Biology students present research

Each year, Augsburg College celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton festival. The festival falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments. Among this year’s presenters were 13 Biology or Biopsychology majors.

Enrico Barrozo (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – Daphnia magna: an aquatic animal model to study dopaminergic signaling

David Bergstrand (Faculty mentor: Dr. David Crowe) – Dynamic representation of visual information in the human brain

Anika Clark (Faculty mentor: Dr. William Capman) – Patterns of Host Plant Resistance to the Parasitic Plant Cuscuta pentagona

David Fowler (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – Methods and Tools for Studying Heart Development and Function in Daphnia magna

Cedith Giddings (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – Light Microscopic Study of Eye Development in Daphnia magna

Michelle Grafelman (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – The Role of the Hedgehog Gene in Daphnia magna Eye Development

Daniel Hildebrandt (Faculty mentor: Dr. Sandra Olmsted) – Combating Antibiotic Resistance with Dextran-Linked Drugs

Christopher Myers (Faculty mentor: Dr. David Crowe) – Dynamic representation of visual information in the human brain

Promise Okeke (Faculty mentor: Dr. Benjamin Stottrup) – Irreversible Heme Crystal Inhibition by Amodiaquine and Pyronaridine: A Means to Circumvent Malaria Drug Resistance

Susanna Petaisto (Faculty mentor: Dr. Henry Yoon) – Can a Reduced P300 Brain Amplitude be a Biological Marker of ADHD and Other Childhood Disruptive Disorders?

Casey Powell (Faculty mentor: Dr. Brian Steffenson, University of Minnesota) – Resistance to the Virulent Cochliobolus sativus Isolate ND4008 in Barley

Emily Rutten (Faculty mentor: Dr. Danielle McCarthy, Rutgers University) – Relations Between Impulsiveness and Smoking Dependence in Adult Smokers Trying to Quit

Raesean Sneed (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – Environmental Temperatures Affect Daphnia Swimming Forces