• Recent REU Research Projects

    Peptidoglycan transmits the surface sensing signal to induce swarming in bacteria

    Warfare of the skin microbiome: impact of commensal Staphylococcal species on S. aureus biofilm formation

    In vitro characterization and validation of two component systems in Neisseria gonorrhoeae FA 1090

    Unique features of the RsiV signal peptide and their impact on σV activation and lysozyme resistance in B. subtilis

    Effects of empty expression vectors on Pseudomonas aeruginosa type III secretion

    Virus strain dependent inflammasome activation in macrophages infected with RSV

    Analyzing the effects of UL7 & glycoprotein E deletion on cell-to-cell-spread in HSV-1

    Investigating the structural requirements of GML in T-cell immunomodulation

    Investigating the bacteria cell wall binding protein YoaJ

    Exploring the homing receptor profile and cytokine secretion capability of B cell vaccines (Bvac)

    What is the mechanism by which IL-12 increases Hut 78 T cell activation? 

    A novel role of amyloid fibers in Staphylococcus aureus colony spreading

    Investigation of possible PilR-regulated promoters in Myxococcus xanthus

    Exploring functional interactions between viral proteins that mediate spread in the host

    The role of semen derived exosomes on acute HIV infection in T lymphocytes

    Finding Wolbachia pipientis in Iowa mosquitoes

    Staphylococcus caprae inhibits quorum sensing in Staphylococcus aureus

    Investigating the role of TRAF3 in T cell biology

    The polar flagellum as the sensory organelle and Vibrio parahaemolyticus swarmer cell differentiation

    Characterizing SPOR Domain-Containing Proteins in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Impact of Glycosylation on TIM-1 Expression

    Characterization and Determination of Interaction Partners of UL7 in HSV-1

    Isolation of anti-σ factor rsiV mutants unable to activate sigV in response to lysozyme

    Identification of Staphylococcus aureus transposon mutants with altered lecithinase activity

    Expanding the Scr c-di-GMP-responsive regulatory circuit controlling swarming and sticking in Vibrio parahaemolyticus

    The effect of UV radiation on phagosomal escape of Francisella tularensis

    Staphylococcal Superantigens and Their Correlation with Atopic Dermatitis

    The Role of Gads in T Cell Receptor (TCR) Mediated Signaling

    TLR4-mediated Immuno- virologic parameters during CHIKV infection in vivo

    Monoclonal Antibody Inhibition of agr-Quorum Sensing in Staphylococcus aureus

    Exploring the mechanism of algZR-dependent inhibition of type III secretion system gene expression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Effects of Site directed mutagenesis of T Cell Immunoglobulin Mucin Domain 4 (TIM4) on Protein Expression and EBOV Transduction

    Exploring Quorum Sensing in Vibrio parahaemolyticus

    Bacterial Cell Division: Role of the SPOR domain of DamX in E. coli

    Chemosensory Regulation of Riboflavin in Biofilm Formation

    The Function of Proline-Rich Tyrosine Kinase (Pyk2) in the TCR-dependent Stabilization of β-catenin in human T cells

    Localization of cannibalistic protein SdpA and isolation of toxin mutants in Bacillus subtilis

    Assembly and Regulation of Type 1 Fimbriae in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium

    Identifying inducing signals of the two component system YvrGHb in B. subtilis

    Characterization of Lysozyme Induced Proteins of Clostridium difficile

    Identification of Natural Mutations in the Two-Component System SaeR/S in Staphylococcus aureus

    The phage λ DNA packaging motor: Genetics of the coupling motif

    GcvB Regulation of nupX gene in Escherichia coli

    Structure-Function Analysis of a Conserved Herpesvirus Egress Factor

    The VbsS phosphorelay system and its role in the regulation of swarming and biofilm formation 

    Population Heterogeneity of Multiple Variant S. aureus

    DNA packaging in lambda phage: Creating mutations in the Walker B motif

    Interaction of Chikungunya Virus with Toll-Like Receptor 4

    Identification of Vibrio parahaemolyticus mutants affecting regulation of genes important for surface colonization

    Torsin Family Members in HSV-1 Nuclear Egress

    Elucidating the role of Grb2 adaptor downstream of Shc (Gads) in T cell receptor (TCR) mediated signaling

    Structure-Function Analyses of R1pA, a Cell Division Protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Mutational analysis of the σv anti-sigma RsiV

    Should I Stay or Should I Go? Exploring a Family of Transcriptional Regulators Involved in Surface Colonization by Vibrio parahaemolyticus

    Characterization of the role of exosomes in HIV-1 infectivity

    Interactions with the Chaperone TorsinA in Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1) Nuclear Egress

    Mutational Analysis of RsiV, a Bacterial Receptor for Lysozyme

    Characterizing Outer Membrane Protein RlpA in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: Activity, Motility, and Virulence

    The Association Between Xenobiotics and the Enteric Microbiota

    The Positive Selection of Cytotoxic T-cells is Influenced by the Transcription Factors, TCF-1 and LEF-1

    Staphylococcus aureus Superantigen Profile in Atopic Dermatitis Eczema Herpeticum (ADEH) Compared to Atopic Dermatitis

    Screening for cell division proteins that interact with YedR of Escherichia coli

    A new role for IL-12: characterizing how cytokine pretreatment alters T cell function