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Students Present Research at Tennessee Academy of Sciences

Belmont biology faculty members Drs. Darlene Panvini, Nick Ragsdale, Chris Barton and Roger Jackson, along with 31 biology, environmental science, biochemistry & molecular biology and neuroscience majors, attended the 125th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences held at MTSU on Nov. 20.

Four Belmont seniors received recognition in the poster sections including:

  • Lindsay Millward, 3rd place in the ecology and environmental science section on her research titled “Differences in leaf pack decomposition rate between invasive exotic and native species in a temperate deciduous forest.”
  • Ambrose Rice, 3rd place in the cell and molecular biology section on his research titled “The effects of increasing dosages of -lipoic acid on the chemotaxis of Caenorhabditis elegans at adulthood.”
  • Eeleyah Singh Tanwar, 2nd place in the health and medical sciences section on his titled “Transcription factor p53 and its regulation of pro-apop­totic gene Bnip3L during heat shock.”
  • Parker Tumlin, 2nd place in the cell and molecular biology section on his titled “Determining C. elegans chemotaxis to cervical cancer and decanal to expand on the nematode scent detection test – a cancer screening system.”

The following research projects were presented at the conference:

  • Grammer Research Group“The Effects of Glucose, Saccharine, Aspartame, and Sucralose on Longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans” by Emily Deas
  • “The Effects of Increasing Dosages of α-Lipoic Acid on the Chemotaxis Index of Caenorhabditis elegans at Adulthood” by Ambrose Rice
  • “The Effect of Caffeine Concentration and Time of Exposure on C. elegans Locomotion towards an Attractant” by Julisa Nunez
  • “The Effectiveness and Precision of Capillary Assays for Caenorhabditis elegans” by Alyssa Tidwell
  • Caenorhabditis elegans and their Habitats” by Jemeilise Guzman
  • “Determining C. elegans Chemotaxis to Cervical Cancer to Expand on the Nematode Scent Detection Test – A Cancer Screening System” by Parker Tumlin
  • “Appetite-Stimulating Effects of Herbal Root, Gentiana lutea, on Caenorhabditis elegans” by Sarah Trippett
  • “The addictive effects of nicotine on Caenorhabditis elegans” by Jud Wisdom
  • “Chemotaxis Assay of Caenorhabditis elegans to Bacillus thuringiensis strain 4A4 in Vegetative and Sporulated Growth Stages” by Angel Brothers
  • “Biodiversity of macroinvertebrates in a first order spring-fed stream on the Belle Forest Cave property, Bellevue TN” by Walter Burn
  • “The relationship between exotic earthworms, exotic plants, and soil and leaf litter invertebrate abundance and diversity” by Sara Haney
  • “Differences in leaf pack decomposition rate between invasive exotic and native species in a temperate deciduous forest” by Lindsay Millward
  • “Abundance of earthworms relative to leaf litter mass and exotic plant coverage” by Laura Horton
  • “Comparisons of water quality and macroinvertebrate diversity in Richland Creek (Nashville, TN) – an urban stream undergoing riparian restoration” by Alexandria Jeffers
  • “Biomass and diversity of earthworms is affected by presence of exotic shrubs” by Ayda Porkar-Rezaeieh
  • “Decomposition of Acer saccharum and Lonicera maackii leaf litter in a first order stream” by Katlin Stodard
  • “Circadian Rhythm Dependence of Habituation in C. Elegans” by Chase Mackey
  •  “Potential Protective Effects of Nicotine in C. elegans Treated with 6-OHDA” by Miranda West
  • “The Effect on ATP levels of Caenorhabditis elegans from a Staphylococcus aureus Infection” by Parin B. Patel
  • “Caenorhabditis elegans response to hyperglycemic and hypoxic conditions post infection with Staphylococcus aureus” by Bryan Eoff
  • “Utilization of alpha-lipoic acid as an antioxidant in the presence of 6-OHDAby Danielle Aument
  • “Implications of Parkinson’s Disease in Nematodes Treated with the Insecticide Permethrin” by Dora Geving
  • “Role of Fatty Acid Metabolism and the Development of Parkinson’s Disease” by Zara Latif
  • “p53 Mediated Regulation of CCNH in Response to Paclitaxel-Induced Mitotic Stress” by Taeler Dahm and Morgan B. Turner
  • “A Study of Tumor Suppressor p53’s Potential Role in the Upregulation of MARCKS Transcription” by Nelly Grigorian
  • “Effect of p53 Status on S100A13 Expression in Response to Oxidative Stress” by Jeffrey E. King
  • “Investigation of the Regulation of CST6 by p53 During Cellular Stress” by Jasmin Mohn and Robin Weyman
  • “Transcriptional Regulation of RGS2 by p53 in Colorectal Cancer Cells” by Vian Pulous
  • “Transcription Factor p53 and its Regulation of Pro-Apoptotic Gene BNIP3L during Heat Shock” by Eeleyah Singh Tanwar
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