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Honors Theses from 2022

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Analyzing Function of the Novel Gene, Childless Gambino, During Drosophila Development, Pedro Massa

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Carrying Capacity of Cultured Bivalves in Cherrystone Inlet, VA, and the Implications of Spatial Distribution and Environmental Change, Sophia Chirico

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Climate Change and Conservation of Milkweed: Evidence of Extensive Admixture Between Common Milkweed and Poke Milkweed, Elizabeth Davies

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Design and Partial Assembly of a Promoter Characterization Circuit for Mycobacteria, Elias H. Nafziger

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Comparing Avian Hearing Across Taxonomic Groups, Sarah Weber

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Frequency and Success of Larval Clone Production in the Daisy Brittle Star Ophiopholis aculeata, Erin-Darby McClain

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Investigating the Effect of Longhorned Milkweed Beetle Larval Root Feeding on Resprouting in Common Milkweed, Margaret Donnan

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Investigating the Role of HDAC3 (KDAC3) and SIRT2 in Thyroid Hormone Receptor Intracellular Trafficking, Jordan Gooding

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Long-term Data Reveal Differences in Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi between Nymph and Adult Blacklegged Ticks (Ixodes scapularis), Meghan Adams

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Metamor-Foes: Settlement Preferences and Post-Settlement Cannibalism in the Sea Star Asterias forbesi, Augustin Kalytiak-Davis

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Metamorphic Success of Sea Star Larval Clones, Alexis Abigail Reece

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Natural History and Habitat Preferences of the Salt Marsh Skipper (Panoquina panoquin): Confirmation of a Second Host Plant in Virginia Salt Marshes, Logan Rakes

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Regulation of Testis Stem Cell Behavior by the Novel Drosophila Gene Childless gambino, Natalie Luffman

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Relating Occupancy Patterns to Multi-Life-History Scales for Pond-Breeding Anurans in Eastern Virginia, Patrick A. Hardner

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Student Sleep Patterns when Exposed to Mindfulness Reminders, Zeyanna Dhalla

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The Application of Acetyltransferase Inhibitors and Neural Networks to Thyroid Hormone Receptor Mutants, Thomas Hess

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The Characterization of the Type I DNA Methyltransferase hsdM1 (HP0463) in Helicobacter pylori, Elise Zimmerman

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The Genetic Consequences of Selection for Plastic Adherence on Evolving Yeast Populations, Benjamin Epley

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Transcriptome Analysis of Zebra Finch Tissue After Chronic Low-Level Methylmercury Exposure, Paula Petersen

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Transcriptomic and Functional Analysis of Novel Mycobacteriophagelet Bernie and Prophage HerbertWM, Taiana James

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Uncovering Global Trends in Multicellularity in Natural Isolates of the Model Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Impacts on “Accidental Virulence”, Luke Ekdahl

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Understanding Viral Impacts in Soil Microbial Ecology Through the Persistence and Decay of Infectious Bacteriophage Particles, Alli DiPietro

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Using a Machine Learning Model to Predict Plant Inflorescences based upon its Soil Microbiome, Luke Denoncourt

Honors Theses from 2021

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A Comparison Between the Evolutionary Genomics of Pseudophosphatases MK-STYX and STYX, Yi Qi

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Characterizing the Microbiome of Floral Nectar of Asclepias syriaca and other Asclepias species, Heather Natterer

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Effects of Gamete Age on Development in Asterias forbesi, Amanda Yeo

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Evaluating Autophagy as a Mechanism for MK-STYX-induced Stress Granule Reduction, Tatiana Prioleau

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Life stage explains variation in habitat use of the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), Joyner Miller

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Model Thyroid Hormone Receptors' Nucleocytoplasmic Shuttling with Agent-based Approach & Automated Fluorescence Intensity Measurement, Minhang Xu

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Mysteries and Uncertainties in Tracing Cryptic Viral Infections, Melaina Jacoby

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Rapid Morphological Divergence in Three Introduced Cichlid Species, Khalil Russell

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The Effect of MK-STYX on the Interaction of HDAC6 and Ubiquitin, Emma Gergel

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The Role of Spider Silk in Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, Langston Forbes-Jackson

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Tools in Bioengineering: From Bacteriophage to Bioprinting, Stephanie Do

Honors Theses from 2020

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Characterization of TRα1 Mutants Associated with Metabolic Disorders and Cancer, Carolina Lopez Silva

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Design of Smart, Lipid-Secreting Nasal Probiotic for the Suppression of Respiratory Viral Infections, Julia Urban

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Evolutionary Dynamics of Alzheimer's-linked Prion Conformers in Yeast, Matthew M. Dungan

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Five-year study highlights that variation in weather relates similarly to prevalence of Ehrlichia chaffeensis in adult and nymph lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), Olivia Spencer

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Impacts of Spatial and Temporal Variation on the Benthic Nitrogen Cycle in the York River Estuary, Evan Lawrence

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Inferring Diet of Clidastes liodontus through Comparative Skull and Pterygoid Tooth Morphology of Toxicoferan Squamates, Ian Wilenzik

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Investigating Differential Gene Expression in Zebra Finch Embryos due to Methylmercury Exposure, Natalie Caputo

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Investigating the Genetic Diversity of Viruses in Soil Using a Marker Gene Approach, Nakul Dar

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Predator-Induced Phenotypic Plasticity Across Life History Stages in Echinoderms, Danielle K. Barnes

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Probing the Localization Patterns and Selectivity Filter of Thyroid Hormone Receptor alpha 1 Mutants, Jerry O'Dwyer

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THE EFFECTS OF MERCURY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEAVY METAL EXPOSURE ON GENE EXPRESSION, Maya Watson

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Two Component System Independent Acid Response in Helicobacter pylori, Catharine Burgess

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X Chromosome Segregation During Spermatogenesis in Auanema rhodensis XX Males, Emily Ling Xu

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