Research Symposium 2020 - Science

S1.) A Draft Genome of a Rhizobium Strain Isolated from Giant Duckweed

Authors: Erin Sheardy (Detroit Mercy), Yamiya Lloyd (Detroit Mercy), Stokes Baker​ (Detroit Mercy)

Abstract: Two strains with sequence homology to Rhizobium bacteria have been isolated from giant duckweed. One stain has been shown to promote duckweed growth. To characterize the bacteria, next generation sequencing has been performed to sequence their genomes.

S2.) A Metagenomic Study of Chloroplast DNA Sequences Found in Urban Beehive Honey

Authors: Miftaul Hoque​ (Detroit Mercy), Jade Sibert​ (Detroit Mercy), Fatima Ali Edriss​ (Detroit Mercy), Stokes S. Baker​ (Detroit Mercy), Victor Carmon (Detroit Mercy)

Abstract: A long-read next-generation sequencing will be used to identify plant pollen in urban beehives. PCR primers are being designed and tested that will allow amplification of chloroplast DNA sequences isolated from Detroit beehives.

S3.) Variation of the Common Carotid Artery Diameter Related to Age

Authors: Atalie Garmo, Adrienne Chaney, Mary Tracy-Bee (UDM)

Abstract: For this research, the right and left common carotid arteries were measured and studied on all human cadavers in the anatomy laboratory. The data was collected using digital calipers and compared with the University of San Diego School of Medicine.


S4.) Antibacterial Activity of Tetracycline and a Phage in Combination Against Infection-Causing PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA bacteria

Authors: Bacteria, Dong Soo Kang, Dominick Kada, and James Graves (UDM)

Abstract: Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes many infections. It is antibiotic resistant and alternative methods of therapy are pursued. In the standard tube dilution test, presence of a phage may have decreased the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) for antibiotic tetracycline.


S5.) Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Authors: Gnanada Joshi, Teya Marben (UDM)

Abstract: Tau-specific neurodegerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington can be studied using many animal models. My focus is to discuss the C. elegans animal and its findings regarding this topic.


S6.) Control of Root Growth in Onions Through Carbon Dioxide Fixation and Salt

Authors: Tia Ziz, Charlotte Dale, Tasmin Dauod, Marina Sacco, and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract:  This project analyzes the affects and development on onion growth when put under extreme conditions to analyze the way that global environments and changes in the environment will affect the nutrients and resources that humans use to survive.


S7.) Detecting Microplastics in Aquatic Environments Using Image Analysis

Authors: Dahlia Carmona-Valdivieso (International Academy) and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract: This poster presentation characterizes the detection of three common types of microplastics (polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and low-density polyethylene) suspended in water under controlled experimental conditions by analyzing the red, blue, green, average, and total pixel intensity information from digital images.


S8.) The Relationship of Opioid Overdoses and Gender in Michigan between 2000-2018

Authors: Dante Candela, Carlie Castiglione, Nicolas Nunez, and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract: This poster presentation explores the relationship between opioid overdoses and gender in the state of Michigan between 2000-2018 by utilizing various statistical analyses of the several opioids related overdoses seen during that time.


S9.) Drosophila melanogaster gene Mary Shelley, co-localizes with Notch signaling components in the developing wing

Authors: Razan El Yaman, Amber Elinsky, Ali Zamat, and Jacob D. Kagey (UDM)

Abstract: We are observing the colocalization of the gene CG6191 in the Fruitfly genome, to determine which signalling pathway it is linked to, as it is an important gene that could help us shed a light on tumorgenesis.


S10.) Effects of perfluorinated water-contamination on shallot onion (Allium cepa) cellular morphology

Authors: Caleb Scheys, Shirin Bhagwagar, and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract: Observation and characterization of shallot onion cell shape when hydroponically exposed to water contaminated with per-fluoro chemicals.

S11.) Mad & Yki (Yorkie) have distinct developmental roles that contribute to pertinent cancerous phenotypes in Drosophila melanogaster eyes and wings

Authors: Leonardo Romero-Barajas, Brooke Allen, Jacob D. Kagey (UDM)

Abstract: Two key developmental genes, Yki and Mad, have been shown to interact in overgrowth (tumor) environments in Drosophila models. Our data suggest that they may not have a normal developmental interaction. 



S12.) Loss of CG6191 (Mary Shelley) expression results in autonomous and non-autonomous cell death in the Drosophila wing

Authors: Ali Zamat and Dr. Jacob Kagey (UDM)

 Abstract: Drosophila melanogaster is an ideal genetic model system to understand the consequences of gene disruption. Here we investigate what happens after the loss of an uncharacterized gene, CG6191, in wing development.


S13.) Method Development of Vector Graphic Techniques in the Characterization of Cellular Morphology

Authors: Colin Goodman (Easter Michigan University), Caleb Scheys (UDM), and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract: Development of a new methodology for the characterization of cellular shape using vector graphic measurements from shallot onions exposed to water contaminated with per-fluoro chemicals.



S14.) Mice as model organisms for tauopathies in neurodegeneration

Authors: Garret Weaver and Gnanada Joshi (UDM)

Abstract: The aim of this research is to evaluate mice as a model for neurodegeneration, as well as investigate the respective advantages and shortcomings of different mouse models and present it as a part of the review article.

S15.) Possible Relationships Between Great Blood Vessels of the Posterior Abdominal Wall

Authors: Abanoub Zakhary, Daniel Won, Adam Elturk, Michael Fouad, Victor Carmona, and Maha Ahmad (UDM)

Abstract: The intent of this study was to observe correlations between diameters and distances of major branches of the abdominal aorta and inferior vena cava to cause of death, gender, and age of the cadaver.

S16.) Production of Low-Melting Alloys Which Are Molten in Boiling water

Authors: Megan Karjo and Dr. Mark Benvenuto (UDM)

Abstract: Elemental metals such as lead and tin carry low melting points. Alloys’ such as woods’ alloy, rose’s metal, and onion’s metal are determined to hold melting points at the temperature of boiling water. With the combination of these alloys and metals we can analyze the point of equilibrium and mass obtained or loss.


S17.) Reaction of sPEEK with OH Radicals in Fuel Cells

Authors: Courtney Pefley, Alice Piatkowski, Jonathan Stevens (UDM)

Abstract: Reaction thermodynamics and barriers of reaction of two proposed mechanisms of sPEEK with OH radicals were calculated and compared in order to determine which mechanism is responsible for fuel cell membrane degradation.


S18.) Substituted Glutamates as Drug Precursors

Authors: Zachery Cotton, Aya Aoude, Sheku Bangurah, Alyssa Hardy, Klaus Friedrich (UDM)

Abstract: Glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter; dysregulation of the glutamatergic system is the root cause of several neurological disorders. Glutamate can also function as a ligand for cancer drugs. In this project, substituted glutamic acids with diverse pharmacological profiles are synthesized.


S20.) The Impact of Planting Tomato Plants in Tires Instead of Raised Beds on Water Stress

Authors: Amer Habbab, Natasha Mazahreh, Sarah Meek, and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract: Our experiment that took place at Cadillac Urban Gardens where we analyzed the stomatal size and water stress within tomato plants planted in different resused planters. With the results, we were able to propose ways to increase productivity


S21.) The impact of smoking on the oxidative status of patients with periodontitis: a systematic review

Authors: Cristine Smoczer (UDM Dental), Amer Habbab (UDM)

Abstract: We are in the progress of writing a systematic review on the impact of smoking on the oxidative status of patients with periodontitis. We have screened many articles, scoured various databases, and are now in the process of reading all selected articles.


S22.) The Impact of Solid vs. Dissolved Plastic on an Aquaponic System

Authors: Dana Hindi, Sarah Nasher, Christina Varghese, and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract: We evaluated the effects of microplastic and polyvinyl alcohol on an Allium cepa aquaponic system relative to a controlled environment.


S23.) The Relationship between Sunlight Exposure and Stomata in Bell Pepper Plants

Authors: Sarah Thomas, Sarah Elkadri, Emma Wodwaski, Zeinab Ahmad, Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract: Four members of Carmona's General Biology I Laboratory class went to a garden where we studied plants. Through stomatal density and percent open stoma, we found that the whether in shade or sun, the bell pepper plants had no problem working.


S24.) The Relationship Between Grouped and Solo Tomato Plants

Authors: Sarah Abouleila, Aya Jouni, Adam Diab, and Victor Carmona (UDM)

 Abstract: The urban Cadillac garden we attended in southwest Detroit was once abandoned and now benefits people by providing them nutritious grown food. While experimenting we concluded that the stomatal density is not significantly different between the grouped and solo tomato leaves.


S25.) The Relationship Between Mustard Leaf Coloration and Stomatal Properties in an Urban Garden

Authors: Rosalia Midulla, Matteo Candela, Mariam Khoshi, Krina Patel, and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract: The purple leaf coloration in the leaves of mustard greens plants at an urban garden in Southwest Detroit was determined to exhibit signs of severe water stress as indicated by the information gathered from their stomatal properties.


S26.) Understanding the Link between Tau and Neurodegeneration: Xenopus laevis Oocytes Model

Authors: Adrienne Eady and Dr. Gnanada Joshi (UDM)

Abstract: Researched how and why Xenopus Laevis Oocytes could be used in understanding Tau, along with its advantages and disadvantages. Xenopus Laevis Oocytes can help in looking into Tau effects during mitosis and its function while in the oocyte.


S27.) Differences in Stomatal Density and Percent Open Stoma in Mustard Green Plant Leaves With and Without Moth Infestation

Authors: Micah DeKraker, Suraja Islamovic, Breanna LePage, and Victor Carmona (UDM)

Abstract:  This project looks at the effects on stomata that moth infestation has on mustard green plants in a local urban garden.