Congratulations to the 2019 BioFest poster presentation award winners!

BioFest is the annual Department of Biological Sciences welcome to new students, biology career fair, and undergraduate and graduate student research poster colloquium. We had 59 poster presentations and over 800 visitors that signed in!


1st place – “Age-dependent survival and fitness consequences across an extreme salinity gradient in a euryhaline fish, the mangrove rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus)”. **Shelly C. McCain, Tom M. Houslay (University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK), Alastair J. Wilson (University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, UK ), ***Ryan L. Earley


2nd place – “A Type III-A CRISPR-Cas System Employs Non-Cas Nucleases to Promote Robust Immunity”. **Lucy Chou-Zheng, ***Asma Hatoum-Aslan


3rd place – “Pharmacological Origin of Neuroprotective Effects of Flavonoids Derived from Citrus Peels in a Caenorhabditis elegans Alzheimer’s Model”. **Cayman A. Stephen, *Ashton J. Howser, *Melissa L. Schlein, ***Kim A. Caldwell, ***Guy A. Caldwell, ***Łukasz Cieśla


Honorable mentions:

“Identification of UPRmt Effectors Associated with alpha-syn Neuroprotection in C. elegans Models”. *Rachel M. Bolden, *A. Rose Davidson, *Madeline R. Greene, **Karolina Willicott, ***Guy A. Caldwell, ***Kim A. Caldwell

“Neuro-protective Affect of Ayurveda Preparation, Sarawatharistam, on Spectracide Induced Movement Disorder in Fly Model”. *Kaitlyn Haverty, ***Laura Reed, ***Lukasz Ciesla, ***Anathbandhu Chaudhuri

“Role of the Drosophila K+-dependent Na+/Ca2+ exchanger Nckx30c in seizures and neurodegeneration”. *Harris Bolus, **Shu Hui Lye, *Emilia Cytron, ***Stanislava Chtarbanova