Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Biology Department are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.

In addition to this digital archive, physical copies of past Biology comps are available for browsing in the Biology office (Hulings Hall 214).


Submissions from 2019

Abby Walling, Biology (BIOL) 2019, DNA Methylation is a Dynamic Process Necessary for Creating and Storing Persistent yet Adaptable Memories

Submissions from 2018

Daniel Evan Atkins, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Blood Runs Thicker than Cerebrospinal Fluid: Interactions Between the Vasculature and B1 Stem Cells in the Neurogenic Subventricular Zone

Gray C. Babbs, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Fractured: Differential Cytokine Signaling in the Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Bone-Bone Marrow Stem Cell Niche

Francesca Caracci, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Mediating Role of Silent Synapses in the Incubation of Cocaine Craving

Sandra Elaine Carson, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Hematopoietic Stem Cells Adapt and Survive During Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Avery Cheng, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Functional diversity as a measure for the effects of climate change on ecosystem functioning

Donson Jeryco Allen Cook Gallardo, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Neurological Basis for Cocaine Addiction

Merrick Thomas Ducharme, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Addiction Related Plastic Mechanisms: A Tale of Shifts in Receptor Permeability

Rebecca Jean Fairchild, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Role of Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formation in HIV Infection

Henry Jackson Fisher, Biology (BIOL) 2018, A Novel Mechanism of Eosinophil Recruitment, Activation, and Degranulation During Allergen Exposure in the Lungs and Gut

Michael William Frett, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Coral-Algal Balance Between Temperature Induced Bleaching, Response, and Resilience

Vianne Ran Gao, Biology (BIOL) 2018, A different perspective on the intestinal stem cell niche: Gut microbes influence intestinal stem cell proliferation during intestinal regeneration

Andrew Addison Gerber, Biology (BIOL) 2018, NETosis facilitates the progression of rheumatoid arthritis through the release of PAD4 into synovial fluid

Michael Collins Hoffert, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Predicting the influence of stochastic and deterministic variables on hydrothermal vent communities after eruptions

Joshua Lee Johnson, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Elucidate Neurological Details on Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

Katherine Paige Sheldrick Jones, Biology (BIOL) 2018, MITF: A Transcription Factor Key to Awakening the Dormant Traits of Melanocytes in Melanoma Tumorigenesis

Sophia Takemi Kawamoto, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Invasion Decreases Beta Diversity Despite Initial Differentiation in Freshwater Fish

Thanda Win Khin, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Traumatic mating as the basis for an evolutionary arms race

Belle Kinder, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Impact of Genetic Diversity on Honey Bee Colony Productivity and Health

Benjamin J. Kopp, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The role of recently identified crosstalk mechanisms in conferring chemo-resistance to AML stem cells via activation of the NF-кB signaling pathway

Mikaela Kropp, Biology (BIOL) 2018, When pyrodiversity promotes biodiversity: Characterizing the mediators of community response to fire

Janis Joy Lee, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Metastasis in breast cancer is mediated by EMT, cancer stem cells, and niche-associated cytokines

Anisa Nicole Lester, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Rapid Eosinophil Apoptosis Promotes Obesity

Rory Ruoyu Li, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Neural Crest Cells: Development and Treatment of Treacher Collins Syndrome

Minda Liu, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Our gut reaction to antibiotics: The connection between antibiotic treatment and the inflammatory response

Mina Lor, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Eosinophils Play Significant Role in Airway Remodeling via Integrin Interactions with Airway Structural Cells

Andrew Mackin, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Evolution in Fragmented Habitat

Sarah Min, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Adult SVZ Niche Signals Drive NSC Maintenance and Neuronal Differentiation

Anna Nachbor, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Diseased Environment of the Cystic Fibrosis Lung: The Interplay of Lung Health, the Microbiome, and Chronic Settlers

Heidi Neidhart, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Nuptial gift-giving induces sexual conflict in insects

Sarah Naomi Ohashi, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Role of Neutrophil Elastase and Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in the Progression of Cancer

Tyler J. O'Keefe, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Effects of Fe-P co-limitation of N2-fixation on Trichodesmium physiology in the oligotrophic ocean and the implications of global change phenomena on this biochemical balance

Kira Patterson, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The role of intersecting Yap and Beta-catenin pathways on the maturation of cardiomyocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells

Miguel Rincon Cervantes, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Estrogen Levels of the Female Reproductive Tract are Positively Correlated with Stability of the Vaginal Microbiome and Lactobacillus Abundance

Tyler Joseph Rolland, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Patterning of the Developing Neural Tube Due to Interactions of Sonic Hedgehog and the Gli Family Zinc Finger

Preethiya Sekar, Biology (BIOL) 2018, A Time-Dependent Synergistic Mechanism of Id1+ Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Mobilization to the Premetastatic Niche

Alexandra Shin, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Undercover Agents of Addiction: How Drugs of Abuse Alter Silent Synapses in the Nucleus Accumbens

Lucy Thorne Soule, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Neural Crest Migration: The Push and Pull Of Collective Movement

Lia Yili Spencer, Biology (BIOL) 2018, TGF-β’s Role in the Development of Endometriosis

Avery Angell Swearer, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The role of miR-133a and RARβ2 in salamander axonal regeneration after spinal cord injury and theurupeutic implications for mammalian recovery

Eric Cullen Taylor, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Intralocus Sexual Conflict and the Evolution of Sexual Dimorphism

Jepheny Paajyi Thao, Biology (BIOL) 2018, The Anti-inflammatory Roles of Neutrophils in Gout

Elaina Grace Thomas, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Effects of dispersal ability and spatial scale on niche and neutral processes

Madeline Topf, Biology (BIOL) 2018, A high-fiber diet-associated gut microbiota protects against obesity

Danielle Briana Vasiliev, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Neutrophil NETs: Crucial Mediators of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Andrew Liebenstein Wheeler, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Membrane Permeability and the Origin of Cellular Life

Solomon Blake Yanuck, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Exercise Induces Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formation in a Platelet-Dependent Manner

Elizabeth Zheng, Biology (BIOL) 2018, Re-Poopulating the Gut: Why Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is a more effective treatment of Clostridium difficile infections

Submissions from 2017

Moriah Rebecca Arnold, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Matrix metalloproteinase dysregulation during various stages of neuronal development leads to Autism Spectrum Disorder phenotypes via integrin α/β and BDNF signaling pathways

Lauren Azuma, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Examining the evolution of insecticide resistance in Bacillus thuringiensis crops and a recommendation for delaying resistance

Andrew Benjamin Bernstein, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Antioxidants are not the Cure: Glutathione-mediated Redox Homeostasis Promotes Cancer Initiation and Survival

Kharmen Bharucha, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Dendritic Cells: Crucial Mediators of Chemotherapy Response and Resistance

Alexandra Lee Braiedy, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Abiotic drivers of regime shifts in shallow benthic polar communities

Claire Anne Branigin, Biology (BIOL) 2017, The Consequences of Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic Use for the Invasibility of the Gut Microbiome

Samuel Hunter Brown, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Environmental Stress and a Model for Epigenetic Inheritance

Felicity Renate Baxter Carroll, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Is Specialization a Dead End? Effects of Specialization on Evolutionary Success

Cynthia Chang, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Role of p300/CBP Histoneacetyltransferase Activity in Long Term Memory Formation of the Hippocampus

Lisa Cheung, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Activation of SREBPs induce de novo lipogenesis to support tumorigenesis in cancer cells

Rachel Stephanie Cheung, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Expansion of the Outer Subventricular Zone in the Neocortex: aRG Differentiation & bRG Proliferation

Allison Lee Clark, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Understanding the mechanism of Myc-induced glutamine addiction in cancer cells

Laina Cross, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Evolutionarily Conserved Regulatory Programs Inform Treatments for Myocardial Infarction

Cyrus James Deloye, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Evolution within the urban environment: the two mechanisms of human driven genetic variation

Jinhong Dong, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Macrophage Activation and Extracellular Matrix Destruction in Tuberculosis

Kelly Elizabeth Fahrner-Scott, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Tumor-associated macrophages and vascular endothelial growth factor in the tumor microenvironment

Emily Huang, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Stress-Induced DNA Methylation and MicroRNA Regulation Lead to Stress Vulnerability and Resilience

Joyce Kim, Biology (BIOL) 2017, The STING pathway: molecular mechanisms and potential for innovative cancer immunotherapy

Saehee Lee, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD): a model for epigenetic modifications

Lalangi Shanika Marasinghe, Biology (BIOL) 2017, What in hydroxylation! Hypoxic tumor environments reduce the ability of lysyl hydroxylase 2 to induce collagen deposition

Patton Craig McClelland, Biology (BIOL) 2017, R-Smads mediate the dual nature of TGF-β1 signaling in inflammatory bowel disease

Kazia Mermel, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Sex gets hotter: Evolutionary responses of reptile sex determination to climate change

Jeanne G. Moua, Biology (BIOL) 2017, M2 Macrophage Polarization and Tumor Invasion: Regulating Anti-Inflammatory NF-kB

Kyle Martin Mou, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Autophagy-mediated aerobic glycolysis in the tumor stroma supports oxidative metabolism in cancer cells: metabolic coupling in the tumor microenvironment

Justin Ross Nathan, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Cardiac Fibroblasts as the Primary Drivers of Cardiac Fibrosis: A Study of Injury-Induced miRNA Dysregulation

Aidan Thomas Murphy Neher, Biology (BIOL) 2017, DNA methylation transformations essential to cocaine action

Amelia Julie Neilson, Biology (BIOL) 2017, The Flux Capacity: A mechanism for PCK-driven glutamine utilization and mTORC1 activation in cancer

Lauren Tolkemitt Pflughoeft, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Salmon migratory adaptation in the Anthropocene

Koehler Ray Powell, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Born This Way: Transgenerational Epigenetic Transmission of Preconception Stress

Maud Hudson Prineas, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: Tumor Destruction Using Immunotherapy

Jackson Friedrich Raynor, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Crosstalk between signaling pathways: A holistic approach to understanding fibrosis

Georgia M. Schmitt, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Causes and cures for psychiatric illness: An examination of microRNA’s role in regulating behavior

Kaylee Shiao, Biology (BIOL) 2017, The Role of HOX Genes in Patterning and Development in the Fin-To-Limb Transition

Ryann Elizabeth Shor, Biology (BIOL) 2017, There Will Be Blood: Vascular Mimicry Perpetuates an Aggressive Cancer Phenotype

Katherine Prothero Sperry, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Ocean warming and receding sea ice drive the changing biogeography of kelps

Brett Eric Sterk, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Dynamic DNA Methylation as an Essential Epigenetic Regulator of Memory Consolidation

Geraldine Tellbuescher, Biology (BIOL) 2017, The Role of DNA Methylation and Histone Methylation in Addictive Behavior

Ka Thao, Biology (BIOL) 2017, Photodynamic Therapy Induces Immunogenic Cell Death in Cancer Cells

Maria Wetzel, Biology (BIOL) 2017, A BCL-2 Family Affair: Apoptotic proteins, metabolism, and chemosensitivity

Rebecca Wiersma, Biology (BIOL) 2017, The role of dynamic DNA methylation in long-term memory consolidation

Submissions from 2016

Besim Ademi, Biology (BIOL) 2016, The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dani Mae Andrusko, Biology (BIOL) 2016, Coming of Age: Morphological maturation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm is dependent on extracellular DNA

Anais Elena Boyd, Biology (BIOL) 2016, Decoupling C and N cycles: Drought differentially affects plant and microbial activity in arid ecosystems

Amelia Marie Campbell, Biology (BIOL) 2016, Mechanisms of Centrally-Mediated Skeletal Muscle Fatigue: Small Fibers Have a Big Impact

Senya Rae Combs, Biology (BIOL) 2016, A mesoscopic model for force generation in Listeria monocytogenes

Kathryn Rae Crofton, Biology (BIOL) 2016, Mom Teaches Tolerance: Breast Milk, Gut Microbes, and the Induction of Foxp3+ Regulatory T Cells

Jlor Mesa Dizon, Biology (BIOL) 2016, The directionality of neural crest migration relies on chemotactic signaling to counterbalance contact inhibition of locomotion

Patrick H. England, Biology (BIOL) 2016, Codon Usage Bias: A Not So Silent Mechanism in Regulating Gene Expression

Thomas Rickey Felton, Biology (BIOL) 2016, Junction-Mediated and Regulatory Protein Connects Cellular Adhesion and Protrusion Regulatory Pathways.

Jeremy Adams Fisher, Biology (BIOL) 2016, A Specialist in a Strange Land: The Role of Multi-Species Interactions and Non-Adaptive Mechanisms in Lepidoptera Specialization

Samuel Evan Greaves, Biology (BIOL) 2016, The Silent Treatment: The Consequences of Synonymous Codon Selection In Exonic Binding Sites

Sara Elizabeth Hastings, Biology (BIOL) 2016, Storm runoff pulses and their effects on phytoplankton community composition and primary productivity in estuaries