students

In addition to having had a lot of very talented students in my lab over the years, I'm also faculty advisor to the Rho Eta chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.

current and former research students

Alexis Cowan (2015)

Honors project (2014–2015): "Developmental Effects of Silver Nanoparticles on Drosophila melanogaster"


Caitlin Hyland (2015)

SOAR project (Summer 2014): "Creating a model for the neurological disease PCCA in Drosophila melanogaster"

Honors project (2014–2015): "Retention of Olfactory Memory Through Metamorphosis in Drosophila melanogaster"


David Siepietowski (2015)

Honors project (2014–2015): "Investigating Visual Learning and Memory of Drosophila melanogaster using Color Association"


Ghazal Stity (2015)

SOAR project (Summer 2014): "Mapping a New 'Bang Sensitive' Gene in Drosophila melanogaster"

Honors project (2014–2015): "Characterization of a Novel Bang-Sensitive Gene in Drosophila melanogaster"


Anika Riaz (2014)

Honors project (2013–2014): "Investigation of Visual Learning in Wild-type and Presenilin Mutant Drosophila melanogaster Larvae"


Hannah Kim (Parkland High School)

Science Fair project (2012–2013): "A Study on ApoE and TREM2 Allelic Variants and the Severity of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias"

Alex Servin (2013)

Honors project (2012–2013); co-mentored with Steve & Shari Dunham: "DNA Unwinding by Antitumor Active Dirhodium Compounds"


Kyle Goodbred (2013)

SOAR project (Summer 2012) and independent study (Fall 2012): "Mapping a new bang-sensitive gene in Drosophila melanogaster"


Rania Hanna (2012)

Directed research project (Spring 2009): "The Effects of Food Composition on Survival, Fecundity, and Longevity in Drosophila melanogaster"

Independent study project (Fall 2010): "The Effects of Stress on Behavior in Drosophila Carrying a Mutation Linked to Schizophrenia"

Honors project (2011–2012): "Olfactory-Gustatory Associative Learning and Memory Differences Between Mutant Presenilin and Wild-type Drosophila melanogaster Larvae "


Tim Layng (2012)

Honors project (2011–2012): "Location of bang senseless, a Bang-Sensitive Gene, on the X Chromosome of Drosophila melanogaster"


Jackie Held (2012) & Stephen Wursta (2012)

SOAR project (Summer 2011; directed jointly with Prof. Carl Salter, Chemistry): "Creating a living zinc sensor using synthetic biology"


Michael Solomon (2011)

SOAR project (Spring & Summer 2010): "Genetic Engineering of the Presenilin Gene in Drosophila"

Honors project (2010–2011): "Using ΦC31 Integrase-Mediated Gene Targeting to Study Alzheimer's-Related Mutations in the Presenilin Gene of Drosophila melanogaster"


Ryan O'Donnell (2011)

Honors project (2010–2011): "The Effect of Multiple Bang-Sensitive Mutations on Drosophila melanogaster"


Jake Tazik (2011)

Honors project (2010–2011): "Mapping of the bas Gene in Drosophila melanogaster Using Deletion Crosses, Duplication Crosses, and Recombination Mapping"


Jessica Grochowski (2011)

SOAR project (Summer 2010): "Effects of Bang-Sensitive Mutations on Courtship in Drosophila"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Jess presented at Moravian's 5th Annual Student Scholarship Day.


Louis Scalia (2012)

SOAR project (Summer 2010): "Studying Larval Learning and Memory in Drosophila"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Louis presented at Moravian's 5th Annual Student Scholarship Day.


Alyssa Milano (2010)

Honors project (2009–2010): "The Effects of Rapid Cold Hardening on Courtship in Drosophila melanogaster"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Alyssa presented at Moravian's 4th Annual Student Scholarship Day.


Theresa Gonzalez (2010)

Independent study project (Spring 2010): "A Study on Double Bang-Sensitive Mutations"


Brittany Deiling (2010)

Directed research project (Fall 2009): "The Effects of Food Composition on Survival, Fecundity, and Longevity in Drosophila melanogaster"


John Reese (2011)

SOAR project (Summer 2009): "Plasmid Transformation of Drosophila melanogaster"


Anthony Falco (2010)

Directed research project (Spring 2009): "Double Bang-Sensitive Mutants in Drosophila melanogaster"


Naomie Kachel (2009)

Independent study project (Spring 2009): "Raisins' Effect on Intra-Oral Bacteria"


Simon Tabchi (2008)

SOAR project (Summer 2007): "Mapping Drosophila melanogaster Bang-Sensitive Mutations"

Honors project (2007–2008): "The Genetic Mapping of the bas Mutation in Drosophila melanogaster"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Simon presented at Moravian's 2nd Annual Student Scholarship Day.


Nate Tussey (2008)

SOAR project (Summer 2007): "Mapping Drosophila melanogaster Bang-Sensitive Mutations "

Honors project (2007–2008): "Genetic Mapping of the bss Mutation in Drosophila melanogaster"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Nate presented at Moravian's 2nd Annual Student Scholarship Day.


Anastasia Yemelyanova at Drosophila Conference 2008

Anastasia Yemelyanova (2008)

SOAR project (Summer 2006): "Effects of Alzheimer Mutations in Drosophila Presenilin"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Anastasia presented at Moravian's 2nd Annual Student Scholarship Day.

Honors project (2007–2008): "Transformation of Drosophila with Mutated Presenilin via φC31 Integrase-mediated Cassette Exchange"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Anastasia presented at the 49th Annual Drosophila Research Conference.


Lukáš Maršálek (visiting Merrill scholar)

Independent study project (Fall 2007): "Identification of Bacterial Samples Suspected to be Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)"


Dipesh Patel (2008)

Independent study project (Fall 2007): "Effect of Male Fruit Fly Size on Memory-deficient Female Fruit Flies"


LeeAnna Roberts at Honors poster session 2007

LeeAnna Roberts (2007)

Honors project (2006–2007): "Community-acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) Among Division III Football Players at Moravian College "

LeeAnna won the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research for her project at the regional Tri-Beta convention held at Elizabethtown College on March 24th.

Here's a .pdf file of LeeAnna's Honors poster.


Tiffany Jamann (2008)

SOAR project (Summer 2006): "Effects of Seizure on Drosophila melanogaster"


Jana Havranova (2005)

SOAR project (Fall 2003): "Isolation of Mutants in the Putative Thioredoxin Reductase Gene trxr-2 in Drosophila melanogaster"

Honors project (2004–2005): "Determining the Role of the Thioredoxin Reductase Gene trxr-2 in Drosophila melanogaster"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Jana presented at the 46th Annual Drosophila Research Conference.


Tara Kiss at Drosophila Conference 2005

Tara Kiss (2005)

Honors project (2004–2005): "Transferring the presinilin Gene from Arabidopsis thaliana to Drosophila melanogaster"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Tara presented at the 46th Annual Drosophila Research Conference.


John Loughney at Drosophila Conference 2005

John Loughney (2005)

Honors project (2004–2005): "Using RNAi to Mutate the slamdance Gene in Drosophila melanogaster"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster John presented at the 46th Annual Drosophila Research Conference.


Adrienne Kleintop (2004)

Honors project (2003–2004): "Evaluating Presenilin Function Using RNAi in Drosophila melanogaster"


Joe Moore (2004)

Independent study project (Spring 2004)


Nicole Sabaliauskas at Drosophila Conference 2004

Nicole Sabaliauskas (2004)

SOAR project (Summer 2003): "Exploration of Factors Affecting Courtship in Drosophila melanogaster"

Honors project (2003–2004): "A Study of Learning, Memory, and Synaptic Morphology of the slamdance Mutation in Drosophila melanogaster"

Here's a .pdf file of the poster Nicole presented at the 45th Annual Drosophila Research Conference.


Becca Reyda (2005)

ad hoc project (Spring 2003) purifying GFP for a project in CHEM383 (Spectroscopy)


Rachael Ryan (2005)

Independent study project (2002–2003)


Amrita deZoysa (2003)

Honors project (2002–2003): "Can the Arabidopsis thaliana presenilin Gene Substitute for the Drosophila melanogaster presenilin Gene?"


Steve Rees (2001)

Independent study project (2000–2001)


Genevieve Williamson (2001)

SOAR project (Summer 2000): "Is the Arabidopsis presenilin Gene Really a Presenilin Gene?"


Jane Knisely (2000)

Honors project (1999–2000): "The Effects of Presenilin Overexpression on the Development, Morphology, and Behavior of Drosophila melanogaster"