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2021 Illinois LSAMP
Poster Presenters

1. Andres Tapia

#MeToo Twitter Data Analysis  

Category: Computer Science 
Department:
Computer Science
Affiliation:  Prof. Elena Zheleva, University of Illinois at Chicago

Authors:
Andres J. Tapia Athalia Rochelle Handowo Jeannine Gabe Tiemann

Abstract:

The #MeToo movement began in 2006 to bring emphasis to sexual assault cases. In our research, we used moral foundations (MF) and matched the content found in tweets to these MF...

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3. Rogelio Alvarado

Evidence of Excitotoxicity in TDP-43
Expressing C. elegans 


Category: General Biology
Department:
 Biology
Affiliation:  Dr. Cindy Voisine @ Northeastern Illinois University

Authors:
Rogelio Alvarado
Cindy Voisine

Abstract:

Neurons use neurotransmitters as signaling molecules to communicate with other neurons. These chemical molecules can be excitatory, inhibitory, or modulatory. Excitatory neurotransmitters, such as glutamate and acetylcholine, can trigger an action potential, an electrical event that is generated in the axon. Action potentials allow the release of neurotransmitters into the synaptic cleft...

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5. Georgina Jaimes

ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF MICRO-ENVIRONMENT
ON THE COLOR OF PAINTED TURTLES
(CHRYSEMYS PICTA) 


Category: Environmental Science 
Department:
Biology
Affiliation:  Dr. Beth Reinke & Northeastern Illinois University

Authors:
Georgina Jaimes

Abstract:

An animal's environment plays a critical role in shaping the evolution of its phenotype. Phenotypes can be different between environments due to varying selective pressures. Painted turtles inhabit a variety of environments in North America. These habitats can range from being eutrophic to oligotrophic, standing water to still water, roadside ditches to pristine lakes...

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6. Danny Arvizu

Software development of a 5 DOF robotic arm for automating and augmenting construction processes

Category: Computer Science
Department:
Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering
Affiliation:  Dr. Ivan Mutis - Illinois Institute of Technology

Authors:
Danny Arvizu

Abstract:

Robotic arms enhanced with computer vision capabilities demonstrate great potential at improving the efficiency of narrowly defined and repetitive construction tasks such as bricklaying or on-site tool organization and maintenance. In this project, an OpenMANIPULATOR-X (OMX) robotic arm with 5 degrees of freedom was assembled and wired to an OpenCR1.0 microcontroller...

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7. Melissa Garcia Montes de Oca

Identifying New FGFR Signaling Components 

Category: General Biology
Department:
Biology
Affiliation:  Northeastern Illinois University

Authors:
Melissa Garcia Montes de Oca
Victoria Puccini de Castro, Sainabou Jallow,
Te-Wen Lo Ph.D.,  Jessica Palalay
Omar Payan Parra , Mariya Stefinko
Cindy Voisine Ph.D. , Michael Stern Ph.D.

Abstract:

Fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFRs) are cell-surface receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) that regulate essential cellular processes. Mutations that disrupt FGFR signaling can cause developmental abnormalities and cancer. EGL-15 is the sole FGFR in the nematode C. elegans, and the genetic analysis of EGL-15 signal transduction has been useful for identifying new RTK signaling components. EGL-15 couples to downstream ...

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8. Ashley Anderson

Effects of Dietary Supplements, Acidity, and Alkalinity on Bone

Category: Chemistry
Department:
Chemistry
Affiliation:  Medhat Shaibat, Prairie State College

Authors:
Ashley Anderson

Abstract:

Effects of Dietary Supplements, Acidity, and Alkalinity on Bone
Ashley Anderson
Department of Chemistry, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.          mshaibat@prairiestate.edu

An improper acid-base balance, especially over sustained periods of time, has been shown to have negative effects on the skeleton...


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9. Chanel Norphlet

Examining Interactions between Mutated
G93A SOD-1 and WT Ubiquilin-2 


Category: Molecular Bio 
Department:
Department of Biological Sciences
Affiliation:  Dr. Anser Azim, Ph.D.,
Chicago State University


Authors:
Chanel Norphlet

Abstract:

Amyotrophic later sclerosis, or ALS, is a group of rare, fatal neurological diseases that mainly involve motor neurons. This disease is characterized by genetic and environmental attributes in which genetic factors account for 5 to 10% of ALS cases. Genetic cases are characterized by mutations in genes such as SOD-1, which was the first gene found to be related to ALS...

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10. Mya Powers-Nash

How do organosilanes facilitate the formation of nanostructures on surfaces?

Category: Chemistry
Department:
Chemistry
Affiliation:  CSER Chicago State University

Authors:
Mya Powers-Nash, Muriel Mcclendon, Valerie Goss

Abstract:

Abstract:Formulation of DNA origami nanostructures in a buffered solution followed by deposition and imaging is a staged sequence of events to observe nanostructures on a surface. To determine if the process can be completed in fewer stages, we performed experiments to show formulation of nanostructures annealed directly on a modified silicon surface, rather than from solution in a tube...

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11. Youssef Hassan

Quantification of Antibiotics in Soil: Method Comparison and Development

Category: Chemistry
Department:
Chemistry 
Affiliation:  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Authors:
Youssef Hassan.  Nick Howard
Soyean Lee.    Kevin Tucker

Abstract:

The interest in antibiotic resistance throughout the world has increased for many years. Antibiotic levels in waterways have been explored many times, however, there have only been a few studies about antibiotics in soil. Since soil is a major part of the environment, research on the fate of antibiotics in soil is significant. To detect the fate of antibiotics through the environment, a strong and reproducible method for quantifying antibiotics needs to be developed...

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14. Yuriy Khlopas

Does TDP-43 Impact Neuronal Proteostasis?

Category: General Biology
Department:
Biology
Affiliation:  Dr. Cindy Voisine, Northeastern Illinois University

Authors:
Yuriy Khlopas
Cindy Voisine, Ph.D.

Abstract:

Proteostasis, the process by which a cell maintains protein synthesis, folding, and clearance is critical for survival; however, the fidelity of this process declines with age. Disturbances in proteostasis contribute to many age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), leading to the accumulation of misfolded proteins...

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15. LaTaysha James

The sparse fur mutation in mice severely impacts the neonatal survival of pups due to aberrant maternal behavior

Category: General Biology
Department:
Department of Biological Sciences
Affiliation:  Chicago State University

Authors:
LaTaysha James,  Chiamaka Uche,
Osondi Ozoani - Lohrer,  Mark A. Erhart

Abstract:

The sparse fur (spf) mutation is an autosomal recessive trait which arose spontaneously in a colony of BxR15 mice at the CSU animal facility. The primary phenotype of spf/spf mice is the uniform retardation of hair production across the entire skin surface of an affected mouse. This sparseness of hair production persists throughout the lifetime of a mouse...

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16. Shagufta Khatoon

Analyzing Stress Response Pathways that Influence Neuronal Proteinopathies in C. elegans

Category: Molecular Bio
Department: Biology
Affiliation:  Dr. Cindy Voisine, Northeastern Illinois University

Authors: 
Shagufta Khatoon
Cindy Voisine, PhD

Abstract:
Molecular chaperones, highly conserved molecular machines, cooperate to maintain the cellular folding environment. The proteostasis network preserves the quality of protein folding, reducing errors in the folding process preventing protein aggregation and proteotoxicity...


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17. Orelle Bulgin

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Transition
Metal Clusters


Category: Physics
Department:
 Chemistry, Physics, &
Engineering Studies

Affiliation:  Dr. Archie Peters,
Chicago State University


Authors:
Orelle K.Bulgin,   Raymond Atta-Fynn
John A. Peters

Abstract:
Transition metal clusters have been studied extensively from computational and experimental points of view due to their applications in catalysis and photonics. In this work, silver (Ag), gold (Au), and copper (Cu) nanoclusters were studied using the Sutton-Chen potential and long-time simulated annealing molecular dynamics. The structural properties of the ground state structures of the nanoclusters were analyzed...

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18. Natalia Ongtengco

Cross-sectional study assessing benefit of the CUGH Capacity Building Database as a central platform for global CC healthcare workforce training needs

Category: STEM Education
Department: Family Medicine
Affiliation:  Jon Andrew Dykens, M.D., M.P.H. University of Illinois at Chicago

Authors: 
Natalia Ongtengco
Caryn E. Peterson, Ph.D., M.S.
Elsie Kiguli-Malwaddi, M.D.
Jill Allison, Ph.D., Christina G. Hutten, M.S.
Emma Luu Van Lang, B.A.
Evan Mazurkiewicz, B.A.
Ernestina Mireku, B.S.
Jon Andrew Dykens, M.D., M.P.H.

Abstract:
The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Capacity Building Database (CBD) (www.CUGHCapacityBuilding.org) is a free platform to catalog gaps and resources for healthcare workforce training among institutions. CBD aims to identify partners and facilitate partnership development to advance research and clinical practice...


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20. Kimberly Nu-Tall

ANALYZING THE TISSUE EXPRESSION PATTERNS OF DIFFERENTIALLY REGULATED GENES IN C. ELEGANS EXPRESSING TDP-43

Category: General Biology
Department:
 Biology
Affiliation:  Dr. Cindy Voisine, Northeastern Illinois University

Authors:
Kimberly Nu-Tall
Cindy Voisine, Ph.D.

Abstract:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. The TAR DNA binding protein, TDP-43, has been shown to aggregate in the cytoplasm of diseased motor neurons. In healthy cells, TDP-43 plays a role in RNA splicing, RNA transport, and transcription. To better understand the impact of TDP-43 on neuronal health, we expressed human TDP-43 in the nervous system of the nematode C. elegans...

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21. Angela Johnson

Tau Protein and Microtubule Deposition on Various of Substrates

Category: Chemistry
Department: Chemistry
Affiliation:  Valerie Goss,
Chicago State University


Authors: 

Abstract:
Important proteins like Tau Proteins and Microtubules are essential in Alzheimer’s disease, and surface binding will help in studying the morphology of the proteins. Tau proteins and microtubules were deposited on silicon substrates to distinguish which concentration exhibits more binding onto the substrate. 1.0 mM microtubules were deposited, and then a surface profile was obtained using the Atomic Force Microscope...


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22. Ludivine Tcheliebou

Understanding the Role of the Molecular Circadian Clock in the Gut Immunity

Category: General Biology
Department:
 Department of Biological Sciences
Affiliation:  Dr. Cindy Voisine, Northeastern Illinois University

Authors:
Ludivine Tcheliebou,
Walid Al-Ghoul, PhD

Abstract:
Our lab focuses on cellular and molecular level mechanisms involved in the relationship between circadian disruption on the one hand and intestinal mucosa barrier inflammation and innate immunity on the other. Towards this end, we are currently pursuing an emerging key role for intestinal ILC3 cells as a direct and indirect player in gut homeostasis with links to both circadian and immune cell dynamics in the gut barrier milieu...

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24. Chandhana Voleti

The Development of Patient-Specific Computational Model of Patellofemoral Joint

Category: Engineering
Department: Bioengineering
Affiliation:  Kristy Kambanis,
University of Illinois at Chicago


Authors: 
Chandhana Voleti

Abstract:
Osteoarthritis of the patellofemoral joint is speculated to be caused by excessive stress on the joint surfaces, resulting in pain and inhibited function. An osteotomy is a common surgical procedure that can be performed to adjust the distribution of stress through the joint by relocating the anchor point of the patella. However, there exist no guidelines for the placement of the osteotomized segment...

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26. Helena Puccini de Castro

Deep Sequence Analysis of C. elegans Expressing TDP-43, an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Associated Disease Protein

Category: Molecular Bio
Department:
 Biology
Affiliation:  Dr Cindy Voisine's Lab at Northeastern Illinois University

Authors:
Helena Puccini de Castro

Abstract:
Our lab focuses on cellular and molecular level mechanisms involved in the relationship between circadian disruption on the one hand and intestinal mucosa barrier inflammation and innate immunity on the other. Towards this end, we are currently pursuing an emerging key role for intestinal ILC3 cells as a direct and indirect player in gut homeostasis with links to both circadian and immune cell dynamics in the gut barrier milieu...

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27. Behnaz Dehghanian

Improving the Prediction Accuracy for Privacy-Preserving Point-of-Interest Recommender Systems

Category: Computer Science
Department: Computer Science
Affiliation:  Dr.Xiwei Wang

Authors: 
Behnaz Dehghanian
Dr.Xiwei Wang

Abstract:
Improving the Prediction Accuracy for Privacy-Preserving Point-of-Interest Recommender Systems
Behnaz Dehghanian-Master of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, 60625
Advisor: Dr. Xiwei Wang-Email:xwang9@neiu.edu
In today’s world, computers have become an essential element in the life of individuals of all ages. In the past decades, our life has significantly changed, resulting from the emergence of Internet..


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28. Curry Williams

Binding Control of DNA Origami on Nano Diamond Surfaces

Category: Chemistry
Department:
 Chemistry
Affiliation:  Dr.Goss

Authors:
Curry William
Dr. Valerie Goss

Abstract:
It is not known whether Nano Diamonds or chemically modified diamonds with nitrogen-vacancy (N-V) centers can function as substrate surfaces like silicon in computing. The goal of this research project is to study direct binding of nanostructures onto nano diamond surfaces and to calculate coverage. We propose that since Nano Diamonds have been known to interact with nucleic acids...

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30. Steven Philpott

Environmental factors and their effects on the morphology and biosynthesis of secondary metabolites in Cannabis sativa L.

Category: General Biology
Department: Plant Biology
Affiliation:  Dr. Joyce Gana

Authors: 
Steven C. Philpott Jr

Abstract:
Cannabis sativa L. has 2 main properties that drive its unique value to humans. The first are the secondary metabolites (namely cannabinoids and terpenes) produced in the trichomes of the female inflorescence. These cannabinoids and terpenes are what give cannabis its medicinal and therapeutic properties. The second is the plant biomass (i.e., stalks, stems, leaves)...

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31. Michonne Berry

The Roles of Bax, Bcl-2, Cardiolipin and Other Molecular Players in the Dynamic Mitochondrial-Cytosolic Molecular Exchange in Health and Disease

Category: Molecular Bio
Department:
 Molecular Biology
Affiliation:  Walid M. Al-Ghoul

Authors:
Michonne Berry
Walid Al-Ghoul,  Karel Jacobs
Kevin Swier

Abstract:
The mitochondrion is a unique organelle that not only serves as the powerhouse of the cell and the site of ATP production through aerobic respiration, but also as the center of key cellular processes in health and disease including apoptosis, calcium storage and regulation of oxygen radical production. Although mitochondria host their own mDNA...

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32. Barbra Smigla

Genetics and Demography of Leedy’s roseroot (Rhodiola integrifolia ssp. leedyi)

Category: General Biology
Department: Biology
Affiliation:  Dr. Joel Olfelt

Authors: 
Barbra Smigla
Israel Contreras Avila
Nkosi Evans

Abstract:
With changing climate and landscape alteration, demographic information about rare species is increasingly important. Leedy’s roseroot (Rhodiola integrifolia ssp. leedyi) is a rare, cliff dwelling plant on the U.S. federal threatened, and MN and NY endangered species lists. We are investigating the demographics and population genetics of four Leedy’s roseroot populations...

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