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2018 ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY PRESENTATION WINNERS

Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to all of our participating students!!

UNDERGRADUATE

Best Oral Presentation:

Adult Muscle Formation in Drosophila melanogaster Is Influenced by miR-31b and miR-987.

Daniel L. Wilson, Tracy Dohn and Richard M. Cripps, Department of Biology, UNM.

Second Best
Oral Presentation:

Isolation and Gene Flow Affect the Diversification of a South Pacific Bird: The Foulehaio Honeyeater Complex.

Xena Mapel, Department of Biology, UNM; Alice Cibois, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; Tejashree H. Modak, Department of Biology, Boston University, Boston MA; Robert G. Moyle, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS; Aliverti Naikatini, Institute of Applied Science, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji; Joshua O. Seamon, Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, American Samoa Government, Pago Pago, American Samoa; Michael D. Sorenson, Department of Biology, Boston University, Boston MA; Jean-Claude Thibault, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; Ruth B. Utzurrum, University of Hawaii, Hilo HI; and Michael J. Andersen, Department of Biology, UNM.

Honorable Mention Oral Presentation:

Activation of the Signaling Intermediates β-catenin by the Intracellular Protozoan Parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Hoang Bui, Initiatives to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD), Department of Biology, UNM; Cameron H. Ranken and Eric Y. Denkers, Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI), Department of Biology, UNM.


Identifying Substrates of Circadian Clock Regulated CRY1 or CRY2 Dependent SCF-FBXL3 Mediated Degradation.

Valerie Perea, Initiatives to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD), Department of Biology, and Department of Chemical Biology, UNM; Stephanie J. Papp and Katja A. Lamia, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla CA.

Best Poster Presentation:

FcRN Gene Expression within the Gut of Developing Monodelphis domestica.

Kimberly Morrissey, Bethaney D. Fehrenkamp and Robert D. Miller, Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI), Department of Biology, UNM.

Second Best
Poster Presentation:

Regulation of Long Noncoding RNA during Toxoplasma gondii Infection.

Breanne Haskins, Initiatives to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD), Department of Biology, UNM; Kayla L. Menard and Eric Y. Denkers, Department of Biology and Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI), UNM.


Triploid Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) Gill Microbiome Is More Resilient to Bacterial Infection than That of Diploid Atlantic Salmon.

Ryan Brown, Department of Biochemistry, UNM; Sonal Patel, Institute of Marine Research,Bergen, Norway; and Irene Salinas, Department of Biology, UNM.


GRADUATE

Best Oral Presentation:

Evolutionary Dynamics of Elevational Ranges in Andean Birds.

Chancey Gadek and Christopher C. Witt, Department of Biology, UNM..

Second Best
Oral Presentation:

Developing an Essential Amino Acid δ13C Library for Tracing the Importance of Biofilms and Biocrusts in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems.

Alexi Besser, Emma A. Elliott Smith, Department of Biology, UNM; Adam Barkalow, American Southwest Ichthyological Researchers, LLC, Albuquerque NM; David Camak, Thomas F. Turner and Seth D. Newsome, Department of Biology, UNM.

Best Poster Presentation:

Horizontal Gene Transfer in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex.

Julie Spencer, Department of Biology, UNM.


The Paradoxical Giant Hummingbird: Comparison of Andean and Coastal Subspecies with Respect to Blood, Migration, and Genes.

Jessie Williamson, Selina M. Bauernfeind, Chauncey R. Gadek, Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB), Department of Biology, UNM; Natalia Ricote-Martinez, Francisco Bozinovic, Departamento de Ecología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile; and Christopher C. Witt, MSB, Department of Biology, UNM.

Honorable Mention Poster Presentation:

Plant Mating Strategy Affects Probability of Island Colonization.

Timothy Ohlert, Department of Biology, UNM; and Emma Goldberg, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN.