Bio xxx(1+ credits)
Independent Study
Room: Varies
Offered: Every Semester
Instructor(s):
Objectives: Provides you with a chance to work on a research project. You can start as early as freshman year and spend as little or as much time as you have available. You can sign up for this as early as your Freshman year, see the catalog for details. An independent study with me will usually involve working on some aspect of the genetics and cell biology of the green alga Chlamydomonas. After consultation with me, and looking at the range of problems available, you will pick one to work on. You will get trained in any techniques you will need to work on the project and then I will expect you to set a work schedule. We will meet at least once a week, to look at results and discuss future experiments. Whenever possible. I will expect you to present the results of your work at a meeting. Projects have ranged from a single semester to over three years in length.
Pre(Co)-Requisites: Interested in research

If you plan to go on to graduate school, or work as a technician, an independent study with the faculty member of your choice, is the best thing you can have on your cv.

Below is a list of past Independent Study students, their project title, and what they did after graduation. 62% have gone on the professional or graduate school.

Name/Year

Project

After Graduation

Wayne Johnson
1986-1988

Cytoplasmic vs organelle protein synthesis

MD
UConn Medical School

Richard Fitzner
1987-1988

Light-induced protein synthesis

M Ed.
University of Michigan

John Mennone
1987-1988

Salt-tolerant mutants

M.S.
Yale

Tracey Jello
1987

Isolation of wild-type strains of Chlamydomonas

Senior Scientist, Pfizer

Kaye Cunningham
1988

Phototactic behavior in Chlamydomonas

MD
UConn Medical School

Sonia Michalatos
1988

Isolation of paralyzed mutants of Chlamydomonas

Technician Bios Biotechnology

Karen Crumb
1990

UV mutagenesis

Windham Hospital Technician's Program

David Leibstein
1990-1991

Analysis of the response to salt-shock

New York School of Optometry

Marc Freeman
1990-1992

The heat-shock response in Chlamydomonas

Ph.D.
Yale

Robert Cavallo
1992

Genetic analysis of color in budgerigars

Ph.D.
UNC Chapel Hill

Jennifer Frosch
1991-1992

Hypochlorite shock in Chlamydomonas

MS
UConn Dept. of Oncology

Mike Haas
1991-1992

UV shock in Chlamydomonas

Ph.D
Yale

Everett Rogers
1992

Salt-shock in Chlamydomonas

Technician for Genentech

Ed Savino
1992-4

mRNA production during heat-shock

Ph.D.
Yale

Alex Castracane
1993

UV stress and protein production

MS
UConn

Don Belair
1994

hsp production following heat shock

Technician, Pfizer

Carla DiRobertis
1994

fractionation of soluble proteins

Technician,Biogen

Kristen Magnusen
1993-95

hsp production in synchronized cells

Unknown

Rochelle Anderson
1994-96

Use of 2-D gel analysis to identify hsp70

DVM
University of London Vet school (UK)

Chip Beckwith
1994-1996

Purification of hsp70 using acetone precipitation

Ph.D
Wesleyan

Mary-Louise Antiuk
1995-6

Association of hsp70 with new flagellar protein

Medical program,
Quinnipiac

Robin Labbe
1995-6

Induction of heat shock in synchronized cells

MS
NYU

Karen Lemons
1995-6

Induction of hsp following deflagellation

MS, UConn

Jeff Holt
1994-97

Induction of mRNA synthesis following heat shock

Ph.D.
Yale

Johnathan Vervoort
1995-97

Use of immunoprecipitation to identify the chaperone function of hsp70

Ph.D.
Yale

Skip Bennet
1995-97

Pressure-induce hsp induction

MS
UMass, Amherst

Vicky Rodrigue
1996-8

Polarity of flagellar regeneration

Technician
Red Cross

Jessica Larson
1996-8

Effect of flagella number on regeneration

Technician
Pfizer

Scott Seeley
1996-9

Cloning the hsp70 gene

MD/Ph.D
Dartmouth

Kateri Fischer
1997-1999

hsp/flagellar protein complexes following immunoprecipitation

Technician
UConn Med School

Denise Ramoutar
1997-2000

Protection from heat death by deflagellation

Technician
Boston University

Catherine Tubby
1999-2001

Behavior of fa flagella in dikaryons

Technician, Bios

Roshan Karki
2000-2004

Dikaryon rescue using the fa mutant

Ph.D., Yale

Maria Ramirez

2000

Kinetics of flagella regeneration Ph.D U.Texas, Austin

Marty Monahan
2001-2003

Flagellar protein changes following mating

Transferred

Larry Drew
2002-2004

Search for motility-defective mutants

M.S.
Springfield College

Technician,

Pfizer RNAi lab

Shweta Chhetri
2002-2004

Effect of flagellar length on regeneration kinetics

Technician, Dana-Farber Cancer center

Kym Dragon
2002-2004

Effect of flagellar number on regeneration kinetics

PhD UMass Medical School

Tom Christina
2004

Immunoprecipitation of soluble flagellar proteins

Technician, UMass Medical School

Adel Abdo 2004-2006

Identification of flagella cap proteins

MS Quninnipiac

Lisa Kortfelt

2005-2006

Effect of length and number of flagella on regeneration kinetics

Assistant Technical Supervisor : Eastern
James Hampton 2005-2006 Changes in protein composition after heat shock Technician, Monsanto

Summer Paradise

2005

Protein composition in flagella length mutants MD Yale

Sapna Patel 2006-2007

Identification of heatshock proteins using fluorescent antibodies

MS  Quinnipiac
Zainab Mithaiwala 2006-2007

Colocalization of heat shock and flagellar proteins

PA program, Chatham U. Pittsburgh
Anna Guajardo Identification of heat shock complexes Unknown

Jason Langlois 2006-2007

Immunoprecipitation of heat shock protein complexes

PA program. Western U, Pomona CA

Brajin Vazquez

2008-09

Colocalization of hsp70 and flagella proteins using confocal microscopy Unknown

Mai Fujiwara

2008-09

Radiolabeling and Western blot detection of hsp70/flagella protein coproduction PhD UConn Medical Center

Mike Miller

2008-09

Co-immunoprecipitation of hsp70 and flagella proteins Unknown

Marion Peyressatre

2010

Colocalization of  kinesin and hsp70 using confocal microscopy Intern: University of Oregon
Nicholas Mills 2011-12 Effect of added nitrogen on the mating ability of gametes  

Babatunde Olatinwo

2011-12

Effect of added nitrogen on gamete protein production. Technician Unilever

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