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Wadsworth Welcomes 2016 Summer Undergraduate Scientists

Monday, August 8, 2016

During the summer, the Wadsworth Center hosts undergraduate students from across the country to conduct research under the mentorship of our Principal Investigators. 

Students work in the labs on independent research projects and are supported through a number of means.  The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a National Science Foundation-funded program that runs for 10 weeks, from June 6th through August 12th, 2016.  In addition to the REU program, students are supported by individual investigators’ grants and New York State chemistry aide positions.  

Through these programs, approximately 20 students a year are provided the experience of working in a lab and carrying out basic and applied research in biological and environmental health sciences.

Wadsworth Center's Summer 2016 Undergraduate Scientists
Wadsworth Center's Summer 2016 Undergraduate Scientists


Student School Mentor Project
Michelle Hobart and William Smith College Nilesh Banavali Estimating DNA polymerase mutation spectra through Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
Chelsea SUNY New Paltz Pallavi Ghosh Substrate length and its effects on efficiency of transformation and recombineering in M. abscessus
Jennifer Case Western Reserve University Todd Gray The role of SigM and Anti SigM in mycobacteria
Zuri Agnes Scott College Todd Gray Applying synthetic genetic array (SGA) techniques to map unknown gene function in M. smegmatis
Dalton Dutchess County Community College Denise Kay Developing a triplex real-time PCR assay to simultaneously screen Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Joseph Washington & Jefferson College Michael Koonce Life adapted to the cold: Isolating kinesin sequences from Antarctic Foraminifera
Matt Siena College Michael Koonce Centrosome positioning in Dictyostelium
Madeleine Washington College Laura Kramer Growth curve analysis of Zika Virus Strains PRVABC159 (Puerto Rico), YMP48 (Africa), 160310 (Cambodia), and 19563-01 (Honduran Isolate) in mosquito and vertebrate cell culture
Darius Harvard College Hongmin Li Effects of modulated intein splicing activity on Mycobacterium growth in an inducible knock-down model of M. smegmatis
Mary College of the Holy Cross Nick Mantis Modeling bystander programmed cell death induced by ricin intoxication
Ami Carleton College Nick Mantis Dissecting the difference between mucosal and systemic immunity to Salmonella typhimurium
Julian University at Albany Randy Morse Using the "anchor-away" technique to investigate Mediator's function during transcription in yeast
Priscilla University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Randy Morse Using the "anchor-away" technique to investigate Mediator's function during transcription in yeast
Megan Union College Kim Musser Evaluating the long-term persistence of Legionella strains over time
Oneida Colgate University Kim Musser A comparison of commercially available vs. laboratory-developed screening methods for the detection of Salmonella spp. in retail meat products
Jennifer College of Saint Rose Anil Ojha Analysis of Mycobacterium smegmatis biofilm differentiation and antibiotic tolerance
Sarah Russell Sage College Joe Wade Determining requirements for acquisition of new CRISPR immunity elements