Announcing the New Roster of Participants for the 2016 Summer Research Experience at NIMBioS


Two students work on developing mathematical models for their project during last year’s SRE at NIMBioS. (Photo Credit: News Sentinel)

NIMBioS is pleased to announce the 16 undergraduates selected for its highly competitive 2016 Summer Research Experience (SRE) program. Participants were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants. The program runs for eight weeks, from June 6-July 29. Participants will come to NIMBioS on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus to work in teams with NIMBioS postdocs and UT faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology.

2016 SRE participants and their assigned team projects are as follows:

Joshua Darville (Fisk Univ.); Elman Gonzales (East Tennessee State Univ.); and Jan Siess (Rutgers Univ.) will team up on a project to investigate a molecular process called allostery, integral in many biological functions, such as oxygen binding, enzyme regulation, and immune response.

Alana Cooper (Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville); Emily Horton (Lynchburg College); and Kelly Reagan (Elon Univ.) will work on a project using dynamic modeling to better understand how human emotions unfold over time.

Samuel Iselin (Valparaiso Univ.); Howsikan Kugathasan (Fisk Univ.); and Jacob Miller (Univ. of Kentucky) will work on a project to develop computer games for teaching biology.

Jeff DeSalu (The Ohio State Univ.); Morganne Igoe (Univ. of the Minnesota-Twin Cities); Joey Moran (Unity College); and Theresa Sheets (Univ. of Maryland-Baltimore County) will team up on a project to investigate the effects of different landscapes and resources on hantavirus spread in mice populations.

Alanna Gary (Univ. of Chicago); Vera Liu (Rice Univ.); and Penny Wu (Houghton College) will work on a project using statistical filters to follow fast organelle movements in plant cells


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