Research: Natural Sciences

The Effects of KPT-9274 Drug Treatment on Gene Expression in SUM159 Breast Cancer Cells

Writer: Emma Cordover

I work in the lab of Dr. Audrey Minden in the Susan L. Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, part of the Department of Chemical Biology at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. One area of research that the lab focuses on is the identification of potential biomarkers to improve clinical treatment of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). TNBC gets its name due to the fact that it is missing the hormone receptors for estrogen, progesterone, and HER2. Among other types of breast cancer, TNBC has a poor prognosis; this is because TNBC is difficult to diagnose and treat as a result of the lack of known druggable targets.

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Developing Thin Films of Double-Inorganic Perovskite Salts for Use in Solar Cells

Writer: Devan Solanko

My research is in the Department of Chemistry under the direction of Professor Charles Dismukes and Dr. Anders Laursen. The Dismukes Research Group is split into two subgroups. One group works on bioenergy research, studying the way that nature stores and converts energy, and the other group works with inorganic catalysts. Catalysts are compounds that selectively increase the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process. I do my research within the catalysis subgroup, studying novel compounds that show promise as light-absorbers and can be developed for use in solar cells.

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Effects of Oxidants on Superoxide Dismutase

Writer: Jennifer Tao

My name is Jennifer Tao, and I am a senior at Rutgers University in the School of Arts and Sciences. I am majoring in biomathematics, an interdisciplinary combination of mathematics and the biological sciences. Currently, I work under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Laskin at the Environmental and Occupational Health and Science Institute (EOHSI). Our work involves exploring and understanding systems that generate reactive oxygen species (ROS). We will be presenting our research this March at the annual Society of Toxicology Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Following graduation, I plan to apply to graduate schools and hope to continue research in the biological sciences.

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Case Studies on Microglia Morphology One Day After Kainic Acid-Induced Seizures in P2Y12 KO Mice

Writer: Sruchika Sabu

My name is Sruchika Sabu and I am a senior majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology at Rutgers University. I have worked in the Wu Lab for over 2 years and am continuously encouraged to expand my projects and actively contribute to the lab. During my final academic year, I plan on completing a departmental honors thesis. After that, I aspire to pursue M.D./Ph.D. degrees to delve further into the field of neuroscience and neuropathology.

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Computational Design of an Activatable Yeast Cytosine Deaminase for the Advancement of Chemotherapy

Writer: Daniel Greenfield

My name is Daniel Greenfield and I am currently a sophomore in the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. My major is Biomathematics, and my minor is Computer Science. Since early 2015, I have taken part in research with Dr. Sagar Khare in the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology doing protein modeling and simulation.

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Structure Function Analysis of sma-10; a Novel Regulator of TGB-β Signaling

Writer: Kelvin Liao

My name is Kelvin Liao and I am currently a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. I work as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Richard Padgett's lab at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology. I am majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and minoring in Computer Science. After I complete my undergraduate education, I intend to pursue medical training to become a doctor.

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Developmental Exposure to Bisphenol A and Bisphenol S Induce Metabolic Hormonal Disruption

Writer: Marcin Ciesla

My name is Marcin Ciesla and I am a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major with a minor in Chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences. I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. after graduation. My project focuses on the developmental effects of BPA and BPS exposure in zebrafish. My advisor is Dr. Lori A. White and her research interests include studying the pathological changes caused by xenoestrogens.

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The Effects of Morphology on Copper as a Carbon Dioxide Reduction Catalyst

Writer: Timothy Goetjen

My research is in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology under the direction of Dr. Charles Dismukes and Karin Calvinho. The Dismukes Research Group has two subgroups, one that works on the biological aspects of photosystem II, and another that works with inorganic catalysts (substances that are used to increase the speed of a chemical reaction, but are not consumed) modeled after their biological counterparts.

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Predator-Prey Relationship Between Crustaceans and Sea Urchins

Writer: Lara Brindisi

Predator-prey relationships can promote the successes or failures of interacting populations. If the intensity of predation is too great, prey populations become susceptible to diminishing towards collapse. Likewise, if predation pressures are too weak, prey populations can rise above their carrying capacity until their environments and resources become degraded, potentially causing population collapse (Cain et al., 2014).

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