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Graduate Student Research Projects

Graduate Student Research Projects

Kenneth Weekes, 2013- present, The role of Hedgehog signaling in Tooth regeneration, Scale regeneration as a model for tooth regeneration in the zebrafish
– Recipient of the Sigma Xi Grant-In-aid-of-Research, 2012
– Recipient of Boise State University Student Research Initiative Program, 2013

Anthony Hafez, 2012-present, Mineralization of the developing skeleton

Neda Shefa, 2012-present, PTHrP and alternative splicing in skeletal development

Jonathon Reeck, 2010-present, Zebrafish model system for osteogenesis
– Recipient of Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid of research, 2011

Ming Fang, 2007-2010,  Zebrafish Craniofacial Development
– Recipient of ISU Molecular Core Facility Grant for DNA Sequencing
– First author on two papers

Kendra Coonse, 2006-2010, Master of Science, Collagen-Biglycan interactions

Katey Anderson, 2005-2011, Proteomic analysis of cartilage extracellular matrix

Kelly Willius, 2005-2006, Bone regeneration in the zebrafish
– Recipient of NASA-ISGC Graduate Student Fellowship, 2006-2007

Nathan Hoskins 2007-2009, Master of Science, Col11a1 regulates bone microarchitecture

Jason Adams, 2005-2008, Master of Science, Axial skeletal development in the zebrafish
– Recipient of NASA-ISGC Graduate Student Fellowship, 2006-2007
– Doctoral program at Brigham Young University, 2008-2012
– Faculty member at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa

Prarthana Kashikar, 2004-2007, Master of Arts, Quantitative Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction for the analysis of alternative splicing, Boise State University

Lisa Warner, 2004-2006, Biomechanical characterization of laboratory generated cartilage, vitreous and cornea.  Materials Science Program, Boise State University
– Recipient of Sigma Xi Grant-In –Aid of Research, 2004
– Podium presentation at Materials Research Society Meeting, 2005
– Contributing author on seven papers.

Ryan Medeck, 2000-2003, Master of Science, Morphogenetic messages in the extracellular matrix:  The role of bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and collagens.
– Recipient of Sigma Xi Grant-In –Aid of Research, 2001, 2002.
– Contributing author on three papers.

Sorcha (Cusack) Yingst, 2000-2004, Master of Science, MeCP2 and gene silencing in neuronal differentiation; possible cause of Rett Syndrome.  Boise State University.
– Recipient of Sigma Xi Grant-In –Aid of Research, 2001, 2002.
– Recipient of MSMRI Grant-In-Aid of Research, 2003-04
– Conributing author on six papers.

David Frisbie, 1997-1999.  The treatment of osteoarthritis in exercised horses using interleukin-1 receptor antagonist delivered using gene therapy.  Doctor of Philosophy, Colorado State University, Thesis committee.

Troy Trumble, 1998-1999.  Matrix metalloproteinase and cytokine tissue expression and synovial fluid protein levels in naturally occurring joint disease in horses Master of Science, Colorado State University, Thesis committee.

Joanne Ingle Fehr, 1996-1997.  Comparison of Northern blot hybridization and a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction technique for measurement of mRNA expression of metalloproteinases and matrix components in articular cartilage and synovial membrane from horses with osteoarthritis.  Master of Sciences, Colorado State University.

Mary L. Taylor, 1994.  Trichinella spiralis collagens of the cuticle.  Master of Sciences, Portland State University, Thesis committee.

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