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Seventeenth Annual Research Symposium

Sponsored by:
NASA WV Space Grant Consortium
West Virginia IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
West Virginia State University Gus R. Douglass Land Grant Institute
West Virginia State University College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Keynote Speaker:
John C. Warner 
President and Chief Technology Officer , Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
President, The Beyond Benign Foundation
Green Chemistry: The Missing Element of Science Education

Student Presentations

Jeremy Arthur, Elaine Hensley, and Tim R. Ruhnke - Molecular and Morphological Systematics of the Tapeworm Genus Anthocephalum

Shawn SimmsGopinath Vajja, Padma Nimmakayala, and Umesh K. Reddy - Development of Synthetic Map of Pumpkin and Watermelon

Frank Lutz  and Umesh K. Reddy - Synthetic Analysis of Cucurbit Cultivar Complex Using Microsatellite Markers

Dustin L. Moore and Gerald R. Hankins - Expression of Fibroblast Growth Factors and Their Receptors in Meningioma Cells

William D. Rollyson and Gerald R. Hankins - In Vitro SCreening of Compounds from Hibiscus sabdariffa for Anti-Tumor Activity

Robert J. Morris  and Micheal Fultz - Progress Towards the Synthesis of Dihydroresveratrol Dimers


Sixteenth Annual Research Symposium

Sponsored by:

  • WV NASA Space Grant Consortium

  • West Virginia IDEA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

  • West Virginia State University Gus R. Douglass Land Grant Institute

Keynote Speaker:  Noelle Umback - Supervisor, Department of Forensic Biology OCME CODIS, New York, NY

Faculty Presentations:

Dr. Gerald Hankins - Cancer Research at West Virginia State University
Dr. Tim Ruhnke - Phyllobothriidae: A Monograph
Dr. Micheal W. Fultz - Total Synthesis: The Needs of Society Met in Chemistry
Dr. Andrew Schedl - Jeptha knob is an Impact Structure

Student Presentations:

Hannah M. CavenderJeremy M. Sisson and Barbara E. Liedl  - Evaluating Greenhouse Tomato Breeding Lines for Improved Souble Solids, Lycopene and Beta Carotene.                                            

Sarah CowenPete Hunt, Tim Ruhnke - Taxonomy and Systematic of the Stingray Cestode Genus Anthocephalum

Rita Goodall and Andrew D. Schedl - The Role of Meteorite Impacts in Flooding on Mars

Frank Lutz and Umesh K. Reddy - Synthetic Analysis of Cucurbit Cultivar Complex Through the Development and Use of Microsatellite Markers

Dustin L. Moore, Christopher R. Racine and Gerald R. Hankins - Differences in Anti-Tumor Properties of Hibiscus sabdariffa Accessions

Nicolas Nogoda and Ernest Sekabunga - Investigation of the Coordination Modes of Two Classes of Bidentate Phosphine Ligands.

Grace N. Nyiiro, Molly E. Siedler, CHristopher R. Racine, Velvet L. Worstell, and Gerald R. Hankins - Exogenous Expression of the DCL1 Tumor Suppressor Gene Effects Expression of Other Genes that are Dysregulated in Meningiomas

Rachel Workman and Tim Ruhnke - Taxonomy and Systematics of the Shark Cestode Paraorygmatobothrium.

Benjamin L. Wilson and Naveed Zaman - The Existence of Cudes Terminating in Arbitrary Strings of Digits.



Fourteenth Annual Research Symposium

Hamblin Hall Science Building, April 25, 2008

Gene Expression Related to Fruit Quality Traits of  Watermelon at Various Ploidy Levels. Mohammad A. Rahman, Sathish K. Ponnaiah, Gopinath Vaija, Yan Tomason, Umesh K. Reddy, and  Padma Nimmakayala

Cultivation of Agrocybe aegerita on Solid Waste from Thermophillic Anaerobic Digesetin of Poultry Litter. Omon S. Isikuemhen, Jeremy M. Sisson, Barbara E. Liedl and J. Mark Chatfield

Molecular Analysis of Biofilm Communities in a Thermophilic Anaerobic Digester. Ami Smith, Hillary Lappin-Scott, Sara Burton, David H. Huber

Phylogenetic Investigations of Paraorygmatobothrium and Alllied Genera. Kayde Cappellari and Tim Ruhnke

Response of Smooth Muscle Cells to Cyclic Versus Static Stretch. Niki Davis, Stacie Franson and Robert Harris

Jeptha Knob and the Search for Impacts and Ejecta in the Midwest. Jason Goode and Andrew Schedl

Observing Cytokinesis in a Mechanical Environment. Maria Haffar, Stacie Franson and Robert Harris

Gene Expression Profiling in Mechanically Stressed Smooth Muscle Cells. Phillip R. Jones, Sathish K. Ponniah, Umesh K. Reddy, and Robert T. Harris

Association Mapping for Locating Quantitative Traits: A Case Study Using Petal Length in Arabidopsis. Zura Kerdieh, Mohammad A. Rahman, Padma Nimmakayala, Katherine L. Harper and Umesh K. Reddy

Characterization of Succinimide. Dan Palmer, Katie Poole, Josh Smith, Jennifer Shell, Tom Guetzloff and Thomas Shell

Synthesis Strategy for Succinimide. Katie Poole, Dan Palmer, Josh Smith, Jennifer Shell, Tom Guetzloff and Thomas Shell

PCR and Sequencing of the Large Ribosomal Subunit for Selected Cestodes of Sharks. Johanna Ray and Tim Ruhnke

New Microsatellites Identified for the Wasp Vespa Crabro. Amy Vincent and Sean A. Collins


Thirteenth Annual Research Symposium

Hamblin Hall Science Building, April 20, 2007

Methanogen Diversity in an Anaerobic Biofilm Digester. Matthew Medley, Ami Smith and David H. Huber

Additional Investigations on Species of the Cestode Genus Thysanocephalum. Leah Wilson and Tim Ruhnke

Determining the Expression of DLC1 in Human Melanoma Cells. Renee A. West, Beverly C. Delidow and Gerald R. Hankins

Silencing of Actin Genes in Smooth Muscle Cells. David Van Bibber, Stacie Franson, Sean Thatcher, Dawn Brown and Robert T. Harris

Identification of Genes for Pepper Fruit Related Traits from Two Capsicum Cultivated Complexes. Srinivasa Rao Asturi, Umesh K. Reddy and Padmavathi Nimmakayla

Synthesis of N-(3-5-Dichlorophenyl)-2-Hydroxysuccinimide-o-Sulfates (NSC) and Other Compounds. Collette Witkowski, Gary Rankin and Thomas F. Guetzolf

Effect of Steroid Hormones on SF1 Expression in Meningiomas. Anjam A. Begam, Virginia E. Hunter and Gerald R. Hankins

Effects of Estrogen and Progesterone on DLC1 and CAV1 Expression in Meningioma Cells. Virginia E. Hunter, A. Begram and Gerald R. Hankins

Functional Genomics of Mechanical Stress in Smooth Muscle. Phillip Jones, Padmavathi Nimmakayala, Umesh K. Reddy, Stacie Franson and Robert T.  Harris

Microsatellite Analysis for Understanding Species Relations Among Cultivated Complexes of Capsicum SPP. Suzanne Smith, Padmavathi Nimmakayla and Umesh K. Reddy


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