Life Sciences Seminar: Student Research Seminar

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Life Sciences Seminar
GSoLS Student Research Seminar

GSoLS Student Research Presentations:
Ian Freezman (Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience '22)
Gabrielle Orfanides (Biology '23)
Alexandra Bros (Biology '23)
Shui Li Eu-Balint (Biology '25)
Hazel Civalier (Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience '25)
Wendy Owens (Environmental Science Masters '22)

GSoLS students will present their research, including work on antibiotics, songbird migration, quorum sensing, and microbial salt marsh communities.

GSoLS students will present their research during this seminar. There will be four presentations. "Isolation and characterization of novel antibiotic compounds from Yimella sp. RIT 621" My research involves the use of organic chemistry and biological separations to isolate and characterize antibiotic compounds from novel bacteria strains. "Trials and Tribulations of Avian Migration: Integrative Approaches to Assess Stopover Condition of Two Songbird Species" Migratory songbirds such as the Canada Warblers and Swainson’s Thrush make treacherous journeys biannually and rely on stopover sites to rest and refuel. Utilization of an array of integrative ecophysiological and molecular techniques have provided insight into possible correlations between condition and stopover behavior of two radio-tagged passerines during fall and spring seasons. "Quorum sensing signal production modulates lipid signaling and provides drought tolerances in transgenic tobacco" Ectotopic overexpression of acetyl homoserine lactone synthases reprogram the tobacco lipidome and allow plants to survive extreme drought. This study lays the foundation to develop novel environmentally conscious approaches towards drought tolerance and crop resilience. "Impact of climate change related stressors on microbial diversity in salt marshes" Coastal salt marshes are subject to a variety of climate-related stressors, including sea level rise, increased temperature, and enhanced storm frequency and intensity. My research focused on the response of the sediment microbial community and associated environmental factors in different aged marshes in order to predict ecosystem resilience in the coastal zone.

Intended Audience:
Beginners, undergraduates, graduates. Those with interest in the topic.
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Elizabeth DiCesare
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When and Where
April 13, 2022
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Room/Location: A300

Open to the Public

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