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Division of Biological Sciences

Division of Biological Sciences


Biological Sciences End of Quarter Symposium
June 5th, 2015 8:45 AM
Discovery Hall 162

Oral Presentations Session I

8:45-9:10 An exploration of pleiotropic effects in mutualism
Alla Melnychenko, Rachael Stead, Andrew Varma

9:15-9:30 The autoimmunity-associated C196F polymorphism in human sialic acid acetylesterase drastically distorts the active site and perturbs substrate binding
Diana Muggli

9:30-10:00 Break with Poster Presentations

Poster: Comparative analysis of genetic mutations in two mutualistic species: Seeking the genes that improve mutualism between a sulfate reducer and a methanogen
Casey Rochefort

Poster: Wapato Potato: Wetland restoration and reintroduction of native plant species for the Tulalip Tribes
Sarah Verlinde

Poster: North Creek Salmonid Habitat Study: surveying UWB/CCC Wetlands
Sarah Verlinde

Poster: Novel Inhibition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Nathaniel Bell

Oral Presentations Session II

10:00-10:25 Coevolution through local adaptations of mutualistic partners
Emma McCauley, Tyler Cox, Kevin Harris

10:30-10:55 Metabolite transfer efficiency in separately evolved syntrophic microbes
Evan Kostenko, Ethan Brickman, Richard Flores, Marina Nishijo



A number of undergraduates from UW Bothell presented at both the UW Bothell and UW Seattle Undergraduate Research Symposia.  Dr. Douglas W. Wacker was awarded a Unviersity of Washington Undergraduate Research Mentor Award at the Seattle event.

Dr. Wacker's Research Group
Back Row: Alex Lefort, Dr. Douglas Wacker, Anna Martinez, Rachel Dejneka
Front Row: Lexi Menth, Eliza Berry, Amanda Morgan, Bri McCloskey
Photo by: Karg & Snell Photography

Hillesland Lab
Andrew Tagle and Trevor McCoy, undergraduates in the lab of Dr. Kristina Hillesland.


Marilia Almeida, an undergraduate researcher mentored by Dr. Keya Sen.


Yaxuan Lu, Hillesland Lab


Kristie Francisco and James Ton, Mentor:  Dr. Keya Sen

Ben Pham and Jessica Kim, Mentor: Dr. Kristina Hillesland

Three UW Bothell Biologial Science students presented their research at the 2015 Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology (SNVB) Meeting in Portland, OR.  Bri McCloskey, Alex Lefort, and Lexi Menth each applied for and were awarded 3 Sigma Institute Registration Awards to attend the meeting.  Lexi Menth's poster entitled, "Differences in call number and type between two distinct behavioral contexts of the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)" won the award for the Best Undergraduate Poster at the meeting.  Bri McCloskey, Rachel Dejneka, An Le, Alexander Lefort, and Lexi's faculty mentor, Dr. Douglas Wacker were all co-authors on Lexi's poster.

Lexi Menth at the SNVB Meeting, February 2015 (photo by Alex Lefort)

The Division of Biological Sciences congratulates the following students on receipt of 2015 UW Bothell Founders Fellow Awards.

Douglas Henderson, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Kristina Hillesland
Project Title: Induction, Isolation and Characterization of Bacteriophages from Desulfovibrio vulgaris co-cultures

Allison Kane, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Charlotte Rasmussen
Project Title:  The influence of fungal endophytes on growth of root crops in stressful environments

Mike Locascio, Chemistry / Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Chang
Project Title: Examining biodiversity patterns to understand the resource heterogeneity across a successional gradient

Bri McCloskey, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Douglas Wacker
Project Title: Differences in Crow Vocalizations in Varying Behavioral Contexts

Lexi Menth, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Douglas Wacker
Project Title: What does the crow say? Differences in call number and type between two distinct behavioral contexts of the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Observations on the North Creek WetlandsWelcome to the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.  The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree provides students with a foundation that will enable them to pursue careers or graduate study in medicine, dentistry, health professions, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, ecology, biology, and biology education.

photo courtesy of Daniel Lombardo, current UWB undergraduateThe curriculum combines theory with hands-on experience that draws on the University of Washington Bothell’s strengths: small classes; strong faculty-student mentorship; integrative, problem-based teaching approaches; and research and internship opportunities outside the classroom. Undergraduate research is an essential part of the degree program, utilizing biology lab space designed specifically for research.  Feel free to contact us with questions.



If you are a Biology student who plans on continuing into medical school or another health profession, please visit our Pre-Health advising page for additional information.