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All participants will give a poster presentation, and a 10 min talk in the Cornell Summer Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) Symposium at the end of the program.

Former MBG-REU participants after graduation continued their education in graduate programs at various universities, which include: Colorado State University, Cornell University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, University of Texas A&M, among others.

Publications:

(Bold names indicate REU student participants)

DeGroot, M. S., Shi, H., Eastman, A., McKillop, A. N. and Liu, J. (2019) The C. elegans SMOC-1 protein acts cell non-autonomously to promote bone morphogenetic protein signaling. Genetics. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/416669. Epub 2018 Dec 5. (Pubmed)

Liu, Z., Shi, H., Szymczak, L. C., Aydin, T., Yun, S., Constas, K., Schaeffer, A., Ranjan, S., Kubba, S., Alam, E., McMahon, D. E., He, J., Shwartz, N., Tian, C., Plavskin, Y., Lindy, A., Dad, N.A., Sheth, S., Amin, N. M., Zimmerman, S., Liu, D., Schwarz, E. M., Smith, H., Krause, M. W. and Liu, J. (2015) Promotion of bone morphogenetic protein signaling by tetraspanins and glycosphingolipids. PLoS Genetics 11(5): e1005221. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005221. (Pubmed)

Presentations:

(Bold names indicate REU student participants)

Felix Badillo, Seth Miller, Hening Lin. Detection of Ras protein heterodimerization using a FRET assay approach. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Felix Badillo, Seth Miller, Hening Lin. Detection of Ras protein heterodimerization using a FRET assay approach. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Felix Badillo, Seth Miller, Hening Lin. Detection of Ras protein heterodimerization using a FRET assay approach. 2018 Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Hartford, CT, July 2018. (Poster)

Felix Badillo, Seth Miller, Hening Lin. Detection of Ras protein heterodimerization using a FRET assay approach. 2018 ABRCMS Conference. Indianapolis, IN, November 2018. (Poster)

John Bechtel, Amaresh Chaturbedi, Siu Sylvia Lee. Sterility as a Modulator of Healthspan and Age Related Pathologies in Caenorhabditis elegans. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

John Bechtel, Amaresh Chaturbedi, Siu Sylvia Lee. Sterility as a Modulator of Healthspan and Age Related Pathologies in Caenorhabditis elegans. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

John Bechtel, Amaresh Chaturbedi, Siu Sylvia Lee. Sterility as a Modulator of Healthspan and Age Related Pathologies in Caenorhabditis elegans. 2018 Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Hartford, CT, July 2018. (Oral presentation)

John Bechtel, Amaresh Chaturbedi, Siu Sylvia Lee. Sterility as a Modulator of Healthspan and Age Related Pathologies in Caenorhabditis elegans. 2018 ABRCMS Conference. Indianapolis, IN, November 2018. (Poster) (Outstanding Presentation Award)

Arianna Broad, Robert Dick, and Volker Vogt. A Comparison of In Vitro Assembly of HIV and SIV. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Arianna Broad, Robert Dick, and Volker Vogt. A Comparison of In Vitro Assembly of HIV and SIV. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Arianna Broad, Robert Dick, and Volker Vogt. A Comparison of In Vitro Assembly of HIV and SIV. 2018 ABRCMS Conference. Indianapolis, IN, November 2018. (Poster)

Arianna Broad, Robert Dick, and Volker Vogt. A Comparison of In Vitro Assembly of HIV and SIV. 2019 ACC Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Conference. University of Louisville, March 2019. (Oral presentation)

Georgia Brown, Ravi Patel, Jessica West, Elizabeth Fogarty, Katrina Haught, Andrew Grimson. A study in how different miRNAs regulate systems level gene expression. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Georgia Brown, Ravi Patel, Jessica West, Elizabeth Fogarty, Katrina Haught, Andrew Grimson. A study in how different miRNAs regulate systems level gene expression. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Kristen N. Edgeworth, Kevin M. Hines, Maureen R. Hanson. Evaluating the Necessity of Carbonic Anhydrase in the Chloroplasts of Nicotiana tabacum. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Kristen N. Edgeworth, Kevin M. Hines, Maureen R. Hanson. Evaluating the Necessity of Carbonic Anhydrase in the Chloroplasts of Nicotiana tabacum. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Mikayla Feldbauer, Robert Battaglia, Ailong Ke. Investigating the details of spacer acquisition in type II CRISPR-Cas systems. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Mikayla Feldbauer, Robert Battaglia, Ailong Ke. Investigating the details of spacer acquisition in type II CRISPR-Cas systems. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Julianna Martinez, Tina Tran, John Schimenti. Investigating the Genetics of Human Infertility through Phenotypic Analysis of Mnd1-K85M. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Julianna Martinez, Tina Tran, John Schimenti. Investigating the Genetics of Human Infertility through Phenotypic Analysis of Mnd1-K85M. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Sheri Momoh, Michelle Scotland, Eric Alani. Elucidating the Mechanism of Cross Over Resolution. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Sheri Momoh, Michelle Scotland, Eric Alani. Elucidating the Mechanism of Cross Over Resolution. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Ines Muravin, Anthony Nzessi, Melisa DeGroot, Jun Liu. Dissecting the relationships among four factors that function in the Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling pathway of C. elegans. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Ines Muravin, Anthony Nzessi, Melisa DeGroot, Jun Liu. Dissecting the relationships among four factors that function in the Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling pathway of C. elegans. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Anyelis Rosario, Megan Rothstein, Marcos Simoes-Costa. Characterization of The Tfap2a Enhancer in Avian Neural Crest Cells. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Anyelis Rosario, Megan Rothstein, Marcos Simoes-Costa. Characterization of The Tfap2a Enhancer in Avian Neural Crest Cells. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Anyelis Rosario, Megan Rothstein, Marcos Simoes-Costa. Characterization of The Tfap2a Enhancer in Avian Neural Crest Cells. 2018 ABRCMS Conference. Indianapolis, IN, November 2018. (Poster) (Outstanding Presentation Award)

Adriana N. Vélez, Quinan Hu, Mariana F. Wolfner. Elucidating the role of phospholipase Cs and zinc in Drosophila egg activation. SILS VIII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Oral presentation)

Adriana N. Vélez, Quinan Hu, Mariana F. Wolfner. Elucidating the role of phospholipase Cs and zinc in Drosophila egg activation. MBG undergraduate summer poster session. Ithaca, NY, August 2018. (Poster)

Adriana N. Vélez, Quinan Hu, Mariana F. Wolfner. Elucidating the role of phospholipase Cs and zinc in Drosophila egg activation. 2018 ABRCMS Conference. Indianapolis, IN, November 2018. (Poster)

Marissa Baccas, Ujani Chakraborty and Eric Alani. The Effect of Chromatin Structure on Recombination Between Divergent DNA Sequences. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Marissa Baccas, Ujani Chakraborty and Eric Alani. The Effect of Chromatin Structure on Recombination Between Divergent DNA Sequences. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Marissa Baccas, Ujani Chakraborty and Eric Alani. The Effect of Chromatin Structure on Recombination Between Divergent DNA Sequences. SACNAC Conference. Salt Lake City, UT, October 2017. (Poster)

Marissa Baccas, Ujani Chakraborty and Eric Alani. The Effect of Chromatin Structure on Recombination Between Divergent DNA Sequences. ABRCMS Conference. Phoenix, AZ, November 2017. (Poster)

Hoang Bui, Sofie Delbare and Mariana Wolfner. Effect of Rim, CG32834, btsz on Sperm Competition and CG32277 on Egg Laying in Drosophila Melanogaster. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Hoang Bui, Sofie Delbare and Mariana Wolfner. Effect of Rim, CG32834, btsz on Sperm Competition and CG32277 on Egg Laying in Drosophila Melanogaster. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Gabriela Casanova, Jennifer Roscoe and William Brown. Role of Phospholipases in the Structure of Lysosomes. 2017 Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Hartford, CT, July 2017. (Oral presentation)

Gabriela Casanova, Jennifer Roscoe and William Brown. Role of Phospholipases in the Localization of Lysosomes. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Gabriela Casanova, Jennifer Roscoe and William Brown. Role of Phospholipases in the Localization of Lysosomes. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Alice Eastman, Melisa DeGroot and Jun Liu. Determining the roles of SMOC-1 in transforming growth factor beta (TGFß) signaling in C. elegans. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Alice Eastman, Melisa DeGroot and Jun Liu. Determining the roles of SMOC-1 in transforming growth factor beta (TGFß) signaling in C. elegans. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Alexander Girgis, Ravi Patel, Caterina Schweidenback and Andrew Grimson. Empirical Determination of microRNA-target Interactions in the 3’ Untranslated Region. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Alexander Girgis, Ravi Patel, Caterina Schweidenback and Andrew Grimson. Empirical Determination of microRNA-target Interactions in the 3’ Untranslated Region. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Alexander Lacrampe, Tuancheng Feng and Fenghua Hu. Investigating the Interaction Between Progranulin and Clusterin, Two Proteins Involved in Neurodegeneration. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Alexander Lacrampe, Tuancheng Feng and Fenghua Hu. Investigating the Interaction Between Progranulin and Clusterin, Two Proteins Involved in Neurodegeneration. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Alyssa M. Laffitte, Denise Stover, Martha Field and Patrick Stover. Arsenic Induces Degradation of Dihydrofolate Reductase. 2017 Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Hartford, CT, July 2017. (Oral presentation)

Alyssa M. Laffitte, Denise Stover, Martha Field and Patrick Stover. Arsenic Induces Degradation of Dihydrofolate Reductase. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Alyssa M. Laffitte, Denise Stover, Martha Field and Patrick Stover. Arsenic Induces Degradation of Dihydrofolate Reductase. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Saeed Roschdi, Laura Thomas and Chris Fromme. Functional Studies of a Family of Novel Late-Golgi Proteins in the Budding Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Saeed Roschdi, Laura Thomas and Chris Fromme. Functional Studies of a Family of Novel Late-Golgi Proteins in the Budding Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Oanh Tran, Cheng-Lin Li and Sylvia Lee. The Effect of Longevity Modulating Pathway on Caenorhabditis Models of Huntington Disease. 2017 Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Hartford, CT, July 2017. (Oral presentation)

Oanh Tran, Cheng-Lin Li and Sylvia Lee. The Effect of Insulin-Like Pathway on C. elegans Models of Huntington Disease. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Oanh Tran, Cheng-Lin Li and Sylvia Lee. The Effect of Insulin-Like Pathway on C. elegans Models of Huntington Disease. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Chris Wilson, Akanksha Singh and Mariana Wolfner. SEMINAL: Evolutionary, Biochemical and Genetic Approaches to Expanding the Sex Peptide Network. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Rachel Yerden and Marcos Simoes-Costa. Understanding the Regulation and Function of RXRG in Neural Crest Cells. SILS VII undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Oral presentation)

Rachel Yerden and Marcos Simoes-Costa. Understanding the Regulation and Function of RXRG in Neural Crest Cells. PGRP summer symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2017. (Poster)

Faviolla A. B.ez-Cruz, Martha S. Field, Patricia A. Cassano, and Patrick J. Stover. Identification of Possible Erythritol Metabolizing Enzymes. Summer institute for life sciences sixth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Oral presentation)

Faviolla A. B.ez-Cruz, Martha S. Field, Patricia A. Cassano, and Patrick J. Stover. Identification of Possible Erythritol Metabolizing Enzymes. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Poster)

Carlos G. Declet Nieves, Amaresh Chaturbedi, Siu Sylvia Lee. How Fat Accumulation Relates Fertilization of C. elegans. Summer institute for life sciences sixth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Oral presentation)

Carlos G. Declet Nieves, Amaresh Chaturbedi, Siu Sylvia Lee. How Fat Accumulation Relates Fertilization of C. elegans. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Poster)

Alaa Farghli, Nathaniel Tippens, John Lis. Elucidating the functions of transcribed and non-transcribed enhancers. Summer institute for life sciences sixth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Oral presentation)

Alaa Farghli, Nathaniel Tippens, John Lis. Elucidating the functions of transcribed and non-transcribed enhancers. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Poster)

Mauricio Paramo, Rene Geissler, and Andrew Grimson. Investigating the function of cis -regulatory elements in mammalian 3'UTRs. Summer institute for life sciences sixth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Oral presentation)

Mauricio Paramo, Rene Geissler, and Andrew Grimson. Investigating the function of cis -regulatory elements in mammalian 3'UTRs. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Poster)

Rachel Sandman, Herong Shi, Kelly Liu. Identifying domains in SUP-17 that mediate its interaction with three tetraspanin proteins in the BMP signaling pathway. Summer institute for life sciences sixth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Oral presentation)

Rachel Sandman, Herong Shi, Kelly Liu. Identifying domains in SUP-17 that mediate its interaction with three tetraspanin proteins in the BMP signaling pathway. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2016. (Poster)

Brianna M. Ettestad. Analysis of flippase efficiency via MARCM screening and identification of an unknown gene with effects on dendrite growth in Drosophila melanogaster. Summer institute for life sciences fifth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Oral presentation)

Brianna M. Ettestad. Analysis of flippase efficiency via MARCM screening and identification of an unknown gene with effects on dendrite growth in Drosophila melanogaster. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Poster)

Alijah O’Connor, Ella Chang, and Sylvia Lee. Effects of Mitochondrial Dysfunction on Neurodegenerative Disorders in C. elegans. Summer institute for life sciences fifth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Oral presentation)

Alijah O’Connor, Ella Chang, and Sylvia Lee. Effects of Mitochondrial Dysfunction on Neurodegenerative Disorders in C. elegans. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Poster)

Neta Shwartz, Stephen Sammons and Jun Kelly Liu. Determining the roles of Lsm proteins in C. elegans sex muscle fate specification. Summer institute for life sciences fifth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Oral presentation)

Neta Shwartz, Stephen Sammons and Jun Kelly Liu. Determining the roles of Lsm proteins in C. elegans sex muscle fate specification. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Poster)

Neta Shwartz, Stephen Sammons and Jun Kelly Liu. Determining the roles of Lsm proteins in C. elegans sex muscle fate specification. Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC, Baltimore, MD, October 2015. (2nd place poster presenter in group)

Lisa M. Vélez-Vélez, Kevin Thorsen, William J. Brown. Inhibition of Trafficking from the Trans‐ Golgi Network to the Plasma Membrane by a Diacylglycerol Kinase Antagonist. Summer institute for life sciences fifth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Oral presentation)

Lisa M. Vélez-Vélez, Kevin Thorsen, William J. Brown. Inhibition of Trafficking from the Trans‐ Golgi Network to the Plasma Membrane by a Diacylglycerol Kinase Antagonist. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Poster)

Yassmine Zerrad, Yashira Negrón Abril, Jenn Page, Christina Jeon, Mixing Ling, Xia Xu, Joshua Levy, Eva Oxford, Teresa Southard, Katie Kelly, Robert Weiss. The effect of simultaneous disruption of the two main regulatory mechanisms of Ribonucleotide reductase in mice. Summer institute for life sciences fifth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Oral presentation)

Yassmine Zerrad, Yashira Negrón Abril, Jenn Page, Christina Jeon, Mixing Ling, Xia Xu, Joshua Levy, Eva Oxford, Teresa Southard, Katie Kelly, Robert Weiss. The effect of simultaneous disruption of the two main regulatory mechanisms of Ribonucleotide reductase in mice. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2015. (Poster)

Hilary Bright, Martha S. Field, Yashira N. Abril, Patrick Stover and Robert Weiss. Ribonucleotide reductase activity and uracil in DNA. Summer institute for life sciences fourth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2014. (Oral presentation)

Hilary Bright, Martha S. Field, Yashira N. Abril, Patrick Stover and Robert Weiss. Ribonucleotide reductase activity and uracil in DNA. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2014. (Poster)

Neta Shwartz, Herong Shi and Jun Kelly Liu. Identifying interaction partners among membrane-associated proteins of the BMP signaling pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans. Summer institute for life sciences fourth annual undergraduate symposium. Ithaca, NY, August 2014. (Oral presentation)

Neta Shwartz, Herong Shi and Jun Kelly Liu. Identifying interaction partners among membrane-associated proteins of the BMP signaling pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2014. (Poster)

Neta Shwartz, Herong Shi and Jun Kelly Liu. Identifying interaction partners among membrane-associated proteins of the BMP signaling pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans. Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC, Baltimore, MD, October 2014. (2nd place poster presenter in group)

Richard Stephen Bovio. Investigating the role of hybrid incompatibility genes in the telomere protection complex. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2014. (Poster)

Zane Haynes. Restoration of cefuroxime resistance to a cyclic-di-AMP deprived strain of Bacillus subtilis. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2014. (Poster)

Theresa White. Investigating the role of Female- expressed candidate genes on sperm competition in Drosophila melanogaster. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2014. (Poster)

Jodecy Colon. RNR activity and localization: links to cancer and neural tube defect risks. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2013. (Poster)

Abigail Dejohn. microRNAs regulate gene repression in adult and neonatal T-cells. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2013. (Poster)

Angel Joel Diaz Martinez. Cloning, expression and purification of recombinant Slx4 from Saccharomyces cerecisiae. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2013. (Poster)

Denise Levy. Charactering the effect of transcription factors CEH-23, HIF-1, CEP-1 on development and reproduction of mitochondria ETC mutants in C. elegans. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2013. (Poster)

Elena Pires. Who killed the defective sperm? The quest to rescue male fertility. Diversity Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Cornell, Ithaca, NY, August 2013. (Poster)