Student Research Ongoing Over Winter Break (with VIDEOS)

Olivia DrakeJanuary 20, 20114min
The work of science never ceases. Jeff Arace '12, pictured in the foreground, and graduate student James Arnone, pictured in the back, spent part of the winter break studying transcriptional regulation of paired genes involved in ribosome biogenesis. Their advisor, pictured in center, is Michael McAlear, chair and associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Graduate student Anushi Sharma worked on her research titled, “Biochemical analysis of DNA mismatch repair protein, Mlh1-Pms1," during the winter break. “Graduate students generally don’t take long breaks. Almost everyone here takes a break of one week or 10 days, but then we work the rest of the recess,” Sharma says. Her advisor is Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.
Graduate student Kevin Barry spent part of his winter vacation synthesizing a model lignin compound which may help detect lignin degradation in natural systems. Barry’s advisor is Erika Taylor, assistant professor of chemistry, assistant professor of environmental studies. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

In the Psychology Department’s Cognitive Development Lab, Julia Leonard ’11 is studying “The Effects of Touch on Compliance in Preschool-Aged Children,” and Christian Hoyos ’11 is researching “Children’s Use of Landmarks and Spatial Relations in Understanding Maps.” Both students spent part of their winter break seeking participants for their studies. The students’ advisor is Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology. Shusterman and Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, are co-directors of the Cognitive Development Lab in Judd Hall. See the video below:

Daniel Primich, a Ph.D candidate in biology, is studying early mammalian development using an embryonic stem cell culture system with Laura Grabel, the Lauren B. Dachs Professor of Science and Society, professor of biology. In this field, researchers need to monitor cell quality and provide essential nutrients on a daily basis. See the video below: