Diebold Symposium Program

36th Annual Diebold Symposium: May 2-4, 2019

2019 Keynote Address by Dr. Maanasa Raghavan

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, University of Chicago

“Reconstructing Our Molecular Past Using Ancient DNA”

Thursday May 2, 2019
4-5pm Dow 226

Reception to follow, 2nd floor Dow Science Center

Visit Dr. Raghavan’s page

Maanasa Raghavan is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. Her group specializes in the use of next-generation sequencing data from ancient and present-day humans and domesticates to reconstruct population histories and understand the evolutionary processes that have shaped the current genetic landscape of various species. Her past research has focused on using ancient DNA data to understand the early peopling of the Americas and Europe. Her current research expands on this work, now additionally focusing on South Asian human population genetics as well as disease and pathogen evolution.

Student Presentations Schedule

Friday, May 3, 2019

 Lecture Session 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Dow 226)

Time

4:00 – 4:15

Presenter

Audrey Thomas

Topic

Structural Characterization of Clostridium difficile TcdR, a Sigma Factor that Controls Bacterial Toxin Production


Time

4:15 – 4:30

Presenter

Abigail McDonough

Topic

Deconstructing the Obesity Epidemic as a Social and Political Phenomenon of the Dominant Culture of Healthism and Biocitizenship 


Time

4:30-4:45

Presenter

Brooklyn Willett

Topic

Avian Host Preference of Ixodes scapularis in Southwestern MI


Time

4:45-5:00

Presenter

Nkatha Mwenda

Topic

Compounds in Nicotine-Free Tobacco Smoke Condensates Bind Allosterically to the a3B4a5 Neuronal Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor


Time

5:00-5:15

Topic

Break


Time

5:15-5:30

Presenter

Emily Norwood

Topic

Learning Lindaln


Time

5:30-5:45

Presenter

Sarah George

Topic

Small Interfering RNA Reduces the Expression of Thrombospondins 1 and 2 in ST2 Cell Line in vitro to Study Regulation of Transforming Growth Factor-B


Time

5:45-6:00

Presenter

Emily Johnston

Topic

Characterization of the speed bump Phenotype in Zebrafish


Time

6:00-6:15

Presenter

Maya Srkalovic

Topic

Idiopathic Multicentric Castleman Disease: TAFRO Lymph Nodes Demonstrate Increased Phospho-4EBP1 Expression Compared to Controls

Friday, May 3, 2019

Poster Session 7:00-8:15 p.m. (Dow Third Floor)

Presenter

Erik Funke

Topic

Catalog of Bee Abundance and Diversity at the Kalamazoo College Lillian Anderson Arboretum


Presenter

Julia Petroff

Topic

Altered Eicosanoid Metabolism Associates with the Salutatory Changes of Salt Restriction in Chronic Kidney Disease


Presenter

Reesha Kesho

Topic

Effect of Using Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Agents, Sex, Diabetes, and Blood Pressure on the Decline in Glomerular Filtration Rates in ADPKD Patients


Presenter

Meghan Horal

Topic

Short-term Variation in Temperature and Precipitation is not Correlated with MiCorps Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Scores


Presenter

Shelby Suseland     

Topic

Pregnancy and Exercise


Presenter

Sung Soo Park

     

Topic

Wnt3a Treatment Induces Transcriptional Upregulation of CTGF in HEK-293A and MCF7 Cells


Presenter

Kyle Kane

    

Topic

Understanding the Role of Dietary Cholesterol on Serum Cholesterol and Atherosclerosis


Presenter

Amy Zhu

     

Topic

Difference in the Abundance of Periphytic Algae in Soft Sediments and Hard Substrates of Cold Water Streams


Presenter

Andrea MacMichael  

     

Topic

Investigating Risk Factors for Developing Peritoneal Carcinomatosis and Recurrence in Patients with T4 Colon Cancer


Presenter

Eric Janowiak

     

Topic

The Characterization of DICER-1 and AGO-2 in Eutopic and Ectopic Endometrium in the Olive Baboon (Papio anubis) Inoculated with EndometriosisThe utility of blossoms: an environmental satire


Presenter

Lesli Washington

     

Topic

Search for Significant Biomarkers Associated with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in Patients Enrolled into a Double-Blinded Phase III Clinical Trial for Prevention of AKI Following Cardiac Surgery with siRNA Study Drug QPI-1002


Presenter

Maren Prophit

     

Topic

Body Language: Exploring Idiomatic Anatomy – Paintings Investigating the Human Body through Language


Presenter

Maxwell Palese

     

Topic

An Investigation into the Nesting Behavior and Reproductive Characteristics of Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) in Fort Custer State Recreation Area


Presenter

Rose Maylen

     

Topic

Strategies for Population Control of Bighead (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) and Silver Carp (H. molitrix): A Market-Based Approach


Presenter

Ruiyao Wang

     

Topic

Effects of AS2S2 on DNA Methylation in F-36P Cell Line Derived from Myelodysplastic Syndromes


Presenter

Anthony Diep

     

Topic

Preliminary Analysis from a Participatory Health Needs Assessment on the Accessibility to Green Space and Its Potential Effects on Child Obesity in Watts, California

Friday, May 3, 2019

Poster Session 8:15-9:30 p.m. (Dow Third Floor)

Presenter

Jacob Bonifacio

Topic

Transformation of Arabidopsis thaliana with CRISPR/Cas9-Modified AtHMA4 (Heavy-Metal ATPase-4) Using Floral Dip to Increase Zn2+ Tolerance


Presenter

Kate Colebrook

Topic

Substrate Preference and Function of Salicylic Acid Methyltransferase in Dicots


Presenter

Stefan Leclerc

Topic

ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury in High School and Collegiate Female Athletes


Presenter

Farzad Razi

Topic

Demonstrating Immunocompetency in Nude Mice


Presenter

Hayleigh Alamo

Topic

The Takeover: Oriental Bittersweet, Kudzu, and Japanese Barberry


Presenter

Marco Ponce

Topic

Density-Mediated Responses of Two Stored-Product Insects to Host Food and Pheromonal Stimuli


Presenter

Sophia Spencer

Topic

The Antibiotic Crisis: Methods to Circumvent Resistance and Ways to Move Forward


Presenter

Taylor VanWinkle

Topic

The Behavioral Response of the Stored Product Insects Rhyzeropertha dominica (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) and Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) to Moldy Grain Volatiles


Presenter

Gil Gonzalez

Topic

Microneedle Skin Delivery of Propranolol Using Microemulsions


Presenter

Ian Freshwater

Topic

Assessing the Implementation of Three Programs in the Success of the Kalamazoo College Council of Student Representatives through Organizational and Motivational Theories


Presenter

Grant Lobert

Topic

Does Insulin Signaling Regulate the Pre-migratory Phenotype Diapause in Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus)?


Presenter

Susmitha Narisetty

Topic

HLA Driven Dose Dependence of Flucloxacillin Pazopanib and Carbenicillin on Hepatoxicity


Presenter

Cheyenne Allyn-White

Topic


Presenter

Chloe Love

Topic


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Lecture Session: 8:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m. (Dow 226)

Time

8:30-9:00

Topic

Coffee and Doughnuts


Time

9:00-9:15

Presenter

McKinzie Ervin

Topic

Investigating the Neuroprotective Effects of 5-hydroxy-2-(2-phenylethyl) chromone in a Glutamate Excitoxicity Model of Caenorhabditis elegans


Time

9:15-9:30

Presenter

Sadie Jackson

Topic

Silent Mutations at piRNA Binding Sites in Green Fluorescent Protein to Resist Silencing of Exogenous Reporters in Caenorhabditis elegans


Time

9:30-9:45

Presenter

Hannah Hamilton

Topic

The Role of Evidence-Based Medicine in Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment: Assessing the Quality and Gap in Care in Wayne County, Michigan


Time

9:45-10:00

Presenter

Molly Logsdon

Topic

Influence of Ovarian Hormones on Motivated Behavior in the Female Rat

Time

10:00-10:15

Presenter

Angelica Rodriguez

Topic

[Life] Science: Analyzing Sources of Knowledge and Other Ways of Knowing in Biomedical Research


Time

10:15-10:30

Topic

Break


Time

10:30-10:45

Presenter

Ayami Iijima

Topic

The Roles of PRRC2A in Self-Renewal and Differentiation Potentials of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells


Time

10:45-11:00

Presenter

Grace Beck

Topic

The Perserverance of Women in Regueton Music


Time

11:00-11:15

Presenter

Margaret Smith

Topic

Immunohistochemical Examination of the Relationship Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurodegenerative Disease in Sixteen Clinical Cases

Time

11:15-11:30

Presenter

V.W. Beehler

Topic

Vaccination Nation: The History of the Anti-Vaccine Movement and Its 21st Century Impact on Public Health and Public Opinion


Time

11:30-12:30

Topic

Lunch Break


Time

12:30-12:45

Presenter

Sharat Kamath

Topic

Expression of Cyclin B1 and Cyclin B2 in Specter Zebrafish Mutant


Time

12:45-1:00

Presenter

Evan Stark-Dykema

Topic

Population Distribution of Procambus clarkii in Vicksburg, Michigan: A Case Study on Early Invasive Population Distribution


Time

1:00-1:15

Presenter

Tejas Vettukattil

Topic

Differential Expression of Angiogenic miRNA hsa-miR-144-3p and hsa-miR-1260a Supports the Hepatic Factor Concept of Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations in Humans


Time

1:15-1:30

Presenter

Yu Shang

Topic

A Forgotten History: Chinese Migration, Multiculturalism in Mexico, and the Questioning of Mestizaje


Time

1:30-1:45

Presenter

Shivani Rana

Topic

Effects of Pruning on Hemadas nubilipennis and Drosophila suzukii in Highbush Blueberry Plants


Time

6:15 p.m.

Event

Banquet

Location

600 Kitchen and Bar