TECBio 2011

Adam Burch

University of Pittsburgh
Applied Mathematics and Physics, Senior
Mentor: Bard Ermentrout, Mathematics, Pitt
Project: Examining Assembly Formation in Inhibitory Networks

Anne Clark

Harvey Mudd College
Mathematical and Comp Bio, Junior
Mentor: Roni Rosenfeld, Computer Science, CMU
Project: Reconstructing the daily incidence of infectious disease: Improved inference through the combination of multiple data streams

Katie Cunningham

University of Arizona
Computer Science/MCB, Senior
Mentor: Takis Benos, Computational & Systems Biology, Pitt
Project:Clusters Upon Clusters: PDM and Genetic Regulators

Rebecca Miller

Rhodes College
Physics and Biology, Senior
Mentor: Sean Xie, Pharmaceutical Sciences/Drug Discovery Institute, Pitt
Project: Data Mining for Medically Significant Proteins and Homology Modeling for Protein Kinase D1

Nwamaka Onyeozil

Florida A&M University
Chemistry, Senior
Mentor: Michael Grabe, Biological Sciences, Pitt
Project: Determining the binding affinity of Toxoplasma ROP proteins to a membrane using free energy calculations

Edwin Rosado Olivieri

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Mathematics, Junior
Mentor: Carlos Camacho, Computational & Systems Biology, Pitt
Project: Characterizing druggable sites in protein-protein interactions

Cassandra Schaening

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Biology, Junior
Mentor: Bino John, Computational & Systems Biology, Pitt
Project: Characterization of Novel Small RNAs in Prostate Cancer

Robert Seay

Clemson University
Computer Science & Mathematics, Senior
Mentor: Jim Faeder, Computational & Systems Biology, Pitt
Project: Using BioNetGen to Model Simplified DNA Processes

Joseph Seemiller

University of Scranton
Neuroscience, Junior
Mentor: Lillian Chong, Chemistry, Pitt
Project: Comparing the ease of unfolding ubiquitin and titin by localized expansion and compression using molecular dynamics simulations

Carsen Stringer

The University of Pittsburgh
Applied Mathematics and Physics
Mentor: Dan Zuckerman, Computational & Systems Biology, Pitt
Project: Equilibrium Sampling with the Weighted Ensemble Algorithm

Luke Tedesco

Brown University
Biomechanial Engineering, Junior
Mentor: Michael Sacks, Bioengineering, Pitt
Project: Characterization of Bovine Mitral Valve Remodeling During Pregnancy

Breana Watkins

Tuskegee University
Chemical Engineering, Senior
Mentor: Chakra Chennubhotla, Computational & Systems Biology, Pitt
Project: Image-Based Texture Analysis Algorithms for Picking Cryo-EM Particles