Biology Master's Papers Collection

The Department of Biology is pleased to share this collection of graduate student work as it represents the intellectual rigor and cutting-edge projects in advanced, often inter-disciplinary courses and faculty laboratories.


Theses/Dissertations from 2017


Structural Studies of the Oncogenic Co-Transcriptional Regulator C-Terminal Binding Protein (CtBP): On the Road to Rational Drug Design, Andrew G. Bellesis

Quantification of Phenotypic Variation in populations of Newfoundland Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), Nathan R. Biedak


Inhibition and Overexpression Studies of Lysyl Oxidase, Ashley A. Burke

Connections Between Protein Misfolding and Monobenzone-Induced Vitiligo, Senegal Carty

The Effect of Substrate Unevenness and Irregularity on Locomotor Performance and Kinematics of Curly-Tailed Lizards, Marian E. Crockett


Influence of Reproductive Cycle and Environmental Stress on Personality in Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), Samantha Dokus

Population Genetics of Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) in Central Massachusetts and Implications for Conservation, Stefanie Farrington


Influences of maternal stress on early life characteristics of offspring in threespine stickleback fish, Amanda E. S Fragata.


Quantitative UV Sensitivity Assay and Whole Genome Extraction for DNA Methylation Analysis in Dictyostelium discoideum, Denis James

Evolution of Nervous System Centralization: Role of BMP Signaling in Neural Fate and Dorsal-Ventral Axis Specification in Capitella Teleta, Christie Joyce

Temporal Patterns of Armor and Body Shape Evolution of the Threespine Stickleback In Scout Lake, Alaska, James Patrick Keogh

Proteolytic Degradation of CTF57 and Abeta Polypeptides by Insulin-Degrading Enzyme: Biophysical Studies with Implications for Alzheimer's Disease, Claire A. Krasinski

A Functional Analysis of Drosophila PLCgamma and the Screening for a Novel Inhibitor, Michelle K. Latino

The Population Genomics of Human microRNA Gene Copy Number Variation, Julianne Murphy


Investigation of the Nucleolar Targeting Signals of DdSrc1 in Dictyostelium Discoideum, Elizabeth R. Nelson


Use of the Chironomid Pupal Exuvial Technique (CPET) to Characterize Midge Communities in Massachusetts's Ponds, Nicholas Pagan


Exploring the Interaction between DdCenB and DdRad4 and Their Roles in D. discoideum DNA Repair, Shivani D. Patel


A Gregarine Parasite of Aedes hendersoni in Colorado, Levi Seeley

Population Genomics Reveals Loss of Odorant Receptor Gene Repertoire during Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Evolution, Natalya Katerina Specian


Obligate Microbial Communities Associated with the Toxic Diatom Pseudo-Nitzschia australis Genome? Implications for Genome Assemblies, Emily Elizabeth Stone

Functionalization of Linear Poly(ethylenimine) as DNA-Binding Polymer for Gene Therapy Application, Thanaphorn Suk-in


Efficacy of Playback Video Use in Eliciting Courtship Behavior in Male Threespine Stickleback Fish, Tina Thao Phuong Vo

Investigating Differential Methylation in Apis mellifera Worker Bee Sub-castes, Ethan Wainblat


Modifying Amine Oxidases: Molecular Probes and High-Throughput Screening, Alexander Daniel Wall

Contemporary Morphological Evolution in a Lacustrine Population of Threespine Stickleback, Rose Watts