Noor Muhyi- Bailey Lab. Noor will be working on research in plant bioinformatics this summer. Her project involves determing the maternal origin of tetraploid species in the legume genus Leucaena through chloroplast DNA.
Justin Apodaca- Wright lab. Justin’s summer research focuses on the agrgession and physiological tolerance of the Pogonomyrmex rugosus (rough harvester ant) urban colonies.
Kira Turnham- Nish lab. Kira is studying how bobtail squid have evolved a form of camouflage that uses light to blend in with sunlight on the ocean’s surface, shielding them from aquatic predators below. By winning the NMSU Honors College Scholarship for International Research, Kira is able to study bobtail squids in their natural habitat at the Philippines.
Clara Hansen- Wright lab. Clara is looking at sociability and aggression in budgerigars. For her research she will observe ten birds every day and record their social and aggressive behavior which will later help the lab analyze the social structure in the colony of 42 male budgerigars.
Linday Selters- Unguez Lab. Linday is exploring immunofluorescence in the electric fish Stemopygus macrurus tissue after the fish tissue has been incubated with the primary antibodies: fast myosin heavy chain, slow myosin heavy chain, desmin, and dystrophin.
Aldo Ramirez- Wright Lab. This summer Aldo is planning on measuring both genetic diversity, and genetic similarity for urban Pogonomyrmex rugosos seed harvester ants.
Applehelen Kirby- Nish Lab. This summer Applehelen is working on comparing the differences between wild type and mutant strains of the bacterium Vibrio fischeri.
Joshua Marquez- Castillo Lab. Joshua works on the verification of complement “like” molecules in an air-breathing freshwater snail, Biomphalaria glabatra.
Diego Quintana- Dawe Lab. Diego will be working on introducing a point mutation on the ras-1 gene in the fungus that causes chestnut blight.
Julia Vulcan- Hansen Lab. Julia works on the development of new insecticides that can inhibit mosquito egg production.
Cindy Buraczyk- Hanley Lab. This summer Cindy will be working on a project with three different strains of dengue virus type 3 which causes dengue hemorrhagic fever.