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Opportunities for Student Research

All of the Biology faculty holds doctoral degrees and most are actively engaged in research in such areas as molecular genetics, immunology, cell physiology, ecology, and functional morphology. The faculty are nationally and internationally recognized with over 50 articles and papers appearing over the last five years in prestigious journals. Almost half of the faculty have recently received grant support from either the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation. Research facilities, as well as classrooms, are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment such as liquid scintillation and gamma counters, spectrophotometers with recorders, a digitized HPLC system, and scanning and transmitting electron microscopes. The Biology Department also manages the 20,000 specimen William Darlington Herbarium and a 126-acre Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies.

Undergraduates interested in receiving academic credit for participating in departmental research activities should take BIO 491, Special Problems in Biology. Senior biology majors interested in gaining research experience in an off campus medical, commercial, industrial or government agency should take BIO 409, Internship in Biological Sciences. Students interested in these research opportunities should consult their advisor or any faculty member in their field of interest. An overall GPA of 2.5 and a GPA 2.5 or better in Biology are required before taking BIO 409 or BIO 491.

Many opportunites exist for students to conduct independent research in the laboratories of Biology Faculty. Student research often results in either publications in peer reviewed journals or presentations at national meetings of professional societies. Listed below are representative publications and presentations in which WCU students participated (student names shown in bold; undergraduate students marked with *).

 


Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

Auld, J. R. & J. F. Henkel*. 2014. Diet alters delayed selfing, inbreeding depression, and reproductive senescence in a freshwater snail. Ecology & Evolution in press

Bukowski, S.J. & J.R. Auld. 2014. The effects of calcium in mediating the inducible morphological defenses of a freshwater snail, Physa acuta.  Aquatic Ecology 48:85-90. 

Do, T.-V., Xiao, F., Bickel, L.E., Klein-Szanto, A.J., Pathak, H.B., Hua, X., Howe, C., O’Brien, S. W., Maglaty, M., Ecsedy, J.A., Golemis, E.A., Schilder, R.J., Godwin, A.K., and Connolly, D.C. Aurora kinase A mediates epithelial ovarian cancer migration and adhesion. Oncogene. 2013 Jan 21. 

Liu, H., Xiao, F., Serebriiskii, I.G., O’Brien, S.W., Maglaty, M.A., Astsaturov, I.,  Martin, L.P., Litwin, S., Proia, D.A., Golemis, E.A. and Connolly, D.C. Network analysis identifies an HSP90-central hub susceptible in ovarian cancer. Clin. Cancer Res. 2013 Jul 30.

N.G. Taraska*, S.A. Böttger. 2013. Selective initiation and transmission of disseminated neoplasia in the soft shell clam Mya arenaria dependent on natural disease prevalence and animal size. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 112: 94-101. 

Pool, R., Turner, G.D., and Böttger, S.A. 2013. Recommended ecology content in introductory biology courses: comparisons between rural, suburban, and urban colleges. The American Biology Teacher 75 (8): 544-549. 

Schedlbauer, J.L. & V.L. Pistoia. 2013. Water relations of an encroaching vine and two dominant C4 grasses in the serpentine barrens of southeastern Pennsylvania. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society

Janet E. Fontanella*, Frank E. Fish, Elizabeth I. Barchi*, Regina Campbell-Malone, Rachel H. Nichols, Nicole K. DiNenno*, John T. Beneski "Two- and three-dimensional geometries of batoids in relation to locomotor mode". Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 446: 273-281 (2013).

Rachel Stern*, Gregory D. Turner, and Gerard D. Hertel. 2013. The status of White oak (Quercus alba) Trees at the Gordon Natural Area, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. 87(1): 16-19.

O.R. Pagán, S. Deats, D. Baker, E. Montgomery, G. Wilk, M. Tenaglia, and J. Semon published: "Planarians require an intact brain to behaviorally react to cocaine, but not to react to nicotine. Neuroscience." 2013. doi:pii: S0306-4522(13)00422-3. 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.05.010.

Hensley, H.H., Roder, N.A., O’Brien, S.W.*, Bickel, L.E., Xiao, F., Litwin S., and Connolly, D.C. 2012. Combined in vivo molecular and anatomic imaging for detection of ovarian carcinoma-associated protease activity and integrin expression in mice. Neoplasia 14:451-462. 

L. Timm and F.E. Fish. "A comparative morphological study of head shape and olfactory cavities of sharks inhabiting benthic and coastal/pelagic environments"  in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 414-415: 75-84 (2012).

M.Pugliese*, S.A. Böttger, and  F.E. Fish. “Barnacle bonding: Morphology of attachment of Xenobalanus globicipitis to its host Tursiops truncatus” in the Journal of Morphology 273:453-459 (2012).

M. Knabb, B. Miezeiewski, K. McSane-Kay*, R. Woodruff, and G. Mbuy. 2012. "Herpes simplex virus type 2 infectivity in gap junctional intercellullar communication-competent and --deficient cell lines," Intervirology DOI:10.1159/000339301.

F.E. Fish, C. Ginter*, T. DeWitt, and C. Marshall. “Fused traditional and geometric morphometrics demonstrate pinniped whisker diversity” PloS ONE 7(4): e34481. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034481 (2012).

G.W. Fairchild, C. Robinson, A. Brainard and G. Coutu. "Historical changes in the distribution and abundance of constructed ponds in an urbanizing watershed." in Landscape Research DOI:10.1080/01426397.2012.672640 (2012).

O.R. Pagán, D. Baker, Sean Deats, E. Montgomery*, M. Tenaglia*, C. Randolph*, D. Kotturu*, D. Bach*, G. Wilk*, S. Rawls*, C. Tallarida* and R.B. Raffa*. "Planarians in pharmacology: parthenolide is a specific behavioral antagonist of cocaine in the planarian Girardia tigrina" in Int. J. Dev. Biol. 56: 193-196 doi: 10.1387/ijdb.113486op (2012).

Brainard, A.S., and G.W. Fairchild. 2012. Sediment characteristics and accumulation rates in constructed ponds.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 

Ginter, C. C., Böttger,S. A. and Fish, F. E. 2011. Morphology and microanatomy of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) dorsal fin tubercles. Journal of Morphology 272: 27-33.

Parson, J., Fish, F. E., and Nicastro, A. J. 2011. Turning performance in batoid rays: Limitations of a rigid body. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 402: 12-18. (doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2011.03.010) 

Fontanella, J. E.*, Fish, F. E., Rybczynski, N., Nweeia, M. T. and Ketten, D. R. (2011). Three-dimensional geometry of the narwhal (Monodon monoceros) flukes in relation to hydrodynamics. Marine Mammal Science (DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00439.x).

D. Baker, P. Boor*, O. Pagán, S. Deats, and J. Pruitt. "Minimal structural requirements of alkyl γ-lactones capable of antagonizing the cocaine-induced motility decrease in planarians" in Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2011

Ginter, C. C., Fish, F. E. and Marshall, C. D. 2010. Morphological analysis of the bumpy profile of phocid vibrissae. Marine Mammal Science 26(3): 733-743.

Brown, Patrick T.*, Herbert, Paul* and Woodruff, R.I. (2010). Vitellogenesis in Oncopeltus fasciatus: PL-C/ IP3, DAG/ PK-C pathway triggered by CaM. J. Insect Physiology 56: 1300-1305.

Coughlin, B. L.* and Fish, F. E. (2009). Underwater locomotion of the hippopotamus: reduced gravity movements for a massive mammal. Journal of Mammalogy 90(3): 675-679.

Pugliesi, L.*, Casotti, G. and Woodruff, R.I. (2009). Serial Sections with plastic-embedded tissue.  Pa. Acc. Sci. Journal 84: 45-47.

Cieniewicz, A.M.* and Woodruff, R.I. (2009). Passage through vertebrate gap junctions of 17/18 kDa molecules is primarily dependent upon molecular configuration.  Tissue & Cell 41: 47-52.

Munley, S.M.*, Kinzler, S.*, Lizzano, R.* and Woodruff, R.I. (2009).  Fractional contribution of major ions to the membrane potential of Drosophila melanogaster oocytes.  Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol. 70: 230-243.

Pagán OR, Coudron T* and Kaneria T* (2009) The Flatworm Planaria as a Toxicology and Behavioral Pharmacology Animal Model in Undergraduate Research Experiences.   The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), 7(2):A48-A52.  http://www.funjournal.org/.

Pagán OR, Rowlands AL*, Fattore AL*, Coudron T*, Urban KR, Bidja AH*, Eterović VA (2009)  A cembranoid from tobacco prevents the expression of nicotine-induced withdrawal behavior in planarian worms.  European Journal of Pharmacology. 615(1-3):118-24.

Rowlands AL* and Pagán OR (2008) Parthenolide prevents the expression of cocaine-induced withdrawal behavior in planarians.  European Journal of Pharmacology 583(1):170-172.

Pagán OR, Rowlands AL*, Azam M, Urban KR, Bidja AH*, Roy DM*, Feeney RB* and Afshari LK* (2008) Reversal of cocaine-induced planarian behavior by parthenolide and related sesquiterpene lactones.  Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 89(2):160-170.

Cieniewicz, A.M.* and Woodruff, R.I. (2008).  Importance of molecular configuration in gap junctional permeability.  J. Insect Physiology 54: 1293-1300.

Casotti, G., Waldron, T.*, Misquith, G., Powers, D. and Slusher, L.  (2007).  Expression and localization of an AQP-1 homologue in the kidney and lower intestine of the house sparrow, Passer domesticus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 147, 355-362. 

Kojeszewski, T.* and Fish, F. E. (2007). Swimming kinematics of the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris): Hydrodynamic analysis of an undulatory mammalian swimmer. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 2411-2418.

Knabb, M.T., Danielson, C.A.*, McShane-Kay, K.*, Mbuy, G.K.N., Woodruff, R.I. (2007).  Herpes simplex virus-type 2 infectivity and agents that block gap junctional intercellular communication.  Virus Res. 124: 212-219

Curran, J.E.* and Woodruff, R.I. (2007).  Passage of 17 kDa calmodulin through gap junctions of three vertebrate species.  Tissue & Cell 39: 303-309.

Fish, F. E., Nusbaum, M. K.*, Beneski J. T. and Ketten, D. R. (2006). Passive cambering and flexible propulsors: cetacean flukes. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 1: S42-S48.

Pagán, Oné R., A. L. Rowlands* and K. R. Urban. 2006. Toxicity and behavioral effects of dimethylsulfoxide in planaria. Neuroscience Letters 407(3):274-8.

Bartholomew-Began, S. and N. L. Jones. 2005. Juvenile gametophyte development in the Blasiales (Marchantiophyta; Metzgeriidae). 1. Receptacular gemmae/gemmaling ontogeny of Blasia pusilla. The Bryologist 108(4): 497-505.

Brooks, R.A.* and Woodruff, R.I. 2004. Calmodulin Transmitted Through Gap Junctions Stimulates Endocytic Incorporation of Yolk Precursors in Insect Oocytes. Devel. Biol. 271: 339-349.

Maresh, J. L.*,Fish, F. E., Nowacek, D. P. and Nowacek, S. M. 2004. High performance turning capabilities during foraging by bottlenose dolphins. Marine Mammal Science 20(3): 498-509.

Fish, F. E., Peacock, J. E.*, and Rohr, J. J. 2003. Stabilization mechanism in swimming odontocete cetaceans by phased movements. Marine Mammal Science 19(3): 515-528.

Triano, E.A, L.B. Slusher, T.A. Atkins, J.T. Beneski, S.A. Gestl, R. Zolfaghari, R. Polavarapu, E. Frauenhoffer, and J. Weisz. 2003. Class I Alcohol Dehydorgenase is highly expressed in normal human mammary epithelium but not in invasive breast cancer: Implications for breast carcinogenesis. Cancer Research 63:3092-3100.

Davis, A., L.B. Slusher, and J.T. Beneski. 2002. A novel method for extraction and amplification of DNA from salamanders. Herpetological Review 33:104-105.

Fish, F. E., Smelstoys, J.*, Baudinette, R. V. and Reynolds, P. S. 2002. Fur doesn’t fly, it floats: buoyancy of hair in semi-aquatic mammals. Aquatic Mammals 28.2: 103-112.

Musée, J.*, Mbuy, G.N.K. and Woodruff, R.I. 2002. Antiviral agents alter ability of hsv-2 to disrupt gap junctional intercellular communication between mammalian cells in vitro. J. Antiviral Research, 56: 143-151.

Waksmonski, S.L.* and Woodruff, R.I. 2002. For uptake of yolk precursor, epithelial cell-oocyte gap junctional communication is required by insects representing six different orders. J. Insect Phys. 48:667-675.

Anderson, K.L. and R.I. Woodruff 2001. A gap junctionally transmitted epithelial cell signal regulates endocytic yolk uptake in oncopeltus fasciatus. Dev. Biol. 239: 68-78.

Fischer, N.O.*, G.N.K. Mbuy, and R.I. Woodruff. 2001. HSV-2 disrupts gap junctional intercellular communication between mammalian cells in vitro. J. Viro. Methods. 91(2): 157-166.

Fish, F. E., Frappell, P. B, Baudinette, R. V., and MacFarlane, P. M. 2001. Energetics of terrestrial locomotion of the platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus. Journal of Experimental Biology 204(4): 797-803.

Glatt, C., Slusher, L.B., Lladics, G., and Davis, L. 2001. Analysis of the high density gene array: Examining differential gene expression in human breast cancer. Pharmacological and Taxocological Methods 31:1223-1231.

Adler, Erika L.* and R.I. Woodruff. 2000. Varied effects of 1-octanol on gap junctional communication between ovarian epithelial cells and oocytes of Oncopeltus fasciatus, Hyalophora cecropia, and Drosophila melanogaster. Arch. Insect. Biochem. Physiol. 43: 22-32.

Carfioli M.A*., Tiebout III, H.M., Pagano, S.A*., Heister, K.M. and Lutcher, F.C.* (2000). Monitoring Plethodon cinereus populations: field tests of experimental coverboard designs, Chapter 26, Pp. 463-475 In R. C. Bruce, R. J. Jaeger, and L. D. Houck (Eds.) The Biology of the Plethodontid Salamanders, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.

Cole, R.W. and R.I. Woodruff (2000). Vitellogenic ovarian follicles of Drosophila exhibit a charge dependent distribution of endogenous solulble proteins. J. Insect Physiol. 46: 1239-1248.

Fish, F. E. and Shannahan, L.D.* 2000. The role of the pectoral fins in body trim of sharks. Journal of Fish Biology 56(5): 1062-1073.

Fish, F. E., Peacock, J. E.* and Rohr, J. 2000. Phase relationships between body components of odontocete cetaceans in relation to stability and propulsive mechanisms. Pp. 57-60. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Aqua Bio-Mechanisms/ International Seminar on Aqua Bio-Mechanisms (N. Kato and Y. Suzuki), Tokai University Pacific Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Brainerd, E. L., Page, B. N. and Fish, F. E. 1997. Opercular jetting during fast starts by flatfishes: Adhesion attenuation or jet propulsion? Journal of Experimental Biology, 200: 1179-1188.

Fish, F. E., Baudinette, R. V., Frappell, P. and Sarre, M. 1997. Energetics of swimming by the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus): Metabolic effort associated with rowing. Journal of Experimental Biology, 200: 2647-2652.

Cole, R.W., and R.I. Woodruff (1997). Charge dependent distribution of endogenous proteins within ovarian follicles of Actias luna. J. Insect Physiol.43: 275-287

Aigeldinger, T. L.*, and Fish, F. E. 1995. Hydroplaning by ducklings: Overcoming limitations to swimming at the water surface. Journal of Experimental Biology, 198: 1567-1574.

Fish, F. E. and Battle, J. M.* 1995. Hydrodynamic design of the humpback whale flipper. Journal of Morphology, 225: 51-60.

Fish, F. E., Fegely, J. F.* and Xanthopoulos, C. J.* 1991. Burst-and-coast swimming in schooling fish (Notemigonus crysoleucas) with implications for energy economy. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, 100A(3): 633-637.

Woodruff, R.I., J.H. Kulp*, and E.D. LaGaccia*.(1988). Electrically mediated protein movement in Drosophila follicles. Roux's Arch. Devel. Biol., 197 :231-238.

Fish, F. E. and Cosgrove, L. A.* 1987. Behavioral thermoregulation of small American alligators in water: Postural changes in relation to the thermal environment. Copeia, 1987(3): 804-807.

Woodruff, R.I., and K.L. Anderson (1984). Nutritive cord connection and dye coupling of the follicular epithelium to the growing oocyte in telotrophic ovarioles in Oncopeltus fasciatus, the milkweed bug. Roux's Arch. Devel. Biol., 193: 158-163.


Presentations and Published Abstracts

Jesse Armine* and Jessica Schedlbauer. Effect of trail type on the diversity of native and invasive plant species in the Bull Mountain Wilderness, Maryland. Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 12, 2014, St. Joseph's University.

Jessica Bondy*, Julie Storm*, and Xin Fan. The pathogenesis of Haemophilus influenzae LicB in vivo. Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 12, 2014, St. Joseph's University.

Dana Charitonchick and Jessica Schedlbauer. Determining the seed bank composition of an eastern deciduous forest fragment in southeast Pennsylvania. Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 12, 2014, St. Joseph's University.

Bill Collins* and Win Fairchild. The effects of light and age on phenotypic plasticity in an invasive vine species, Celastrus orbiculatus (oriental bittersweet). Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 12, 2014, St. Joseph's University.

Lauren Neel* and Josh Auld. When to mate when death is on the line in Physa acuta. Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 12, 2014, St. Joseph's University.

Kelly Ryan* and Greg Turner. Forest health status at the Gordon Natural Area. Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 12, 2014, St. Joseph's University.

Zack Signora*, Kendra McMillin*, and Greg Turner. An assessment of white ash (Fraxinus americana) as part of an emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) management plan for the Robert B. Gordon Natural Area. Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 12, 2014, St. Joseph's University.

Fish, F.E. and N. DiNenno* presented “The ‘dog paddle’: Stereotypic swimming gait pattern in different dog breeds” at the  Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX, January 3-8, 2014.

Fish, F.E., J. Fontanella*, M. Gabler, and M. Saadat presented “Body density of batoids in relation to ecology: Morphological control of buoyancy” at the  Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX, January 3-8, 2014. 

Fish, F.E., M. Gabler, and D. Coughlin presented “Pectoral fin muscular architecture of batoids in relation to ecological lifestyle” at the  Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Austin, TX, January 3-8, 2014.  

C. Cummins* and G. Turner presented “The status of Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata) at the Gordon Natural Area” at the Saint Joseph’s University, 24th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, April 19th, 2013 in Philadelphia.

V. Pistoia and J. Schedlbauer presented "The water relations of roundleaf greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia L.) encroaching on serpentine barren ecosystems in southeastern Pennsylvania" at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science in Bradford, PA on April 6, 2013.

G. Barren* and J. Schedlbauer presented "The effects of prescribed fires and environmental variation on soil respiration in the serpentine barrens of southeastern Pennsylvania" at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science in Bradford, PA on April 6, 2013.

F.E. Fish, J. Fontanella*, N. DiNenno*, and M. Gabler presented “Flow patterns associated with swimming motions of benthic and pelagic batoids as visualized with DPIV” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco, CA, on January 4, 2013.

M. Gabler, J.T. Beneski, S. Mulvany, K. Moored, and F.E. Fish presented “The hydrodynamics of ground effect in relation to the head shape of the spotted eagle ray”, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco, CA, on January 4, 2013.

A. Myhre presented "A comparison of three closely related human lymphoblastoid cell lines with different p53 functionality in the in vitro micronucleus assay" at the Genetic Toxicology Association meeting held in Newark Delaware on Oct. 24, 2012 .

N.G. Taraska*, M. Abgrall, E.L. Fontanella, L. Leblanc, É. Tremblay and S.A. Böttger presented "Hemic Neoplasia and Clam Populations in a Canadian Park: Kouchibouguac National Park" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, which was held in Charleston, SC, January 3-8 2012.

N.G. Taraska* and S.A. Böttger presented "Hemic Neoplasia: Initiation of hemic neoplasia in the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria – Evidence of Viral Disease Etiology?" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, which was held in Charleston, SC, January 3-8 2012.

F.E. Fish, J.T. Beneski, M. Gabler, S. Mulvany and K. Moored. “Hydrodynamic function of the cephalic lobes of the cownose ray for bottom swimming stabilization”. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC, January 3-8, 2012.

F.E. Fish, J.T. Beneski, J.E. Fontanella*, E.I. Barchi*, R.H. Nichols, and R. Campbell- Malone. “Batoid out of hell: Hydrodynamic geometry of rays related to swimming mode”. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC, January 3-8, 2012.

F.E. Fish and Jennifer Garrett. “Kinematics of terrestrial locomotion in phocid seals: Importance of spinal flexion by an amphibious mammal”. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Charleston, SC, January 3-8, 2012.

M. Gabler and F.E. Fish presented “Morphometrics, muscle structure, and ray flow visualization: update” at the Biologically-Inspired Autonomous Sea Vehicle ONR MURI Review Meeting, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA (2012).

J. Hoffman, R. Nichols and F.E. Fish presented  “Morphometrics and ray kinematics: update,” at the Biologically-Inspired Autonomous Sea Vehicle MURI Review Meeting held at the University of Virginia, Charlesville, VA, on May 20 2011.

J. DiPhillippo and G. Turner (2011). Ectomycorrhizal colonization and diversity on red oaks are reduced in response to garlic mustard density and extracts. Presented at the Ecological Society of America, 96th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX,  August 2011.

Brainard,  A., G. Winfield Fairchild, Gary W. Coutu, and Christopher Robinson (2010). Sediment characteristics and accumulation rates in ponds of the Brandywine watershed. Ecological Society of America. Pittsburgh, PA. 

Fairchild, G.W., A. Brainard, C. Robinson and G. Coutu (2010). Estimating sediment retention associated with constructed pond proliferation at the landsape scale.  Joint Meeting American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and North American Benthological Society.  Albuquerque, NM. 

Carly C. Ginter*, S. Anne Böttger and Frank E. Fish (2010). Morphology and Microanatomy of Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Dorsal Fin Tubercles. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. January 2010. Seattle, WA. ....view the poster

N.G. Taraska*, S. Anne Böttger (2010). Neoplasia induction using bromodeoxyuridine in the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria. Presented at the annual meeting for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. January 2010. Seattle, WA. 

Anne M. Cieniewicz* and Richard I. Woodruff (2009). Configuration superseds molecular weight in determination of vertebrate gap junction permeability.  Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April, 2009. Philadelphia PA.

Loren Pugliesi*, Giovanni Casotti and Richard I. Woodruff (2009). Serial sections with plastic-embedded material.  Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April, 2009. Philadelphia PA.

Anne M. Cieniewicz* and Richard I. Woodruff (2008). Epithelial cell-to-epithelial cell gap junctions allow transit of 17kda calmodulin and 18kda troponin-c.  Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April, 2008. Philadelphia PA.

Anne M. Cieniewicz* and Richard I. Woodruff (2008).  Troponin-c (18 kDa), like calmodulin (17 kda), can transit insect gap junctions.  Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April, 2008. Philadelphia PA.

Dan Maraini*, Matthew Waite, and Richard I. Woodruff (2008).  Use of light emitting diodes (led’s) for fluorescence microscopy.  Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April, 2008. Philadelphia PA.

Ahmad, S.*, M. T. Knabb, G. N.K. Mbuy. (2005) Inhibition of HSV-2 infection by Pilostigma thonningii in Vero cells. Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April 8, 2005. Philadelphia PA.

Gichuru, R.*, G.N.K. Mbuy, M. T. Knabb. (2005) Effects of Depo-Provera on Herpes Simplex Virus-2 Infectivity in Rat Liver Epithelial Cells.Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April 8, 2005. Philadelphia PA.

DeFulvio, B.*, G.N.K. Mbuy, R.I. Woodruff, M. T. Knabb. (2005) Localization of membrane proteins in communication competent and deficient cell lines following infection with Herpes Simplex Virus- Type 2 (HSV-2). Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April 8, 2005. Philadelphia PA.

Patel, A.*, G. N.K. Mbuy, R.I. Woodruff, M. T. Knabb. (2005) Transfection of rat liver epithelial cells (WB) with HSV-2 UL13 protein kinase alters the cellular distribution of Connexin-43 gap junction protein. Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma Xi Research Conference. April 8, 2005. Philadelphia PA.

Curran, J.* and Woodruff, R.I. (2005). Calmodulin can transit vertebrate Gap junctions of zebrafish (Danio rerio), Medaka fish (Oryzias latipes) and Xenopus laevis. Presented at St. Joseph's University Sigma XiResearch Conference. April 8, 2005. Philadelphia PA.

McShane- Kay, K., G. N.K. Mbuy, R.I. Woodruff, M. T. Knabb. (2004) HSV-2 Infectivity in Gap Junctional IntercellularCommunication-Competent and - Deficient WB Rat Liver Epithelial Cell Lines. Presented at American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting. December 4-8, 2004, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.

Marquette, M. J*., H. A. Jacobs*, K. Pidcock*, M. Knabb (2004) Targeting Helicobacter pylori with Antibodies: Exploring Drug Delivery with Polymer Beads. Federation of the Societies for Experimental Biology. Washington DC.

Gazerwitz, Linda, Cullen, G., Golden, G. 2003. Morphometric Computer Analysis of the Human Pineal in the Aging Brain. Society for Neuroscience, 33rd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Duff, C. M. and Fish, F. E. 2002. Enhanced propulsion using undulation of the elongate tail of the South American giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42(6): 1223.

Holak, J. L.*, Fish, F. E., Nowacek, D. P. and Nowacek, S. M. 2002. High performance turning capabilities during foraging by bottlenose dolphins. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42(6): 1244.

Kojeszewski, T. and Fish, F. E. 2002. Swimming of the Florida manatee: Kinematics of an aquatic grazer. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42(6): 1259.

Slusher, L., Misquith, G., Gaverwitz, L. and Casotti, G. 2003. Expression and localization of aquaporin homologs in the avian kidney. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biologist P1.95, 308.

Burns*, A.C. Archer, J.*, Slusher, C.*, Slusher, L., and Casotti, G. 2002. Localization of aquaporins in the lower intestinal tract of birds. American Zoologist 41, 141.

Fish, F. E., Smelstoys, J.*, Baudinette, R. V., and Reynolds, P. S. 2001. Fur doesn’t fly, it floats: buoyancy of hair in semi-aquatic mammals. American Zoologist, 41(6): 1444.

Kojezewski, T. and Fish, F. E. 2001. Kinematics of swimming in manatees American Zoologist 41(6): 1495.

Fish, F. E., Frappell, P. B, Baudinette, R. V., and MacFarlane, P. M. 2000. Energetics of terrestrial locomotion of the platypus: metabolic inefficiencies due to aquatic adaptation. American Zoologist, 40(6): 1015-1016.

Atkins, T. A., Weisz, J. P., Beneski, J. T., Triano, E. A., and Slusher, L. B. 1999. Alcohol dehydrogenase I is expressed in human breast epithelial cells and is down regulated in breast cancer. Proc. American Assoc. Cancer Res. 40:269.

Davis, A., L. Slusher, and J.T. Beneski. 1999. A novel method for DNA extraction and amplification from amphibians. Joint Annual Meeting Hepetologists' League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, State College, PA.

Davis, A., L. Slusher, and J.T. Beneski. 1998. Sequencing 12S rRNA from formalin preserved salamanders. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Zoologists, Denver, CO.

Tiebout, H.M., III, Pagano, S.A.*, Heister, K.M., Carfioli, M.A.*, and Lutcher, F.C. 1998. Fourth Conference on the Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders, "Evaluation of coverboard designs for plethodontid salamander monitoring: creating variation in microhabitats," 12-15 June, Highlands, NC.

Carfioli, M.A.*, Tiebout, H.M., III, Heister, K.M.,, Pagano, S.A.*, and Fredric C. Lutcher, F.C. 1998. Fourth Conference on the Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders, "Plethodon cinereus preferences among experimental coverboard types at Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA," 12-15 June, Highlands, NC.

Fish, F. E. and Shannahan, L.D.* 1998. Comparative shark locomotion in relation to body and pectoral fin angles. American Zoologist, 38(5): 17A.

Tiebout, H., Anderson, R, and Pecora, T. 1998. Society for Conservation Biology, "Mesocosm simulations of commercial logging in the Florida Sand Pine Scrub: effects of anthropogenic habitats on fitness of the endemic Florida Scrub Lizard (Sceloporus woodi)," 10-14 August, Brown University, RI.

Fonseca, C. E. and Fish, F. E. 1997. Energetic implications of surfacing for bottlenose dolphins. American Zoologist, 37(5): 108A.

Tiebout, H., Anderson R., and Pecora, T. 1996. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, "Effects of commercial logging on fitness of the endemic Florida Scrub Lizard (Sceloporus woodi): mesocosm simulations of anthropogenic habitats," 24-29 July, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

O'Brien, C.*,Tiebout, H., Anderson, R., and Mikula, P. 1996. National Council for Undergraduate Research, "Utilization of unpaved roads as habitat corridors by the Florida Scrub Lizard in Ocala National Forest, Florida," April 18-20, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC.

Fish. F. E., and Battle, J. M.* 1994. Hydrodynamic design of the humpback whale flipper. American Zoologist, 34(5): 90A.

Aigeldinger, T.* and Fish, F. E. 1993. Mechanics of skimming by surface swimming ducklings. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 66: 175.

Aigeldinger, T. L.* and Fish, F. E. 1993. Hydroplaning by ducklings: Overcoming limitations to swimming at the water surface. American Zoologist, 33(5):120A.

Battle, J.* and Fish, F. E. 1993. Hydrodynamic design of the humpback whale flipper. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 66: 177.

Brainerd, E. L., Page, B. N.* and Fish, F. E. 1992. Fast-start performance and opercular jetting in flatfishes: Overcoming a sticky problem? American Zoologist, 32(5):139A.

Fish, F. E., Fegely, J. F.* and Xanthopoulos, C. J.* 1989. Kinematic analysis of energy economy in schooling fish. American Zoologist, 29(4): 149A.

Fish, F. E. and Euker, L. A.* 1986. Behavioral thermoregulation of small American alligators in water: Postural changes in relation to the thermal environment. American Zoologist, 26(4): 112A.


Other Publications

Mossman, Joe R.*, Schultz, William* and Zaybak, Zehra took the Silver Medal  for 2nd place in an international science competition sponsored by Bluesens Company of Germany for their entry: “Enhanced waste-to-fuel conversion with a bioelectrochemically controlled autotrophic bioreactor”. Dec. 2013

O'Brien, S.  Department of Defense video demonstrating the value of modern imaging techniques at Fox Chase Cancer Center. 2013.

Waldron, T., Slusher, L.B., Casotti, G. Passer domesticus AQP1 complete cDNA sequence. Genbank Accession number AY817455, September 2004.

Davis, A., Slusher, L.B., Beneski, J.T. Pseudotriton ruber 12S ribosomal RNA gene, partial sequence of a mitochodrial gene. Genbank Accession number AF290190, July, 2000.

Davis, A., Slusher, L.B. Beneski, J.T. Gyrinophilus porphyriticus 12S ribosomal RNA gene sequence, partial sequence of a mitochondrial gene. Genbank Accession number AF290189, July, 2000.

Davis, A., Slusher, L.B., Beneski, J.T., Eurycea wilderae 12S ribosomal RNA gene, partial sequence. Genbank Accession Number AF290189, July, 2000.

Davis, A., Slusher, L.B., Beneski, J.T. Eurycea bilineata 12S ribosomal RNA gene, partial sequence. Genbank Accession Number AF 290186, July, 2000.

Davis, A., Slusher, L.B., Beneski, J.T. Eurycea bislineata 12S ribosomal RNA gene, partial sequence. Genbank Accession number AF290185, July, 2000.

Davis, A., Slusher, L.B., Beneski, J.T. Desmongnathus welteri 12S ribosomal gene, partial sequence. Genbank Accession number AF 290185, July, 2000.

Davis, A., Slusher, L.B., Beneski, J.T. Desmognathus conanti 12S ribosomal gene, partial sequence, Genbank Accession number AF290184, July, 2000.

Davis, A., Slusher, L.B., Beneski, J.T. Desmognathus fuscus 12S ribosomal gene, partial sequence. Genbank Accession number AF290183, July, 2000.


 

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