Eight Adelphi University students have been awarded the opportunity to benefit from full-time hands-on science research in biology, chemistry, and physics for 10 weeks as part of Adelphi’s Horace G. McDonell Science Research Fellowship program.
Garden City, NY - August 18, 2017 - Eight Adelphi University students have been awarded the opportunity to benefit from full-time hands-on science research in biology, chemistry, and physics for 10 weeks as part of Adelphi’s Horace G. McDonell Science Research Fellowship program. The Fellowship program started in 2011 through the generosity of Adelphi alumnus Horace G. McDonell, Jr. ’52, ’02 (Hon.), Adelphi trustee emeritus and a retired chairman and CEO of Perkin Elmer, Inc. The students receive a $4,000 stipend and work closely with a faculty mentor, conducting experiments in a research lab and gaining state-of-the-art training. “It’s been wonderful to witness the progress of these exceptional students during their Fellowship experience and afterwards, as they go on to prestigious graduate and professional programs and to significant careers,” said Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Susan Briziarelli of the program.
The eight students and their research projects are:
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Chemistry Major, Class of 2019
Mentor: Justyna Widera-Kalinowska, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry
Developing a catechol sensing platform based on a glassy carbon electrode with PIn5COOH hydrogel, Au nanoparticles, and tyrosinase. It is hypothesized that the use of the hydrogel in combination with Au nanoparticles and tyrosinase will increase the sensitivity of the modified electrode for catechol. Catechol, which is harmful to both human and environment, can be found in food, water, and industrial waste.
Hometown: Bellrose, NY
Physics major, Class of 2018
Mentor: Sean Bentley, Ph.D., associate professor of physics
To build a quantum eraser and test the interference patterns of photons by calculating the lenses and angles of mirrors used to produce them. The research will help to demonstrate several fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics and retrieve information on the creation and erasure of interference patterns.
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Molecular Neuroscience Major, Class of 2017
Mentor: Matthias Foellmer, Ph.D., associate professor of biology
Conduct a MicroCT analysis of soft and hard copulations in the orb-web spider Argiope aurantia. This research will allow to evaluate whether the two mating tactics which are soft vs. hard copulation, have consequences for the way male and female genitalia interact and affect sperm transfer.
Hometown: Taiyuan, China
Chemistry Major, Class of 2018
Mentor: Ivan Hyatt, Ph.D., assistant professor of Chemistry
Discovering a new methodology that will allow chemists to synthesis complex molecules with low cost, less steps and ease of access. As a hypervalent iodine complex, Hypervalent iodonium alkynyl triflate (HIAT) is used as a reagent in synthetic chemistry. The unique reactivity of HIATs make them suited to efficiently generate trimethylenemethane (TMM) intermediates that can result in substituted diquinanes; biologically relevant molecules found in nature. Once the methodology has been developed, it can be used in areas such as material science and pharmaceutical drug design.
Nafeesathul Hanan Kabir
Biology Major, Class of 2019
Mentor: Melissa VanAlstine-Parris, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry
Synthesizing compounds of enzymes in the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis for later testing. The disease, Trichomoniasis is caused by an infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis, which breaks down the DNA with enzymes. The goal of this research is to take newly discovered values and compare them with those of existing research in the hopes of determining a specific enzyme used by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis to take over the host.
Molecular Neuroscience Major, Class of 2018
Mentor: Eugenia Villa-Cuesta, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
To investigate whether rapamycin, a drug previously shown to reduce reactive oxygen species, may serve to reduce reactive oxygen species and inhibit neurodegeneration of retinal cells. My research focuses on mutations involved in subunit A of an enzyme complex called succinate dehydrogenase (sdhA), which is a vital enzyme harnessed in metabolic functioning. In particular, homozygous mutations for sdhA are lethal, whereby Drosophila melanogaster exhibit death during early development. These mutations have been linked to excess production of reactive oxygen species and neuronal degeneration. The hopes of this project entail discovery of a potential treatment for the neurodegenerative consequences associated with this severe mutation, using Drosophila melanogaster as the model organism for studying neurodegenerative disease.
Biology/Chemistry Major, Class of 2019
Mentor: Eugenia Villa-Cuesta, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
Studying sub unit b of the complex, succinate dehydrogenase, within the electron transport chain of the common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). Due to the great number of similarities in disease causing genes between humans and fruit flies, the organism is useful in understanding the molecular mechanisms of human diseases. By looking at the respiratory quotients ration, RQ values can be used to predict metabolic syndromes.
Physics Major, Class of 2019
Mentor: Mathew Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics
Enhancing a magneto optical trap. Through building an intensity controlled circuit and locking in the detector circuit for the laser frequency, the goal is to study how ultra-cold collusions can be controlled.
In the fall, the eight students will be presenting the research they completed. To learn more about the sciences at Adelphi, visit http://arts-sciences.adelphi.edu/
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