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Many of our undergraduate students (65 or more every year) perform significant research in the various laboratories within the Department of Biological Sciences. A number of these students have made contributions significant enough for them to serve as co-authors on publications in scientific journals. Several of these students are co-authors on more than one paper, and some are even the first author of the publication. Many undergraduates also have served as co-authors on posters presented at national and international meetings. Some examples of publications our undergraduates are co-authors and contributors to are listed below with the students’ names in bold. In addition, here are some examples of recent undergraduate research projects.

Publications of Our Undergraduate Researchers

  • Surowiec A, Pichkar Y, Creanza N (2020). Cultures of cooperation: human evolution in the context of cultural variability. Current Anthropology 61(2) 207-208.
  • Zi Ye, HuaHua Sun, Alex Liu, Mackenzie Barker, R. Jason Pitts and LJ Zwiebel (2020). Heterogeneous Expression of the Ammonium Transporter AgAmt in Chemosensory Appendages of the Malaria Vector. Anopheles gambiae. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. May;120:103360. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2020.103360. Epub 2020 Feb 29. PMID: 32126276.
  • Layton, E., J. On, J.I. Perlmutter, S.R. Bordenstein, J.D. Shropshire (2019) Paternal grandmother age affects the strength of Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility in Drosophila melanogaster. mBio 10(6): e01879-19.
  • Jent, D.G, Perry, Abby, Critchlow, J.T., Tate, A.T.* (2019). Natural variation in the contribution of microbial density to inducible immune dynamics. Molecular Ecology. 28:5360-5372. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15293.
  • Gadbery JE*, Abraham A*, Needle C, Moth C, Sheehan J, Capra JA, Jackson LP. (2020). Integrating Structural and Evolutionary Data to Interpret Genetic Variation and Pathogenicity in Adaptor Protein Complex 4 (AP-4). Protein Sci 29 (6): 1535-1549. (*joint first authors)
  • Siemann JK, Green NH, Reddy N, et. al (2019) Sequential Photoperiodic Programming of Serotonin Neurons, Signaling and Behaviors During Prenatal and Postnatal Development. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 13:459.
  • Smith, S. P., J. B. Phillips, M. L. Johnson, P. Abbot, J. A Capra, & A. Rokas (2019). Genome wide association analysis identifies genetic variants associated with reproductive variation across domestic dog breeds and uncovers links to domestication. (*Equal contributors) Evol. Med. Public Health: in press.
  • Surowiec A, Snyder KT, Creanza N (2019). A worldwide view of matriliny: Using genetic data to shed light on the evolution of human kinship systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 374(1780), 20180077
  • Brown, L.D., L.L.M. Shapiro, G.A. Thompson, T.Y. Estévez-Lao, and J.F. Hillyer. (2019). Transstadial immune activation in a mosquito: adults that emerge from infected larvae have stronger antibacterial activity in their hemocoel yet increased susceptibility to malaria infection. Ecology and Evolution. 9:6082–6095. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5192.