Category: Research

In print

Congratulations to Drs. Stephanie Ogren and Casey Huckins on publication of their paper:


Stephanie A. Ogren & Casey J Huckins (2015) Applicability and Interpretation of Fish Indices of Biotic Integrity (IBI) for Bioassessment in the Upper Midwest, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 35:2, 281-295, DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2014.1001044


Dr. Durocher recruiting for a study on the effect of diet or exercise on obesity

Dr. Durocher is recruiting participants for a  study titled:

The effect of diet or exercise on visceral obesity, neural cardiovascular reactivity and arterial stiffness in obese humans.

If you are interested in participating (there is monetary compensation) and meet the requirements listed in the attached flyer please contact Dr. Durocher.

Durocher Seed Grant Flyer 2015


In Print

A publication based on research in Dr. Ramakrishna Wusirika’s laboratory.

An article authored by a current Michigan Tech graduate student and three past graduate students was recently published in an academic journal.

“Differential Regulation of Genes by Retrotransposons in Rice Promoters” was published in the journal Plant Molecular Biology, April 2015, Volume 87, Issue 6, pp 603-616.

The authors Surendar Reddy Dhadi, Zijun Xu and Rafi Shaik are past graduate students and Kyle Driscoll is a current graduate student.

Tech Today.


David S. Bruce Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

travisTravis Wakeham, an undergraduate researcher in Dr. John Durocher’s Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Laboratory, received a prestigious David S. Bruce Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award at the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA last week. Prior to the conference Travis had already received a David Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award which included $100 and a 2-year complimentary membership to The American Physiological Society. Travis will receive an additional $400 and a certificate for the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award. This award was based on the quality of his poster and his oral presentation to the David Bruce Award Selection Committee. The title of Travis’ poster was “Obesity and neural cardiovascular responses to mental stress in humans.” Travis was mentored by both Dr. John Durocher of Biological Sciences and Dr. Jason Carter of Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology during this research project.


Biotechnology Research Center Spring 2015 Travel Grant Recipients

Biotechnology Research Center Spring 2015 Travel Grant Recipients

The Biotechnology Research Center has announced its Spring 2015 Travel Awards. The award recipients follow:

Post-doctoral Research Scientist Presentation

  • Qi Xing (Biomed), TERMIS–AM 2014 (poster)

Graduate Student Presentations

  • Andrew Chapp (KIP), Experimental Biology 2015 (poster)
  • Faten Dhawi Almuhanna (Biology), Experimental Biology 2015 (poster)
  • Ida T. Fonkoue (KIP), Experimental Biology 2015 (podium)
  • Michael Huber (KIP), Experimental Biology 2015 (poster)
  • Haiping Liu (Biology), 20th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society (poster)
  • Zichen Qian (Biomed), Gordon Research Conference (poster)
  • Lina Shi (Biology), 20th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society  (poster)

    Undergraduate Student Presentation

  • Travis Wakeham (Biology), Experimental Biology 2015 (poster)

Winners of the ESC 11th Annual Student Research Forum

Jade OrtizThe Members of the Ecosystem Science Center would like to congratulate the winners of the 11th Annual ESC Student Research Forum:

Grand Prize winner of the Graduate Student submissions :
Alex Bales (Bio Sci, Advisor: Erika Hersch-Green) for the poster “Polyploidy Influences Plant Carbon/Nitrogen Balance and Resistance to Insect Herbivory in Chamerion angustifolium
The Two Merit Prize winners of the Graduate Divisions were:
Alida Mau (SFRES, Advisor: Molly Cavaleri) for the poster “Photosynthetic Temperature Responses Within Temperate and Tropical Forests”

Mickey Jarvi (SFRES, Advisor: Andy Burton) for the poster “Below-ground C Allocation Responses to Climatic Variation across Sugar Maple’s Native Range”

The Grand Prize winner of the Undergraduate Student submissions:
Jade Ortiz (Bio Sci, Advisors: Amy Marcarelli, Casey Huckins and Kevyn Juneau) for the poster “Invasive Myriophyllum Spicatum and Nutrients Interact to Influence Phytoplankton Communities in the Portage Waterway”
The ESC would like to thank all the participants and our judges for a good forum. The posters will remain on display in the atrium of the Noblet building for the next two weeks.

The End of HPV

Dr. Ebenezer Tumban. Undergoing a Pap smear—a simple test to detect cervical cancer—is a regular health habit for most American women. But in many other parts of the world (and some under-served populations in this country), women lack access to cervical cancer screening and treatment. As a result, some 275,000 women—80 percent of them in developing countries—die each year from the disease, which is caused by the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV).

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In Print

Huan Yang (Post-Doc Harvard), Assistant Professor John Durocher (Bio Sci), Robert Larson (Bio Sci) and Professor Jason Carter (KIP) published the paper “Role of the Ovarian Cycle on Neutral Cardiovascular Control in Sleep-deprived Women,” in the American Physiological Society’s Journal of Applied Physiology, 15 Feb. 2015, Vol. 118, No. 4, 419-426. Yang earned her PhD in Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech, her advisor was Jason Carter.


Graduate Student Awards

Congratulations to our award winning graduate students:

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Government proudly announce the 2014-2015 academic year winners of the following awards:

Outstanding Scholarship Award
Ashley Coble
PhD Student, Biological Sciences
Advisor
Amy M. Marcarelli
Outstanding Teaching Award
Chelsea Mitchell
MS Student, Biological Sciences
Advisor
Thomas Werner
Outstanding Teaching Award
Mengmeng Qiao
PhD Student, Biological Sciences
Advisor
Guiliang Tang

More details at:


Travis Wakeham is awarded the David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract

 Travis Wakeham is a David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Awardee! This award is based on the abstract that Travis submitted to the Experimental Biology Conference that will be held in Boston at the end of March, a personal statement written by Travis, and a letter of support from his mentor Dr. Durocher. Travis will receive $100 and a 2-year complimentary membership to the American Physiological Society as part of this award. He will also be eligible for an Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award at Experimental Biology based on his poster presentation. His abstract is titled “Obesity and neural cardiovascular responses to mental stress in humans.” Dr. Durocher has noted that “Travis always anticipates what needs to be done in the lab and he is extremely dedicated and reliable. He makes conducting a research study a seamless process.”

Congratulations Travis!