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2012 REU Students


Sarah Bingel

Michigan State University
Maria Santore Lab

Nanoparticle Absorption onto Silica Sphere Microparticles

Research Highlight


Chaz Cuckler

Ohio University
Shelly Peyton Lab

ECM Stiffness and Modulus as Independent Controllers of Cancer Metastasis

Research Highlight

Robert Darling

Rice University
Jessica Schiffman Lab

Molecular Weight Characterization of Renewable Biopolymers

Research Highlight


Emily Hartzell

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Susan Roberts Lab

Rheology of Alginate Hydrogels for Comparative Analysis to New Cavitation Microrheology

Research Highlight


Noel Mertes

Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID
Paul Dubin Lab

Phase Transitions in Polyelectrolyte-Mixed Micelle Systems: The Effect of Polydisperity

Research Highlight


Julia Petrullo

University of Buffalo
Susan Roberts Lab

Controlling Aggregation in Plant Cell Culture

Research Highlight


Kristiana Phillips

Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID
Paul Dubin Lab

Kinetics of Protein Aggregation




Janice Soto

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Lila Gierasch Lab

How does Lon protease prevent the accumulation of protein aggregates in E. coli?

Research Highlight


German Vargas

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Michael Henson Lab

Feedstock inhibitory components test on yeast growth & ethanol production


Research Highlight


Maximiliano Velez

Florida International University
Surita Bhatia Lab

Diffusion of Biological Molecules Through Synthetic and Natural Hydrogels

Research Highlight

2011 REU Students


Michael Abdelshahid

Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID
Jeffrey Blanchard Lab

Simultaneous Sugar Utilization in Clostridium phytofermentans


Nathan Bade

Colorado School of Mines
Susan Roberts Lab

Cavitation Rheology: A Novel Tool for the Analysis of Biomaterial Properties

Research Highlight

Aaron Behanzin

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Neil Forbes Lab

Automated Tissue Loading into a Tumor-mimicking Microfluidic Device

Research Highlight


Kristen Garcia

University of New Mexico
Susan Roberts Lab

Isolation and Reculturing of Protoplasts Isolated from Taxus Suspension Cultures

Research Highlight


Megan Godsey

University of Kansas
Surita Bhatia Lab

Oxygen Diffusion in Alginate Hydrogels Containing Perfluorocarbons

Research Highlight


Lauren Jansen

Oregon State University
Maria Santore Lab

Adhesion of Functional Polymers onto Silica Particles to Model the Behavior of Particle Movement

Research Highlight


Britta Kunkemoeller

University of Connecticut
Michael Henson Lab

Experimental Investigation of Solid Lipid Nanoparticle Aggregation Dynamics

Research Highlight


Jerone Mitchell

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Maria Santore Lab

Microfluidic Surface Design for Cell Sorting

Research Highlight


Naiomy Rios

University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
Wei-Lih Lee Lab

Engineering a Soluble Pac1 Protein with SUMO


Research Highlight


Rochelle Samuel

University of Maryland College Park
Lila Gierasch Lab

Effect of the Hsp70 Chaperone DnaK on the Soluble:Insoluble Partitioning of Model Protein CRABP1

Research Highlight


Alexander Song

Cornell University
Jennifer Ross Lab

Single Molecule Localization of "Molecular Rulers" Demonstrate Limitations in PALM/STORM Resolution




Ryan Spector

Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID
Samuel Hazen Lab

Protein-DNA Interaction Network for Cell-Wall Biosynthesis

Research Highlight

2010 REU Students


Coralie Backlund

Oregon State University
Gregory Tew Lab

Characterization of Cell Penetrating Polymers Complexed with siRNA and DNA

Research Highlight


Collin Brooks

Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Surita Bhatia Lab

Physical Properties of Surfactant Clay Mineral Solution

Research Highlight

Meghan Combs

Montana State University - Bozeman
Susan Roberts Lab

Investigating the Effects of Cell Processing Techniques on Viability and Growth of Taxus ssp. Suspension Cultures

Research Highlight


Ryan D'souza

University of Connecticut
Lori Goldner Lab

Enhancing Techniques for Single Biomolecule Studies

Research Highlight


Anna Henry

University of Dayton
Surita Bhatia Lab

Effects of Common Sterilization Methods on Mechanical Properties of Novel Alginate Hydrogels

Research Highlight


Ricardo Jimenez Ramos

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
Jennifer Normanly Lab

Establishing Gene-to-metabolite Networks for Plant Signaling Compounds

Research Highlight


Toussaint Jordan

Lincoln University
Lila Gierasch Lab

Identifying CRABP-I Interactions in vivo via photo-cross linking

Research Highlight



Mary Ojukwu

University of Connecticut
Jennifer Ross Lab

How Do These Motors Move?

Research Highlight


Ruby Rodriguez

University of Texas - El Paso
Kevin Griffith Lab

Identification and Characterization of Quorum Response Mutants that are Constitutively Active in Bacillus subtilis




Savonne Setalsingh

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Neil Forbes Lab

Engineer
Salmonella Typhimurium to Target Cancer Cells in Tumors

Research Highlight


Morgan Urello

Columbia University
Michael Henson Lab

Using Flux Balance Analysis to Model Substrate-Specific and Wild-Type  E. coli Fermentations

Research Highlight


Samantha Waterhouse

Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID
Samuel Hazen Lab

Transcriptional Regulation of Cellulose Biosynthesis in Plants

Research Highlight

2009 REU Students


Jeffery Bibeau

Western New England College
Susan Roberts Lab

Understanding Regulation of Plant Secondary Metabolism

Research Highlight

Kaitlin Brooke

Mount Holyoke College
Pat Wadsworth Lab and Jennifer Ross Lab

Using Bacterial Artificial Chromosomes to Image Motor Proteins at Endogenous Levels During Mitosis

Research Highlight

Kelly N Buck

University of California Berkeley
Surita Bhatia Lab

Mechanical Properties of Alginate Based Interpenetrating Polymer Networks for Biomedical Applications

Research Highlight


Jason Criscuolo

Western New England College
Maria Santore Lab

Selective Protein Attachment onto Nanoscale Surfaces

Research Highlight


Awa Coulibaly

University at Albany (SUNY)
S. (Thai) Thayumanavan Lab

Redox Sensitive Polymers for siRNA Delivery

Research Highlight

Angela Cugini

Villanova University
Maria Santore Lab

Surfaces with Antimicrobial Activity and Selective Bacterial Adhesion

Research Highlight

Alexander R French

Washington University in St. Louis
Lianhong Sun Lab

Integrating symbiotic relationship into Escherichia coli

Research Highlight



Erin Garlock

Rochester Institute of Technology
Jeffrey Blanchard Lab

The role of phage in the death of Clostridium phytofermentans

Research Highlight



Aleksandr Gerasimenko

Oregon State University
Gregory Tew Lab

Novel Hydrogel Formation Using Thiol-ene Chemistry on Norbornene-functionalized PEG

Research Highlight



Keith Doubrava Hendren

New Mexico State University
Forbes Lab

Modification of In-Vitro Tumor Spheroid Modeling Device

Research Highlight



Jeannette Marine

College of Saint Elizabeth
Maria Santore Lab

Surfaces for Dynamic Selective Signaling of Breast Cancer Cells

Research Highlight



Elizabeth Ojukwu

University of Connecticut
Jennifer Ross Lab

Chase of the Walking Proteins

Research Highlight

Johana Molina Redden

Univ. of Connecticut
Susan Roberts Lab


Optimizing Techniques for Evaluating the Metabolic Activity of Encapsulated Cells

Research Highlight



Christian Tormos

Iowa State University
Neil Forbes Lab

Design Changes in a Microfluidic Tumor-Mimicking Bioreactor

Research Highlight



Iviana M. Torres

Univ. of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
Lila Gierasch Lab

Protein Folding by Molecular Chaperone Hsp60 in vitro

Research Highlight



Lauren Veit

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Surita Bhatia Lab

Effects of Biological Storage Conditions on Alginate Mechanical Properties

Research Highlight


2008 REU Students


Sophia Carrell

Michigan State
Neil Forbes Lab

Development of tumor-targeting bacteria using microfluidic bioreactor



Research Highlight

Matthew Curnan

Univ. of Pennsylvania
Michael Henson Lab

Mathematical Modeling of the Circadian Cycle in Humans



Research Highlight


Kori Dunn

Cornell Univ.
Susan Roberts Lab

Modeling Aggregation Dynamics in Taxus cuspidata Plant Cell Cultures



Research Highlight


Stuart Harwood

Northwestern Univ.
Surita Bhatia Lab

The effects of gelation temperature on PLA-PEO-PLA physical hydrogel morphology


Research Highlight

Stephanie Kirby

Univ. of Pennsylvania
Maria Santore Lab

Modeling bacterial surface heterogeneity through polymer adsorption



Research Highlight


Jason Reck

Cornell Univ.
S. Bhatia Lab

Modified Alginate as a Drug Delivery Vessel



Research Highlight
Ana Rodriguez
Univ of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Maria Santore Lab

Electrostatic model for bacterial adhesion



Research Highlight

Quinn Slater

Mount Holyoke College
Jennifer Ross Lab

Purification of a novel myosin protein using a double-affinity mammalian expression system





Hassei Takahashi

Cornell Univ.
Lianhong Sun Lab

Engineering bacterial cell-cell communication



Research Highlight


Craig
Thomas
Hendrix College
Danny Schnell Lab

Engineering a human protein for chloroplast expression



Research Highlight

University of Massachusetts
Institute for Cellular Engineering
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