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 2014

Hyungjun Kim, Biology (BIOL) 2014, The role of the ubiquitin-proteasome system pathway in JA and GA signaling and response regulating plant development and defense

Naeh Lyron Klages-Mundt, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Role of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in forming ionizing radiation-induced foci at DNA double-strand breaks

Jonathan Michael Knowles, Biology (BIOL) 2014, UPS degradation of IR and IRS in the develpment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Eva Hirsh Koeller, Biology (BIOL) 2014, The Relationship between Maternal and Fetal Nutrition and its Role in the Developmental Origins of Disease

Emily Susan Kolenbrander, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Intercellular communication is required for collective migration in neural crest cells

Arielle Koshkin, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Is The Maternal-Fetal Conflict Hypothesis a Driver of Placental Evolution? Analysis of Interdigitation, Invasiveness, Brain Allometry and Life History Strategies of Eutherian Mammals

Claire Hallett Leichter, Biology (BIOL) 2014, The Importance of Decidual Natural Killer Cells in Spiral Artery Remodeling During First Trimester Pregnancy

Frederick James Neher, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Impaired clearance or over induction: The role of AMPK and mTOR in control of autophagy in Alzheimer's Disease

Emily Christine Ness, Biology (BIOL) 2014, The Role of Parkin in the Disposal of Proteins

Anna Catherine Nisi, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Top predator effects on spatial heterogeneity: A potential mechanism for biodiversity maintenance

Annika Lea Hakala Ord, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Sea ice: A dynamic mediator of biotic carbon cycling in Polar Regions

Dylan Robert Powell, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Generation of Midbrain Dopaminergic Neurons by Induction of Pluripotent Stem Cells

Emma Ruth Purfeerst, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Stem cells and Wnt signaling: Implications for the treatment of abnormal neural crest development

Anna Grace Quinlan, Biology (BIOL) 2014, The Role of Interkingdom Signaling in Stress

Rashed Rab, Biology (BIOL) 2014, A Controlled Mechanism of Cell Cycle Progression: Ubiquitin- mediated Degradation of CDKN1B/p27

Samantha Lipson Sharpe, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Evolutionary and ecological consequences of polyploidy in biological invasions

Cameron Eldridge Bacon Smith, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Biological Control of Cotton Aphids in Bt Cotton Systems Requires Additional Management Considerations Beyond Reducing Insecticide Use

Angel Solis, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Binding NEMO: Analyzing the Role of Ubiquitin in NF-κB Activation by TNFɑ

R. Cameron Stahl, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Gut Microbiota Contribute to the Regulation of Cellular Inflammation in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Anxiety/Depression: A review of current literature.

Maria Carson Sterrett, Biology (BIOL) 2014, IT's A GUT FEELING: Analyzing the "balancing act" between cell-cell and cell-ECM adhesions during Enteric Neural Crest Cell migration

Leia Weikam Swanson, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Semaphorins and Cardiac Neural Crest Cell Migration: A Role in Targeting the Outflow Tract and Normal Outflow Tract Septation in the Developing Heart.

Kelsey Rose Swyter, Biology (BIOL) 2014, The effect of malarial co-infection on mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the placenta

Hannah Arnold Tremblay, Biology (BIOL) 2014, The effect of pollinator loss on plant species diversity in nested and non- nested plant-pollinator interaction networks

Madison S. Willert, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Coral to Macroalgae: Phase Shifts Facilitated by Algal and Anthropogenic Stressors

Claire Mariah Wilson, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Forest ecosystem carbon dynamics following the loss of a tree species

Erin Hillary Wilson, Computer Science (CS), Biology (BIOL) 2014, A benchmark standard for predicting the gene targets of chemical perturbants

Jessica Wu, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Gut microbiota and Autism: The role of propionic acid in inflammation and intestinal permeability

Shanna Xue Yang, Biology (BIOL) 2014, You Are What Eat You: Gut Microbes In Diet-Induced Obesity

Eleanor W. Youngblood, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Plant physiological responses to altered nitrogen availability

Evia Lee Zack, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Elements of Intentional Communication in Cotton-Top Tamarin Calling Behavior

Submissions from 2013

Emily Erickson Ager, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Gluttony goes (anti)viral: Neuronal autophagy as a noncytolytic mechanism for viral clearance during neurotropic viral infection

Sarah Katharine Allan, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Estrogen, Testosterone, and Bone Health: Challenging Perceived Sex Biases in Osteoporosis

Kristin Rose Andrykovich, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Regulation of Proliferation in Colorectal Cancer and Lesion Regeneration by Wnt-Hippo Crosstalk

Akemi Kushida Arzouman, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Gender differentiation in activation of thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue through sex hormones

Beth Ashinsky, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The endoplasmic reticulum stress response to type I procollagen misfolding in osteogenesis imperfecta

Jaymes D. Awbrey, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Flipping the Switch: The Mechanism for Trophic Shifts in Estuaries Due to Anthropogenic Nutrient Loading and Nutrient Cycling in Coastal Wetlands and the Effects of Anthropogenic Nutrient Loading

Andrew Alexander Bacon, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Paternal Age Effect and Selfish Selection in The Male Germ Line

Alice Woodward Barber, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Re-Evaluating the Role of Dosage Compensation in X-Chromosome Inactivation

Jennifer Sara Borchardt, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Zinc Fingered Nucleases: A Novel Approach for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria Research and Treatment

Colin Pablo Borsh, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The Pleistocene's massive hairy landscapers: Megaherbivore grassland maintenance and the disappearance of the mammoth steppe

Arden Porto Caffrey, Biology (BIOL) 2013, How HIV Crosses and Destabilizes the Blood Brain Barrier: The mechanisms of the HIV protein Tat

Thomas Cai, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Neuronal Death Mechanisms Induced by Viral Protein Secreted from Cells of Monocyte Lineage

Joshua Christian Campbell, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Engineering the Eradication of HIV: Inhibiting Viral Entry Using Zinc Finger Nucleases

Sarah Elizabeth Carter, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Flavivirus-induced neuronal chemokine and cytokine signals: the signals’ effects on the immune system and host survival

Julissa Chavez, Biology (BIOL) 2013, A Molecular Mechanism of Estrogen‐Mediated Sex Bias in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Charles Robert Dale, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Evidence for the fast-­x effect, and faster-­x evolution of gene expression

Bridget Mary Doyle, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Zinc

Ellen Elizabeth Drews, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Decline of insect biodiversity due to nitrogen loading in grasslands: reduced plant diversity as a driver of consumer species loss

Anne Elizabeth Duncan, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Xylem and Xylella fastidiosa: Understanding Infection and Resistance Through Vascular Tissue Development

Dennis Ea, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Engineering T Cells with Cancer-specific T Cell Receptors: A Zinc-Finger Nuclease-based Therapy for Leukemia

Brianna Jean Engelson, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Indirect Effects of HIV Tat on Neuronal Apoptosis Through Increased TNF-α Expression: Implications for HIV-Associated Dementia

Madeline Welker Epping, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Regulation of the Ferric Uptake Regulator through Extracellular Cell Wall Iron Storage Drives an Accumulation of Intracellular Iron during the Lag Phase of Staphylococcus aureus

Gabrielle Keating Flamm, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The crossroad of TLR signaling, interferon induction, and CD8+ T cell priming in the prevention of herpes simplex encephalitis

Maria D. Garcia, Biology (BIOL) 2013, rom WAT to BAT: Regulation of PGC-1alpha as a Potential Therapeutic Approach for the Treatment of Metabolic Diseases

Jessica Meghan Gick, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Using the Present to Decode the Past: Phylogeography Reveals the Origin and Extent of Early Quaternary Migrations Following Deglaciation of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet in Extant Pacific Northwestern Mammals

Rebecca Lang Greenstein, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The RORA Story: One Gene's Potential to Explain the Sex Bias in Autism

Keenan Thomas Hartert, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Y so Deleterious? The Destructive Evolution of the Mammalian Y Chromosome and its Path to Salvation

Marlena Sara Hartman-Filson, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The Perpetuation of Human Homosexuality: A Darwinian Paradox?

Edward Fitzgerald Heckman, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Estrogenic Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Female Pubertal Timing: Possible interactions in the Kiss1/GPR554 System Leading to Precocious Puberty

Ian Henry Hollyer, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Sex Specific Organization of Estrogen Receptors and the Sex Bias of Parkinson's Disease

Stephanie Nicole Kravitz, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Let's Talk About Sex, Baby: The Role of Gonadal Hormones in Bipolar Mood Cycling

Alexandra Long, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in the Intestinal Epithelium: A New Model for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Erin Ramirez Lopez, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Sex-Brain Plasticity: Altering the Theory of Permanence

Marisa Luck, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Friend or foe? Regulatory T cells in viral infections of the CNS

Dhilhan Umayanga Marasinghe, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The Biology of a Sexy Chromosome: Implications of syntenic mapping on the evolution of sex chromosomes

Claire Angela Milsted, Biology (BIOL) 2014, Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influence Phosphorus Limitation in Tropical Forests

Sarah Louise Nielsen, Biology (BIOL) 2013, A NO/RyRs/CaMKII signal transduction pathway may be responsible for phase delay during photic entrainment of the circadian clock

Adriana Orland, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Investigation of the MeCP2 Gene: Rett's Syndrome as a Model for Autism?

Ashley Rose Paquin, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Psychological Extreme Male Brain: An Exploration of Biological Mechanisms

Sarah Krafft Rempel, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Circadian Clock Regulation of Dopamine in the Ventral Tegmental Area

Brian Harrison Rhodes, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Advantages of the Use of TAL Effector Nucleases Over Zinc Finger Nucleases in the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease

Samuel Koehnline Rosenberg, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The Role of Melanopsin-Containing Cells in Mammals: Pupillary Light Response, Photoentrainment of the Circadian Cycle, and Implications for Disease

Ruby Leigh Russell, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Preventing and Protecting Against Alzheimer's Disease: An Independent Role for Androgens

Amelia Bullard Schlossberg, Biology (BIOL) 2013, A Pain In My Astrocytes and Microglia: A Biological Mechanism for Sex Bias in Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Alec Scott, Biology (BIOL) 2013, An Evaluation of Nitrogen and Phosphorus as Drivers of Cyanobacterial Blooms

Anisa Abdi Suleiman, Biology (BIOL) 2013, B3-Adrenergic Receptor Agonists as a Treatment for Obesity by Inducing Thermogenesis in Brown Adipose Tissue

Nana Tanamoto, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The endoplasmic reticulum as a modulator of cellular metabolism: A novel metabolic paradigm for Alzheimer disease

Breanna Jane Tetreault, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The roles of relaxin and hyaluronic acid in the extracellular matrix during cervical ripening, and their control on the timing of parturition

Souriya Thao, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy Using MicroRNA-1, -499, -155 for Heart Regeneration

Sarah Gardner Thappa, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Taking Sex Bias in Disease to Heart: Female Sex Bias in Cardiovascular Disease and Coronary Heart Disease

Elissa Ann Walter, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Species Loss from Nitrogen Deposition in Grasslands: The Differing Environmental Conditions that Cause Competitive-Exclusion-Driven vs. Acidification-Driven Declines in Species Richness

Taylor Daniel Ward, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The Identification of Irisin as a Potential Novel Treatment for Obesity in Humans

Janie Chan Wong, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Tamoxifen Resistance in Breast Cancer: The Search for the Missing Receptor

Marika Xydes-­‐Smith, Biology (BIOL) 2013, The Role of Chronodisruption in the Development of Type Two Diabetes Mellitus

Kenneth Wade Zillig, Biology (BIOL) 2013, Mother Nature in Australia with a Dry Spell: How a Climate Change caused the Australian Megafauna Extinction Event

Submissions from 2012

Sameena Nasim Ahmed, Biology (BIOL) 2012, The Cancer-Obesity Link: How Insulin and IGF Stimulate Aerobic Glycolysis through the PI3K Pathway

Margaret Rose Alexander, Biology (BIOL) 2012, The Role of the Wnt Pathway in Cancer Stem Cell Formation and the Opposing Function of Wnt Antagonists

Steve C. Amaefuna, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Understanding the Warburg Effect

Emmaline Jiang Ashley, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Mind over Matter: The Role of the Endogenous Opioid System in Placebo Analgesia

Sean Lu Beckwith, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Chromatin Architecture and Gene Expression: Remodeling and Recruitment in the Gal4 System

John David Christensen, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Regulation of Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1 (HIF-1) and the Glycolytic Phenotype in Cancers

Mike Aaron Clark, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Induced Plant Responses: Impacts on Arthropod Herbivore Community Composition

Amelia Christine Clement, Biology (BIOL) 2012, The Role of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Breast Cancer Stem Cell Development: Implications for Metastasis

Maegan Lori Mariko Doi, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Training the Mind: How Expectancy-Mediated Conditioning Affects Placebo Analgesia

Elise Pamela Erickson, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Transdifferentiation of Adult Cell Types to ?-cells: Therapeutic Potential for Type 1 Diabetes

Haley Mae Golz, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Landscape diversity and natural pest control: Does increased landscape diversity lead to increased pest control in agroecosystems? Landscape diversity and natural pest control: Does increased landscape diversity lead to increased pest control in agroecosystems?

Rachel Elisabeth Gottesman, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Myostatin Inhibition: Potential Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Ian Holmen, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Mature IGF-1 precursor isoforms have varying roles in skeletal muscle myogenesis

YeJi Jun, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Ready, set ... Go!

Brian Thomas Kaletka, Biology (BIOL) 2012, Priming Induced Defense Against Herbivory and its Effects on Plant Fitness and Community Composition