Talented biochemistry students, faculty mentors receive campus awards to pursue research

Eighteen undergraduate students in the Department of Biochemistry have received 2022 campus awards for research and scholarly excellence. The students are a mix of talented biochemistry majors and students who perform research in laboratories run by biochemistry faculty. A list of these campus awards and the student winners is below.

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with a faculty or staff member. To help offset research costs, the student receives $3,000 and the faculty or staff member $1,000.

  • James Alvin, biochemistry, economics and neurobiology
    • Faculty advisor: Anjon Audhya, biomolecular chemistry
    • Project title: “Investigating Transcriptional Changes in Upper Motor Neuron Disease”
  • Allison Czora, genetics & genomics and statistics
    • Faculty advisor: Robert Landick
    • Project title: “The Role of CarD in the Stringent Response in Zymomonas mobilis”
  • Ryan Hagle, biochemistry
    • Junsu Kang, cell and regenerative biology
    • Project title: “Efficient Minicircle Strategy to Generate scn8ab Knock-In Reporter Zebrafish for Fin Regeneration”
  • Ziling Hu, computer sciences, data science and mathematics
    • Faculty advisor: Chad Rienstra
    • Project title: “FAMsim: a Transformative Approach to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy Protein Structure Determination”
  • Mae Ellen Hurtado-Thiele, genetics and genomics
    • Faculty advisor: Judi Simcox
    • Project title: “Acylcarnitine Induced Insulin Resistance and Inflammation in Brown Fat Adipose Tissue”
  • Jenna Kiraly, biochemistry
    • Craig Berridge, psychology
    • Project title: “Role of Glutamatergic CRF Neurons in PFC-Dependent Cognition”
  • Ruojia Li, biochemistry
    • Faculty advisor: AJ Boydston, chemistry
    • Project title: “Exploring the Effects of Acetate Anion on Initiator Efficiency in Metal-Free Ring-Opening Polymerization”
  • MaryGrace Linsley, biochemistry and Spanish
    • Faculty advisor: Judith Kimble
    • Project title: “Impact of Protein-Protein Interactions on a Conserved Cell Fate Regulator”
  • Jasmine Machhi, biochemistry
    • Faculty advisor: Silvia Cavagnero, chemistry
    • Project title: “Experimental Studies on Protein Remodeling upon Interaction with the Hsp70 Molecular Chaperone”
  • Marshal McGauley, biochemistry
    • Faculty advisor: Lynn Schnapp, medicine
    • Project title: “Role of uPARAP in the Mouse Lung Fibroblast Cell Cycle”
  • Raveena Mishra, biochemistry
    • Faculty advisor: Amgad Hanna, neurological surgery
    • Project title: “Reducing Secondary Damage after Spinal Cord Injury”
  • Joana Pashaj, biochemistry and Latin
    • Faculty advisor: Ci Ji Lim
    • Project title: “Understanding how Human Shelterin Proteins Help Telomerase Navigate the Long Repetitive Telomeric Maze: A Single-Molecule Imaging Approach”

Sophomore Research Fellowships

Funded by generous grants from the Brittingham Wisconsin Trust and the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest, the Sophomore Research Fellowships provide $2,500 each to undergraduate students and $500 to their faculty or staff advisors to work in collaboration on research projects.

  • Hunter Coplien, biochemistry
    • Faculty advisor: Zach Wickens, chemistry
    • Project title: “Electrochemical Aromatic C-H Functionalization by Thianthrene”
  • Adam Eckardt, biochemistry
    • Faculty advisor: Masatoshi Suzuki, comparative biosciences
    • Project title: “Defining New Roles of Bet1L for Neuromuscular Junction Integrity and Motor Neuron Survival in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)”
  • Christine Glitchev, biochemistry and neurobiology
    • Faculty advisor: Deric Wheeler, human oncology
    • Project title: “Dual Targeting FGFR1 and MerTK as a Novel Therapeutic Approach in Triple Negative Breast Cancer”
  • Ivy Lucier, biochemistry
    • Faculty advisor: Michael Thomas, bacteriology
    • Project title: “Directed Evolution of Substrate Specificity in NRPS Enzyme EntF”
  • Niharika Patankar, biochemistry and music
    • Faculty advisor: Jenny Gumperz, medical microbiology and immunology
    • Project title: “Investigating the Role of Metabolism on iNKT Cell Cytokine Production”
  • Natalie Zeps, biochemistry
    • Faculty advisor: Aaron Hoskins
    • Project title: “Determining the Role of Rds3 in Intron Recognition and its Modulation by Small Molecules”

For the full list of awardees, visit the UW News website.