Morning Seminars

Biochemistry Session I

(BAC 151)

Chair:  Dr. Elena Keeling, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo


S1 (9:00am):  MODELING THE EVOLUTION OF DRUG RESISTANCE IN MALARIA.  Carla Islas* (David Hecht), Southwestern College, Department of  Chemistry, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910;  (Gary B.Fogel), Natural Selection, Inc., 5910 Pacific Center Blvd., Suite 315 San Diego, CA 92121.


S2 (9:15am):  SURVEY FOR HELENALIN IN UTAH ASTERACEAE SPECIES.  Taylor J. Nelson* (Suzanne M. Harley), Weber State University, Dept. of Botany, 2504 University Circle, Ogden UT 84408-2504.


S3 (9:30am):  CHARACTERIZATION OF MOLECULAR DETERMINANTS AND ROLE OF HEME A SYNTHASE OLIGOMERIZATION.   Andrew Cannon* and Oleh Khalimonchuk, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Dept. of Biology, 5000 Saint Paul Ave., Lincoln NE 68504.


S4 (9:45am):  SERINE PROTEASES IN THE VENOM OF THE YUCATAN RATTLESNAKE.  Ana Caudillo (Stephen Mackessy), School of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Co 80639 USA


S5 (10:00am):  STEPWISE VS. CONCERTED PATHWAYS FOR REACTION OF CHLOROSULFONYL ISOCYANATE WITH HYDROCARBON ALKENES AND ONOFLUOROALKENES.  EVIDENCE OF A SINGLE ELECTRON TRANSFER (SET) INTERMEDIATE BEFORE THE KINETIC SLOW STEP.   Jacob C. Milligan*, Summer A. Bunting, Kelli R. Hickle, Parker C. Horn, Danielle E. Shipowick, Lincoln B. Smith, David J. Vandenbroek, (Dale F. Shellhamer, Marc C.Perry, and Jerry A. Boatz), Point Loma Nazarene University, Dept.of Chemistry, 3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego, CA 92106.


Coffee Break (10:15-10:30am)


S6 (10:30am):  EFFECTS OF DIETARY CHOLESTEROL AND JOJOBA SEED OIL ON HIGH DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN SUBCLASSES IN NEW ZEALAND WHITE RABBITS.  Tarek Karam*, Oleg Gontar, California State University, Los Angeles, Dept of Biochemistry, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032


S7 (10:45am):  QUALITATIVE AND SEMI-QUANTITATIVE  ELECTROSPRAY MASS SPECTROSCOPY OF PROTEINS FOUND IN RECURRENT APHTHOUS STOMATITIS SALIVA SAMPLES.  Ian Martin Idang and Nowah Afangbedji (Daniel Scott), Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Dept. of Biochemistry, 55-220 Kulanui Street Laie, HI 96762


S8 (11:00am):  INVESTIGATING THE FOLDING DYNAMICS OF THE RNA PSEUDOKNOT STRUCTURAL MOTIF VIA MASSIVELY PARALLEL MOLECULAR DYNAMICS.   Samantha M. Cao1*,Benjamin Pham1, Amethyst Radcliffe2, Phuc La1,  Mona Bakhom1, Richard Wang3, and (Eric J. Sorin1), 1Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 2Physics & Astronomy, and 3Computer Engineering & Computer Science at California State University, Long Beach, CA 90840


S9 (11:15am):  PUTATIVE IDENTIFICATION OF RETT SYNDROME PROTEINS VIA INTERACTOME ANALYSIS OF MECP2.  Lindsey E. Jones* and Mary E. Porter-Goff (Jeffrey C. Hansen), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Biology Dept, 5000 Saint Paul Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504 and Colorado State University, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 316 MRB Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523.



Cell Biology Session (BAC 155)

Chair:  Dr. Mike Dorrell, Point Loma Nazarene University


S9b (8:45am) EFFECTS OF POST-TRANSLATIONAL MODIFICATION OF THE MITOTIC REGULATING PROTEIN EMERIN.   Kate Weskamp* (Matthew Wiebe, Augusta Jamin, April Wicklund, Nouhou Ibrahim) University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Morrison Virology Center, Lincoln, NE 68583, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Biology Department, Lincoln, NE 68504


 S10 (9:00am):  THE EFFECTS OF KAP3 OF KINESIN-2 ON THE ORGANIZATION AND REMODELING OF THE ACTIN CYTOSKELETON IN CELL CULTURE.   *Taylor Kline and Danielle Hatt (Matthew Berezuk), Azusa Pacific University, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Azusa, CA 91702.


S11 (9:15am):  THE ROLE OF HP1α WITHIN HETEROCHROMATIN AND ITS EFFECT ON HUMAN PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS.  Marina Watanabe* (Quan Zhu) Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Laboratory of Genetics,  10010 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037



S12 (9:30am):  CHARACTERIZATION OF THE BIG2-ARF BINDING INTERFACE TO DETERMINE THE UNDERLAYING CAUSE OF ARF-GEF SPECIFICITY.  Bliss Chang* and John Wright (Elizabeth Sztul), Dept. of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35205.

S13 (9:45am):  MECHANISM OF CADMIUM TOXICITY IN BONE:  INVOLVEMENT OF CALMODULN-DEPENDENT PATHWAYS.   Thao T. Ha  (Sara J. Heggland),  Department of Biology, The College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID 83605

Coffee Break (10:00 – 10:15am)


S14 (10:15am):  INVESTIGATION OF PRION-LIKE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TAU PROTEIN IN IPSC DERIVED HUMAN NEURONS WITH FAMILIAL ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. Patrick Reilly* (Shauna Yuan, Susan Keiser, Ralph Feurer), University of California, San Diego, Dept. of Neurosciences, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla Ca, 92093

S15 (10:30am):  TZABCANIN, A NOVEL SNAKE VENOM DISINTEGRIN, INHIBITS METASTASIS IN MELANOMA (SKIN CANCER) BY BINDING TO THE INTEGRIN ΑVΒ3,   Megan M. Wanner (Stephen P. Mackessy), School of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Co USA


S16 (10:45am):  LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY AND MALIGNANT CELLS: A PILOT SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. Molood Sadreshkevary 1,Romina Sadreshkevary* 2,(Pooyan Sadr-Eshkevri,DDS)3, 1. MSc student; School of Engineering and Materials Sciences, Queen Mary University of London; London, UK   2. Pre-Dental Student; University of California, Los Angeles Extension; CA 90024. 3. School of Dentistry; University of California, Los Angeles; CA 90024.


S17 (11:00am):  THE ANTI-TUMOR EFFECTS OF ANGIOSTATIC COMBINATION THERAPY ON GLIOBLASTOMA/GLIOSARCOMA  Dawn Goral*, Jack Thompson*, Jack Rusing, Zack Sedillo, Troy Kurz, Jake Trembley (Dr. Mike Dorrell) Point Loma Nazarene University, Dept. of Biology, 3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego, CA 92106 and The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037.



Ecology Session (BAC 105AB)

Chair:  Dr. Mike Mooring, Point Loma Nazarene University


S18 (8:45am):  SPECIES RICHNESS, DIVERISTY, AND RELATIVE ABUNDANCE OF LARGE MAMMALS IN PROTECTED AREAS AND BUFFER ZONES OF THE TALAMANCA CORDILLERA, COSTA RICA,  Eduardo Alvarez*, Austin Fares*, Ryan Dahl, Jonathan Piazza (Mike Mooring), Point Loma Nazarene University, Department of Biology, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106.


S19 (9:00am):  INVASION OF A COSTA RICAN MONTANE CLOUD FOREST BY COYOTE,  Ryan Dahl*, Jonathan Piazza*, Austin Fares, Eduardo Alvarez, (Mike Mooring), Point Loma Nazarene University, Department of Biology, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106.


S20 (9:15am):  UNWEAVING THE WEB: METHODOLOGIES FOR ANALYZING PHYLOGENETIC SIGNAL IN SILK SPINNING BEHAVIOR. Kyle K. Hohu* (Janice Edgerly-Rooks and David McMillan), Santa Clara University, Dept. of Biology, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.


S21 (9:30am):  CARBON STORAGE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTAL SAGE SCRUB AND NON-NATIVE GRASSLAND HABITATS.  Megan Wheeler*,1 (Wallace Meyer2), 1. Harvey Mudd College, Biology Dept., 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont CA 91711. 2. Pomona College, Biology Department, 175 W Sixth St, Claremont, CA 91711.


S22 (9:45am):  TEMPERATURE AND SIZE ASYMMETRY ALTER AGGRESSION IN CONTESTS BETWEEN FEMALE CONVICT CICHLIDS.  Jasmine D. Hamilton, Nathaniel C. Bell, Nathaniel G. Shanklin (Ronald M. Coleman), Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento, California 95819-6077


Coffee Break (10:00am – 10:15am)


S23 (10:15am):  FOOD AVAILABILITY DOES NOT AFFECT FILIAL CANNIBALISM IN CONVICT CICHLIDS. Sadie St. Lawrence*, (Ron Coleman). California State University, Sacramento. Dept. of Biological Sciences 6000 J. St Sacramento, CA 95819-6077


S24 (10:30am):  ESTIMATING THE POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS FOR THE FRESHWATER SNAIL, BELLAMYA JAPONICA IN A NEWLY-INVADED HABITAT, Mark Chestnut*, Joseph Catoe, Joseph Farmer, Amy Justice, Hristos Stamatopoulos, Colleen Milsted, and Evan Meadows (John Hains), Clemson University, Dept. of Biological Sciences, 132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634.


S25 (10:45am):  SEPARATING HETEROTROPHIC AND AUTOTROPHIC RESPIRATION CONTRIBUTIONS TO WINTER SOIL CARBON EFFLUX. Katie Whitehead* and Daniel Beverly (Scott Franklin), School of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639




Microbiology Session (BAC103)

Chair:  Dr. David Cummings, Point Loma Nazarene University


S27 (9:00am):  CHARACTERIZATION OF BIOFILM AND EXOPOLYSACCHARIDE PRODUCTION IN AN FLHC MUTANT OF BURKHOLDERIA UNAMAE, Michael S. Onofre*  (Michelle R. Lum),  Loyola Marymount University, Dept. of Biology, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045


S28 (9:15am):  NODULE FORMATION AND EXOPOLYSACCHARIDE PRODUCTION OF BURKHOLDERIA TUBERUM  MUTANTS. Salma Soltani* (Michelle Lum), Loyola Marymount University, Dept. of Biology, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045.


S29 (9:30am):  ISOLATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF A NOVEL, BENTHIC DIATOM FROM YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK FOR POTENTIAL BIO-OIL PRODUCTION, Erika Whitney*, Jacob Valenzuela, and Matthew W. Fields. Montana State University, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Department of Microbiology, Bozeman, MT 59715


S30 (9:45am):  CYT1Aa FROM BACILLUS THURINGIENSIS SUBSP. ISRAELENSIS ENHANCES  MOSQUITOCIDAL ACTIVITY OF B. THURINGIENSIS SUBSP. KURSTAKI HD-1  AGAINST AEDES AEGYPTI BUT NOT CULEX QUINQUEFASCIATUS. Brent C.  Pino*, Switzerlyna Kozervanich-Chong, Erika A. Hafkenscheid, and Ryan M. Oliverio (Dennis K. Bideshi and Hyun-Woo Park), California Baptist University, Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, 8432 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA   92504.


Coffee Break (10:00am – 10:15am)


S31 (10:15am):  THE EFFECTS OF GLUTATHIONE AND ITS DERIVATIVES ON THE SURVIVAL OF MYCOBACTERIUM BOVIS-BCG VEGETATIVE AND PERSISTENT ORGANISMS. Neil Patel* (Marcy A. Peteroy-Kelly), Pace University, Dept. of  Biology, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038.


S32 (10:30am):  RESPONSE REGULATOR DIVK IS REQUIRED FOR ENCYSTMENT AND SUPPRESSES SWARMING MOTILITY IN RHODOSPIRILLUM CENTENUM.  Daren Ginete* (Terry Bird), University of San Diego, Dept. of Biology, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110


S33 (10:45am):  DETECTION AND ANALYSIS OF BLACTX-M ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE GENES IN URBAN WETLANDS AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Tim Borgogna* and Joanna Fregoso (Ryan Botts and David Cummings), Point Loma Nazarene University, Dept. of Biology, 3900 Lomaland Dr  San Diego, CA 92106.



Molecular Biology Session I  (BAC 156)

Co-Chairs:  Drs. Myles Dillon and Matthias Pauthner, The Scripps Research Institute


S34 (9:00am):  MICROARRAY ANALYSIS IDENTIFIES F-BOX GENES INDUCED BY ENVIRONMENTAL STRESSES IN ARABIDOPSIS THALIANA,  Kristen Keller*, Lauren Gonzalez, Sarah Vitak, Connor O’Boyle, Alex Jolly and Mitch Marmon (Bryan Thines), Keck Science Department, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, Claremont, CA 91711


S35 (9:15am):  CHARACTERIZING GENETIC INTERACTIONS IN RAD55 USING THE EPISTASIS MINIARRAY PROFILE. Natalie Telis*, Ryan Janke (Wolf-Dietrich Heyer). University of California, Davis. 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616.


S36 (9:30am):  TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION OF THE HOX GENE LIN-39 BY LIN-31, A WINGED-HELIX TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR INVOLVED IN C. ELEGANS CELL FATE SPECIFICATION. Amanda Dewey*, and Fernando Meza Gutierrez (Leilani Miller), Santa Clara University, Dept. of Biology, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.


S37 (9:45am):  TESTING METHODS OF Aß42 DEAGREGATION IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER, Andrew Heslin*, Tony Wavrin* and James Clevenger* (M. Catharine McElwain), College of Science of Engineering,  Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive Los Angeles CA 90045 


Coffee Break (10:00am – 10:15am)


S38 (10:15am):  TWO CRYPTIC SYMPATRIC SPECIES OF COSTASIELLA IN THE BAHAMAS EVOLVED ALLOPATRICALLY. Erika R. Espinoza* (Ángel Valdés), Department of Biological Sciences, California State Polytechnic University, 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, California 91768, USA.


S39 (10:30am):  ANNOTATION AND ANALYSIS OF TEN VIVIPARITY-RELATED GENES IN THE MARINE FISH – EMBIOTOCA JACKSONI (EMBIOTOCIDAE). Jennifer R. Liberto (Joseph Heras and Andres Aguilar)*, Rockfish Sequencing Consortium**, * School of Natural Sciences and Graduate Group in Quantitative and Systems Biology, University of California Merced, ** Initial sequencing of this genome was done in collaboration with John Hyde1, Jennifer Herstein2, Andrew Clark2, and Oleg Evgrafov2, 1 SWSFC – NMFS 2 Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.


S40 (10:45am):  ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF WEST INDIAN LIVEBEARING FISHES IN THE GENUS LIMIA. Steven Johnson* (Pablo Weaver, Kathleen Weaver), University of La Verne, Dept. of Biology, 1950 3rd Street, La Verne, CA 91750.


S41 (11:00am):  INVESTIGATING THE RECRUITMENT OF TFIIH TO DNA DOUBLE STRAND BREAKS AND THE ROLE IT PLAYS UPON ARRIVAL IN YEAST. Gregory Elison*, (Tina Negritto), Pomona College, Department of Molecular Biology, 333 North College Way, Claremont, CA 91711


 S42b (11:15am) EXAMINING DOUBLE-STRAND BREAK REPAIR IN VIVO.  Sean Young1 and Daryl Howden1 (Anca Segall1 and Peter Salamon2),  1Department of Biology, Center for Microbial Sciences and 2Department of Mathematics and Statistics, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr  San Diego, CA 92182


Afternoon Seminars


Aquatic and Marine Biology Session (BAC 102)   

Chair:  Dr. Walter Cho, Point Loma Nazarene University


S42 (1:15pm):  COMPARING EFFECTS OF PH AND DISSOLVED OXYGEN STRESSORS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SQUID, DORYTEUTHIS OPALESCENS,  Garfield T. Kwan*1 and Michael O. Navarro2 (Lisa A. Levin2) 1University of California, San Diego, Department of Marine Biology, La Jolla, CA 92093  2Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, La Jolla, CA 92037


S43 (1:30pm):  TRADE-OFFS BETWEEN SALINITY PREFERENCE AND ANTI-PREDATOR BEHAVIORS IN A EURYHALINE FISH (POECILIA LATIPINNA).  Shauna Tietze*, Gary W. Gerald, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Dept. of Biology, 5000 St. Paul Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504.


S44 (1:45pm):  DENSITY-DEPENDENT IMPACTS OF AN INVASIVE BIVALVE ON BENTHIC  BIOGEOCHEMISTRY AND COMMUNITY COMPOSITION IN A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ESTUARY. Jennifer E. Schefski* and Max C.N. Castorani (Kevin A. Hovel) San Diego State University, Dept. of Biology, 5500 Campanile Dr.,  San Diego, CA 92182


S45 (2:00pm):  IMPACT OF HUMAN ACTIVITY IN AVALON BAY ON WATER QUALITY OFF THE COAST OF CATALINA ISLAND, CA. Taylor Andes, Lillian But, Emily Chug, Alex Gregath, Jordan Hoese*, Kevin Kim, Elaine Krebs, Francine Liang, Dennis Su, Molly Sullivan, and Angela Wen (Karla B. Heidelberg and Wiebke Ziebis), University of Southern California, Dept. of Biological Sciences, 3616 Trousdale Pkwy., AHF 107 Los Angeles, CA 90089.


S46 (2:15pm):  MOUTHBROODING DOES NOT CONSTRAIN CRANIOFACIAL DIVERSITY IN LAKE TANGANYIKAN CICHLIDS Sam Borstein*1, Matthew McGee2, Peter Wainwright2, and (Ronald Coleman)1, 1California State University, Sacramento, Dept. of Biology, 202 Sequoia Hall, Sacramento, CA 95820; 2University of California-Davis, Dept. of Evolution and Ecology, 6330 Storer Hall, Davis, CA 95616.



Biochemistry Session II (BAC 151)

Chair:  Dr. David Hecht, Southwestern College (Chula Vista, CA)


S47 (1:30pm):  KINETICS OF THE DNA SPIN-LABELING REACTION,  Kenneth Tham*and  Yuan Ding (Peter Z. Qin),  University of Southern California, Department of Chemistry, Los Angeles, CA 90089.


S48 (1:45pm):  ANALYSIS OF SECONDARY METABOLITE CHEMISTRY AMONG SOFT CORAL SPECIES SARCOPHYTON GLAUCUM, GEMMATUM, AND TROCHELIOPHORUM.  Taylor S. Davis*1, Oscar Alvarado*1, Bethany K. Okada2, and Kim Quach2 (Katherine N. Maloney), and Charlie Brayton3 (Catherine S. McFadden), Point Loma Nazarene University, Dept. of Chemistry1, 3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego, CA 92106 and Harvey Mudd College, Dept. of Chemistry2 and Dept. of Biology3, 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711.


S49 (2:00pm):  DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF PRODUCTS FROM IN VITRO RECONSTITUTION OF TRNASE Z CLEAVAGE OF MUTATED TRNA-SHRNA.  Bryan Visser,* Ashley Kretch and Katie Bennett (Karl Haushalter), Harvey Mudd College, Depts. of Biology and Chemistry, 301 Platt Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711.


S50 (2:15pm):  AUTOMATED PROTEIN EXTRACTION AND ANALYSIS. Arrika LaSalle* (Edward A. Dratz and Duane T. Mooney), Montana State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 103 Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, Bozeman, MT 59717.



Immunology Session (BAC 105AB)

Chair:  Dr. Dawne Page, Point Loma Nazarene University


S51 (1:15pm):  THE EFFECTS OF MACROMOLECULAR PRODRUG P-DEX ON THE RENAL EXPRESSION OF TLR-9 IN A LUPUS MOUSE MODEL. Henry C. Hrdlicka*1, Richard K. Nelson2, Fang Yuan3, Dong Wang3  (Karen A. Gould2),  1Nebraska Wesleyan University,  Dept of Biology, Lincoln NE, 68504. University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2Dept. of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, 3Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 985805 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198.


S52 (1:30pm):  OPTIMIZING AN INFECTION SYSTEM TO STUDY IMMUNITY IN THE AMERICAN COCKROACH, PERIPLANETA AMERICANA. Qay M. Law*, Chase DiMarco, Juana Villa and Anam Qadir (Robin Herlands), Nevada State College, Henderson, Department of Biology, 1125 Nevada State Drive, Henderson, NV 89002.


S53 (1:45pm):  T CELL ACTIVATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE IIJ MOUISE, A STRAIN THAT SPONTANEOUSLY DEVELOPS A RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS-LIKE DISEASE  David Thompson*, Philip Sanchez and Brooke Eusebio (Eileen McMahon McQuade).  Department of Biology, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108


S54 (2:00pm):  THE PRODUCTION OF MONOCLONAL ANTIBODIES AGAINST MURINE TARGET7.  Tara McIntyre* (Breanna Harris and Ursula Garrigues), Claremont McKenna College, Keck Science, 925 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. ZymoGenetics, Protein Engineering, 1201 Eastlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98102.


S55 (2:15pm):  DEVELOPMENT OF STRATEGIES FOR VIRUS DETECTION USING NANOHYBRID IMMUNOSENSORS.  Austin Bricker*1 and Anita Zaitouna2 (Therese McGinn1 and Rebecca Lai2).  1Nebraska Wesleyan University, Dept. of Biology, Lincoln, NE 68504.  2University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept. of Chemistry, Lincoln, NE 68502.




Chair:    Dr. Leilani Miller, Santa Clara University


S56 (1:15pm):  IDENTIFICATION OF GENES CODING FOR THE CELL SURFACE CONVERTING ENZYMES OF THE GROUP E1 SALMONELLA-SPECIFIC BACTERIOPHAGE, EPSILON 15.  Sean Heavey*, Andrew Montano, Megan Evilsizor, Natasha Gebhart, Danielle Matonis, Hannah Quinn and Maika Adair, Department of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106


S57 (1:30pm):  THE ROLE OF MICRO RNA IN DENDRITIC SIGNALING. Slesha Thapa* (Vidya Chandrasekaran).Saint Mary’s College of California, Department of Biology,  1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA 94556.


S58 (1:45pm):  EFFECTS OF VARIATION AT MITOCHONDRIAL AND NUCLEAR GENES ON MITOCHONDRIAL ENZYME FUNCTION AND LOCOMOTOR PERFORMANCE OF A LEAF BEETLE. Nicolas Zavala* (Elizabeth Dahlhoff), Santa Clara University, Department of Biology, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053


S59 (2:00pm):  HISTONE GLUTATHIONYLATION: NOVEL RELATIONSHIPS IN AGING AND OXIDATIVE STRESS,  Carl Decker*, Oscar Tello, (Kathleen Weaver and Jerome Garcia) University of La Verne, 1950 3rd Street, La Verne, CA 91750


S60 (2:15pm):  INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE CHD1 CHROMATIN REMODELING FACTOR. Shawn A. Ali*, Michael A. Erb and Reed M. Stein (Jennifer Armstrong), W.M. Keck Science Department, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps Colleges, 925 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.

S61 (2:30pm):  INVESTIGATING THE EFFECT OF VARIED GLUTATHIONE PRODUCTION ON CADMIUM RESISTANCE IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER,  Austin Nguyen*, Ellie Altomare and Ellen Zirkelbach (Catharine McElwain) Department of Biology, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr, Los Angeles, CA  90045



Neurobiology Session (BAC103)

Chair:  Dr. Robert Elson, Point Loma Nazarene University



S62 (1:15pm):  REGULATORY MECHANISMS UNDERLYING STEREOTYPED AXON PRUNING IN THE MAMMALIAN VISUAL SYSTEM. Atrin Toussi* (Hwai-Jong Cheng), University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience, 1515 Newton Court, Davis, CA 95618.


S63 (1:30pm):  EFFECT OF ROD MICROGLIA ON MYELIN DISTRIBUTION IN THE RAT BRAIN FOLLOWING DIFFUSE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.  Helen F. Ray-Jones*, (Jonathan Lifshitz,  Megan N. Evilsizor and Jenna M. Ziebell).  Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Department of Child Health. University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix; Phoenix,  AZ, USA.  Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath,  United Kingdom.  Phoenix VA Healthcare System, Phoenix, AZ.  Dept of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.


S64 (1:45pm):  GREEN TEA POLYPHENOLS POTENTIATE THE ACTION OF NERVE GROWTH FACTOR TO INDUCE NEURITOGENESIS. Helen Banh* and Jessica Tran* (Rayudu Gopalakrishna), University of Southern California, Dept. of Cell and Neurobiology, 1333 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.


S65 (2:00pm):  BRAIN AXONAL AND MYELIN CHANGES IN PATIENTS WITH OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA. Tiffany T Pham1* (Rajesh Kumar1, Paul M Macey2, Mary A Woo2, Frisca L Yan-Go3 and Ronald M Harper1), University of California Los Angeles, Depts. of Neurobiology1 and Neurology2, School of Nursing3, Los Angeles, CA 90095.


S66 (2:15pm):  RESTING STATE BRAIN CONNECTIVITY ABNORMALITIES IN BIPOLAR DISORDER  Sara Kimmich* (Sanja Kovacevic and Lisa T. Eyler), University of California San Diego, Dept. of Cognitive Science, 9500 Gilman Dr, San Diego, CA 92093


S67 (2:30pm):  GENETIC LOSS-OF-FUNCTION IN AMPKα LEADS TO ALTERED BEHAVIORS IN BRAIN DERIVED ASTROCYTES  Ana Carrera* (Tyisha Williams), Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212



Physiology  Session (BAC 155) 

Chair:  Dr. Rebecca Flietstra, Point Loma Nazarene University


S68 (1:15pm):  PREVALENCE AND CLINICAL IMPORT OF THORACIC INJURY IDENTIFIED BY CHEST COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY BUT NOT CHEST RADIOGRAPH IN BLUNT TRAUMA PATIENTS. Chelsey Bithell*1, Armaan A. Rowther1, Nadia   Zuabi1, Nooreen Khan1, Karin Reed1, Bryan Sloane1, and Joelle Schlang1, (Mark I. Langdorf1, Craig Anderson1, and Robert Rodriguez2) 1University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA;  2University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


S69 (1:30pm):  YIELD AND CLINICAL PREDICTORS OF THORACIC SPINE INJURY FROM CHEST  COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY FOR BLUNT TRAUMA. Nooreen A. Khan*, Nadia  Zuabi, Chelsey Bithell, Armaan A. Rowther, Karen Reed, Bryan D. Sloane, Joelle Schlang and Craig L. Anderson (Mark I. Langdorf), University of California, Irvine, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, 101 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868


S70 (1:45pm):  REDUCTION OF FIBROSIS IN TYPE 2 DIABETES BY (-)-EPICATECHIN.  Lila Peltekian*, Alfonso Brito,Vanessa Lopez, Sridhar Madala (Katrina Yamazaki & Margaret Jefferson), California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles, CA, 90032.




S72 (2:15pm):  HOW STRESS AFFECTS MEMORY. Sherwin Toluie (Samra Vazirian),  David Geffen School of Medicine,  University of California Los Angeles 


S73 (2:30pm):  OXYGEN CONSUMPTION AND THE ENERGETIC COST OF FOSSORIAL MOVEMENT IN RIOPA FERNANDI. Mandalyn Kautz* (Gary Gerald), Nebraska Wesleyan University, Department of Biology, 5000 St. Paul Ave., Lincoln, NE 68504