Here’s how to watch Biology students’ presentations in the 2021 online CSUNposium

In yet another primarily online semester, the annual CSUNposium showcase of student research and creative work has gone virtual, with student research talks presented over Zoom platform. As in more normal years, Biology Department graduate and undergraduate researchers are well represented in the online CSUNposium.

Here’s a rundown of students who are giving 3- or 10-minute talks in the 2021 CSUNposium, organized by Biology Department specialty areas and scheduled start times, with links to the Zoom sessions:

Genetics & Development

  • 0830 — Undergraduate researcher Tadeo Aviles Zuniga will present work with Dr. Cindy Malone, "Characterizing the promoter region and conservation of human gene (USP47)" — Zoom link
  • 0845 — Undergraduate researcher Alessandra Serrano will present work with Dr. Cindy Malone, "Identification and Characterization of the Forkhead Box R1 Gene Promoter Region" — Zoom link
  • 0900 — Master’s student Jocelyn Coreas, Michelle Bonilla and Michael Boulos will present work with Dr. Mariano Loza-Coll, "Transmission of ethanol tolerance to progeny of repeatedly intoxicated parents in Drosophila melanogaster" — Zoom link
  • 0955 — Master’s students Vivian Vy Le and Nicole Kushnir will present work with Dr. Ray Hong, "Targeted mutations by CRISPR/Cas9 to test response to salt" — Zoom link
  • 1315 — Master’s student Daniel Kazerskiy will present work with Dr. Ray Hong, "Do Novel Genes Drive Evolution of Behavior?" — Zoom link
  • 1330 — Master’s student Armen Khanbabaei will present work with Dr. Mariano Loza-Coll, "Experimental validation of downstream targets of Esg and STAT, and in silico analysis of their transcriptional regulation in the ISCs of Drosophila melanogaster" — Zoom link
  • 1345 — Master’s students Aaron Lemus, Sheila Vergara, Marziiah Hossine and Sandra Faramarzi will present work with Dr. Mariano Loza-Coll, "Exploring the cross- regulation of master regulators Esg and STAT in Drosophila melanogaster intestinal progenitors" — Zoom link

Ecology & Evolution

  • 0836 — Master’s student Sean Farmer will present work with Dr. Robert Espinoza, "Does evaporative water loss limit the range of the paradoxically rare Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) in Southern California?" — Zoom link
  • 0836 — Undergraduate researcher Nicole Bisente will present work with Dr. Robert Espinoza, "Adaptive morphological variation among invasive populations of the Mediterranean House Geckos in the USA" — Zoom link
  • 0940 — Master’s student Carmen Hoffbeck will present work with Dr. Casey terHorst, "Modeling Invasive Species Spread" — Zoom link
  • 0948 — Undergraduate researcher Andrew St. Julian will present work with Dr. Robert Espinoza, "Does access to hindgut microbial symbionts affect the growth rate of an herbivorous reptile?" — Zoom link
  • 1010 — Master’s student Caitlin MacGregor will present work with Dr. Jeremy Yoder, "Climate adaptation in the obligate pollinators of Joshua trees" — Zoom link
  • 1025 — Master’s student Mikhail Plaza will present work with Dr. Jeremy Yoder, "Investigating divergent selection on Joshua trees through linkage mapping" — Zoom link
  • 1036 — Master’s student Florine Pascal will present work with Dr. Jeanne Robertson, "Characterizing Color Variation and Mate Choice in a Hybrid Population of Agalychnis callidryas" — Zoom link
  • 0955 — Master’s student Trevor Ruppert will present work with Dr. Robert Espinoza, "Frogs on the move: determining the dispersal abilities of a Southern Californian invasive amphibian" — Zoom link

Marine Biology

  • 0854 — Master’s student Taylorann Smith will present work with Dr. Kerry Nickols, "Patterns and consequences of microplastic pollution in Southern California intertidal and deep-sea habitats" — Zoom link
  • 0845 — Master’s student Amanda Chiachi will present work with Dr. Nyssa Silbiger, "Determining Response and Recovery of Red Abalone to Marine Heatwaves" — Zoom link
  • 0915 — Master’s student Benjamin Chubak will present work with Dr. Mark Steele, "Evaluating the Importance of Reef-Based Resources for Reproduction in a Temperate Reef Fish" — Zoom link
  • 0940 — Master’s student Jessica Glanz will present work with Dr. Robert Carpenter, "Abiotic and biotic factors interact to modulate the diffusive boundary layer around a crustose coralline alga" — Zoom link

Microbiology

  • 0845 — Master’s student Suzi Arzoumanyan will present work with Dr. Rachel Mackelprang, "Changes in thawing permafrost microbial communities and their contributions to climate change" — Zoom link
  • 0845 — Undergraduate researcher Jose Chacon will present work with Dr. Gabriela Chavira, "Comparative analysis of SARS-CoV-2 secondary structures using chemical reactivity" — Zoom link
  • 0900 — Undergraduate researcher Anthony Gutierrez will present work with Dr. Sean Murray, "A loss of cell curvature resulting from overexpression of a bacterial phospholipid synthase" — Zoom link
  • 0915 — Undergraduate researcher Sara Shatela will present work with Dr. Gilberto Flores, "Investigating GABA production in the potentially therapeutic gut bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila" — Zoom link
  • 0930 — Undergraduate researcher Carmen Hernandez-Perez will present work with Dr. Melissa Takahashi, "Investigating the Mechanism of Lincomycin Transcriptional Attenuators" — Zoom link
  • 0948 — Undergraduate researcher Stephanie Hartel will present work with Dr. Gilberto Flores, "In vitro interactions between Akkermansia muciniphila and gut epithelial cells." — Zoom link
  • 0954 — Undergraduate researcher Jeremiah Lyn Susas will present work with Dr. Melissa Takahashi, "Usage of Genelet Circuits to Study Antibiotic Resistance" — Zoom link
  • 0955 — Undergraduate researcher David Romero will present work with Dr. Rachel Mackelprang, "Identification of Viral DNA Sequences Across a Permafrost Chronosequence" — Zoom link
  • 1010 — Master’s student Loren Padilla will present work with Dr. Gilberto Flores, "Mechanisms of 2’- fucosyllactose degradation by the common human gut bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila." — Zoom link
  • 1010 — Undergraduate researcher Marim El-Karim will present work with Dr. Rachel Mackelprang, "Identifying Ancient Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Permafrost" — Zoom link
  • 1025 — Undergraduate researchers Raphael Angelo Zambrano and Lizette Silva will present work with Dr. Melissa Takahashi, "Designed antisense molecules target antibiotic resistance modulated by MicF repressing OmpF" — Zoom link
  • 1245 — Master’s student Arada Batresian will present work with Dr. Melissa Takahashi, "Combating antibiotic resistant bacteria by discovering peptides capable of preventing MicF from repressing porin production" — Zoom link
  • 1245 — Undergraduate researcher Keenan Manpearl will present work with Dr. Rachel Mackelprang, "Large scale metagenomic analysis of the fungi in Arctic permafrost" — Zoom link

Molecular, Cellular, & Physiological Biology

  • 0830 — Master’s student Cameron Geller will present work with Dr. Jonathan Kelber, "Metabolic Intermediates or Fibronectin Mediate Effectiveness of Targeted DHPS/SLC3A2 Inhibition in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells via Subcellular SMAD3 and eIF5A1/2 Redistribution Mechanisms" — Zoom link
  • 0900 — Undergraduate researcher Joshua Gamez will present work with Dr. Jonathan Kelber, "The Role of LCN2 In Mediating Premetastatic Breast Cancer Progression" — Zoom link
  • 0930 — Undergraduate researcher Joanna Maddela will present work with Dr. Jonathan Kelber, "The Role of SLC3A2 and eIF5A1/2 in Breast Cancer Progression" — Zoom link
  • 0930 — Undergraduate researcher Kirk Richard Dolar will present work with Dr. Michael Vendrasco, "The Effects of Heavy Metal Carcinogens From Exide Technologies in the Soil On Human Health and the Effectiveness of Phytoremediation Using SoCal Friendly Hyperaccumulators" — Zoom link
  • 0955 — Master’s student Roland Lacap will present work with Dr. Maria Elena de Bellard Title of Presentation: Can Sharks Feel Pain? A Molecular Approach to Elasmobranch Nociception — Zoom link
  • 1000 — Undergraduate researcher Luke Tomaneng will present work with Dr. Jonathan Kelber, "Investigating the Role of RAI14 in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma" — Zoom link
  • 1230 — Master’s student Albert Aquino will present work with Dr. Jonathan Kelber, "Biotin and Avidin Induced Spheroids" — Zoom link