Prior Sessions

The Aspiring Scientists dedicate their summer to make advancements in scientific research.

At the conclusion of each summer term, ASSIP students present their research during a professional poster symposium attended by Mason’s faculty, staff, students and the local community.

Hard work is often rewarded with publication in scientific journals and research presented at scientific conferences. Below are current submissions/publications and abstracts highlighting the ASSIP students who are co-authors.

Student Projects

Class 2007 Abstracts
Class 2008 Abstracts
Class 2009 Abstracts
Class 2010 Abstracts
Class 2011 Abstracts
Class 2012 Abstracts
Class 2013 Abstracts
Class 2014 Abstracts
Class 2015 Abstracts
Class 2016 Abstracts                                                    

2007Abstracts     

1. Vineela Ayyagari, Amy VanMeter, Michele Signore, Virginia A. Espina, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, and Lance A. Liotta. Comparing the Effects of Treating Multiple Myeloma Cells with Conjugated Linoleic Acid and IGF1R, EGFR, and Jak2 Protein Inhibitors.

2. Ishan Bardhan and Thomas B. Huff. Developing Methods for Analyzing the Role of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Pollutants in River Water.

3. Meng-Yang Chen, Sarah Kim, and Robin Couch. Cyathin A3, a Fungal Metabolite for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

4. Kathleen Ferraren, Arvind Thiagarajan, and Daniel N. Cox. Molecular and Expression Analyses of Drosophila pGAL4 insertions.

5. Michael J. Heiby, Mariaelena Pierbon, Barbara Merritt, Joel Sennesh, Lucia Pastore, Kirsten Edmiston, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, and Virginia A. Espina. Protein Stability in Human Breast Tissue: Activation of Pro-Survival, Pro-Apoptotic, and Stress Proteins in Excised Tissue.

6. Oleg Lazarev, Margaret Emblom-Callahan, Geraldine Grant, Mantej Chhina. Differential Gene Expression in End-Stage Fibrotic Diseases.

7. Yasmin Kamal, Alessandra Tessitore, Weidong Zhou, Mark Ross, Lance A. Liotta, and Emanuel Petricoin, III. Identification of Candidate Biomarkers for Colorectal Cancer by Mass Spectrometry.

8. Claire Osterman and Monique L. van Hoek. Antibacterial Properties of Cinnamon on E. coli Bacteria.

9. Ami Patel, Rosa Isela Gallagher, Barbara Merritt, Lucia Pastore, Joel Sennesh, Kirsten Edmiston, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, Julia Wulfkuhle. Using Laser Capture Microdissection Techniques to Separate DCIS Cells in Breast Tissue.

11. Nishant Trivedi, Weidong Zhou, Alessandra Tessitore, Mark Ross, Lance A. Liotta, and Emanuel Petricoin, III. Identification of Candidate Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer by Mass Spectrometry.

12. Cassandra Xia, Alessandra Luchini, Rob Doufur, Alessandra Tessitore, Clinton Jones, Alexis Patanarut, Barney Bishop, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta. Synthetic nanoparticles selectively capture, concentrate, and protect LMW proteins from enzymatic degradation.

13. Sophia Youn and Thomas B. Huff. A Solid Phase Extraction-Immunoassay Technique for Determining Aquatic Concentrations of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.

2008 Abstracts

1. Kanica Allagh and Victor Morozov. Protein Crystals as Scavengers of Peptide Biomarkers.

2. Mishal Akbar, Sara Photiadis, Serguei Popov, Charles Bailey, and Aarthi Narayanan. Analysis of Mice Sera to Evaluate Quality of Serum Samples Before Use in Biomarker Analysis.

3. Siddhant Bhatia, June Liu, and Thomas B. Huff. The Occurrence of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in the Shenandoah River in the Vicinity of an Agricultural Wastewater Treatment Plant Using Solid-Phase Extraction and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry.

4. Ishan Bardhan, June Liu, and Thomas B. Huff. The Occurrence of Triazine Herbicides and Their Transformation Products in the North Fork of the Shenandoah River Using Solid - Phase Extraction and Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry.

5. Katherine Cardiff and Victor Morozov. Putative Collection of Non-Volatile Markers in Exhaled Nano-Aerosol with Water-Soluble Nano-Filters.

6. Tony George, Claudia Fredolini, Francesco Meani, Barney Bishop, Weidong Zhou, Alexis Patanarut, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, and Caterina Longo. Hydrogel Nanoparticles Application for Cancer Biomarker Discovery.

7. Stella M. Kim, June Liu, and Thomas B. Huff. The Occurrence of a Potent Estrogen in the Vicinity of an Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant Using Solid-Phase Extraction, and Enzymatic Immunoassay.

8. Yura Kim, Tatiana De Souza, and Robin Couch. Fungal Natural Products for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

9. Deeksha Kola, Abul Hussam, and Timothy Born. Effectiveness of Composite Iron Matrix in Removing Viruses from Water.

10. Arjan C. Kool, Nikitha Reghu, Nathan P. Manes, Suhua Han, Weidong Zhou, Charles Bailey, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, and Monique L. van Hoek. Francisella Infection of Human Liver Cells Investigated Using Qualitative Phosphoproteomics and Mass Spectrometry.

11. Michael Lehner, June Liu, and Thomas B. Huff. The Occurrence of a Potent Estrogen in the Shenandoah River in the Vicinity of an Agricultural Wastewater Treatment Plant Using Solid-Phase Extraction, and Enzymatic Immunoassay.

12. Christopher Lopez, Taissia G. Popova, and Serguei G. Popov. Addition of Bovine Serum Albumin Enhances Toxicity of B. anthacis Soluble Factors.

13. Katie Melvin, Neeraja Podugu, John Kopecky, Gita Sumatra, and James Willett. Age Fractionation Using Freezing Temperatures of Caenorhabditia elegans.

14. Anirudh Mohan, Alexis Patanarut, Palma Botterell, and Barney Bishop. Synthesis and Characterization of Biomarker-Harvesting Hydrogel Nanoparticles.

15. Krupa Patel, SuHua Han, Dr. Monique van Hoek, and Dr. Barney Bishop. The Effect of Antimicrobial Peptides on Francisella novicida.

16. Nikitha Reghu, Arjan C. Kool, Nathan P. Manes, Li Dong, Weidong Zhou, Charles Bailey, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, and Serguei G. Popov. Discovery of Anthrax Phosphoprotein Using Mass Spectrometry.

17. Annalise Schoonmaker, Alfonso Colombatti, Valerie Calvert, Jianghong Deng, Enzo Mammano, Claudio Belluco, Francesco De Marchi, Donato Nitti, Lance Lotta, Emanuel Petricoin, Mariaelena Pierobon, and Alessandra Silvestri. Phosphoproteomic Analysis of Laser Capture Microdissected Primary Colorectal Cancer: Development of Prognostic Fingerprint Based On Functional Signal Transduction Biomarkers.

18. Elizabeth Terrell, Virginia Espina, Lance A. Liotta, and Kimberly A. Reeder. Reducing Non-Specific Binding in Cardiac Tissue in IHC Staining.

19. Quai Travis, Amy VanMeter, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, and Virginia Espina. Evaluation of the Intracellular and Extracellular Phosphoproteomic Cell Signaling Events Following Treatment of Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells.

20. Dennis Wang and Daniel N. Cox. Molecular Genetic Mechanisms Regulating Dendrite Morphogenesis

2009 Abstracts

1. Farah Albani, Rosa I. Gallagher, Virginia Espina, Lance A. Liotta. Assessment of Collagen IV in the Basement Membrane of Ductal Carcinomain situ: An attempt to Understand DCIS Progression to Invasive Breast Cancer.

2. Sarah Albani, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Patrick M. Gillevet. The Use of Quantitative Length Heterogeneity Polymerase Chain Reaction to Differentiate Between Active and Inactive Cells in Bacterial Communities.

3. Gabriella Baldo, Tony Pierson, Monique L. van Hoek. Outer Membrane Vesicle Production Comparison Between Wild Type Francisella novicida(U112) and Selected Transposon Mutants.

4. Kyung Min Chae, Emilios Andrew Papanastasiou, Mahmoud D. Eljack, and Dr. Barney Bishop. Generation and Structural Studies of Short Antimicrobial Peptides.

5. Dahan Choi, Nathan P. Manes, Li Dong, Weidong Zhou, Charles Bailey, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, Serguei G. Popov. Discovery of Biomarkers of pXO1+ B. anthracis in Mouse Spleen Samples Using Comparative Phosphoproteomics and Mass Spectrometry.

6. David Derby, Jessica Chertow, Serguei Popov and Myung-Chul Chung. Effect of Divalent Ions on Stability of Bacillus anthracis InhA Metalloprotease.

7. Temple Douglas, Claudia Fredolini, Davide Tamburro, Lance Liotta, Emanuel Petricoin III, Alessandra Luchini. Acid Black 48 Functionalized Hydrogel Nanoparticles for Biomarker Harvesting.

8. Clinton Enos, Wu, Y., Yu, D., Spear, M.R. Construction of a nef-Producing Plasmid.

9. Ashley Groth, Brian Kang, Dr. Robin Couch. Treating Alzheimer’s Disease with Small Molecule Inducers of Nerve Growth Factor.

10. Trish Ike, Brian Kang, and Dr. Robin Couch. Optimizing the Production of Cyathin A3 for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.

11. Sarah Khan, Brian Kang, and Dr. Robin Couch. Changing the Paradigm of Treating Alzheimer’s Disease.

12. Yura Kim, Ami Patel, Amy VanMeter, Dr. Robin Couch. Using an ARPE-19 Cell Line to Model Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Search for Phosphoprotein Biomarkers.

13. Anirudh Mohan, Alexis Patanarut, Dr. Barney Bishop. Utilizing Phenolphthalein to Quantify Hydrophobicity of NIPAm-based Hydrogel Nanoparticles.

14. Samarth Mohan, Tiffany Ha, Alexis Patanarut and Barney Bishop. Hydrogel Particle Loading with Reactive Red 120.

15. Anahita Mostaghim, Daniel Veltri, Amr Majul, Barney Bishop, Monique vanHoek, and Amarda Shehu. A Data-driven Discovery of Activity-related Properties in Helical Antimicrobial Peptides.

16. Sarah Neale, Jessica Chertow, Serguei G. Popov, Myung-Chul Chung. Regulation of Hemolytic Anthrolysin O by Extracellular Proteases of Bacillus anthracis.

17. Annalise Schoonmaker, Claudius Mueller, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, Virginia Espina, and Alex Reeder. Effectiveness of Fixatives on Breast Tumor.

18. Rhitwika Sensharma, Alexis Patanarut, Tiffany Ha, Barney Bishop. Enhancing Hydrogel Nanoparticle Binding with Reactive Dyes.

19. Amanuel Shitaye, Troy Anderson, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, and Julia Wulfkuhle. Utilizing Immunofluorescence To Study Connexin 43 Distribution Within Left Ventricle Myocytes of Healthy and Failing Hearts.

20. Matthew Sutton, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Patrick M. Gillevet. Differentiating Between Active and Inactive Cells in Fungal Microbial Communities Through the Use of Quantitative Fingerprinting.

21. Kiran Toor, Amy VanMeter, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, Virginia Espina , and Alessandra Romano. Phosphoproteomic Analysis of Cell Signaling Events Induced by Treatment of Multiple Myeloma Cells.

22. Nishant Trivedi, Weidong Zhou, Lance Liotta, Emanuel Petricoin. Study of the Stability of Serum Phosphoproteins by Mass Spectrometry.
 

2010 Abstracts

1. Lauren I. Andres, Rosa I. Gallagher, Kirsten Edmiston, Lance A. Liotta, and Virginia Espina. Exploring the Role of Autophagy Proteins in Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (Dcis) Through Immunohistochemistry.

2. Gabriella Baldo, Rebecca Easley, Alan Baer, Lee Dean, and Kylene Kehn-Hall. The Optimization of Rift Valley Fever Virus Quantitative Reverse Transcriptase PCR for the Identification of Viral Inhibitors.

3. Kevin M. Boehm, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Lance A. Liotta, Virginia Espina, and Antonella Chiechi. Identification of Stable Housekeeping Proteins for the Calculation of Normalization Factors for Reverse Phase Protein Microarrays.

4. Samuel Bubernak, Michela Capello, Claudia Fredolini, Francesco Novelli, Lance A. Liotta, and Emanuel F. Petricoin III, and Weidong Zhou. Post-Translational Modifications to α-Enolase in Samples from Pancreatic Adenocarcenoma using Mass Spectrometry.

5. Kyung Jun Chae, Rosa I. Gallagher, Jianghong Deng, Kirsten Edmiston, Lance A. Liotta, and Virginia Espina. The Role of Autophagy Proteins in Ductal Carcinoma In Situ: A Promising Key to Prevent Invasive Breast Cancer.

6. Alex Chen and Jason M. Kinser. Multi-Domain Data Modeling for Biometrics.

7. Kenny Cruz, Scott N. Dean, Dr. Barney Bishop, and Monique L. van Hoek. Antimicrobial Activity of Peptides Against S. Aureus & P.Aeruginosa.

8. Lee Dean, Rebecca Easley, Alan Baer, Aarthi Narayanan, Gabriella Baldo, and Kylene Kehn-Hall. Molecular Interactions of Heat Shock Protein 70 with the Virulent Non-Structural Protein (NSs) of Rift Valley Fever Virus.

9. David Derby, Jessica Chertow, and Myung Chul-Chun. Bacillus Anthracis Protease Immune Inhibitor A (InhA) Regulates Spore Internalization in Lung Epithelial Cells.

10. Mithun Dhinakaran, Jacob Nordman, and Nadine Kabbani. Morphometric Analysis of Nicotine Functions on Neural Cells in Culture.

11. Temple Douglas, Lance A. Liotta, Emanuel F. Petricoin, III, and Alessandra Luchini. Development of an Elisa Directed Against Outer Surface Protein A, a Borrelial Antigen, to create a New Lyme Disease Diagnostic Test.

12. Yousef Fazel, Sundeep Kutumbaka, Arjun Srinivasan, and Iosif Vaisman. Evolutionary Implications of Sequence Structure Compatibility in Groups of Homologous Proteins.

13. Christine Franzel and Paul Cooper. Testing the “Old Faithful” Model for Chemically-Driven Cryovolcanism at Enceladus.

14. Cameron Gahres, April Hyon, Patrick Gillevet, and Robert Jonas. Effect of Crassostrea virginica on the Abundance of Bacteria Present in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

15. Ashley Groth, Allyson Dailey, and Robin Couch. Bacterial VOC Fingerprinting; Using an Electronic Nose to Sniff out Biothreat Agents.

16. Alison Hight, Emma Dixon, and Robin Couch. VOC Metabolomics and Age Related Wet Macular Degeneration.

17. Seiyoung Jang and Andrea Weeks. Origin and Evolution of Endemic Malagasy Commiphora Species.

18. Myra Jehangir, Kameshwari Sharma, Summiyah H Rana, Hannah Choi, Nishant Garg, Sameer Singh, and Barney Bishop. The Effectiveness of Synthetic, Short Antimicrobial Peptides Against Escherichia coli.

19. Matt Johnson, Nhu Nguyen, Maggie Blair, and Ted Dumas. Ampakine Boosts Performance in the Morris Water Maze for Juvenile and Young Adult Rats.

20. Madhu Karamsetty, Eswar P.R. Iyer, and Daniel N. Cox. Characterization of Downstream Effectors Mediating cut Transcriptional Regulation of Class-Specific Dendrite Morphogenesis.

21. Jun Hong (Johnny) Kim and Andrea Weeks. An Investigation of Various Spacer Regions of the Chloroplast Genome to Increase the Efficacy of Phylogenetic Analyses of Malagasy Commiphora Species.

22. Ananya Mishra, Jacob Nordman, and Nadine Kabbani. Nicotinic Modulation of White Blood Cells by the Alpha 4 Subunit of the Nicotinic Receptor.

23. Sarah Neale, Alison Hight, Emma Dixon, and Robin Couch. Small Molecule Inducers of Nerve Growth Factor for the Chemoprevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

24. Jeremy Owen, Rob Cressman, and Ernest Barreto. Phase Plane Analysis of a Neuron Model with Dynamic Ion Concentrations.

25. Kunal Patel, Mattia Cremona, Virginia Espina, Lance Liotta, and Alex Reeder. The Effects of UV Cutting Laser Versus IR Ablation of Cells on the Signaling of Phosphorylated Proteins.

26. Milan Patel, Irene Guendal, and Fatah Kashanchi. BIO and Other Effective Methods Against HAND.

27. Sara Pittman, Emma Dixon, and Robin Couch. Fecal VOC Metabolomics and Alcohol Liver Disease.

28. Rithvik Prasannappa, Eswar P.R. Iyer, and Daniel N. Cox. Investigating Wingless-Mediated Signaling in Class Specific Dendrite Morphogenesis.

29. Adarsh Ranganathan, Davide Tamburro, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel F Petricoin III, Lance A Liotta, and Claudia Fredolini. Application and Characterization of Hydrogel Nanoparticles for Biomarker Harvesting: Functionalization with Dye Affinity Baits and Influence of Cross-Linker Concentration.

30. Serena Saffarini, Madiha Khurshid, Zrinka Greguric, and Rob Cressman. Differential Oxygen Concentration in the CA1 and CA3 Regions of the Hippocampus During Seizure-Like Events.

31. Anima Sharma, Michael Estep, Elizabeth Eom, Aybike Birerdinc, Ancha Baranova, Thuy Tran, Zobair Younossi, and Arian Afendy. Using Real Time-PCR to Determine the Apoptotic Gene Expression Difference in the Adipose Tissue of Weight Matched Patients with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and Without PCOS.

32. Amanuel Shitaye, Giulia Federici, Valentina Fodale, Jianghong Deng, Valerie Calvert, and Julia Wulfkuhle. Evaluation of Total and Phosphorylated Protein Expression Levels in the NCI-60 Cell Lines using Reverse-Phase Protein Microarrays.

33. Ganesh Sundar, Hari Devanathan, Michael Estep, Maria Stepanova, Aybike Birerdinc, and Ancha Baranova. Conservative Nature of G-Quadruplexes Via Analysis of Promoter Sequences.

34. Athena Tellis, Gita Sudama, Neeraja Podugu, Jenifer Isbister, and James D. Willett. Age Pigment Levels in Early and Late Stage Senescent Caenorhabditis elegans, and a Reverse Phase Protein Microarray Screen for Presence of Phosphoproteins Homologous to those in Humans.

35. Selamawi Tilahun, Kylene Kehn-Hall, and Fatah Kaschanchi. Identifying the Membrane Proteome of HIV-1 Latently Infected Cells.

36. Daniela Torres, Bob Gardner, Mike Uttaro, Samantha Flemming, Sara Tibbs, Raquel Kohler, Todd Chatlos, Giorgio Ascoli, and Theodore C. Dumas. Behavioral Modification of the Transition from Attentive to Automatic Performance.

37. He (Richard) Wan and Dmitri Klimov. The Effect of Naproxen on the Accessible Surface Areas of Beta Amyloid Oligomers.
 

2011 Abstracts

1. Sarah Albani and Theodore C. Dumas. Pharmacological Ignition of Hippocampal Function in Juvenile Rats.

2. Will A. Andes, Andrew Kim, William Mcalpine, and Shobita Satyapal. The Study of Outflows in Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies and their Connection To Merger Evolution.

3. Ben Barrett, Shawn Naqvi, Bryan Millis, Virginia Espina, Taissia G. Popova and Serguei Popov. Analysis of Signaling Pathways in Autophagy Induced by Bacillus Anthracis in Human Small Airway Epithelial Cells.

4. Sara Bellakbira, Allyson Dailey, and Robin Couch. Bacterial Voc Metabolomics: Can an Electronic Nose Sniff out Biothreat Agents?

5. Amna Bibi, Lauren Sittler, Zobair M. Younossi, Ancha Baranova, and Michael Estep. Insulin Pathway Component Expression and Treatment Response in Hepatitis-C.

6. Shalini Boddu, Srividya Chandramouli Iyer, Eswar Prasad R. Iyer, Luis Sullivan, and Daniel N. Cox. Investigating Cut Transcriptional Regulation of Putative Downstream Effectors in Mediating Class Specific Drosophila Dendrite Morphogenesis.

7. Emily A. Brown, Lance A. Liotta, Emanuel F. Petricoin, and Weidong Zhou. Analysis of Km23-1(DYNRB1) Interacting Proteins By Mass Spectrometry.

8. Kevin Q. Cao, Gita Sudama, and James D. Willett. Monitoring Cellular and Phenotypic Alterations in Lead Treated Caenorhabditis Elegans Through Analysis of Flourescent Pigmentation, Development and Locomotion.

9. Kyung Min Chae, Sheila Kaushik, Saswata Kumar Sahoo, Hannah Choi, Melanie Juba, Devin Porter, and Barney Bishop. Antimicrobial Performance of ATRA Peptide Variants Against E. Coli.

10. Alex Chen and Jason Kinser. Multi-Domain Data Modeling with Non-Linear Dimensionality Reduction.

11. Tiffany Tien-Li Chen, Jessica Chertow, Charles Bailey aMyung-Chul Chung. Bacillus Anthracis Inha Protease Regulates Bacterial Adhesion to Caco-2 Epithelial Cells.

12. Alexa Corso, Akshay Deverakonda, Himika Rahman, Man Hua Zhu, Robert Gardner, Mai-Phuong Hoang, and Theodore Dumas. Modifiability and Neural Correlates of the Transition from Attentive to Automatic Navigation.

13. Alexander Cox, Davide Tamburro, Claudia Fredolini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, and Alessandra Luchini. Magnetizing Hydrogel Nano-Particles: Towards The Automatization of a Tuberculosis Antigen Test.

14. Sohail Farhangi And Dimitri Klimov. Computational Methods of Modeling and Analyzing Alzheimer's Disease.

15. Daphne Fong, Emanual Petricoin, Virginia Espina, Lance Liotta, and Antonella Chiechi. Investigation of Bone Metastasis on the Proteomic Level through Analysis of Protein Expression Signaling.

16. Adrienne Gillevet, Esther C. Peters, Virginia Espina, Patrick Gillevet, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, and Songhee Kang. Investigating the Microbial Community Associated with Rapid Tissue Loss in Acropora Cervicornis using Laser Capture Microdissection.

17. Trish Ike, Karl Navarro, and Robin Couch. Fecal VOC Metabolomics: Understanding the Pathophysiology of Alcohol Liver Disease.

18. Sheila Kaushik, Kyung Min Chae, Melanie Juba, Hannah Choi, Devin Porter, and Barney Bishop. The Performance of the Antimicrobial Peptide ATRA-1A Against E. Coli and B. Cereus.

19. Chandler F.F. King, Santosh Goud, Alex Cox, Davide Tamburro, Alessandra Luchini, Lance Liotta, Emanuel Petricoin, and Claudia Fredolini. New Technological Approach Based on Engineered Hydrogel Nanoparticles and LTQ-Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry for the Identification of Early Diagnostic Serum Biomarkers for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC).

20. Anisha Kolla, Justin Davis, Dr. Brandy White, and Robin Couch. Antimicrobial Properties of Cranberry Extract Against the Biothreat Agent Francisella Tularensis.

21. Snigdha Kumar, Sarah Clark, and Nadine Kabbani. Colocalization of Gprin1 and Nicotinic Receptors in the Developing and Adult Brain.

22. Vansh Kumar and Jason M. Kinser. Finding and Resolving Conflicts in Neural Networks for Machine Learning.

23. Sundeep Kutumbaka, Yousef Fazel, and Iosif Vaisman. Evolutionary Implications of Sequence Structure Compatibility in Groups of Homologous Proteins.

24. Ananya Mishra, Sarah Clark, Kate Bertrand, and Nadine Kabbani. Antipsychotic Modulation of Nicotinic Receptors Expressed in Neuronal and Immune Cells.

25. Samarth Mohan, Paul Panasiuk, Shaileen Ejtemai, Tiffany Ha, and Barney Bishop. Using Amino Ethyl Indol to Determine the Free Carboxylic Acid Content in Hydrogel Particles.

26. Waleed Osman, Srividya Chandramouli Iyer, and Daniel N. Cox. Class-Specific Dendritic Morphology is Alternately Affected by Induced Hyper-Excitability and Suppression of Neuronal Activity in Drosophila Sensory Neurons.

27. Milan Patel, Bess Gerhart, Ravi Das, Aarthi Narayanan, and Fatah Kashanchi. HIV-1 Extracellular Interactions Using Exosomes.

28. Nhut Pho, Richard Wan, Lamya Alomair, and Ancha Baranova. Bioinformatics of RNA Editing in Dendritic Cells.

29. Chelsea Pinkham, Geraldine San Jose, Lindsay Hill, Cynthia Dowd and Kylene Kehn-Hall. The Inhibition of 1-Deoxy-D-Xylulose 5-Phosphate Reductoisomerase (Dxr) in the Isoprenoid Biosynthesis Pathway Of M. Tuberculosis.

30. Anand Prasanna and Iosif Vaisman. Protein Secondary Structure Assignment Using Tessellation Based Topological Fragments.

31. Rithvik Prasannappa, Srividya Chandramouli Iyer, Eswar Prasad R. Iyer, and Daniel N. Cox. Optogenetic Dissection of Drosophila Class III Da Neuron Function.

32. William Rieger and Jason Kinser. Efficient Facial Recognition Using Repeated Iterations of the Landmark Multidimensional Scaling Algorithm.

33. Judy Rohrer, Claudius Mueller. Biomarker and Histology Preservative (Bhp) Preserves RNA And DNA in a Paraffin Block.

34. Arturo Ruiz, Rosa I. Gallagher, Giulia Federici, Julia Wulfkuhle, Lance A. Liotta, and Emanuel F. Petricoin III. Identification of Positive Controls in Cancer and Non-Cancer Cell Lines to be Used as Reference Calibrators in Reverse Phase Microarrays.

35. Serena Saffarini, Monica Gertz, Zrinka Greguric, and Rob Cressman. Differential Oxygen Consumption in the CA1 And CA3 Regions of the Hippocampus.

36. Tanmana Sarkar and Iosif Vaisman. Modeling of Structural Changes in Hsv-1 Tk Mutants and their Effect on Drug Resistance.

37. Abby Schneider and Dr. Paul Cooper. Identification of Carbonic Acid (H2CO3) Through Infrared Spectroscopy.

38. Annalise Schoonmaker, Dana Austin, Alan Baer, and Kylene Kehn-Hall. The Role of P53 in Rift Valley Fever Virus Infection.

39. Sameer Singh, Barney M. Bishop, Monique L. Van Hoek. Activity of Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides Against Mycobacterium Smegmatis.

40. Suganya Sridharma, Emily Stoneham, Shanna Jiang, and Theodore Dumas. Gene Therapy to Rescue Adult Behavioral Impairments Due to Chronic Juvenile Stress.

41. Arjun Srinivasan and Iosif Vaisman. Structural Approach to Evolution and Drug Resistance in the Influenza Virus.

42. Kiran Toor and Jessica Gill. Metabolic Risks Associated with PTSD and Comorbid Depression in Assaulted Women.

43. Lily A Yang, Elaine H Liang, Jia Guo, and Yuntao Wu. Mutagenesis of The V3 Loop In The Gp120 Glycoprotein Of The HIV-1 Lentivirus.

2012 Abstracts

1. R. Banerjee, P. Seshaiyer. Multiphysics Modeling of Fluid-Structure Interaction with Applications to Micro Air Vehicles.

2. Dhruv Bansal, Zara Khan, Justin Zamory, Viet Tran, Siddharta Balu, Carolina Salvador Morales. Investigating the Pulmonary Toxicity of Functionalized Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes.

3. Carolina Barriga, Michael Uttaro, and Theodore C. Dumas. Removal of Area CA3 From Hippocampal Slices Produces a Homeostatic Increase in the Strength of Schaffer Collateral Synapses.

4. Hunter Batchelder, Myung Chung, Monique Van Hoek. Applications of Core-shell Hydrogel Nanoparticles.

5. A. R. Bhandarkar, N. Peixoto, P. Seshaiyer. Parameter Estimation in Stochastic Neural Networks with Aβ: Towards Patient-Specific Alzheimer’s Diagnosis.

6. Oriana Bughi, Tiffany Ha, Anika Armstrong, Megan Devine, Barney Bishop. Poly-N-Isopropylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid Hydrogels.

7. Zachary Chapman, Tess Mulrean, , Weidong Zhou, Lance A. Liotta, Virginia Espina, and Rosa I. Gallagher. Protein Profiling of the Thyroid Colloid through Mass Spectrometry and Reverse Phase Microarrays: A Preliminary Study.

8. Alexa Corso*, Himika Rahman*, Asish Gulati, Chris Rudnicky, Robert Gardner, Giorgio Ascoli, Theodore Dumas. Malleability and Underlying Neural Activation Patterns of the Transition from Attentive to Automatic Navigation.

9. Jay Devanathan, Andrew Shin, and Siddhartha Sikdar. Decoding Finger Movements using Ultrasound Imaging of Muscle Activity.

10. Patrick Dinh, Rob Cressman. Neuron Excitability and the Ionic Environment.

11. Pierce Eggan, Sarah Clark, and Nadine Kabbani. Cellular Mechanisms of Clozapine Action in Cortical Neurons.

12. Katherine Fite, Nazly Shafagati, and Kylene Kehn-Hall. The Role of Nanoparticles in Viral Research.

13. Suhas Gondi, Srividya Chandramouli Iyer, Ramakrishna Meduri, Shruthi Sivakumar, Eric C. Lai and Daniel N. Cox. Investigating miRNA Mediated Regulation of Class Specific Dendrite Morphogenesis.

14. Sanchita Gupta, Rebecca Forkner, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, and Patrick Gillevet. Correlation of Anti-Herbivore Flavanoid Production and Rhizobium Colonization of Plant Roots.

15. Nick Haliday, Jason M. Kinser. A Two-Dimensional Physical Model for Actin Microfilaments in Lung Cells.

16. Brian Hetrick*, Elizabeth Jaworski*, Robert Currer, Ravi Das, Rachel Van Duyne, Irene Guendel, Gavin Sampey,Jessica Roman, Moushimi Amaya, Aarthi Narayanan, and Fatah Kashanchi.Transcriptional Activation by The HTLV-1 Oncogenic Protein, Tax.

17. Alexandra Johnson, Idris Hooper, Cathaleen King Madsen, and Kylene Kehn-Hall. The Use of Acriflavine as a Therapeutic for Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis.

18. Scott Jordan and Amarda Shehu. Refinement of Coarse-grained Near-native Protein Conformations UsingAMBER FF99SB Force Field.

19. Danial Khan, Gita Sudama, Jenefir Isbistir and James D. Willett. Age Associated Variations in the Purine, Tryptophan and Tyrosine Pathways from Age Separated C. elegans Cohorts and a Potential Technique to Obtain Senescent Caneorhabditis Elegans.

20. Ji Hun Kim*, Prabhu Tewari*, KanakaDurga Addepalli, and Iosif Vaisman. Structure-Based Assessment of Functional Impact in Cancer Mutations.

21. Sang Yun Kim, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Mathematical Modeling and Analysis of Bio-Heat Transfer in Biological Tissue.

22. Chandler King, Alessandra Luchini, Lance Liotta, Virginia Espina, and Claudia Fredolini. Hydrogel Nanoparticles and Mass Spectrometry to Explore Low Abundance Proteins in Conditioned Medium from Breast DCIS Tissue Culture.

23. Jacob Kinser. Swarm Intelligence in Online Database Navigation.

24. Nayan Lamba*, Megan Yetman*, Erin Sanders, Theodore Dumas. RNA and Protein Expression in Transgenic Mice with Chimeric NMDARs.

25. C. M. Lee, E. T. Stoneham, S. Samipour, D. McHail, N. Liehr, T. C. Dumas. The use of Anti-Stress Gene Therapy to Minimize the Lasting Impact of Chronic Developmental Stress on Adult Cognition.

26. Lauren Marfurt and Jennifer G. Barrett. The Effect of White Blood Cell Concentration on Platelet Rich Plasma in Horses.

27. Daniel Matson, Devin Porter, Barney Bishop. The Effect of Molecular Crowding on the Potency of Cationic Antimicrobial Peptide Isomers.

28. Tavish McDonald*, Hong Myung Lim*, and Iosif Vaisman. The Computational Directed Evolution Approach to Increase Stability and Activity of Insulin.

29. Manjot Nagyal, Virginia Espina, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, and Patrick Gillevet. Characterization of the Gut Mucosal Microbiome using Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM).

30. Arpan Neupane, Rohini Mehta, Ancha Baranova, Arian Afendy, Zachary Goodman, Zobair Younossi. NLRPs in Visceral Adipose Tissue of Morbidly Obese Patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

31. Schyler Pa, Christopher Kenedy, John R. Cressman. Seizing the Effect of Extracellular Potassium on Abnormal Neural Oscillations.

32. Penelope Petersen, Sarah Albani, Marina Andrawis, Rio Jeane Abella and Theodore C. Dumas. Analysis of Environmental Conditions that Impact Investigations of Anxiety in Developing Rats.

33. Anand Prasanna and Iosif Vaisman. Protein Secondary Structure Assignment Using Tessellation Based Topological Fragments.

34. J. Renaud, S. M. Venuti, D. S. Liebeskind, A. Valencia et al, E. Swim, P. Seshaiyer. Mathematical Modeling of the Fluid-Structure Interactions in Cerebral Saccular Aneurysms by Implicit Finite Difference Methods.

35. Neal Saini, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, and Ruben Magni. Hydrogel Nanoparticles Capture and Preserve Proteomic Biomarkers in Eccrine Sweat.

36. Nina Saini, Yagahira Elizabeth Castro Sesquén, Davide Tamburro, Lance A. Liotta, Alessandra Luchini. Using Hydrogel Nanoparticles to Detect Antigens from Trypanosoma Cruzi, the Parasite Responsible for Chagas Disease.

37. Brandon Schweibenz*, Karen Villarroel*, Richard Young*, Chinchu Johny, Dr. Robin Couch. Natural Product Inhibitors of Bacterial Isoprene Biosynthesis: Towards the Development of New Antibiotics.

38. Brandon Schweibenz*, Karen Villarroel*, Richard Young*, Justin Davis, Steven Roberts, Dr. Robin Couch. Natural Products for the Treatment and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

39. Martha Shields, Iosif Vaisman. A Computational Geometry Approach to Predicting Stability Changes in Endo-1-beta-4-xylanase.

40. C. M. Siebach, K. A. Hamilton, E. T. Stoneham, K. Boggs, J. Carty, V. M. Saadat, R. C. Evans, T. C. Dumas. Silencing of Hippocampal Pyramidal Cells Via Activation of the Allatostatin Receptor System Selectively Impairs Spatial Navigation.

41. Ahmed Škaljić, Francesca Bagnato, and Vasiliki Ikonomidou. Image Processing Pipeline for Atlas Registration of Multiple Sclerosis Lesions.

42. Saniya Suri, Srividya Chandramouli Iyer, Wahaj Choudhry, Ramakrishna Meduri, Eswar Prasad R. Iyer and Daniel N. Cox. The Hox Transcription Factor Antennapedia Regulates Dendrite Morphogenesis in Drosophila.

43. Devin Williams, Joel Mota, Thao-Chi Vo, and Rob Cressman. Measuring the Effects of Extra-Cellular Potassium on Neuronal Excitability.

44. Emily Wood, Sanjana Verma, Ahmed Skaljic , Vikas Kotari , Vasiliki Ikonomidou, Francesca Bagnato. Efficiency of Subtraction Imaging in Tracking the Evolution of Multiple Sclerosis White Matter Lesions.

45. Kuan Yao, Ashwini Benedict, Valerie Calvert, Lance Liotta, Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Rekha Panchal, Sina Bavari, and Ramin Hakami. Identification of Host Cell Signaling Changes by Yersinia pestis using the Reverse Phase Protein Microarray Technology.

46. Alexandra L Zeller and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Mathematical Modeling of The Symbiotic Relationship Between Rhizobium Bacteria and Legumes.

47. Edward M. Mathieu, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Patrick M. Gillevet. Course Planning: An Intern on an Adventure.

2013 Abstracts

1. Kate Acker, Idris Hooper, Cynthia De La Fuente, Cathaleen Madsen, Taryn Brooks-Faulconer, and Kylene Kehn-Hall. Investigating FDA-Approved Therapeutics for Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus.

2. Austin Alderete, Alexis Patanarut, Anurag Patnaik. Affinity Bait Hydrogel Functionalized Paper Substrates: Better Biomarker Collection

3. Frishta Abdul Ali, Sarah Pierson, and Yuntao Wu. HIV viral DNA content of sub-cellular fractions during infection.

4. Naveen Ambati, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, and Patrick M. Gillevet. A Systems Biology Approach to Metabiomic Analysis of the Microbiome, Metabolome, and Immunome in Alcoholic Liver Disease.

5. Soyeon An, Chelsea Pinkham, Katherine Fite, and Kylene Kehn-Hall. The Role of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) in Rift Valley Fever Virus Infection.

6. Saad K. Awan, Sapna Rao, Vasiliki N. Ikonomidou. Detection of changes in bone density of females through cortical bone texture analysis on clinical brain MRI.

7. Stephanie Baker Alibakhshi, Rohini Mehta, Aybike Birerdinc, Ancha Baranova. Assessing Immune Response through Cytokines and Their Effectiveness in Determining Obesity-Related Liver Diseases When Compared to the Use of Traditional ALT/AST Values.

8. Rohan Banerjee, Felix Mihai, Inja Youn, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Computational Modeling of the Effect of Battens on the Aerodynamic Performance of Flexible-Wing Micro Air Vehicles.

9. Brian Boehm, Jay Devanathan, Nima Akhlaghi, Katherine McDonald, Hozaifah Zafar, Huzefa Rangwala and Siddhartha Sikdar. Integrating Ultrasound Technology into Upper-Limb Prosthetic Controls.

10. Emma Boyd, Surya Gourneni, Emily Wood, Francesca Bagnato, and Vasiliki Ikonomidou. Identification of Cortical Lesions in Multiple Sclerosis through 7 Tesla Imaging: a post mortem study.

11. Anirudha Chandrabhatla, Vasiliki Ikonomidou, and Vikas Kotari. The Automated Detection of Virchow-Robin Spaces in Magnetic Resonance Images.

12. Srikanth Chelluri, Ashley Culver, Hinduja Nallamala, and Theodore Dumas. Necessity for Metabolism in Memory Maintenance in Tardigrades.

13. Grace Chuang, Kate Hao, Shinar Jain, Iosif I. Vaisman, and Majid Masso. Structure-Based Predictors of Resistance to the HIV-1 Integrase Inhibitor Elvitegravir.

14. Grace Chuang, Kate Hao, Shinar Jain, and Iosif I. Vaisman. N-Gram-Based Classification of Influenza-A Gene Sequences.

15. Gabriella Clemente, Chris Rudnicky, Nadira Robinson-Burton, Jimmy Presto, David Lucente, Natalia Lattanzio, Puneet Mahal, Robert Gardner, Giorgio Ascoli, Theodore Dumas.. Mapping activated brain regions during the transition from attentive to automatic performance.

16. Marcus Daum, Zrinka Gregurić Ferenček, and John Robert Cressman. Power Fluctuation in Liquid Crystal.

17. Kunal Debroy, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Patrick M. Gillevet. An Approach to Identifying Biomarkers for the Onset of Alcoholic Liver Disease through Predictive Metagenome Modeling.

18. Emily Gale, Daniel McHail, Daniel McDermott, Gretchen Knaack, Joseph Pancrazio, Theodore Dumas. Reduced Brain Inflammatory Response Supports the Bio-compatibility of Silicon Carbide: A Viable Material for Implanted Medical Devices.

19. Vidya Ganesh, Daniel W. Youngstrom, Jennifer G. Barrett. Optimization of Tendon Tissue Engineering Composites for Integrating Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Collagen-I Hydrogels and Decellularized Tendon Scaffolds.

20. Akhil Gangu, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, and Patrick M. Gillevet. Identifying Biomarkers for Early Stages of Alcoholic Liver Disease Through Metabolic and Taxonomic Analysis.

21. Owen Gray, Robert Young, and Iosif Vaisman. A Computational Geometry Approach to Improving Stability in Endo-1-beta-4-xylanase.

22. Christina Joseph, Iosif Vaisman. Identifying gene expression profiles as possible biomarker of Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases using machine learning.

23. AnNa Kim, Sarah Albani, Marina Andrawis, Rio Jeane Abella, John Fulghum, Naghmeh Vafamand and Theodore Dumas. Analysis of environmental conditions that impact investigations of anxiety in developing rats.

24. Nathan Kodama, Jacob Nordman, Aman Ullah, Saleet Jafri, Nadine Kabbani. Calcium signaling and the development of a biologically inspired α7 mediated calcium model in the growth cone.

25. Kent Komine, Dr. Nelson Cortes, and Dr. Siddhartha Sikdar. Measurement of Muscle Volume using Freehand 3D Ultrasound Imaging.

26. Tom Lattanze, Mana Tamami, and Barney Bishop. Conjugation of a water-soluble poly(HPMA-co-PDSA) with the glutathione tripeptide using UV-Vis Spectroscopy.

27. Christina M. Lee, Jeannie C. Evans, Emily T. Stoneham, Nicole Liehr, Sabina Samipour, Dan McHail, Ted C. Dumas.

28. Kibaek Lee, Monique van Hoek, and Myung-Chul Chung. Effect of LL-37 Binding Proteins on Antimicrobial and Biofilm Formation Activities.

29. Megha Luthra, Sophia Moses, Nhien Tran, Balvinder Kaur, Vasiliki Ikonomidou. The New Electrocardiogram: Detecting Stress Related Heart Rate Changes from Common Color Videos

30. Michael A. Machado, Felix Mihai, Inja Youn, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Sub-Cutaneous Thermal Injury Propagation: Lipid Peroxidation, and Inhibition with Anti-Oxidant Vitamin E.

31. Nihita Manem, Neome Gangi, Meghna Khosla, Theodore Dumas. Communication Development of Autism Spectrum Disorder through a Behavior-level approach.

32. Clark J. Mantooth, Trishal Patel, Jean Salac, Jessica Bases, Tyrone Dowdy, Chinchu Johny, and Robin Couch. Natural Product Inhibitors of Bacterial Isoprenoid Biosynthesis.

33. Christine Mayuga, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, Ruben Magni. Optimization of a urinary antigen test for Lyme disease.

34. Tavish M. McDonald, and Iosif Vaisman. Computational Optimization of Insulin Stability, Activity, and Interactions for Diabetes Treatment.

35. John C. Moran, Lance A. Liotta, Emanuel F. Petricoin, Lucio Crino’, Mariaelena Pierobon, Elisa Baldelli. Proteomic Pathway Mapping of Major Drug Targets in Retinoblastoma.

36. Akua Nyarko-Odoom, Anastasia Solis, Apoorva Veerareddy, Erin Sanders, Theodore Dumas. Contribution of GLuN2 Subunit Domains to Final Maturation of the Hippocampus.

37. Allen Pang, Dilip Thiagarajan, Dr. Iosif Vaisman. Correlations in Viral Mutations Using Random Matrix Theory.

38. Trishal Patel, Clark Mantooth, Jean Salac, Jessica Bases, Tyrone Dowdy, Chinchu Johny, Dr. Robin Couch. Extraction of Natural Products for the Identification of Novel Inhibitors of the Bacterial MEP Pathway.

39. Richard Patrican, Rohini Mehta, Aybike Birerdinc, Ancha Baranova. Direct effect of Bisphosphonates and BMPs in the context of bone healing.

40. Ariel Perez-Mejia, Weidong Zhou, Lance A. Liotta, Virginia Espina, and Rosa I. Gallagher. Enhanced Methodology for Protein Profiling of the Thyroid Colloid through Laser Capture Microdissection, Mass Spectrometry, and Reverse Phase Protein Microarrays.

41. Keshav Rao, Mike Uttaro, Nitin Agrawal. Rapid isolation of a highly metastatic breast cancer cell population through the use of microfluidic devices.

42. Sapna Rao, Saad K. Awan,Vasiliki N. Ikonomidou. Utilizing cervical bone texture analysis to detect variation in bone density for clinical brain MRI scans.

43. Sushruth Reddy, Felix Mihai, Inja Youn, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Mathematical Modeling of the Formation of Atherosclerotic Plaque.

44. Krishan Saini, Angela Palacios, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta and Ruben Magni. Designing an innovative nanoparticle-engineered skin patch for capturing and preserving proteomic biomarkers in eccrine sweat.

45. Neal Saini, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta and Luisa Paris. Magnetization of hydrogel particles: a novel urine tuberculosis antigen test.

46. Jean Salac, Justin Davis, and Dr. Robin Couch. Storage of RNA & cDNA for Downstream qPCR.

47. Lauren Scavone, Moushimi Amaya, Aarthi Narayanan. Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus Replication is Impaired by MG132 Proteasome Inhibitor.

48. Angela Shaffer, Manisha Sigdel, Jacqueline Shanks, and Alex Carlisle. Combined pharmacogenomic profiling and bioinformatic analysis defines CXCR4 signaling pathways in neuroblastoma.

49. Ruhee Shah, Stephanie Barksdale, Scott Dean, Monique van Hoek. The Effect of Antimicrobial Peptides from Culex pipiens on Francisella novicida..

50. Yash K. Singh, Stephanie M. Barksdale, Scott N. Dean, Monique L. van Hoek. Antimicrobial Activity of Mosquito AMP’s on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.

51. Jessica Son, Vikas Kotari, Ahmed Skaljic, Francesca Bagnato, Vasilliki Ikonomidou. Susceptibility of Brain Areas to the Formation of Multiple Sclerosis Lesions.

52. Robert K. Ulrey, Stephanie M. Barksdale, and Monique L. van Hoek. Cranberry A-type proanthocyanidins inhibit metabolic activity and biofilm formation of P. aeruginosa.

53. FlorDeMaria Vargas Stevez, Megan Devine, Barney Bishop. Characterization and Peptide Harvesting of Dimethyl Itaconate Hydrogel Particles.

54. Jordan Wiley, Adam Fleming, and Ramin M. Hakami. Dynamics of Cellular Uptake of Exosomes.

55. Emily Wood, Francesca Bagnato, Vasiliki Ikonomidou. Efficiency of Subtraction Imaging in Tracking the Evolution of Multiple Sclerosis White Matter Lesions.

56. Andrew Yang, Iosif Vaisman. Modeling survival in hepatocellular carcinoma patients.

2014 Abstracts

1. Nabila Ahmed, Lei Wang, Dr. Ancha Baranova, and Dr. Aybike Birerdinc. Determining the Presence of Macrophages in Visceral Adipose During Stages of NAFLD.

2. Khunsa Amin, Luka A. Jelenak, Marcus J. Daum, Zrinka Greguric Ferencek, John R. Cressman. Examining Power Dissipation through Temperature Fluctuations in Electroconvecting Liquid Crystals.

3. Siddarth Anand, Lalit Varada, Iosif Vaisman. Computational Identification of Genetic Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease.

4. Harnam Arneja II, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Myurajan Rubaharan. Understanding the Phage-Host Dynamics on Bacteriophage Therapy through Mathematical Modeling, Analysis, and Computation.

5. Pranav Baderdinni, Gavin Sampey, Alex Barclay, Asma Melebari, Noor Ahsan, Sergey Iordanskiy, Dr. Fatah Kashanchi. Inhibitors of Exosome Formation.

6. Neha Bansal, Ashwini Benedict, and Kylene Kehn-Hall. Repurposing FDA-approved Drugs as Therapeutics against Rift Valley Fever Virus.

7. Megan Barlow, Tracee .L. Popielarczyk, Jennifer G. Barrett. Mimicking of Tendon Collagen Fiber Composition for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation.

8. Matthew D. Bird, Vasiliki Ikonomidou. MRI Texture Analysis-Based Investigation of White Matter Integrity in Healthy Middle-Aged ApoE ɛ4 Carriers.

9. Nick Blasey, Priya Nakhre, Wilsaan Joiner. A Juggling Act: Studying Complex Bimanual Motor Skill Learning.

10. Julia Casazza, Michael Uttaro, Nitin Agrawal. An In Vitro Microfluidic Platform to Study the Blood-Brain Barrier.

11. Haarika Chalasani, Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Fluid Structure Interaction Models for Aneurysm Arterial Wall Dynamics Incorporating Geometric and Material Nonlinearity.

12. Jesse Cole, Grace Lawrence, Virginia Espina. Common Chemotherapy Drugs Linked with Cognitive Decline in Cancer Survivors.

13. Natalie Diaz, Zrinka Gregurić Ferenček, Zaid Obaida, John R. Cressman. Modeling Neuronal Recovery from Pathological Depolarization.

14. Ellen Dranginis, Suraya Mobasherullah, Mikell Paige. Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Pharmacological Agents for COPD/Cancer.

15. Julia Dunbar, Manuela Dal-Forno, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Marcelo P. Marcelli, Patrick Gillevet. Species Circumscription of Parmotrema tinctorum in Brazil.

16. Austin Dunn, Daniel W. Youngstrom, Jennifer G. Barrett. Superior Seeding of Mesenchymal Stem Cells onto Decellularized Scaffolds for Use in Tendon Repair.

17. Saroja Erabelli, James Cameron, and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Computational Stability Analysis of the Vibrations of a Nonlinear Beam Interacting with Fluid.

18. Olivia Fischer, Anurag Patnaik, Nick Kendrick, Ben Lepene, Alexis Patanarut. Investigation of Nanoparticle Storage Conditions.

19. Armandeep Ghuman, Paige Tedrick, Ekaterina Marakasova, Ancha Baranova. Peanut Agglutinin Lectin (PNA) as a Perspective Tool for Breast Cancer Detection.

20. Joseph R. Giacolone, Hamid Charkhkar, Nathalia Peixoto, Joseph J. Pancrazio. Comparative Analysis of a Cost-Effective Disposable Micro-Electrode Array.

21. Mitchell Gillin, Adam Fleming, and Ramin M. Hakami*. Dynamics of Cellular Uptake of Exosomes during Y. pestis Infection.

22. Naomi Gruber, Dr. Iosif Vaisman. Predicting Recurrence and Survival Time in Patients with Gastric Adenocarcinoma Using Machine Learning Techniques.

23. Priya Gupta, Mihret Tafesse, Stella Yang, and Nitin Agrawal. Harvesting Biomarkers from Single Cells using Patterned Nanoparticles.

24. Lilian Heslop, Kuan Yao, Maria Keaton, Ancha Baranova, Aybike Birerdinc. The Effects of KCTD 21 Expression on Liver Inflammation and in Morbidly Obese Patients with NASH and NAFLD.

25. Collin Inglut, Ruben Magni, Alessandra Luchini, Sally Rucker, Lance Liotta, Virginia Espina, Michael Harpole. Blood, Sweat and No Tears: Development of a Skin Patch as an In Vitro Diagnostic Device.

26. Patrick Keane, Claire Stump, Karthik Murthy, Siddhartha Sikdar, Wilsaan Joiner, Laurence Bray. Ultrasound Based Neuroimaging in the Brain During a Visually Stimulating Task.

27. Liana Kramer, Farhang Alem, Remy Schoenemann, Adam Fleming, Ramin Hakami. Cytoplasmic Localization of p53 Protein following Infection with Y. pestis and May be Involved in Down Regulation of Autophagy in Infected Cells.

28. Amanda Kwieraga, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, and Ruben Magni. Development of a Nanoparticle Based Elisa for Tubercolosis Detection.

29. Jennifer Lee, Oladipo Eddo, Amanda Cary, Sumin Chung, Nelson Cortes, Shane Caswell. Head Impact Exposure in Girls' High School Varsity Lacrosse Players.

30. Patricia Loria, Maria Keaton, Kuan Yao, Ancha Baranova, Aybike Birerdinc. The Expression and Quantification of Brown Adipose Tissue Cell Markers in the Visceral Adipose Tissue of Morbidly Obese NAFLD Patients.

31. Emily Luo, Yuntao Wu. Screening for Anti-HIV Activity from Natural Plant Foods.

32. Lydia Luu, Robert Graham, Franz Hamilton, Nathalia Peixoto. Pattern Stimulation of Neuronal Networks.

33. Michael Machado, Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. The Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Thermal Injury Propagation: Lipid Peroxidation and Inhibition by Vitamin E.

34. Rohit Madhu, Dr. Vasiliki Ikonomidou. Statistical Interpretation of Bone Density Among Individuals via MRI Texture Analysis.

35. Siena Mantooth, Justin Davis, and Robin Couch. Nanoparticle Sequestration of Neurotrophins: Towards Developing Therapeutics for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.

36. Sabrina Mazer, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Graphical User Interface for Global Positioning System using a Least Squares Method to Determine the Location of an Aircraft to a High Degree of Accuracy.

37. Chelsea Mohindroo, Alexandra Zeller and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Investigation of Immigration Policies through Social Dynamics Modeling of Undocumented Immigrant Population.

38. Sophia Moses, Megha Luthra, Balvinder Kaur, Vasiliki Ikonomidou. Tracking Blood Flow Using Videos of the Face to Detect Blood Pressure.

39. Shreya Punya, Alex Barclay, Asma Melebari, Gavin Sampey, Noor Ahsan,and Fatah Kashanchi. HIV-1 Infected Cells Influence the Binding of Protein Kinase R Binding to Full Length Biotin-TAR RNA.

40. Vaijayanthi Rajamarthandan, Loretta E. Laughrey, John Robert Cressman, and Nitin Agrawal. A Simplified Microfluidic Strategy to Generate Oxygen Gradients for Studying Hypoxia.

41. Sushruth Reddy, Felix Mihai, Inja Youn, Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Mathematical Modeling and Stability Analysis of Atherosclerotic Plaque Formation.

42. Anirudh Ryali, Amir Refai, Iosif Vaisman. Determining Adamantane Resistance through an N-Gram based approach of Influenza A H1N1 Protein Sequences.

43. Surya Sampath, Gavin Sampey, Alex Barclay, Asma Melebari, Noor Ahsan, Sergey Iordanskiy, Fatah Kashanchi. Selective Transfer of Viral Proteins in HIV Infected Brain Macrophage Cells.

44. Ruhee Shah, Monique van Hoek. The Effect of High-Salt Conditions on the Antimicrobial Activity of LL-37 against MRSA.

45. Maleeha Siddiqui and Dr. Iosif Vaisman. Analysis and Evaluation of Computer Models in Predicting Recurrence and Survival in Colon Cancer Patients.

46. Rebecca Silver, Virginia Espina, Claudius Mueller, Lucio Crino’, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, Mariaelena Pierobon, Elisa Baldelli. Comparison of protein expression/activation by reverse phase protein microarray of snap-frozen, formalin-fixed and BHP-fixed paraffin-embedded NSCLC tissues.

47. Anant Tewari, Dr. Vaisman. Analysis of nGRAM frequences predicting Antimicrobial Properties.

48. Jeff Tolbert, Joe Renaud, Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Computational Modeling of the Geothermal Effects of Asteroid Impacts on Earth like planets.

49. Thaovy Van, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance A. Liotta, and Ruben Magni. Coupling of Hydrogel Nanoparticles with Lateral Flow Immunoassay: A Novel Tuberculosis Test.

50. Akhil Waghmare and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer. Enhancing Groundwater Quality through Computational Modeling of Nanoparticle Transport and Interaction in Porous Media.

51. Stella L. Yang, Mihret Tafesse, Priya Gupta, and Nitin Agrawal. Cell Cycle Analysis of Micro-patterned Cells.

52. Solomon Yeon, Lance Liotta, Virginia Espina. The Synergetic Effects of Chloroquine and Calcitriol on Killing Cancerous Breast Cells.

53. Sameen Yusuf, Nathalia Peixoto. Network Monitoring for Incubator Temperature, Humidity,
and CO2 Gas with Raspberry Pi.

54. Reed R. Zhang and Iosif Vaisman. Building Models Using Machine Learning to Predict Recurrence-Free Survival Time in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patients from Gene Expression Data.

2015 Abstracts

BIOENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

1. Textural Analysis Diagnosis of Osteoporosis, Suhani Pant, Dr. Vasiliki N. Ikonomidou

2. Synthesis and Characterization of DXR-Encapsulated Liposomes, Priya Gupta, Steven Roberts, Nitin Agrawal

3. HIFU Thermal Therapy, Nick Blasey, Dr. Parag Chitnis

4. Tracking Differential Pulse Transit Time as a Stress Indicator, Megha Luthra*, Sophia Moses*, Balvinder Kaur, Vasiliki Ikonomidou, PhD

5. Fast Movement Tracking Using Stereo Cameras, Nancy Trang, Qi Xing, Qi Wei

6. Finding Location of Maximum Flexion in Forearm Muscles Using 3D Ultrasound Volumes, Cecile Truong, Nima Akhlaghi, Siddhartha Sikdar

7. Multispectral Analysis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Lesions in Post-Mortem MRI Scans, Christine Giuliano, Francesca Bagnato, MD, PhD, Vasiliki Ikonomidou, PhD

8. Ultrasonic Stimulation of Neurons, Vienna L. Mott, Dr. Parag Chitnis

9. Extraocular Muscle Deformation Assessed by Ultrasound During Eye Movement in Healthy Subjects, Farhan Ibrahim, Qi Xing, Dr. Qi Wei, Dr. Siddhartha Sikdar

10. Nonlinear Registration for Subtraction Imaging to Measure Lesion Changes in Multiple Sclerosis, Dana Wang, Vasiliki Ikonomidou

11. Examination of Eye Muscle Mechanics Using Ultrasound, Yifan Li, Qi Xing, Qi Wei

CENTER FOR APPLIED PROTEOMICS AND MOLECULAR MEDICINE
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

12. K-Ras Mutations Effects on the Protein Composition of Cellular Compartments in Lung Adenocarcinomas, Anjna Nair*, Margaret Anderson*, Valerie Calvert, Weidong Zhou, J. Conor Moran, Emanuel Petricoin, Mariaelena Pierobon, Elisa Baldelli

13. Development of a Nanoparticle Based Lateral Flow Assay for Lyme Detection, Amanda Kwieraga, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, and Ruben Magni

14. Novel Chemical Baits Incorporated in Hydrogel Nanoparticles Capture Glycans with High Affinity, Madhura Managoli, Lance Liotta, Alessandra Luchini, Ruben Magni, Luisa Paris

15. Development of a Skin Patch Capable of Detecting Skin Cancers through Protein Capture, Protection, and Analysis, Shiv Saini, Alexander Nixon, Kelsey Mitchell, Alessandra Luchini, Lance Liotta, Ruben Magni

16. Developing Downstream Protocols to Harvest Thyroid Exosomes for Proteomic Analysis and Characterization, Bhavana Channavajjala*, Brett A. Goerl*, Weidong Zhou, Lance A. Liotta, Virginia Espina, Rosa I. Gallagher

17. Optimization of the Detection of Tuberculosis Biomarkers with Hydrogel Nanoparticles, Thaovy Van, Alessandra Luchini, Lance Liotta, Emmanuel Petricoin, and Ruben Magni

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

18. VOC Metabolomics: A Non-Invasive Analysis of Gastrointestinal Health Using hspme and GC-MS, Vaishnavi Madhavan, Michele Gagnon, and Dr. Robin Couch

19. Synthetic Transformations of the Crotonaldehyde-derived Acylal, Greg Petruncio, Mikell Paige

20. The Effect of Varying Anionic Lipid Concentrations on the Harvest of camps, Brittany Huffman, Megan Devine, Shay Scott, and Barney Bishop

21. Assessing the Colonic Lipid Content of Human Fecal Samples using Targeted Lipidomics, Kelechi I. Nwanevu, Michele Gagnon, Dr. Robin Couch

22. Development of Novel Small Molecule LTA4H Enzyme Activators for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Suzie Bae, Mikell Paige

23. Fecal Metabolomics: Identification of an Internal Standard for use in Non-volatile Analysis, Kaitlyn Diaz, Allyson Dailey, and Dr. Robin Couch

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

24. Smart Sensors Networks and Web-Based GIS: Providing Real Time Flood Information, Numan Khan, Paulo Costa, Celso Ferreira, Seth Lawler
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

25. Using Image Processing Techniques to Create Beading Tutorials, Ananya Suri, Yotam Gingold

26. Identity Map, Guilherme Schaidhauer de Castro, Hussain Zamzami, Mingrui Han, Yotam Gingold, Arriene Johnson

DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

27. Security Protocol and Novel Architecture for Future Cars using Ethernet, Burke, M.*, Sastry, S. K.*, Wang, E.*, Xu, W.*, & Zeng, K

28. Intra-Vehicle Security Node for Fast Message Authentication in Controller Area Networks, Burke, M.*, Sastry, S. K.*, Wang, E.*, Xu, W.*, & Zeng, K

29. Stimulation of Neurons through Optogenetics, Emmelyn Luu, Alex Kaiser, Nathalia Peixoto

30. Using Human Centered Design to Prototype a Carrying System for Bivad User, Sharon Jose*, Emmelyn Luu*, Helen Wiegand*, Jade Garrett, Sarah Choi, Nathalia Peixoto

31. Effect of Amyloid Beta on Helix Aspersa Neuronal Electrical Activity Measured In Vitro By Microelectrode Arrays, Helen Wiegand, Nathalia Peixoto

32. Evaluation of Cross Correlation and Transfer Entropy to Estimate the Functional Connectivity in Neuronal Networks, Sharon Jose, Nathalia Peixoto

DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOINFORMATION SCIENCE &
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & KRASNOW INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY,
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

33. The Role of Vaccination Exemption in California Pertussis Outbreaks: A Geographic Information System Analysis, Naomi Gruber, Paul L. Delamater

34. Analysis and Visualization of Carbon Dioxide Equilibrium at George Mason University, Alec Zhang, Michael Rodriguez, Michael Piccione, Steven Li, Sven Fuhrmann

35. Mediapulse: A System Prototype for News Media Aggregation and Analytics, Kevin H. Geng*, Varun A. Talwar*, Arie Croitoru, Andrew Crooks, A. Trevor Thrall

36. Simulating Impact of Building Renovation on Shading and Skylines in GIS-Based Modeling Software, Michael Rodriguez, Alec Zhang, Michael Piccione, Steven Li, Sven Fuhrmann

37. A Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis of Exemptions from Required Vaccinations and Pertussis Cases in Los Angeles County, California, Subul Malik, Paul L. Delamater

38. Analyzing Correlations Between Mason Shuttle Demands and Mason Parking Occupancy Using ESRI CityEngine, Zhihang (Steven) Li, Michael Rodriguez, Alec Zhang, Mike Piccione, Sven Fuhrmann

39. A novel computational agent based model for the spread and containment of Ebola Virus Disease, Rohan Suri, Andrew T. Crooks, Arie Croitoru

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

40. Enhancing Drinking Water Quality Through Stability and Computational Analysis to Optimize Nanofilters, Akhil Waghmare and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer

41. Mathematical Modeling of Membrane Potential Dynamics under Neural Exposure to Amyloid Beta, Haarika Chalasani and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY, COLLEGE OF SCIENCE &
KRASNOW INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

42. Investigating the Relationship Between Entropy and Structure in the Chua Attractor, David Baratt, Ross Dempsey, Dr. John Cressman

43. Computing with Chaos: FORCE Learning with Chua Circuits, Ross Dempsey, David Baratt, and John R. Cressman

44. Investigating the Axonal Vibrations, Youssef Faragalla, Zrinka Gregurić Ferenček, John R. Cressman

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

45. Comparison of the Human Gut Microbiome Based on Varying Diet and Geography, May Kyaw*, Eric Liu*, Paul Marcelli*, Cara Frankenfeld, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Patrick M. Gillevet

46. Population genetics analysis of Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens in Virginia, Meredith Palmore*, Niki Tsutsumi*, Javid Rahseparian*, Deborah Shaffer, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, Patrick M. Gillevet.

KRASNOW INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

47. Investigating the Relationship Between Dendritic Morphology and glun3b Carboxy Terminus, Grace Lee, Jessica Azcarate, Theodore Dumas

NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIODEFENSE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES,
SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS BIOLOGY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

48. Timing and Dosing Effects of Exosome Exposure on the Growth Rate of Naïve Monocytes, Emily M. Schneider, Adam Fleming, Heather E. Hobbs, and Ramin M. Hakami*
49. Nanoparticle Interaction with Tetraspanin Surface Protein CD-63 revealed as a biomarker and binding mechanism to Exosomes, Stacey Boyd, Solmaz Eskandarinezhad, Daniel Alvarez-Castegnaro, Christopher Johnson, Alex Barclay, Kinza Noor, Yao Akpamagbo, Fatah Kashanchi

50. Mitochondrial Dynamics in Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus Infections, Pavitra Ravishankar, Moushimi Amaya, Taryn Brooks-Faulconer, Aarthi Naraynan

51. Mechanism of Nanoparticles Binding to Exosomes, Christopher A. Johnson, Stacey Boyd, Daniel Alvarez-Castegnaro, Solmaz Eskandari Nezhad, Alex Barclay, Kinza Noor, Yao Akpamagbo, Dr. Fatah Kashanchi

52. The Effect of U937 Exosomes on the Growth of Jurkat Cells, Erika Pashai, Adam Fleming, Heather E. Hobbs, and Ramin M. Hakami*

53. Identification of Drugs with the Potential to be Repurposed for the Treatment of Melioidosis, Anna Wasserman, Isaac Jung, Monique L. Van Hoek, Myung-Chul Chung

54. Curcumin Inhibits Apoptotic Effects of Rift Valley Fever Virus on 293 T cells and Vero cells, Daniel Alvarez-Castegnaro, Allison Heath, Fatah Kashanchi

55. Screening of Antimicrobial and Antibiofilm Agents from Lopac Library against Burkholderia thailandensis, Isaac Jung, Anna Wasserman, Monique van Hoek, Myung-Chul Chung

56. Conserved Tetraspanin CD63 Exosomal Protein Interaction Mechanism with NT080 and NT082 Nanoparticles, Solmaz Eskandarinezhad, Stacey Boyd, Daniel Alvarez-Casteg, Christopher Johnson, Alex Barclay, Sergey Iordanskiy, Kinza Noor, Yao Akpamagbo, Dr. Fatah Kashanchi

SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS BIOLOGY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

57. Antimicrobial Peptide Classification using N-Grams and Machine Learning, Anant Tewari, Dr. Iosif Vaisman

58. Identification and Prediction of Intrinsically Disordered Regions in Proteins Using n-Grams, Ashwin Srinivasan, Dr. Iosif Vaisman

59. Codon and Anticodon Frequencies in Gene Sequences of Interacting Amino Acid Residues, Dilip Thiagarajan, Dr. Iosif Vaisman

60. Identifying Traces of Ebola-Like Paleoviruses in Extant Genomes using Structural Modeling, Emily Cheng, Iosif Vaisman

61. Computational Identification of Genetic Biomarkers for Neurodegenerative Diseases via Machine Learning, Lalit Varada, Isoif Vaisman

62. Modeling Prognosis for Colon Cancer Patients using Molecular Information, Maya Khanna, Iosif Vaisman

63. Modeling Variant Gal4 Transcriptional Activation: A Structure-based Approach, Nitin Rao, Purnima Pyarasani, and Majid Masso

SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS BIOLOGY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL

64. Differentiating Adipocytes from Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Sheena M. Fletcher, Maria Keaton, and Aybike Birerdinc

VIRGINIA TECH MARION DUPONT SCOTT EQUINE MEDICAL CENTER

65. Investigating Mesenchymal Stem Cell Homing Towards Inflammatory Stimuli, Ali, L., Popielarczyk, T.L., Barrett, J.G.

66. Characterization of Equine Umbilical Cord-Derived Stem Cells, Vaidehi Patel, Jade E. Ladow, Jennifer G. Barrett

2016 Abstracts

BIOENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

1. Enhanced Synthesis and Purification of PEGylated Liposomes for Targeted Drug Delivery, Neil Parikh, Steven Roberts, and Nitin Agrawal

2. Voltage Sensitivity of the RH795 Probe in Model Unilamellar Vesicles, Nishita Ardhapurkar, Nashaat Rasheed, Parag Chitnis

3. Ultrasonic Frequency Signal Measurements with a Michelson Interferometer-Based Setup, Michael Tao, Deepu George, Parag Chitnis

4. Ultrasound Image Analysis on Embedded Processor Platforms, Rupali A. Dhumne, Huzefa S. Rangwala, Siddhartha Sikdar

5. Improving the Ability to Detect Lesions in Subtraction Images, Mariam Guirguis, Vikas Kotari, and Dr. Vasiliki Ikonomidou

6. Remote Detection of Heart Rate Variability Changes Induced by Cognitive Training, Radhika Agrawal, Celina Paudel, Siddarth Shankar, Chris Rios, Dr. Balvinder Kaur, Dr. Vasiliki Ikonomidou

7. Quantifying Dancers' Movements through Motion Capture, Delina Sheth, Nahom Tedla, Dr. Qi Wei, and Dr. Wilsaan Joiner

CENTER FOR APPLIED PROTEOMICS AND MOLECULAR MEDICINE
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

8. Development of a Nanotrap-Based ELISA for the Detection of Lyme Disease in Urine, Teresa Kaza, Alessandra Luchini, Lance Liotta, Ruben Magni

9. Application of an Optimized Protocol for Protein Painting to the Programmed Cell Death Protein 1 / Programmed Death Ligand 1 Complex, Pranavi Nara, Angela Dailing, Luisa Paris, Ruben Magni, Alessandra Luchini

10. Detecting Electrical Properties of Hydrogel Nanoparticles to Develop Sensors for Rapid Diagnostics, Marissa Howard, Ruben Magni, Alessandra Luchini, Emanuel Petricoin, and Lance Liotta

CERES NANOSCIENCES, INC

11. Condition Optimization for Protein Capture Operations Involving Magnetic Nanoparticles, Alison Gerhard, John Devine, Ben Lepene, Ketul Shah, Alexis Patanarut

DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY &
CENTER FOR SECURE INFORMATION SYSTEMS
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

12. Exfiltration Toolkit for P2P Botnets, Dhvanil Nanshah, Sridhar Venkatesan, Massimiliano Albanese

13. Moving Target Defense against Command Injection Attacks, Meghna Sil, Dr. Massimiliano Albanese

14. Moving Target Defense against Path Traversal Attack, Joseph Chen, Sridhar Venkatesan, Massimiliano Albanese

15. Integrating IDS and Virtual Honeypots, Quiana Dang, Massimiliano Albanese

16. Sensor Integrity and Data Harvesting in UAV-Monitored Sensor Networks, Marco G. Christiani, and Dr. Massimiliano Albanese

DEPARTMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC, OCEANIC, AND EARTH SCIENCES
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

17. The Role of Equatorial Atlantic Warm Water Volume Changes within Inter-annual Variability in Eastern Equatorial Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures, Kyle J. Turner, Varun Saraswathula, Natalie J. Burls

18. Using Satellite Radiation Data to Identify Model Bias in Equatorial Sea Surface Temperatures, Matthew P. Gross, Zach Strasberg, Chris Selman, Keri Kodama, Natalie J. Burls

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

19. Traditional Eastern Medicines and Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides, Nilay Neelaveni, Jaclyn D’Onofrio, Yaling Zhu, Megan Devine, and Barney Bishop

20. Targeted Analysis of Glycolysis, Pentose Phosphate Pathway, and Tricarboxylic Acid Metabolites, Grant J. Mantooth, Tyrone Dowdy, Haley Ball, Allyson Dailey, Dr. Robin Couch.

21. Crohn's Disease and T. suis, Rachel Kanefsky, Allyson Dailey, Dr. Joe Urban, and Dr. Robin Couch

22. Cross-linking ACP and KS: a Chemical Biology Tool for Probing the Dynamic Interaction of the Two Domains, Kyle Gatesman, Sean Padden, Reham Al-Dhelaan, Dr. Young-Ok You

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

23. To Green or not to Green: Low Impact Developments to fight Urban Flooding on the George Mason Campus, Brian Ross and Dr. Celso Ferreira

24. Analyzing and Presenting Real-Time Sensor Data for Minimized Flash Flood Response Time, Christine Zhao, Jeremy Johns, Jerry Huang, Celso Ferreira

25. Quantification and Analysis of Coastal Flood Attenuation by the Chesapeake Bay Wetlands, Emma Glass, Celso Ferreira

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTATIONAL AND DATA SCIENCES &
DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOINFORMATION SCIENCE
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

26. And the Winner Is? Predicting Elections using Social Media, Lawrence Wang, Andrew Crooks, and Arie Croitoru

27. Topic Context Graphs: A Language Knowledge-Driven Model for Contextualizing the Extraction and Analysis of Twitter Discourse, Varun A. Talwar, Arie Croitoru, Andrew Crooks

28. Across the Sea: A Novel Agent-Based Model for the Migratory Patterns of the European Refugee Crisis, Elizabeth Hu, Andrew Crooks, Arie Croitoru

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

29. SeeCodeRun: Execution Visualizations for JavaScript, Hamza Mir, Ruyan Zhang, David Gonzales, and Thomas LaToza

30. Active Documentation, Rahul Kindi, Thomas LaToza

31. An Online Platform for Conducting Experimental Studies in Software Engineering, Akanksha Alok, and Dr. Thomas Latoza

32. Improving Server-Side Efficiency of a Crowdsourced Microtask Programming Platform, Chris Niu, Nate Pillai, Sherry Xie, Dr. Thomas LaToza

DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOINFORMATION SCIENCE
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

33. Development of an Image-Based Indoor Navigational System, Kyoung Min Kim and Sven Fuhrmann

34. An Augmented Reality Interface for Pictorial Assembly Instructions, Michael Rodriguez, Sven Fuhrmann

35. Applications of Augmented Reality Target Recognition in Tourism, Steven Li, Michael Rodriguez, Adam Kim, Sven Fuhrmann

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

36. Examining the Connection between Thermodynamic Entropy and Information Entropy in Electroconvecting Liquid Crystal, Jiajing Guan, and John R. Cressman

37. Examining the Construction and Measurements of the Simplified Chua Circuit, Cindy Chang, and John R. Cressman

38. Exploring the Transition between Multi-Stable States, Alexander H. Gertz, Dr. John R. Cressman

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

39. Do Copper and Zinc Levels Influence Circadian Rhythms in Transgenic APP/E4 Mice?, Stephen Shaffran, Katelyn Boggs, Stefanie Howell, Jane Flinn

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

40. The Effects of File Allocation Size and Media on the Persistence of Digital Artifacts, Geibriel Seth Buenafe, Josh Mosier, Connor Anderson, Anurag Srivastava, and Dr. Jim Jones

41. Data Artifact Persistence in IoT Devices, Joshua Mosier, Connor Anderson, Geibriel Seth Buenafe, Anurag Srivastava, Dr. Jim Jones

42. The Decay and Recovery of Digital Artifacts in Recording Devices, Connor Anderson, Geibriel Seth Buenafe, Josh Mosier, Anurag Srivastava, Dr. Jim Jones

43. Hardware Module Based Message Authentication in Intra-Vehicle Networks, Suhas Sastry*, Eric Wang*, William Xu*, and Kai Zeng

44. Boredom-Based e-Learning System using EEG, Isha Ghodgaonkar, Nathalia Peixoto

45. Dopamine Detection with Miniaturized Chitosan-Catechol Modified Gold Electrodes, Kevin Luu, Ben Dowe, Nathalia Peixoto

46. Protocol for Plating Spinal Cord Cells from Fetal Mice onto Micro Electrode Arrays and Petri Dishes, Zachary Baker, Monica Gertz, Michael Maquera, Nathalia Peixoto

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

47. Resulting Microbiota Changes in Cirrhotic Patients with Hepatic Encephalopathy from Fecal Microbiome Transplant, Raffi Keradman, Eric Liu, Jasmohan Bajaj, Masoumeh Sikaroodi & Patrick M. Gillevet

48. Metabolome and Gut Microbiota Shifts with the Progression of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Eric Liu, Raffi Keradman, Puneet Puri, Arun Sanyal, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, and Patrick M. Gillevet

49. Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Red-Spotted Newts of Northern Virginia, Rebecca Hawkins, Hannah Kim, Deborah Shaffer, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, and Patrick M. Gillevet

NEUROSCIENCE PROGRAM, KRASNOW INSTITUTE
CENTER FOR NEURAL INFORMATICS, STRUCTURE AND PLASTICITY
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

59. Hippocampome Project: Morphological Identification of Neuron Types in the Hippocampus, Alisha B. Compton, Keivan Moradi, Giorgio A. Ascoli

60. Digital Reconstruction of Neurons, Fatima Siddiqui, Emily R. Metz, Giorgio A. Ascoli

NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIODEFENSE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

61. Quantification of Zika Virus Multiplication in Human Cells, Luke Horning, Forrest Keck, Tyler Lark, Aarthi Narayanan

62. Effect of HTLV, HIV, Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVFV), Ebola and Zika Viruses on Level of Exosomes in Macrophages and T-cells, Marcel Ferreiro, Catherine Demarino, Angela Schwab, Robert Barclay, Yao Akpamagbo, and Fatah Kashanchi. Laboratory of Molecular Virology

63. The Effect of Kinase Inhibitors on TAR RNA Transcription in Exosome Treated HIV1-Infected Monocytes, Colby Newson, Pranav Baderdinni, Alex Barclay, Angela Schwab, Dr. Fatah Kashanchi

64. The Effect of Sugar Washes at Differing Concentrations on Nanotrap Particles Containing Exosomes, Maria Cowen, Catherine DeMarino, Fatah Kashanchi

65. Transcriptomic Analysis of Rift Valley Fever Virus Infected Cells, Nicole Bracci, Chelsea Pinkham, Cynthia L. de la Fuente, Brett Beitzel, Aura Garrison, Connie Schmaljohn, Gustavo Palacios, Aarthi Narayanan, Catherine E. Campbell, and Kylene Kehn-Hall

66. Identifying Bacteria in Gym Facilities, Theresa H. Hoang, Stephanie M. Barksdale, Monique L. van Hoek

67. Effects of Pro-inflammatory Cytokine Inhibition on Exosome Bacterial Uptake, Molly Doak, Adam Fleming, Heather Hobbs, Dr. Ramin Hakami

SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS BIOLOGY
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

68. Classification and Prediction of Antimicrobial Peptides Using N-gram Representation and Machine Learning, Katherine C. Du, Anthony M. Kang, Sujay Ratna, and Iosif Vaisman

69. Machine Learning Models of Metastatic Tumors Based on Gene Expression Data, Jessica J. Wang and Iosif Vaisman

70. Machine Learning Modeling of Fibromyalgia Clinical Manifestations using Gene Expression Data, David Cohn, Nikhil Rao, Iosif Vaisman

71. Graph Theory Analysis of Protein-Protein Interfaces, Juhi Gudavalli, Iosif Vaisman

72. Structural Patterns in Cytoplasmic and Membrane Proteins, Adam Lin, Dr. Iosif Vaisman

73. Synonymous Codons’ Influence on Solvent Accessibility and Conformation of Amino Acid Residues in Protein Structures, Matthew Barbano, Iosif Vaisman

74. Classification of Proteins based on N-gram Analysis and Machine Learning, Maya Khanna, Iosif Vaisman

VIRGINIA SERIOUS GAME INSTITUTE
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

75. The System and Method for Providing Dynamic Group Learning via Computerized Student Group Assignments Conducted Based on Student Performance Attributes and Student-Viable-Related Criteria for Enhanced Learning Outcomes, Peter Chick, Daniel Te, Brandon Williams, Scott Martin

VIRGINIA TECH MARION duPONT SCOTT EQUINE MEDICAL CENTER

76. High Throughput Three-Dimensional Culture of Equine Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Srijan Bhasin, Sophie H. Bogers, Jennifer G. Barrett