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Presentations made by students at scientific research conferences:

*denotes UR undergraduate student

2014

Caldwell A*, CJ Smith*, K Kurack*, and CA Wu.  2014.  Natural variation in freeze tolerance between the yellow monkeyflowers Mimulus tilingii and M. guttatus.  Evolution Conference, Raleigh, NC.  June 21, 2014.  

Chen, B* and L.J. Runyen-Janecky. 2014. Characterizing the Role of the Sodalis glossinidius HemR Protein in Iron Acquisition. Poster presentation, Virginia Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology Harrisonburg, VA.

D. Dong*, & W. J. Hayden.  2014.  Floral Anatomy and Corolla Nectar Tubes in Physalis (Solanaceae).  Paper presented, Virginia Academy of Science, 15 May 2014, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. 

Durante, D.*  and L.J. Runyen-Janecky. 2014. Characterization of a Putative Hemolysin Gene from a Tsetse Fly Bacterial Symbiont.  Poster presentation, Virginia Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology Harrisonburg, VA.

Fagan*, C., & W. J. Hayden.  2014.  Anatomy of Subterranean Cleistogamous Flowers of Commelina benghalensis (Commelinaceae). Poster presented, MARCUS 2014, 11 October 2014, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA. 

T. Heist*, C. Hughes*, A. Hill, B. Lawson, M. Hill.  2nd International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology. October 2014 (Baltimore, MD) “Modeling establishment of intracellular symbiont populations: a case study informed by sponge:symbiodinium relationships.”

Kelly, R.R.*, A.M. Ferrell*, and R.J. Brinkerhoff.  Population genetic and environmental patterns associated with Ixodes scapularis occurrence in Virginia.  Third Mid-Atlantic Tick Summit, U.S. Army Public Health Command and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Laurel MD, 2014.

Marino, M., *Geng, Y., Quintero, O.A., and Griffis, E.R. Investigating the role of F-BAR proteins in cytokinesis.  2014 American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting.

*Mehta, P.R., *Singh, P.P., *Hawthorne, J.L., Armistead, N.L., *Wong, N.Q., and Quintero, O.A. (Fall 2014). In vitro and in vivo characterization of the interaction between the MYO19 MyMOMA domain and the mitochondrial outer membrane.  2014 American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting.

Murray, LA* and CA Wu. 2014.  Invasion and hybridization of the highly aggressive introduced reed, Phragmites australis, in the York River watershed. Evolution Conference, Raleigh, NC.  June 20, 2014.  

A. Rivera, N. Haberkern*, A. Arul Nambi Rajan*, D. Posfai*, A. Hill.Evolution. June 2014 (Raleigh, NC) “Identification of downstream targets of the Pax gene in the sponge Ephydatia muelleri.”

*Singh, P.P., *Hawthorne, J.L. and Quintero, O.A.  Permeabilization Activated Reduction in Fluorescence (PARF): a novel method to measure kinetics of protein interactions with intracellular structures.  2014 American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting.

*Schinski, E.L., Yan F., Major, M.B., and Quintero, O.A. (Fall 2014). Characterizing the proximal protein interactions of myosin-XIX (MYO19) via promiscuous biotin ligase.  2014 American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting.

Somers, P**, B,  J. Roma*, and L.J. Runyen-Janecky. 2014.  How Sodalis glossindius Manages Heat Stress. Poster presentation, Virginia Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology Harrisonburg, VA.

2013

R.J. Brinkerhoff, E.N. Lane*, I. Wazir*, M. Gimpel, and H. Streby.  Life history characteristics of birds influence patterns of tick parasitism.  Wilson Ornithological Society annual meeting, Williamsburg, VA, 2013.

Dong*, D., P. M. Miller*, & W. J. Hayden.  2013.  Floral Anatomy and Corolla Nectar Tubes in Physalis (Solanaceae).  Poster presented, Botany 2013, New Orleans, LA.

Farmer, W.* and L. J. Runyen-Janecky. 2013.  Sodalis glossinidius TonB-mediated iron acquisition.  Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Denver, CO.

A. Hill, A. Rivera, I. Winters*, A. Rued*, S. Ding*, D. Posfai*, L. Gentile, E. Webb*, W. Trok*. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. January 2013 (San Francisco, CA) “The freshwater sponge, Ephydatia muelleri, as a model to study the evolution of developmental regulatory programs.”

M. Hill, A. Hill, C. Cotman*, S. Friday*, T. Heist*, M. McCauley*, K. Peterson*, C. Richardson*, A. Riesgo, B. Strehlow*.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. January 2013 (San Francisco, CA) “Evolutionary and ecological significance of sponge-Symbiodinium symbioses: genetic regulation of uptake and maintenance in sponges.”

M. Hill, A. Hill, C. Cotman*, S. Friday*, T. Heist*, M. McCauley*, K. Peterson*, C. Richardson*, A. Riesgo, B. Strehlow.* Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. November 2013 (Nashville, TN) “Evolutionary and ecological significance of sponge-Symbiodinium symbioses: genetic regulation of uptake and maintenance in sponges.”

Kelly, R.* and R.J. Brinkerhoff.  Apparent range expansion of Ixodes scapularis in Virginia – inferences from field sampling and vector phylogenetic analysis.  Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN 2013.

Massaro, M.D.* and R.J. Brinkerhoff.  Immobilization, agglutination, and lysis of Borrelia burgdorferi spirochetes in horse serum: implications for diagnosis of equine borreliosis.  13th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Tick-Borne Diseases, Boston, MA, 2013.

Roma, J.* and L. J. Runyen-Janecky. 2013. The dnaK Gene And Survival Of Sodalis glossinidius During Thermal Stress And Heat Shock. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Denver, CO.

P. Winsor, W. Gillis, D. Posfai*, A. Hill, G. Thomsen, S. Leys. Northwest Regional Society for Developmental Biology. March 2013 (San Juan Island, Washington) “Sponge Wnt causes twinning in Xenopus: demonstration of functional Wnt signaling in the earliest metazoan phylum, Porifera.”

2012

C. Carmack, N. Redmond, D. Pohlmann*, L. Spicer, R.W. Thacker, L. Colin, M. Hill, A. Hill, J. Lopez, M.C. Diaz, S. Pomponi, P. Bangalore.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. January 2012 (Charleston, SC) “Nuclear 28S ribosomal subunit gene sequences support new relationships among families and orders of Porifera.”

Cross K*, CA Wu, LI Nutter, M Streisfeld. 2012. The genetic basis of flower color polymorphism in Mimulus lewisii.  First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Canada.  

diStefano M* and CA Wu.  2012.  Pleiotropic fitness consequences of a de novo flower color polymorphism in Mimulus lewisii.  Southeast Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics Conference, Clemson University, SC.  

Gilliam, W.F.*, and R.J. Brinkerhoff.  Variation in black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) density and pathogen infection prevalence at a spatial expansion front.  Ecological Society of America Annual meeting, Portland, OR, 2012.

Hrusa, G.* and  L. J. Runyen-Janecky. 2012. Investigation of use of Heme as an Iron Source for Sodalis glossinidius via HemR. Poster presentation, Virginia Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology Virginia Beach, VA.

Kelly*, J., & W. J. Hayden.  2012.  Apomixis in a pistillate clone of Flueggea suffruticosa (Phyllanthaceae).  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science.  Abstract: Va. J. Sci. 63: 46.

Moore ME*, CJ Smith*, CA Wu. 2012. Genetic and phenotypic analysis of natural freeze tolerance variation in Mimulus wildflowers.  First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Canada.

Moore ME*, CJ Smith*, CA Wu. 2012. Genetic and phenotypic analysis of natural freeze tolerance variation in Mimulus wildflowers.  Southeast Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics Conference, Clemson University, SC.  

Murray LA*, J Hamsher*, CA Wu. 2012.  Genetic identification of native and non-native Phragmites australis in the York River watershed.  Southeast Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics Conference, Clemson University, SC. 

Roma, J.* and L. J. Runyen-Janecky. 2012. Analyzing the Importance of the dnaK gene in the survival of Sodalis glossinidius during Heat Shock. Poster presentation, Virginia Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology Virginia Beach, VA.

Smith, C.*, B. Weiss, S. Aksoy, and L. J. Runyen-Janecky. 2012.  Characterization of the Sodalis glossinidius Achromobactin Siderophore System. Poster presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, San Francisco, CA.

B. Strehlow*, M. McCauley*, C. Richardson*, K. Peterson*, C. Cotman*, A. Hill, and M. Hill. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. January 2012 (Charleston, SC) “Examination of genetic regulation of Symbiodinium uptake and the morphological development of the zooxanthella-dense pinadocerm in the sponge Cliona varians.” 

I. Winters* and A. Hill. Beckman Scholars Conference. August, 2012 (Irvine, CA) “Knockdown of PaxB and Six1/2 by RNAi leads to defects of the aquiferous system in the freshwater sponge, Ephydatia muelleri

I. Winters* and D. Pohlmann* Second Sponge Sister Species International Genome Workshop, May 2012 (Split, Croatia).

I. Winters*, A. Rued*, S. Ding*, D. Posfai*, A. Rivera, L. Gentile, and A. Hill. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. January 2012 (Charleston, SC) “Knockdown of PaxB and Six1/2 by RNAi leads to developmental defects of the aquiferous system in the freshwater sponge Ephydatia muelleri.”