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2021 INBRE STUDENT VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

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WY INBRE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH & INQUIRY ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES

 

available for viewing from May 1, 2021

ALL INBRE students – please note the following
You must acknowledge INBRE on your presentation with the following statement (can be modified):
“The project described was supported in part by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Grant # 2P20GM103432.”

ORAL PRESENTATIONS - This year, because of pandemic restrictions on in-person gatherings, and because students are spread out geographically, student presentations will be pre-recorded. Most will be Pecha Kucha style, auto-advanced narrated slide decks. A few students have been able to present at conferences, and their talks will be uploaded on our INBRE site, in lieu of a Pecha Kucha. 


Taylor Berg

 

Hometown: Casper, Wyoming

 

Institution: Casper College

 

Majors: Biology, Medical Laboratory Technology, and Pre-medicine 

 

Faculty Research advisor: John Chase, Ph.D.

 

Title: Revealing the Resistome

Co-authors: Aaron Clifford, Brooklyn Counts, Ingelin Sæstad, Caitlyn Edwards, and Dr. John Chase

  

 

Russell Brubaker  

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Home town: Riverton, Wyoming

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Central WY College

Major: Fisheries & Wildlife Biology & Management

Faculty Research Advisor: Frank Rahel, Ph.D.

Presentation: Exploring Sulfur Isotopes in the Laramie River

Adam Conner

 adam conner

Hometown: Riverton, WY

Institution: University of Wyoming;INBRE Transition Fellow from Central WY College

Graduated Dec 2020; Mental Health Technician at Wyoming Behaviorial Institute, Casper, WY

Major: Psychology

Presentation: Examining the Cognitive Performance of College Students with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder using Signal Detection Theory

Co-Authors: John Vasko, Cynthia Hartung, Ph.D.

 

Micah Conner

 micah conner

Hometown: Riverton, Wyoming

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Central WY College

Major: Molecular Biology      Faculty Research Advisor: Todd Schoberg, Ph.D.

Presentation: Novel Protein Interactions in Drosophila melanogaster

Ian Crawford

 ian crawford

Hometown: Cody, Wyoming

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Northwest College

Major: Physiology

Faculty Research Advisor: Brian Cherrington, Ph.D. & Amy Navratil, Ph.D.

Presentation: Navigating the World of Biomedical

Milissa Denevan

 milissa denevan NWC

Hometown: Cowley, WY

Institution: Northwest College

Major: Natural Resource Biology & Veterinary Assisting

Faculty Research Advisor: Eric Atkinson

Presentation (Team): Bioinformatics

Co-authors: Kevin Fontana, Ava McKeever, Rodney Tanner

 

Caitlyn Edwards

 caitlyn edwards Casper

Hometown: Casper, WY

Institution: Casper College/UW Casper

Major: Biology   Minor: Chemistry

Presentation: Disruption of human tubulin beta citrullination through mutagenesis: effects on mutant tubulin polymerization and kinesin binding affinity 

Co-author/Advisor: Florence Teule-Finley, Ph.D.

Gareth Flowers

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Hometown: Powell, WY

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Northwest College

Major: Chemical Engineering    Faculty Research Advisor: John Oakey, Ph.D.

Presentation: Non-spherical Hydrogel Particles for 3D Printing Complex Tissue Scaffolds

 

Kevin Fontana

 

Hometown: Cody, Wyoming

 

Institution: Northwest College

 

Faculty Research Advisor: Eric Atkinson

 

Presentation (Team): Bioinformatics

Co-authors: Ava McKeever, Rodney Tanner, Milissa Denevan

 

 

Mary Graham

 mary graham

Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from LCCC

Currently: Colorado State University, graduate program in Veterinary Sciences

Major: Zoology; Veterinary Medicine  

Presentation: Diet Analysis of Great Horned (Bubo virginianus) and Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Southern High Plains

Co-authors: Samantha E. Haller, Maggie J. Quinn, Ami L. Wangeline, Scott McConnell,  Zachary P. Roehrs (faculty advisor)

 

Kodee Griffith

 

Institution: Laramie County Community College

 

Hometown: Tracy, California

 

Major: Zoology

 

Presentation: The Distribution and Natural History of Meadow Vole's on the High Plains

Co-authors: Ami Wangeline and Zac Roehrs

 

Melody Haler 

 

Hometown: Casper, Wyoming

 

Institution: University of Wyoming at Casper College 

 

Majors: Biology & Psychology 

 

Faculty Research Advisor: Florence Teule-Finley, Ph.D.

 

Presentation: Site-Directed Mutagenesis of Human Tubulin Genes

 

Taylor Hatcher

 taylor hatcher

Hometown: Casper, Wyoming

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Casper College

Major: Zoology & Physiology/ Biology

PresentationBuzzing about INBRE Undergraduate Research

Alison (Aly) Hayes

aly hayes NWC 

Hometown: Bemidji, Minnesota

Institution: Northwest College, Powell, WY

Major:  Nursing

Faculty Research Advisor: Elise Kimble, Ph.D.

Presentation (Team): The Dark Side of Scat: Our Journey to Understanding Zoonotic Pathogens

Co-author: Ashton Munoz

Payge Hoffman

 

Hometown: Sidney, NE

 

Institution: University of Wyoming

 

Majors: Pharmacy and Physiology

Nevada INBRE Summer 2021 Internship award

 

Faculty Research Mentor: Karen Mruk, Ph.D.

Presentation: Sonic Hedgehog (shh) and the Medial Floorplate (MFP): Information and Correlation

 

Wyatt Horrocks

 wyatt horrocks

Hometown: Cowley Wyoming

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Northwest College

Major: Biology   

Faculty Research Advisor: Thomas Boothby, Ph.D.

Presentation: Freezing Tardigrades to See Effect on Desiccation Tolerance

Ashleigh Huss

ashleigh huss 

Hometown: Findley, OH

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Laramie County CC

Major: Physiology

Faculty Research Advisor: Yun Li, Ph.D.

Presentation:

 

Mindy McIntosh

Hometown: Jeffrey City, WY

Insititution: Casper College/University of WY at Casper

Major: Biology

Faculty Research Advisor: Eric Mechalke, Ph.D.

Presentation: Proteoglycans and the Oyster Mushroom: finding the immunomodulating protein

Co-authors: Eric Mechalke and Thomas Haack

Zavier McClain

Hometown: Guernsey, WY

Institution: Eastern Wyoming College

Major: Psychology

Faculty Research Advisor: Chris Wenzel

 

Presentation: Abiotic Conditions and Biodiversity of Southeastern Wyoming Biocrusts

 

Ava McKeever

Hometown:

Institution: Northwest College, Powell, WY

Faculty Research Advisor: Eric Atkinson

Presentation (Team): Bioinformatics

Co-authors: Kevin Fontana, Rodney Tanner, Milissa Denevan

Bryson Mijares

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Student from Eastern WY College

Hometown: Greeley, Colorado

Major: Molecular Biology

Faculty Research Advisor: Ensook Park, Ph.D.

Presentation: Homology Modeling of Magnaporthe oryzae Effector Proteins

Ashton Munoz

ashton munoz NWC 

Hometown: St. George, Utah

Institution: Northwest College, Powell, WY

Major: Nursing

Faculty Research Advisor: Elise Kimble, Ph.D.

Presentation (Team): The Dark Side of Scat: Our Journey to Understanding Zoonotic Pathogens

Co-Author: Aly Hayes

Dallin North

 

Hometown: Powell, WY

Institution: University of Wyoming

Major: Molecular Biology

 

Faculty Research Advisor: Dan Levy, Ph.D.

 

Presentation: Localization and Dynamics of Nuclear Lamin  Proteins

Coauthor: Chase Wesley and Dan Levy

 

Ashley Park

Hometown: Centennial, Colorado

Institution: University of Wyoming

Major: Physiology

Faculty Research Advisor: Eunsook Park, Ph.D.

Presentation: Screening Fungal Pathogen Specific Autophagy Inhibitor for Developing Antifungal reagents

Co-authors: J.C. Woo and Seungmee Jung

Brandon Phillips

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Hometown: Torrington, WY

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Eastern WY College

Major: Zoology    Faculty Research Advisor: Guanglong He, Ph.D.

Presentation: The Effects of E-cigarette Solvents on Mouse Lungs

 

Sydney Polson

 sydney polson INBRE intern

Hometown: Lander, WY

Institution: University of Wyoming

Major: Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Health Sciences Research Day 2021: Student Research Grant Award, 2nd place

Presentation: SGLT2 Inhibition and Exercise for the Diabetic Right Ventricle

Co-authors: Karyn L. Hamilton2, Melissa A. Linden2, Barry Braun2, AykhanYusifov1, Danielle R. Bruns (Faculty Research Advisor)

Samantha Power

 

Hometown: Mandan, North Dakota

 

Institution: University of Wyoming 

Major: Division of Communication Disorders/Speech-Language & Hearing Science Major

 

2020 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Students Preparing for

Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award

 

Health Sciences Research Day 2021: Student Travel Award

 

Presentation: A Preliminary Investigation of Palatoglossus Morphology in Children Using MRI

Co-author/Faculty Research Advisor: Katelyn J. Kotlarek, PhD, SLP-CCC

 

Steven Poyer

 steven poyer

Hometown: Rock Springs, Wyoming

Institution: University of WY; INBRE Transition Fellow from Western Wyoming CC

Major: Molecular Biology

Faculty Research Advisor: Grant Bowman, Ph.D.

Presentation: Gakubu

 

 

Matteo Ricciardi

 matteo ricciardi LCCC

Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming

Institution: Laramie County Community College

Major: Fine Arts

Presentation: Artist Researching Science

Co-author: Gavin Martin, Ph.D.

Lucas Sa

 

Hometown: Brazil; Star Valley, Wyoming

 

Institution: Western Wyoming Community College

Major: Pre-health

 

Faculty Research Advisor: Bud Chew, Ph.D.

 

Presentation: The Impacts of Research on My First Undergraduate Year

 

 

Ingelin Saestad

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Hometown: Egersund, Norway

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Casper College

Major: Molecular Biology; starting Secondary Education degree Summer 2021

Faculty Mentor: Annie Bergman, Ph.D.

Presentation: INBRE Path and Science Kitchen Outreach

Abigail (Mariah) Saville

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Hometown: Powell, Woming

Institution: University of Wyoming; INBRE Transition Fellow from Northwest College

Major: Biology and Spanish

Faculty Research Advisor: Kerry Sondgeroth, Ph.D.

 

Samantha Shorthill

 samantha shorthill INBRE intern

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Institution: University of Wyoming

Major: Physiology/Kinesiology & Health Sciences

Presentation: Voluntary Wheel Running at High, Moderate, and Low Altitudes Differs in Male versus Female Mice

Co-authors: Benjamin McNair, Ross Cook, Sydney Polson, Emily Schmitt, and Danielle Bruns (Faculty Research Advisor)

Candace Siirila

Hometown:

Institution: Northwest College

Major:

PresentationLife History Factors Important in Incidence of White Nose Bat Syndrome (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) among North American Bats

Faculty Research Advisor: Eric Atkinson

 

 

Craig Smith

 craig smith UW INBRE intern

Hometown: Scottsbluff, NE

Institution: University of Wyoming

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Presentation: Computational Fluid Dynamics within Mice Ventricles

Co-author and Faculty Research Advsor: Dr. Maysam Mousaviraad

Joel Sorrenson

Hometown: Casper, WY

Institution: Casper College

Major: Fish and Wildlife Management

Faculty Research Advisors: Dagmara Motriuk-Smith, Ph.D & R. Scott Seville, Ph.D.

Presentation: The Morphology and Identification of Eimeria Parasites Infecting Cottontail Rabbits, Syvilagus Audubonii

 

 

Rodney Tanner

Hometown:

Institution: Northwest College

Faculty Research Advisor: Eric Atkinson

Presentation (Team): Bioinformatics

Co-authors: Kevin Fontana, Milissa Denevan, Ava McKeever

Haleigh Valbusch

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Institution: Laramie County Community College

Major: Biochemistry

Presentation: Western Firefly Mapping

Mentor/Co-authors: Gavin Martin, Ph.D. and Chris Hair

 

 Thomas Westmoreland

Hometown: Washington/Rock Springs, WY

Institution: Western Wyoming Community College

Faculty Research Advisor: Josh Holmes, Ph.D.

 

Presentation: Development of functional protein-protein assay

 

 

 

 

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