Students


Student Mentor Campus Project Title
Melanie Alvarado Dr. Eric Bortz UAA Relocation of Host Factors to Transcriptional Sites of HIV Reaction
Saurav Bhowmick Dr. Kelly Drew UAF Modeling A1AR Agonist-induced Hibernation to Targeted Temperature Management
Karen Carlson Dr. Khrys Duddleston UAA Urea-nitrogen salvage and ureolytic microbes in the arctic ground squirrel gut
Alexandra Francian Dr. Max Kullberg UAA  Targeted Drug Delivery to MDSC in Cancer
Skyler Hunter Dr. Barb Taylor UAF  Insulin Signaling Influences Morphology and Proteostatis in Neuronal Aging
Ryan Lucas Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre UAA  Host genetic background contributes to microbiota stability & immune development
Swarup Mitra Dr. Abel Bult-Ito UAF Impact of estrogen receptor subtype and circadian disruption on males and females of OCD mice
Austin Morrell Dr. Jason Burkhead UAA  Mechanisms of Dietary Copper and Fructose on NAFLD development and progression
Jaspreet Osan Dr. Andrea Ferrante UAF  Thermodynamic/structural Characterization of Peptides Binding to Class MCHII
Anna Rix Dr. Kristin O’Brien UAF  Induction of Protective Mechanisms Against Heat Stress in Antarctic Notothenioids
Kenneth Shin Dr. Robert Coker UAF  Condition-Specific Nutrition During Alcohol Rehabilitation
Krysta Yancey Dr. Andrej Podlutsky UAF DNA Repair and Hibernation: Arctic ground squirrel’s perspective

Student Mentor Campus Project Title
Sarah Gering Dr. Khrys Duddleston UAA Characterization of urea facilitative transporters and ureolytic bacteria from arctic ground squirrel gastrointestinal tract
Angelina Martushoff Dr. Andrej Podlutsky UAF Iq’mik’s genotoxicity: DNA damage and repair
Monica Mikes Dr. Kelly Drew UAF  Validating Hibernation Model via Metabolic and Fecal Comparisons of Free Range to Laboratory Arctic Ground Squirrels
McKenzie Mucha Dr. Abel Bult-Ito UAF  CREB-mediated modulation of baseline and fluoxetine-attenuated compulsive-like behaviors in spontaneously compulsive-like mice.
Priscilla Natcher Dr. Eric Bortz UAA  Natural Killer Cell Immunotherapy for Eliminating Latent HIV Infection
Viktorija Podlutskaya Dr. Andrej Podlutsky UAF  DNA Repair Process in Virally Infected Cells
Olivia Rhines Dr. Thomas Kuhn UAF  Modification of ursolic acid to identify interactions with membrane proteins and visualize lipid rafts
Nina Ruckhaus Dr. Andrej Podlutsky UAF  DNA Repair Response to X-ray Radiation: Genomic Damage in Natural Hibernators
Alexander Thompson Dr. Andrej Podlutsky UAF  The protective role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on the adverse health effects of obesity in subsistence Alaska Natives
Cody Crumpton  Dr. Sherry Tamone UAS Temporal and spatial variability in particulate saxitoxin (pSTX) concentrations at Auke Bay in Juneau, Alaska
Weiwu Li  Dr. Lisa Hoferkamp UAS  Lead concentrations and organic carbon levels in soil and water from an open shooting range and its surrounding environment

Student Mentor Campus Project Title
Melanie Alvarado Dr. Eric Bortz UAA Reactivation of latent HIV-1 by inducing interferon response with poly l:C
Karen Carlson Dr. Khrys Duddleston UAA Urea-nitrogen salvage and ureolytic microbes in the arctic ground squirrel gut
Matthew Clark Dr. Liliya Vugmeyster UAA Investigating fluctuations in the hydrophobic core of amyloid fibrils
Amy Kirkham Dr. Jennifer Burns UAA The endocrinology of Weddell seal pregnancy and links to nutrition and outcomes
Saurav Bhowmick Dr. Kelly Drew UAF Neuroglobin in neuroprotection via targeting nitric oxide signaling pathway
Carla Frare Dr. Kelly Drew UAF Higher process controlling adenosine-induced cooling and torpor
Christopher Kasanke Dr. Mary Beth Leigh UAF Distribution of Sulfolane Degrading Microorganisms in a Contaminated Aquifer
Swarup Mitra Dr. Abel Bult-Ito UAF Impact of estrogen receptor subtype and circadian disruption on males and females of OCD mice
Mitchell Reed Dr. Barbara Taylor UAF The effect of chronic teratogen exposure to the bullfrog retrotrapezoid nucleus
Terilyn Stephen Dr. Thomas Green UAF Analysis of adenine ribonucleotides by capillary electrophoresis
Krysta Yancey Dr. Andrej Podlutsky UAF DNA Repair and Hibernation: Arctic ground squirrel’s perspective

Student Mentor Campus Project Title
Melanie Alvarado Dr. Eric Bortz UAA Reactivation of latent HIV-1 by novel chromatin-interacting proteins
Roxanne Beltran Dr. Jennifer Burns UAA Using ecophysiology models to link environmental change and reproductive health
Matthew Clark Dr. Liliya Vugmeyster UAA Investigating fluctuations in the hydrophobic core of amyloid fibrils
Pamella Conley Dr. Colin McGill UAA The flexible role of malate as a neuroprotective treatment
Gaelen Dwyer Dr. Cindy Knall UAA The effect of iqmik on inflammation, proliferation, and wound  healing
Amy Kirkham Dr. Jennifer Burns UAA Endocrine links between maternal nutrition and fetal outcomes in the Weddell seal
Kerry Kubly Dr. Jonathan Stecyk UAA Characterization of the overwintering strategy of the Alaska blackfish
Saurav Bhowmick Dr. Kelly Drew UAF Neuroglobin in neuroprotection via targeting nitric oxide signaling pathway
Savanna Chesworth Dr. Brian Edmonds UAF A study of effect of clozapine on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
Aline Collin Dr. Kriya Dunlap UAF Potential properties of Alaskan Vaccinium berries on insulin sensitivity
Stephanie DeRonde Dr. Jack Chen UAF Genotyping study of HCV circulating in Alaska using next generation sequencing
Carla Frare Dr. Kelly Drew UAF Higher process controlling adenosine-induced cooling and torpor
Christina Hansen Dr. Karsten Hueffer UAF Microbial infection of greater white-fronted goose eggs in the Arctic
Sara Janda Dr. Mary Beth Leigh UAF Mechanisms and risks of home drinking water treatment systems for sulfolane
Malabika Maulick Dr. Barbara Taylor UAF Alaskan botanicals and sirtuin mediated neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease
Swarup Mitra Dr. Abel Bult-Ito UAF Estrogens in mediating cognitive and affective functions in OCD mice
Courtney Scerbak Dr. Barbara Taylor UAF The effects of Alaskan botanicals on the aging nervous system of C. elegans
Lisa Smith Dr. Thomas Kuhn UAF Ursolic acid mediated inhibition of HIV-1 gp120 induced lipid raft coalescence
Megan Templeton Dr. Andrea Ferrante UAF The effect of HLA-DM on the thermodynamics of peptide bonding
Student Mentor Campus Project Title
Mark Alday Dr. Eric Bortz UAA The effect of HIV-1 latency-reversing agents on interferon induction in CD4+ T cells
Forrest Campbell Dr. Todd O’Hara and John Harley UAA Concentration of total mercury in cigarettes and fish muscle tissue purchased in La Paz, Mexico – examining a route of human exposure
Chlesea DeStefano Dr. Jennifer Burns UAA Measuring body composition in Weddell seals to describe links between reproduction, health, and environment
Honalee Elkan Dr. Lisa Hoferkamp UAS Biotransformations of the Flame Retardant Hexabromocyclododecane in Hepatic Microsomes from Fish
Alicia Hernandez Dr. Barbara Taylor UAF The impact of Alaskan botanicals on cellular signaling and gene expression
Kelsey Meacham Dr. Jason Burkhead UAA Hepatic zinc transporter regulation in the ATP7B (-/-) mouse model of Wilson’s disease
Chelsea Parrocha Dr. Frank von Hippel UAA Understanding the relationship between thyroxine (T4) content and kidney histomorphology in threespine stickleback
Angela Peterson Dr. Andrej Podlutsky UAF Hibernation and DNA Repair in the Arctic Ground Squirrel
Melissa Rhodes-Reese Dr. Heidi Pearson UAS The Relationship between Dissolved Iron and pH in a Southeastern Alaska Tidal Estuary
Pricilla Salazar Dr. Jack Chen UAF Detecting HCV RNA in HCV antibody positive sera
Michael Schaake Dr. Lisa Hoferkamp UAS  Circadian Growth Patterns of Chlorella Vulgaris
Davis Stewart Dr. Jason Burkhead UAA The role of ubiquitin modification on the copper transporter ATP7B
Krysta Yancey Dr. Andrej Podlutsky UAF DNA repair and hibernation: Arctic ground squirrel’s perspective