STEM Seminar Series

STEM-Series

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the McNair Scholars Program have joined forces to organize a lunchtime STEM research seminar series, which enters its fourth academic year in 2016-17.


Monday, February 6, 2017
Laurel 202
12:20-1:10pm

Mechanical characterization of materials at small length scales
Seok-Woo Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Monday, March 6, 2017
Laurel 202
12:20-1:10pm

Towards virtual cartilage and other life philosophies
David M. Pierce, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Mathematics


Monday, April 17, 2017
Laurel 202
12:20-1:10pm

B-1 cell generation in transgenic mouse model of sickle cell disease
Christina Cotte ’17 (Molecular and Cell Biology & Pathobiology)
Undergraduate researcher, Szczepanek Lab, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

A better future in mind: Collybistin as a protein regulator of inhibitory postsynapse strength
John Bear, Jr. ’17 (Physiology and Neurobiology & Molecular and Cell Biology; Applied Mathematics minor)
Undergraduate researcher, de Blas Lab, Physiology and Neurobiology


This is a brown bag style seminar series.

The series is open to all undergraduate and graduate students and is designed especially for students conducting (or interested in conducting) undergraduate STEM research.

For more information, contact:

Caroline McGuire, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
(860) 486-5829 – caroline.mcguire@uconn.edu
Renée Gilberti, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, McNair Scholars Program
(860) 486-5146 – renee.gilberti@uconn.edu

Spring Series Flyer (PDF)


Past STEM Seminars

Fall 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016

The microbiome in health and disease: Using a fly model to understand host-microbe interactions
Nichole Broderick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, November 14, 2016 (cancelled)
Towards virtual cartilage and other life philosophies
David M. Pierce, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Mathematics

Spring 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Using mouse models to study genetic liver diseases
Li Wang, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Health benefits of cranberries in human apolipoprotein AI transgenic mice on an atherogenic diet
Christian Caceres ’17 (Nutritional Sciences)
Undergraduate researcher, Lee Lab, Nutritional Sciences
The Straw Sandals Project: Origins and exploration
Allison Hillmon ’16 (Physiology and Neurobiology)
Undergraduate researcher, Hightower Lab, Molecular and Cell Biology

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Metal-semiconductor nanomaterials and their application as photocatalysts
Gabriella Reggiano ’17 (Chemistry)
Undergraduate researcher, Zhao Lab, Chemistry
Tipping the scale: AK301’s effect on the mitosis to apoptosis transition
Michael Bond ’16 (Molecular and Cell Biology & Chemical Biology)
Undergraduate researcher, Giardina Lab, Molecular and Cell Biology

Fall 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Brain development and optimal outcomes from Autism Spectrum Disorder
Inge-Marie Eigsti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The evolutionary story of silent DNA in the centromeres of Peromyscus mice
Brendan Smalec ’16 (Molecular and Cell Biology & Art History)
Undergraduate researcher, O’Neill Lab, Molecular and Cell Biology
Ensemble-based virtual screening of the human glycine receptor alpha-3 subtype: A predictive tool for discovering compounds that may elicit THC-like analgesic responses in vivo
Andrew Maxwell ’17 (Structural Biology and Biophysics)
Undergraduate researcher, Pei Tang Lab, Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics & Anesthesiology
TECBio REU, University of Pittsburgh: Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Monitoring markers of stress and performance in athletes
Robert Huggins, Ph.D., ATC, LAT
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vice President of Research and Elite Athlete Health and Performance, Korey Stringer Institute

Summer 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Electronic transport phenomena in topological insulator nanomaterials [abstract]
Luis Jauregui, Ph.D.
Departmental Fellow, Department of Physics, Harvard University

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Lithiated mesoporous metal oxides as solid electrolytes in Lithium ion batteries
Jacqueline Cloud, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Materials Science (Suib research group)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Designing shape memory materials for damping, actuation, and energy applications [abstract]
Ying Chen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Improving proteomic technologies using motifs
Sean Congdon
Ph.D. student, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (Schwartz Lab)

Spring 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The global cestode database: What’s in, what’s not, and what’s new
Virgilio Lopez III ’16 (Molecular and Cell Biology)
Nicholas Arisco ’16 (Biological Sciences)
Undergraduate researchers, Caira Lab, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Assessing antidepressants with animal models of effort-related motivation in depression
Margaret Rowland ’15 (Psychology & Physiology and Neurobiology)
Undergraduate researcher, Salamone Lab, Psychology

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Here’s looking at you, kid: What eye movements tell us about the language of children with autism
Letitia Naigles, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology

Thursday, March 26, 2014
Agrivida, Inc.: Biotechnology for feed, fuel, and industrial enzymes
Kit Bonin, Ph.D.
Senior Biochemist and Plant Analysis Lead, Agrivida, Inc. (A UConn Technology Incubator Program company)

Fall 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On fieldwork, frogs, and genomes
John Malone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Choosing a career in engineering and academia
Leila Ladani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Research “motif”ations in the Schwartz lab
Daniel Schwartz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Summer 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Transition metal catalyzed transformations of strained heterocycles
Christian Malapit
Ph.D. student, Department of Chemistry (Howell research group)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Cellular neurophysiology of hypothalamic neural circuits that govern sleeping and feeding
Alexander Jackson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The neurobiological bases of language: Insights from molecular genetics and neurophysiology
Sergey Kornilov
Ph.D. student and IGERT associate, Department of Psychology

Language plasticity graduate training program (IGERT): Insights from a basic neuroscientist
R. Holly Fitch, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Spanning the boundary between science and policy: The role of boundary organizations
Christine Kirchhoff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Connecting basic and translational science – It’s a matter of good taste!
Valerie Duffy, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Allied Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences

Spring 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cell dynamics in genetic and infectious diseases
Ken Campellone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Part 1: How the mother’s diet during gestation affects offspring growth
Part 2: Mechanisms of Staphylococcus Aureus infection of the bovine mammary gland
Kristen Govoni, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Nanoscience: Little knowledge makes a BIG impact (in bio/pharm/medicine, computing, engineering, and our environment)
Bryan Huey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Functions of stem cells in the adult brain
Joanne Conover, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Fall 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013

EGFR signaling stimulates anabolic changes in articular cartilage
J.B. Shepard
Ph.D. student, Skeletal, Craniofacial, and Oral Biology, UConn Health Center (Dealy research group)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
(Part A) Olefin cross-metathesis of α-alkylidene lactones for the rapid assembly of β-lactones as inhibitors of the Fatty Acid Synthase (FAS): lessons from nocardiolactone
(Part B) Synthesis of sulfatides and examination of their roles in the NKT cells activation in immunomodulation

Kaddy Camara
Ph.D. student, Chemistry, UConn-Storrs (Howell research group)

Monday, December 2, 2013
Development of vitamin D3 analogues as selective hedgehog signaling inhibitors
Albert DeBerardinis, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UConn-Storrs (Hadden research group)

Summer 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Nanomaterials and technologies for lab-scale environmental applications
Homer Genuino
Ph.D. student, Department of Chemistry (Suib research group)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The lowdown on high temperature superconductivity
Barrett Wells, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physics

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
It’s easy being green: Clean, fast, easy approaches to preparative chemistry
Nicholas Leadbeater, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Modeling human genetic cartilage disorders using induced pluripotent stem cells
Sara Patterson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Reconstructive Sciences, UConn Health Center/Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development