Six Students Receive Undergraduate Research Awards Mentored by MB Faculty Members

Six students received this semester an Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA) from the Center for Undergraduate Research to work on mentored research in the lab of a Molecular Biosciences faculty member.  The students are listed below in alphabetical order by last name along with year in school, hometown, major, project title, and mentor:


Hayley Adams, sophomore, Olathe, microbiology, “Regulating Quorum Sensing Activity in Psuedomonas Aeruginosa through the Nitrogen-Phosphotransferase System,” mentored by Josephine Chandler.

Jenna Barnes, senior, Olathe, molecular, cellular & developmental biology, “Impact of PTPN22 and Its Autoimmunity Associated Allele on Dendritic Cell Type I-Interferon Stimulated Signaling Pathways,” mentored by Robin Orozco..

Kamar Chahine, junior, Lawrence, molecular, cellular & developmental biology, “Investigating the Effect of Heat Shock on the Subcellular Localization of Tumor Suppressor APC in Colon Cancer,” mentored by Kristi Neufeld.

Christian Decker, senior, Waverly, microbiology, “Enterococcus Faecalis Regulation of Carbohydrate Metabolism,” mentored by Lynn Hancock.

Alexa Magstadt, junior, Shawnee, molecular, cellular & developmental biology, “Small Molecule KRAS Inhibition in Colorectal Cancer,” mentored by Dan Dixon.

Janie Rainer, senior, Overland Park, microbiology and Spanish, “The YesN Regulon of Enterococcus Faecalis,” mentored by Lynn Hancock.