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Honors Theses from 2019

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An investigation of the role of Ttyh1 in neuronal development via CRISPR/Cas9 genetic knockouts in Xenopus Laevis, Sabrina Bracero

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Annual Movement Patterns and Microhabitat Use of Two Anaxyrus Species in the Southeastern Coastal Plain, Courtney Check

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Bird response to prairie wetland loss and to adjacent land-cover change differs depending on conversion type and spatial extent, Emma Lather

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Cloning and Characterizing Nrf2-Antioxidant Pathway Gene Expression During Embryonic Neurogenesis in Xenopus laevis., Nana Yaa Amoh

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Cryptic Viral Infections In Benthic Biofilm Communities, Alexandra Payne

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Effect of environmental history on the physiology and acute stress response of the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), Jill Ashey

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Flow Dynamics in the Oral and Opercular Cavities of the American Shad (Alosa sapidissima), Cassandra Chang

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Light Limitation of Eelgrass, Zostera marina, by The Egg Capsules of The Mud Snail Tritia obsoleta, Matthew Baker

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Mutations in Thyroid Hormone Receptor Alpha 1 and Their Implications for Resistance to Thyroid Hormone Alpha, Elizabeth Trampenau

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Nighttime Habitat Use and Movement of Two Anaxyrus Species in Southeastern Virginia, Olivia Windorf

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Sketching to Learn in High School Biology Classrooms, Emma Arents

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The Effects of Intra- and Interspecific Phenotypic Variations for Competition in Freshwater Zooplankton, Zeyi Han

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The Impact of Cancer-associated Mutations in Thyroid Hormone Receptor on Its Localization, Sri Harshini Malapati

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The SUMO-Stress Response (SSR) in Normal and Cancerous Cells, Rui Yin

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Thyroid Hormone Receptor and Coregulators: A Dynamic Model, Xiaopeng Sun

Honors Theses from 2018

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Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in Xenopus laevis, Chen Dong

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Characterizing the Intracellular Distribution of Mutant Thyroid Hormone Receptor α-1 A382PfsX7, Kristin Passero

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Characterizing the role of spe-6 in C. elegans spermatogenesis, Elena Parcell

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Compensatory responses to Notch signaling perturbation in polyploid vertebrates, Xenopus laevis and Xenopus borealis, during embryonic development, Mark Pownall

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Effects of Traffic Noise on Foraging, Vigilance, and Aggression of the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Sophia Palia

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Exploring Nucleophagy and Inflammation in the Tumor Microenvironment, Likhitha Kolla

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Exposure to environmentally-relevant levels of ultrasound has biological effects: reduction in the cellular growth of yeast colonies, Elizabeth M. Ransone

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Homeolog Gene Regulation in the Developing Allotetraploid Frog, Xenopus laevis, Ronald Cutler

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Investigating Phenotypic and Genetic Variation in Quorum Sensing in Natural Isolates of the Model Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Benedict Lenhart

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Mutant Thyroid Hormone Receptors and the Potential Effects on Cancer, Michael Salomon

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Particle Interactions with the Gill Rakers in the Filter-Feeding American Shad (Alosa sapidissima), Hannah Bruzzio

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pH Tolerance and Luminescence in Vibrio fischeri, Devin Jones

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The Acid Response in Helicobacter pylori via the Two Component System ArsRS, Jiajia Chen

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The Evolutionary and Genomic Analysis of the Axon Degeneration Gene SARM1 and use of similar genomic techniques on the C9ORF72 gene, Sri Harshavardhan Malapati

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The Genetic Basis of Social Behaviors in Yeast: An Investigation into FLO11, Zachary Oppler

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The Role of Protein-coding and Regulatory Evolution in Speciation of Wild Yeast, Danting Jiang

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The Unusual Paradigm of the Acid Response Two Component System of Helicobacter pylori, Anna Kenan

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Ultrasound noise pollution and the potential for chronic human exposure, Isabel Ritrovato

Honors Theses from 2017

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An Analysis of Outer Inflammatory Protein A in cag Pathogenicity Island Negative and Positive Strains of Helicobacter pylori, Danielle N. Horridge

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A Novel Method for Quantifying Spatial Patterns in Plants, Logan H. George

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Are You What You Eat? Selective Sequestration of Toxic Milkweed Cardenolides in the Monarch Butterfly, Jacob Brammer

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A study of a novel self-fertility mechanism in the hermaphroditic nematode Rhabditis sp. SB347, Xiaoxue Lin

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Beyond "self-eating": The Role of the Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in Regulating Autophagy, Patrick Christian

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Characterization of the Role of the Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier (SUMO) on Nuclear Localization and Proteolysis of the Thyroid Hormone Receptor (TR), Amanda M. Back

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Cytological and Bioinformatical Analysis of SPE-26, a C. elegans Kelch-like Protein that Functions during the Karyosome Stage of Spermatogenesis, Stephen A. Gurley

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F. psychrophilum resistant and susceptible rainbow trout show differences in abundance of IgT+ and IgM+ B cells, Erin Hennessey

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Hemichordates as a model system for investigating intertidal zonation in soft sediments, Kharis R. Schrage

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Modulating Intra-Nuclear LC3 with Small Molecules Rescues Cells from an Aneuploidogen-Induced Phenotype, Daniel P. Rosenberg

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Receptor Gone Rogue: Investigating Localization of a Cancerous Thyroid Hormone Receptor, Michelle Barbeau

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Regulation of Neurite Outgrowths by the Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in PC12 cells and Primary Neurons, Arya Dahal

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The Fitness Effects of Biofilm Formation and Toxin Production in Natural Yeast Isolates, Bernadette M. Deschaine

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The Role of RNF4 in Stripping Transcriptionally-Active Huntingtin, Jen Peek

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The virulence factor OipA in Asian isolates of Helicobacter pylori, Kexin Fan

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Variations in flanking residues of thyroid hormone receptor alpha1 isoform, Christine W. Gao

Honors Theses from 2016

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Acetylation Controls the Subcellular Localization of Thyroid Hormone Receptor α1, Cyril S. Anyetei-Anum

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Characterization of Novel Export Sequences in the Thyroid Hormone Receptor, Cheyenne Williams

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Characterizing Importin Binding to Thyroid Hormone Receptor α1, Emma Lynn McGregor

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Connecting Herbivore Effects to Population Dynamics of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Using an Integral Projection Model, Sivan Yair

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Effects of Changes in Egg Size and Larval Food Supply on the Development of Two Species of Seastars, Stacy Nicole Trackenberg

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Implications of Mycorrhizae and Seedling Competition for American Chestnut Restoration, Olivia Ryan Trani

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Investigating Dispersal of Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Acorns by the Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), Aaron Samuel Bland

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Keeping birds away from food using sonic technology: a potential for protecting crops, Waverly Gabrielle McClusky

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Mechanisms of Helicobacter pylori Adhesion Regulation and Impacts on Host Immune Response, Catherine Rose Acio

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Modeling the Fluid Dynamics of Filtering Structures in Suspension-Feeding Fish, Erin Michele Roberts

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Physical modeling of vortical cross-step filtration in the oral cavity of American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), Hannah Brooks

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Plasticity in egg placement in response to predator cues in the mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta, Emily A. Harmon

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Quantifying Variation in the Seed Scatter-hoarder Relationship, Gina M. Sawaya

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The Effect of Climate on Population Dynamics of Butterfly Species across Southeastern Virginia, Morgan Nicole Thompson

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The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Colocalizes to Aggresomes, Veronica L. Nagle

Honors Theses from 2015

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Anterior-Posterior Neural Axis Plasticity in the developing central nervous system of Xenopus laevis, Vollter Anastas

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A Test for Heritable Variation in Reproductive Response to Bisphenol A in a Population of White-footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus), Lauren N. Canestrini

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Characterization of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX-Induced Neuronal Differentiation in PC12 Cells, Dallas A. Banks

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Chinmo Function During Cyst Stem Cell Establishment in the Drosophila Testis, Tyler A. Jones

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Determining Space Use of Breeding Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) Pairs in Southeastern Virginia, Akshay Deverakonda

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Developmental responses to fluctuations in environmental conditions in echinoid echinoderms, Salma Abdel-Raheem

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Genetic and Cytological Analysis of SPE-6, a C. elegans Tau Tubulin Kinase, Jackson J. Peterson

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Ingestion of Low Density Food Particles by Suspension-Feeding Goldfish, Kristin Edwards

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Measuring Cannibalism Rates in the Zooplankton Copepod Species, Acartia tonsa, Katherine Shipman

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Modeling Tick-Borne Diseases in the Virginia and Middle Peninsula, Molly S. Teague

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Novel pathways to dinitrogen via iron-mediated anaerobic ammonium oxidation, Julie Lauren Krask

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Spread of Adaptation and Migration Load in a Spatially Structured Population, Scott W. Nordstrom

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The Impact of the Ubiquitin-Proteasome Pathway and CRM1-Independent Exportins on Thyroid Hormone Receptor Localization and the Expression of T3-Responsive Genes, Mary Elizabeth R. Stern

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The impacts of fire on the home range and social connectivity of a tropical passerine, Payton M. Phillips

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To Grow or Defend? Effects of Competition and Herbivory on Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, Melissa H. Hey

Honors Theses from 2014

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An environment up in smoke?: Evaluating the effects of fire management practices on red-backed fairy-wren habitat usage, Kelly O'Toole

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BMP Regulation of Stem Cell Development During Drosophila Testis Formation, Ashley P. Fidler

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Combinatorial Contributions of Kisspeptin Neurons and GnRH Neurons to Male Infertility, Hwa In Han

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Evolutionary Conservation of a Modified Spermatogenesis Program in Rhabditis Nematodes with Skewed Sex Ratios, Ethan S. Winter

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Functional role of an epifaunal grazer (Ampithoe valida) in eelgrass communities: A comparative study between native and invasive ranges, Kathrynlynn W. Jenkins

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Modeling Drosophila Stem Cell Development through Ex Vivo Live-Cell Imaging Studies, Mohima Sanyal

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Population Matrix Model for American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) and the Implications for Re-introduction, Elise C. Elwood

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Population Modeling of Diamondback Terrapins, Sarah C. Gilliand

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The effect of sub-lethal methylmercury exposure on corticosterone hormone and the glucocorticoid receptor in the Australian zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Christina S. Moore

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The Role of MK-STYX in the eIF2alpha Stress Response Pathway, Alex McFarland

Honors Theses from 2013

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A comparison of single-day versus multiple-day sampling designs using occupancy modeling, Kelly Watson

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Allometry of reproduction, weapon size, and colony size in social shrimp: A comparative analysis of four eusocial species in genus Synalpheus, Sarah Bornbusch

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Analyzing Ancient Mitochondrial DNA from Fontabelle Emergency Excavation Site Remains, Katherine Hoptay

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A Tale of Two Proteins: The Budding Yeast STUbL Subunit Slx5 Functionally Interacts with the SUMO Ligase Siz1, Eva P. Szymanski

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Characterization of Thyroid Hormone Receptor Export Pathways, Hallie N. Nelson

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Heritable Variation in Responsiveness to Photoperiod, Reproduction, and Immune Function in a Population of Peromyscus leucopus, Katherine E. Kaugars

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How neural cells acquire an identity: the role of calcium activity and voltage-gated calcium channels in neurotransmitter phenotype specification in Xenopus laevis, Lindsay Schleifer

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Maternal effects on cloning frequency, larval development, and juvenile size in the seastar Asterias forbesi, Holly N. Blackburn

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Modeling nymph lone star ticks in the changing landscape of the Virginian Peninsula: a tool for urban planning in the context of human health, Joanna Kathleen Weeks

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Organochlorine Pesticides in the Pantanal: A Qualitative and Semi-Quantitative Water Analysis, Aidan De Sena

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The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Induces Neuronal Differentiation in PC12 Cells, Brittany M. Flowers