C04-P: Competition of Burr Oak Lake Complete Ammonia-oxidizers and Ammonia-oxidizing Archaea

An important step in the nitrogen cycle is the process called nitrification, which is performed by ammonia-oxidizing microorganisms (AOM): ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB), ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA), and complete ammonia oxidizers (comammox). The question being researched was “when AOA and comammox are placed in direct competition for ammonium, who outcompetes who?” Comammox were only discovered in 2015, […]

C58-P: COVID-19 as a Public Health Crisis: Explaining Herd Immunity, Vaccine Development, and Public Relations

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2–more commonly known as COVID-19-is a viral pathogen first introduced to the United States in 2020. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that attacks the respiratory system along with other organ systems. Due to the high mortality and morbidity rates associated with the virus, understanding and discovering a successful vaccine, and attention to […]

B42-P: Changing Ecosystem Dynamics: Identifying potential impacts of marine invasion

During the Late Ordovician (Katian) in the Cincinnati Series of North America, shallow marine ecosystems flourished and remained stable for several million years. Previously isolated ocean basins in the surrounding regions connected due to a sea level rise, leading to an influx of non-native species termed the Richmondian Invasion (RI). The Cincinnati Series thus preserves […]

C42-P: Transcriptomic Analysis for the Whole Lens of PTEN Knockout Mice

Phosphatase and tensin homolog (Pten) is a tumor suppressor gene that is knocked out or mutated in many cancers. Additionally, knocking out this gene in mice causes cataracts and other developmental issues with the lens. This project involves analyzing differential gene expression in the form of RNAseq data encompassing the entire transcriptome of the lens […]

A56-P: Asymmetric Triazole-Au(I) Enantioselective Catalyze of [4+3] Cycloaddition of Dialkylated Malonate

This project aims to analyze the enantioselective property of triazole-gold(I) catalyst on a dialkylated malonate substrate. Unfortunately, the progress of the experiment was stunted, therefore, the project was not fully able to be completed. The results obtained are shown in the poster. Authors: Andy Storer, Dr. Benjamin Gung Faculty Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Gung, Chemistry and […]

B30-P: Nutrients Deficiency in Lake Bonney

It is well known that microorganisms can have positive or negative interactions with each other in the natural environment. Our research area is about the relationship between microorganisms with the environment. Specifically, we investigated how Antarctic microorganisms living in ice-covered lakes are affected by nutrient limitation. We used the enrichment cultures collected from an ice-covered, […]

B22-P: Determination of Pinholin S21 TMD1 and TMD2 Helical Tilt Angles using CW EPR

Determining how a protein folds is one of the most difficult problems in biochemistry. One class of proteins are membrane bound proteins. Because a membrane is a difficult environment this class of proteins poses unique challenges to studying their structure. One of the methods that can be used to determine a protein’s folding conformation is […]

B52-P: Minds Made Up: The Intersectionality Between Medical Decision Making and COVID-19

Contact Tracing explores the public health response to COVID-19 and the psychology of the medical decisions that are made as they pertain to communicating with and abiding by contact tracing efforts. This is accomplished through an anthropological approach to critically examine the implications of contact tracing, taking into account several nuances that encompass the spread […]

B17-P: Engineering Sigma Factors for Synthetic Biology

To expand the current synthetic biology toolbox, new mechanisms of genetic control must be discovered and assessed based on specific transcription-altering capabilities. We posit that sigma factors are precisely the tool needed for metabolic engineers to reroute cells to produce molecules of interest while being orthogonal to other transcription factors. Additionally, sigma factors permit various […]

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