2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Program

Program-At-A-Glance

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SESSION V-3
Asynchronous Virtual -
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Presiding:

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V-3 - 2  ALEXANDRA M. MARKO
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Gamma Crystallin Aggregation in the Presence of Disulfide Bond Forming (DBF) Enzyme

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V-3 - 3  ADDISON M. LEABO
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Aggregation of Gamma Crystallin Proteins

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V-3 - 6  CORBIN A. ESTES
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Expression and Purification of DBF

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V-3 - 7  AVERY T. EVANS
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Investigation Into Potential Inhibitors for Alpha-Synuclein

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V-3 - 8  BROCK BOYSAN
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Investigation of Potential Inhibitors for HIV Viral Infectivity Factor

 

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V-3 - 10  ALEXANDRA P. PLATT
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Investigation of Polyphenols as Inhibitors to the Aggregation of Amyloid β in Alzheimer’s Disease

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V-3 - 11  ELIZABETH E. CREMER
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Drug Design to Inhibit the Zika NS2B/NS3 Protease

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V-3 - 12  SAUL ARMENDARIZ LOBERA
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Inhibition of DNA Deaminase APOBEC3B Using Computational Methods

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V-3 - 13  GUTHRIE L. STROH
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Qualitative Study of the Chaperone Activity of DBF Enzyme on Protein Aggregates

 

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V-3 - 14  JAKE A. COLLINS
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Investigating Deprotonation of DNA Base Pairs by DNA Polymerase I in G. stearothermophilus Using QM/MM

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V-3 - 15  REUBEN KERN
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Mutagenesis of Disulfide Bond Forming Enzyme

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V-3 - 16  JONATHAN C. BRADFIELD
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Investigation of the Role of Polyphenol Drugs in the Disaggregation of Amyloid-Beta Plaques Associated with Alzheimer's Disease

 

 

 

 

 

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V-3 - 17  ALLISON B. ESSELMAN
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Optimization of Bisintercalator Drug Modifications as a Treatment for Breast Cancer Utilizing Common Structural Drug Design Techniques and Molecular Dynamics

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V-3 - 18  CADE K. ROHLER
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Optimization of the Aggregation of Gamma D Crystallin Protein

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V-3 - 19  MARGO C. MOTES
Dr. Tim Humphry, Faculty Mentor

Synthesis of 1,1-methyl-sulfate-2-gamma-lactone-ol

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V-3 - 20  MOLLY M. HUEBNER
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Drug Discovery of APOBEC3B Inhibitors as a Treatment for Epithelial Cancers

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V-3 - 22  MAHAN J. HADJIAN
Dr. Brittany Hagenhoff, Faculty Mentor

IN VITRO EFFECTS OF SALINITY AND NORDIHYDROGUAIARETIC ACID ON Aβ 1-28 AGGREGATION

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V-3 - 23  RICHARD W. PARKS
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Chemistry Exploration of Inhibitors for APOBEC3B as a Potential Cancer Treatment

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SESSION V-4
Asynchronous Virtual -
Biology

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V-4 - 4  KALLISTA M. STUBBLEFIELD
Dr. Joanna Hubbard, Faculty Mentor

Does mercury exposure in an insectivorous bird affect the development of a colorful plumage trait?

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SESSION V-6
Asynchronous Virtual -
Chemistry

Presiding:

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V-6 - 1  BRUCE J. DOLENZ
Dr. Tim Humphry, Faculty Mentor

Synthesizing Compounds You've Never Heard of From Alpha-Angelica Lactone

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V-6 - 2  ANDREW M. EGAN
Dr. Tim Humphry, Faculty Mentor

Cubane: A Synthesis outside of the box.

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V-6 - 3  CALEB H. DEWITT* and CONNOR NEILS
Dr. Tim Humphry, Faculty Mentor

Synthesis of Potassium Glycolacetal Sulfate

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V-6 - 4  JESSICA UBBELOHDE* and WELTON VOSMITH
Dr. Tim Humphry, Faculty Mentor

Tertiary Isoprene Sulfate Synthesis

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V-6 - 5  ALLISON B. ESSELMAN* and ELISE D. STUERTZ
Dr. Brittany Hagenhoff, Faculty Mentor

Method Development of Iron Analysis Using Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy for Filtered Rain Water

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V-6 - 6  SAMUEL J. BALDWIN
Dr. Stuart G. Winikoff, Faculty Mentor

A Computational Study of Evans Magnesium Catalyzed Aldol Reaction

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V-6 - 7  ALEX P. STRICKLIN
Dawood Afzal, Faculty Mentor

Graphene, Graphene Oxide, and Nanocellulose as Nanomaterials

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V-6 - 8  LAURA E. SMITH
Dr. Brittany Hagenhoff, Faculty Mentor

The Effects of Rosmarinic Acid on the Aggregation of the Amyloid Beta Peptide

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V-6 - 9  MARIAN HANDAL* and CALEB H. DEWITT
Dr. Brittany Hagenhoff, Faculty Mentor

Method Development for Heavy Metal Analysis using Atomic Absorbance Spectroscopy in Drinking Water for a Sustainable Community

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V-6 - 10  TREY A. MADDALENO
Dr. Stuart G. Winikoff, Faculty Mentor

Mechanistic Determination of Isomerization for Carbamoyl Derivatives of Tröger’s Base

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V-6 - 11  KAYLA WHEELEHAN
Dr. Brittany Hagenhoff, Faculty Mentor

Alzheimer’s Prevention Using the Antioxidative Power of Polyphenolic Compounds

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8:30-10:00 • SUB Activities Room
SESSION 102
Face-to-Face Oral Presentation- 102 -

Presiding: Dr. Bill Miller

8:30

102 - 1  ROBERT D. CAMPBELL
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Drug Design for Novel Inhibitors of the Zika NS2B-NS3 Protease

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10:30-11:30 • SUB Activities Room
SESSION 202
Face-to-Face Oral Presentation- 202 -

Presiding: Dr. Brandy Schneider

11:00

202 - 3  GRANT M. FREITAS
Dr. Bill R. Miller, Faculty Mentor

Inhibiting SARS-CoV-2: A Computational Approach

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12:00 - 1:00 pm • Zoom- https://zoom.us/j/93884072639
Plenary Session- Dr. Kalynda C. Smith

The Exploration of Identity Intersectionality of Black Female STEM Undergraduates

This study examined the intersectionality of racial, gender, and academic identity of Black female STEM undergraduates attending a historically black college and university (HBCU). Research has demonstrated that the intersection of race and gender are likely to subject Black women to prejudice and ostracism in STEM disciplines. Data revealed that Black women experienced racial and gender intersectionality, but that quantitative findings demonstrated a decrease in Black racial centrality and private regard over time. Qualitative reports suggested otherwise. Further research must be done to understand the differences between the quantitative and qualitative findings. Dr. Kalynda C. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at North Carolina A&T State University. Her current teaching load is primarily social psychology and cultural psychology courses. She is also a Co-PI of several STEM education NSF-funded projects focused on the academic achievement of students of color, especially as it pertains to pursuing research and graduate training. These interdisciplinary projects include faculty from education, engineering, mathematics, political science, social work and sociology and are cross-institutional. Her duties include quantitative and qualitative data collection, analyses, interpretation, and publication. Dr. Smith is primarily interested in how identity impacts the achievement outcomes of students of color, including, but not limited to racial identity, gender identity and academic identity.


1:30-3:00 • SUB GEO
SESSION 301
Face-to-Face Oral Presentation- 301 -

Presiding: Dr. Cassidy Dobson

1:30

301 - 1  RYAN P. POLAND
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Determination of Re-Folding Effectiveness of DBF Through Lysozyme Activity Assays

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2:30

301 - 5  MOLLY S. VITTENGL* and ADAM VASKE
Dr. Tim Humphry, Faculty Mentor

Synthesis of Tertiary Isoprene Sulfate

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3:30-5:00 • SUB GEO
SESSION 401
Face-to-Face Oral Presentation- 401 -

Presiding: Dr. Tim Wiser

3:30

401 - 1  KERSTIN E. PETERSON
Dr. Cassidy Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Disulfide Bond Forming Enzyme Activity via Lysozyme Assay

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4:15

401 - 4  VALERIE S. WINKLER
Dr. Brittany Hagenhoff, Faculty Mentor

The Effect of Curcumin on the Fibril Formation of Amyloid-β Fragments 1-16, 1-28, and 1-40

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4:30

401 - 5  TREANDICE A. WILLIAMS
Heather Cianciola, Faculty Mentor

How does the Environment affect the levels of Serotonin and Dopamine on Norway Rats and Black Rats.

 

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