Dr. Matthew Kohn welcomes the 2016 incoming class of REU students

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


MichelleHobart and William Smith CollegeNilesh BanavaliEstimating DNA polymerase mutation spectra through Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
ChelseaSUNY New PaltzPallavi GhoshSubstrate length and its effects on efficiency of transformation and recombineering in M. abscessus
JenniferCase Western Reserve UniversityTodd GrayThe role of SigM and Anti SigM in mycobacteria
ZuriAgnes Scott CollegeTodd GrayApplying synthetic genetic array (SGA) techniques to map unknown gene function in M. smegmatis
DaltonDutchess County Community CollegeDenise KayDeveloping a triplex real-time PCR assay to simultaneously screen Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
JosephWashington & Jefferson CollegeMichael KoonceLife adapted to the cold: Isolating kinesin sequences from Antarctic Foraminifera
MattSiena CollegeMichael KoonceCentrosome positioning in Dictyostelium
MadeleineWashington CollegeLaura KramerGrowth curve analysis of Zika Virus Strains PRVABC159 (Puerto Rico), YMP48 (Africa), 160310 (Cambodia), and 19563-01 (Honduran Isolate) in mosquito and vertebrate cell culture
DariusHarvard CollegeHongmin LiEffects of modulated intein splicing activity on Mycobacterium growth in an inducible knock-down model of M. smegmatis
MaryCollege of the Holy CrossNick MantisModeling bystander programmed cell death induced by ricin intoxication
AmiCarleton CollegeNick MantisDissecting the difference between mucosal and systemic immunity to Salmonella typhimurium
JulianUniversity at AlbanyRandy MorseUsing the "anchor-away" technique to investigate Mediator's function during transcription in yeast
PriscillaUniversity of Puerto Rico-MayaguezRandy MorseUsing the "anchor-away" technique to investigate Mediator's function during transcription in yeast
MeganUnion CollegeKim MusserEvaluating the long-term persistence of Legionella strains over time
OneidaColgate UniversityKim MusserA comparison of commercially available vs. laboratory-developed screening methods for the detection of Salmonella spp. in retail meat products
JenniferCollege of Saint RoseAnil OjhaAnalysis of Mycobacterium smegmatis biofilm differentiation and antibiotic tolerance
SarahRussell Sage CollegeJoe WadeDetermining requirements for acquisition of new CRISPR immunity elements



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