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Congratulations to our Biology 4999E Thesis Day Award Winners

It is with pride that the Department of the Biology announces the following winners of the 2018 4999E Thesis Presentation Awards.

4999E Honors Thesis Presentation winners

The 2018 4999E award winners from left: Emma Churchman, Megan McGill, Cia Liao, Nicholas Werry, Lama Mouneimne,Alexandra Poelman and Hanna Varonina


Cell Biology

Megan McGill (supervisor: Stephen Renaud)

Elucidating signalling pathways involved in syncytiotrophoblast development


Nicholas Werry (supervisor: Amanda Moehring)

Developing targeted RNAi knockdowns of fruitless splice-variants for Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila simulans

Cal Liao (supervisor: Robert Hegele)

tRNASeq: a custom-designed next-generation sequencing panel for genes involved in translation

Hanna Varonina (supervisor: Vojislava Grbic)

Characterization of detoxification capability of five tomato-adapted spider mite strains

Ecology & Evolution

Alexandra Poelman (supervisor: Greg Thorn)

Root associated fungi found in New Brunswick caves and mines

Biochemistry & Physiology

Emma Churchman (supervisor: Scott-MacDougall-Shackleton)

The effect of leptin on migratory restlessness in white throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollisi)

Lama Mouneimne  (supervisor:  John Ronald)

All-in-one CRISPR/Cas9 and donor DNA minicircles for safe and efficient in vivo targeted “knock-in” cancer gene therapy