-RubinRaquel Tobar-Rubin
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Reversing the Biochemical Pathology of McCune-Albright Syndrome.
  

 

   

2010 NSSRP Group 

Thymur ChaudhryThymur Chaudhry
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biolgy

Research:
Systems biology and DNA linguistics.
 Eraj DinEraj Din
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Majors: Biology

Research:
Finding intragenic suppressors of the McCune-Albright Mutation.
   
Elizabeth EarlElizabeth Earl
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Biology

Research:
Caterpillar-plant interactions concerning Black Swallowtail larvae with Golden Alexanders and Painted Lady larvae with thistle.
 Michael FralaideMichael Fralaide
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wig
Major: Physics

Research:
The modification of optical tweezers in order to study the motility strength of E. Coli under different environmental conditions.
   
Daniel FurnariDaniel Furnari
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Chemistry

Research:
Synthesis of transition metal complexes with redox-active ligands.
 Marla HadyMarla Hady
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Purification of Gs alpha isoforms for in vitro biochemical assays.
   
Jennifer HaickJennifer Haick
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biology

Research:
Purification  of Gs alpha isoforms for  in vitro biochemical assays.
 Andreana HolowatyjAndreana Holowatyj
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Medical Humanities

Research:
Planar isotopy in hextile knot mosaics.
   
Daniela JancuskaDaniela Janevska
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rylaarsdam
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Finding intragenic suppressors  of the McCune-Albright Mutation.
 David KamberDavid Kamber
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stone
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
The modification of optical tweezers in order to study the motility strength of E. Coli under different environmental conditions.
   
Kevin KoszoloKevin Koszolo
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Biology

Research:
Caterpillar-plant interactions concerning Black Swallowtail larvae with Golden Alexanders and Painted Lady larvae with thistle.
 Tina NguyenTina Nguyen
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kaur
Major: Mathematics

Research:

Introduction to cryptology and  implementation of elliptic curves cryptography in maple.

   
Sabrina SanchezSabrina Sanchez
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nelson
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Modeling conduction through potassium ion channels.
 Alexander SeymourAlexander Seymour
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wig
Major: Physics

Research:
The modification of optical tweezers in order to study the motility strength of E. Coli under different environmental conditions.
   
Alexis WadowskiAlexis Wadowski

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nelson
Major: Physics

Research:
Modeling conduction through potassium ion channels.
 Najim WardNajim Ward

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Biology

Research:
Systems biology and DNA linguistics.
   
Michael WhitleyMichael Whitley
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nadolski
Major: Mathematics/Actuarial Science

Research:
Detecting multivariate outliers when presented with a singular covariance matrix.
 Kayla ZeissKayla Zeiss
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Smith
Major: Health Science/Psychology

Research:
Evaluation of microarray datasets using BRB arraytools and Tigr Suite software.
   

2009 NSSRP Group

Alex ArgianasAlex Argianas
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Heinz
Majors: Biology/Spanish/Theology
                   
Research:
Effects of fertilizer concentration on butterfly oviposition; university insect collection.
 Muzamil ArshadMuzamil Arshad
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Nelson
Major: Physics
                   
Research:
Oxygen profile modeling.
   
Tricia AvanzadoTricia Avanzado
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Wig
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Construction of optical tweezers for undergraduate research.
 Nicholas DiRienzoNicholas DiRienzo
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Abigail Derby
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Investigation of cricket diversity on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua.
   
Ishtiaq HabibIshtiaq Habib
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lee Ann Smith
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Impact of taurine on lifespan and development of Drosophila.
 Robert HorsleyRobert Horsley
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Preston Aldrich
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Systems biology of the North American tree census and promoter sequences of transcription factors of prokaryotic genomes. 
   
Asif KamalAsif Kamal
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Timothy Marin
Major: Chemistry
                   
Research:
Vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy of sub and supercritical water.
 Amar KhatriAmar Khatri
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Nelson
Majors: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Oxygen profile modeling.
   
Uzma KothawalaUzma Kothawala
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Heinz
Major: Health Science

Research:
Effect of fertilizer concentrations on caterpillar performance; university insect collection.
 Jacob PolaskiJacob Polaski
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Mascarenhas
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Asymmetric Robinson annulations.
   
Pinal ShahPinal Shah
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Timothy Comar
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
                    Dynamics of one-predator two-prey models for integrated pest                     management.
 Aman SiddiqiAman Siddiqi
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Abigail Derby
Major: Health Science
                   
Research:
Effect of habitat structure on intra-specific competition on smooth-scaled geckos on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua.
   
Dahlia SultanDahlia Sultan
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robin Rylaarsdam
Major: Health Science
                   
Research:
Intragenic suppression of an activating mutation in McCune-Albright Syndrome.
 Roksana TechRoksana Tech
                   
Faculty Mentor: Lee Ann Smith
Majors: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Cystathionine beta-lyase as a model for the BMB lab series.
   
 Stefan TurcicStefan Turcic
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Preston Aldrich
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Systems biology of the North American tree census and promoter  sequences of transcription factors of prokaryotic genomes.
  


Yousuf AhmedYousuf Ahmed

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Preston Aldrich
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Genome profiling at the cytochrome P450 gene superfamily.
 Hunan ChaudhryHunan Chaudhry

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Comar
Majors: Health Science

Research:
Regular stick numbers of (2n, 2) - Torus Links.
   
Marco ColellaMarco Collela

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Preston Aldrich
Major: Health Science

Research:
Genome profiling at the cytochrome P450 gene superfamily.
 Laura DelaneyLaura Delaney

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Monica Tischler
Major: Biology

Research:
Antibiotic resistance in bacteria isolated from Canada goose feces.
   
Nicholas DobesNicholas Dobes

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Manu Kaur
Major: Chemistry

Research:
Molecular Computation and Graph Theory.
 Michael DoerrlerMichael Doerrler

Faculty Mentor: Dr. LeeAnn Smith
Major: Biology

Research:
Detecting genetically modified foods by PCR.
   
Brian GriceBrian Grice

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Monica Tischler
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Antibiotic resistance in bacteria isolated from Canada goose feces.
 Jeff HerningJeff Herning

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Nadolski
Major: Mathematics

Research:
Microarray analysis of drosophila exposed to ethanol.
   
Asif KamalAsif Kamal

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Marin
Major: Chemistry

Research:
Photon counting in Deep Ultra Violet Spectroscopy.
 Bhagya PereraBhagya Perera

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Heinz
Major: Environmental Science

Research:
Distribution and abundance comparison of two species of Apizceae: one introduced and one native
   
Jacob PolaskiJacob Polaski

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Mascarenhas
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Research:
Synthesis of organocatalysis and asymmetrical Robinson annylations.
 Pinal ShahPinal Shah

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Comar
Major: Biochemistry/Moleculary Biology

Research:
One predator and two prey systems.
   
Stephanie ShirkeyStephanie Shirkey

Faculty Mentor: Dr. LeeAnn Smith
Major: Biology

Research:
Detectine genitically modified foods by PCR.
  

 

   
07 Joseph BriguglioJoseph Briguglio
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Molecular Biology

Research:
Genome scans of adaptive diversity in U.S. populations of the invasive tree Ailanthus altissima.
  Brad CallardBrad Callard
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Smith
Majors: mathematics
                   
Research:
RNA editing in Drosophila after chronic Li+ exposure.
   
Hunan ChaudhryHunan Chaudhry
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology & Mathematics
                   
Research:
Upper Bounds for Regular Conformations of (2n,2) -Torus Links.
 Nabeela ChaudhryNabeela Chaudhry
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Broeder
Major: Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Physio Flow Project - Using cardiac impedance technology to characterize cardio-respiratory performance at rest, submaximal, and maximal exercise.
   
Nicholas DobesNicholas Dobes
                   
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Ferroni       and Dr. Ronkainen
Major: Chemistry
                   
Research:
1) Endpoint Assay for Pyruvate using Lactate Dehydrogenase.       2) Development and Optimization of Rotating Disk Enzyme Electrodes.
 Joy HolowickiJoy Holowicki
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Biochemistry
                   
Research:
Dynamic Complexity of a Two-Prey, One-Predator System with Impulsive Effects.
   
 Jillian KaskavageJillian Kaskavage
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wilson
Major: Health Science

Research:
Methods for apoptosis analysis.
 Rayna LoRayna Lo
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tischler
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Bacterial resistance patterns of Canada Geese and their associated goslings.
   
 Nida MalikNida Malik
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gruss
Major: Health Science

Research:
Biomechanics of Infant Carrying in Women : Kinematic and Kinetic Effects of Using a Sling vs. Manual Carrying.
 Mohammad MohammadMohammad Mohammad
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Muntean
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Chemical Self-Assembly of Metallomacrocycles as Synthetic ion Channels.
   
 Angela PeverlyAngela Peverly
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ronkainen
Major: Chemistry
                   
Research:
Development and optimization of a biosensor on a rotating  disk electrode platform.
 Abrar SalamAbrar A. Salam
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
Genome scans of adaptive diversity in U.S. populations of the invasive tree Ailanthus altissima.
   
Stacey SaraStacey Sara
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Biology
                   
Research:
Behavioral ecology of the black swallowtail butterfly.
 Fadi ShihadehFadi Shihadeh
                   
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Smith and Dr. Wig
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
                   
Research:
EtOH acutely modulates RNA editing of specific editing sites.
   
Musil ShihadehMusil Shihadeh
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nadolski
Major: Mathematics/Philosophy
                   
Research:
Analyzing Drosophila behavior and gene expression.
 Jill SilianokasJill Silianokas

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tischler
Major: Molecular Biology

Research:
Bacterial resistance patterns of Canada Geese and their associated goslings.
   
Sarah St. JohnSarah St. John


Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mascarenhas
Major: Chemistry

Research:
Synthesis of Organocatalysts and Asymmetric Robinson Annulations
 Scott TothScott Toth

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Biology

Research:
Chemical ecology of the Apiaceae.

 

   
2006 Summer Research

Asad AhmedAsad Ahmed
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Health Science

Research:
1) High-throughput DNA extraction technology.
2) Linguistic analysis of person and voice in scientific research reports.
    Kristyn BalesKristyn Bales
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wig
Majors: Biology/Physics

Research:
Macroscale experimental modeling and analysis of photon scanning tunneling microscopy
   
Amy BorutaAmy Boruta 

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Muntean
Major: Molecular Biology

Research:
Oxygen17  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and variable temperature Phosphorous31 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy of phospholipids complex fluid.
  Joseph BriguglioJoseph Briguglio
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Molecular Biology

Research:
1) Forest fragmentation and genetic bottleneck effects on variation at the cytochrome P450 multigene family in the tropical tree Symphonia globurlifera.
2) Geopraphic analysis of U.S. population structure of invasive plant species with special reference to Ailanthus altissima.
   
Anthony BrusaAnthony Brusa
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Biology graduate

Research:
Pollination and visitation of Ailanthus altissima flowers in the suburban Chicago area.
  David FaberDavid Faber
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Schreiner
Major: Physics/Molecular Biology

Research:
Measurement of the atmospheric muon charge ratio in the 1.5-6.0 TeV energy range using the MINOS Far Detector.
   
Jennifer GaskinJennifer Gaskin
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tischler
Major: Biology

Research:
Antibiotic resistance in bacterial isolates from resident Canadian geese goslings and adults.
 Shakil HafizShakil Hafiz
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kaur
Major: Mathematics

Research:
Molecular computing and its evolution in technique and application.
   
Pablo MarquezPablo Marquez
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nadolski
Major: Mathematics

Research:
Outlier detection in the presence of a singular covariance matrix.
 Angela PeverlyAngela Peverly
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ronkainen
Major: Chemistry

Research:
Development and optimization of a biosensor on a rotating disk electrode platform.
   
Katarzyna PituchKatarzyna Pituch
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Smith
Major: Biochemistry

Research:
Effects of alcohol (ethanol) and caffeine on Drosophila melanogaster.
 Alan RichAlan Rich
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mascarenhas
Major: Health Science

Research:
Organocatalysis via heterocyclic secondary amines.
   
Abrar SalamAbrar Salam
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aldrich
Major: Molecular Biology

Research:
1) Cytochrome P450 variation in the U.S. populations of the invasive tree Ailanthus.
2) Linguistic analysis of person and voice in scientific reports.
  Kushal ShahKushal Shah
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marin
Major: Biochemistry

Research:
Simple computer based model for vibrational relaxation using mathcad software.
   
Scott TothScott Toth
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heinz
Major: Chemistry

Research:
Comparative chemistry of umbellifers.
 Debra WitczakDebra Witczak
                   
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Comar
Major: Mathematics

Research:
Existence of regular stick numbers of (2,9) – torus knots.


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