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RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES FROM RURAL AND TRIBAL COLLEGES
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Ashland Ahenakew-Wilson
Salish Kootenai College, MT
PI: Manu, Ph.D.
Project: Naïve T-Cell Fate Determination with Fast Inference in Gene Regulation (FIGR)
Tia Brown
Haverford College, PA
PI: Brian Darby, Ph.D.
Project: Gene Expression in Kentucky Bluegrass in Burned, Grazed, and Idle Environments
Alaina Brenner
Michigan State University
PI: Rebecca Simmons/Turk Rhen, Ph.D.
Project: Wnt gene family evolution across vertebrates


Cecilia Castleberry
University of North Dakota
PI: Brian Darby, Ph.D.
Project: Gene Expression in Kentucky Bluegrass in Burned, Grazed, and Idle Environments
Neyda Carillo
Smith College, MA
PI: Manu, Ph.D.
Project: Naïve T-Cell Fate Determination with Fast Inference in Gene Regulation (FIGR)
Taylor Chermak 
University of North Dakota
PI: Vasyl Tkach, Ph.D.
Project: The Pathogens Behind Swimmers Itch
Alyssa Erickson
University of North Dakota
PI: Turk Rhen, Ph.D.
Project: Evidence for Temperature-dependent Alternative Splicing in the Bipotential Gonads of Chelydra serpentina Embryos
Jean Gonzalez
Vassar College, NY
PI: Manu, Ph.D.
Project: Mapping of gene regulatory networks to test precision and speed on FIGR
Payton Dupuis
Montana State University
PI: L. Keith Henry, Ph.D.
Project: Toward identification of a novel binding site for S-citalopram analog VK03-51 by computational docking methods using an inward conformation of human serotonin transporter.
Kersten Jackson
Salish Kootenai College, MT
PI: Rebecca Simmons/Archana Dhasarathy, Ph.D.
Project: The Evolution of Transcription Factors Across the Animal Kingdom

Alexis Lohnes
Cankdeska Cikana Community College, ND
PI: Tristan Darland, Ph.D.
Project: Longitudinal Effects of Ethanol Exposure to Zebrafish

Rosa Grijalva
Wellesley College, MA
PI: L. Keith Henry, Ph.D.
Project: Functional Analysis of Taurine Transporter Thr249Ile Mutation in HEK-293 Cells
Nick Oysti
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
PI: James Foster, Ph.D.
Project: Palmitoylation and the Dopamine Transporter
Kiley Miller
Washington and Jefferson College, PA
PI: Brian Darby, Ph.D.
Project: Identification of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) on corroded pipeline in North Dakota
Lucas Rademacher
University of North Dakota
PI: Tristan Darland, Ph.D.
Project: The Effects of Cadmium and Selenium on Development of Vision in Zebrafish

Islana Nanjin Roan Eagle
Cankdeska Cikana Community College, ND
PI: Van Doze, Ph.D.
Project: a-1A: An Adrenergic Receptorís Involvement in Mediating Neurogenic Effects to Benefit Mental Health

Courtney Stinger
Salish Kootenai College, MT
PI: Manu, Ph.D.
Project: Mapping of gene regulatory networks to test precision and speed on FIGR
Jessica Schneider
College of St. Scholastica, MN
PI: Sergei Nechaev, Ph.D.
Project: Effect of H3K4me1 and H3K4me3 Epigenetic Marks on Gene Expression in mus musculus
Elizabeth Tiegs
Minnesota State University - Mankato
PI: James Foster, Ph.D.
Project: Palmitoylation and the Dopamine Transporter

2020 REU Participants
Isabel Vintimilla
Hudson County Community College, NJ
PI: Rebecca Simmons, Ph.D.
Project: The Evolution of Sex Determining Genes in Insects
Krystal White
Palm Beach Atlantic University, FL
PI: L. Keith Henry, Ph.D.
Project: Computational docking of the citalopram analog VK 03-51 to identify a novel binding sight on the outward facing human serotonin transporter.
Sydney Winterton
Southern Virginia University
PI: Rebecca Simmons, Ph.D.
Project: Phylogenetic relationships between mimetic traits across the Ctenuchina
Savannah Corradi
Bemidji State University, MN
PI: James Foster, Ph.D.
Project: Investigating the Potential of NHE1 Activation as Potential Adjuvant Therapies in the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer.
Erin Peck
Montana State University
PI: James Foster, Ph.D.
Project: Palmitoylation and the Dopamine Transporter
Grace Rerick
University of North Dakota
PI: L. Keith Henry, Ph.D.
Project: Cross-validation of Gene Expression in the Midbrain of Neonate Mice Treated with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
2020 ASPET/SURF Fellows