BLaST

Past Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) Students

Rachel Alexander

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: DNA repair in Children with ALL
Mentor: Andrej Podlutsky


Louise Bishop

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences, concentration in Evolution and Ecology
Project Title: Mercury levels and oxidative stress in Steller sea lions
Mentor: Marianne Lian


Richard Chen

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Functional Benefits of Weight Loss in the Elderly
Mentor: Robert Coker


Aaron Cook

Affiliation: University of Alaska Southeast - Sitka
Major: Associates in Fisheries Technology
Project Title: Determining the stable isotope signature range of juvenile salmon from Hidden Falls Hatchery
Mentors: Janice Straley; Madison Kosma


Kennedy Demboski

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences, concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology
Project Title: UV-induced DNA repair in BCBL-1 cells
Mentor: Andrej Podlutsky


Annaliese Enderle

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: Birch Sap Analysis Project
Mentors: Tynan Becker; Thomas Kuhn


Tracie Haan

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences, concentration in Physiology
Project Title: Co-Selection of Heavy Metal and Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Boreal Forest Soil Microbes
Mentor: Devin Drown


Hannah Starbuck

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: Measuring stable isotope and trace elements of Pacific walrus
Mentors: Casey Clark; Nicole Misarti


JoMarie Alba

Affiliation: University of Alaska Southeast
Major: Marine Biology
Project Title: Investigating metabolic rates of estuarine groundfish in habitats of varying glacial effluence
Mentor: Carolyn Bergstrom


Sammer Dia

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biology
Project Title: Assessing metabolic substrate use during exercise with breath carbon isotope ratios
Mentor: Diane O'Brien


Samuel Eames

Affiliation: University of Alaska Southeast
Major:
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Mentor: Marnie Chapman


Rebecca Gever

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biology
Project Title: Does plasma vitamin D explain a shift in mental cognition in trained cross-country skiers in the circumpolar North?
Mentor: Scott Jerome


Brianna Gilmore

 

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Chemistry, concentration in Biochemistry
Project Title: Characterization of biofilms related to sub-arctic drinking water systems
Mentor: Jennifer Guerard


Jonathan Gonzalez

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Nursing
Project Title: Sulfolane degradation in extreme environments
Mentor: Mary Beth Leigh


Benjamin Hedges

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences, concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology
Project Title: Quantitative estimation of hydrocarbon degradation by bacterial species isolated from diesel-contaminated soils in Kaltag, Alaska
Mentor: Mary Beth Leigh


Elva House

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biology
Project Title: The effects of various peptide concentration on pharyngeal pumping in C. elegans associated with the interaction between nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and the active binding portion of rabies virus glycoprotein
Mentor: Joshua Hincks & Karsten Hueffer


Olive Kanayurak

Affiliation: Iḷisaġvik College
Major: Liberal Arts
Project Title: Determination of microbial activity in the thawing Arctic tundra permafrost: Are they living, dormant or dead?
Mentor: Linda Nicholas-Figueroa


Madeline McCarthy

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: Comparison of antibiotic resistance in soils from ancient and modern permafrost
Mentor: Devin Drown


Kiana Mitchell

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Chemistry, concentration in Biochemistry
Project Title: Quantifying the Metal(loid) Bioaccessibility of Reacted Fly Ash in the Arctic
Mentor: Kyle Milke


Diane Murph

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Civil Engineering
Project Title: Dietary associations with the fasting breath carbon isotope ratio
Mentor: Diane O'Brien


Jaime Patkotak

Affiliation: Iḷisaġvik College
Major: Iñupiaq Studies
Project Title: Arctic Microbes: Seasonal Population Abundance
Mentor: Linda Nicholas-Figueroa


Raven Shaw

Affiliation: University of Alaska Southeast
Major: -
Project Title: Understanding the seasonal abundance of phytoplankton species and harmful algal blooms near the fish hatchery in Sitka, Alaska
Mentor: Chris Whitehead


Fern Spaulding

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks; UA Museum of the North
Major: Biological Sciences, concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Project Title: Determining gene flow between Asia and North America in waterfowl species known to be carriers of avian influenza
Mentor: Kevin Winker


Cerelia Terrell-Ruis 

Affiliation: Iḷisaġvik College
Major:
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Mentor: Linda Nicholas-Figueroa


Alexander Thompson

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major:
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Farimang Touray Jr.

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: Effects of the combination of blueberry and cranberry extract on conserved markers of aging and neurodegeneration in Caenorhabditis elegans
Mentor: Malabika Maulik


Ilya Turchaninov

Affiliation: University of Alaska Southeast
Major: Biology
Project Title: Genetics in Pink Salmon
Mentor: David Tallmon


Roger Vang

Affiliation: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Major: Chemistry, concentration in Biochemistry
Project Title: Haptoglobin and immunoglobulin G protein concentrations and their correlation with mercury in Steller sea lions
Mentor: Stephanie Kennedy


 
 
Rodney Carpluk
Project Title: Nutrition with fruit and vegetable consumption emphasis from the YK Delta in Alaska
Mentor: Andrea Bersamin

Hannah Gerrish
Project Title: Understanding mercury accumulation dynamics in Alaskan fish tissues: Implications for human consumption
Mentor: Andrew Cyr

Sarah Hartman
Project Title: A pilot study to measure stable isotope ratios in saliva, cheek swabs, and fingerstick blood as potential dietary biomarkers for health research
Mentor: Diane O'Brien

Alexandra Lyons
Project Title: Understanding the movements of humpback whales after releases at Hidden Falls Hatchery
Mentor: Madison Kosma

Hannah Short
Project Title: Biomarkers and neuropsychological skills of cross country skiers mid- and post-season at 64 degrees North
Mentor: Scott Jerome