First Paper Award

First Paper Award

The Department of Biology has created the “First Paper Award” to recognize a major accomplishment in a graduate student’s research career, the publication of a first-authored paper.  This award will be given to each student at the time they publish their first lead authored paper based on research completed as a graduate student at UTM in the Department of Biology. Students who previously published a first-authored paper prior to beginning their graduate work at UTM will still be eligible for the award. Students will receive a certificate in recognition of this achievement plus a $50 gift certificate from the department. These awards will also be publicized through the department’s news feed, social media and the Hot Student Paper series.
 
Students or the faculty with whom they’ve worked should provide Mihai Baetu with the information for their first paper upon successful acceptance of that paper for publication. The goal of the award is to recognize the achievements of our graduate students in accomplishing this important milestone in their scientific careers.

 

Date Name Supervisor Title
Feb 2024
 
Eniolaye Balogun
 
Robert Ness
 
The effects of de novo mutation on gene expression and the consequences for fitness in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii 
Jan 2024
 
Ethan Mooney
 
Robert Reisz
 
Paleozoic cave system preserves oldest-known evidence of amniote skin
Jan 2024
 
Jiashu Liu
 
Baohua Liu
 
A direction-selective cortico-brainstem pathway adaptively modulates innate behaviors
Dec 2023
 
Bianca Marcellino
 
Rosalind Murray
 
Too hot to handle: male dragonflies decrease time spent mating at higher temperatures 
Sep 2023
 
Dylan Rowe
 
Robert Reisz
 
Skeletal anatomy of the early Permian parareptile Delorhynchus with new information provided by neutron tomography
Aug 2023
 
Sherry Du
 
Rosalind Murray
 
Road salt pollution alters sex ratios in emerging mosquito populations
Aug 2023
 
Viplav Agarwal
 
Marcus Dillon
 
Pangenome insights into the diversification and disease specificity of worldwide Xanthomonas outbreaks
June 2023
 
Vicki Zhang
 
Peter Kotanen
 
Development of negative soil feedback by an invasive plant near the northern limit of its invaded range
Feb 2023
 
Lucas Albano
 
Marc Johnson
 
Interactions between environmental factors drive selection on cyanogenesis in Trifolium repens
Dec 2022
 
Priscilla Valentino
 
Ted Erclik
 
Spalt and disco define the dorsal-ventral neuroepithelial compartments of the developing Drosophila medulla
Dec 2022
 
Scott Ford
 
Rob Ness
 
A novel method for identifying Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Chlorophyta) and closely related species from nature
Dec 2022
 
Aidan Levinsky, Gregor McEdwards & Nasha Sethna
 
 Mark Currie
 
Targets of histone H3 lysine 9 methyltransferases
Feb 2022
 
 Madeleine Oman
 
 Rob Ness
 
 How Sequence Context-DependentMutability Drives Mutation Rate Variation in the Genome
July 2022
 
 Tea Maho
 
 Robert Reisz
 
 Dental anatomy and replacement patterns in the early Permian stem amniote, Seymouria
June 2022
 
 Sonia Evans
 
 Michael Phillips
 
  Design and fabrication of an improved dynamic flow cuvette for 13CO2 labeling in Arabidopsis plants
May 2022
 
 Ssu-Yu Yeh
 
 Ho-Sung Rhee
 
 Extended intergenic DNA contributes to neuron-specific expression of neighboring genes in the mammalian nervous system
Jan 2022
 
 Jessica Browne
 
 Darryl Gwynne
 
 Deceived, but not betrayed: static allometry suggests female ornaments in the long‑tailed dance fly (Rhamphomyia longicauda) exaggerate condition to males
Jan 2022
 
 Areej Al-Dailami
 
 Angela Lange
 
 Exploring the role of glycoprotein hormone GPA2/GPB5 in the medically important insect Rhodnius prolixus 
Jan 2022
 
 Ishrat Maliha Islam
 
Ted Erclik
 
 Identification of enhancers that drive the spatially restricted expression of Vsx1 and Rx in the outer proliferation center of the developing Drosophila optic lobe
Nov 2021
 
 Tim Fernandes
 
 Bailey McMeans
 
 The timing of spring warming shapes reproductive effort in a warm-water fish: the role of mismatches between hepatic and gonadal processes
Nov 2021
 
 Nick Boehler
 
 Mary Cheng
 
 Sox2 Ablation in the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Perturbs Anxiety- and Depressive-like Behaviors
Oct 2021
 
 Celia Hein
 
 Helen Wagner
 
 Can We Compare Effect Size of Spatial Genetic Structure Between Studies and Species Using Moran Eigenvector Maps?
Sep 2021
 
 David Murray-Stoker
 
 Marc Johnson
 
  Ecological consequences of urbanization on a legume-rhizobia mutualism
Sep 2021
 
Christopher Lowden
 
 Mary Cheng
 
  Homeostatic control of nuclear-encoded mitochondrial gene expression by the histone variant H2A.Z is essential for neuronal survival
June 2021
 
 Urfa Arain
 
 Ted Erclik
 
Dissection, Immunohistochemistry and Mounting of Larval and Adult Drosophila Brains for Optic Lobe Visualization
June 2021
 
Devin Noordermeer
 
Ingo Ensminger
 
Autumn Warming Delays the Downregulation of Photosynthesis and Does Not Increase the Risk of Freezing Damage in Interior and Coastal Douglas-fir
April 2021
 
Shirley Long
 
Jodie Jenkinson & Derek Ng
 
Metabolism in Motion: Engaging Biochemistry Students with Animation
Nov 30, 2020
 
Alice Li
 
Jayson Parker
 
Clinical trial risk in leukemia: Biomarkers and trial design
August 17, 2020
 
Sydney Wilkinson
 
Bailey McMeans
 
Highly branched isoprenoids: a novel tracer of diatom-based energy pathways in freshwater food webs
Aug 10, 2020
 
Lauren Jarvis
 
Bailey McMeans
 
Species-specific preferences drive the differential effects of lake factors on fish production
May 25, 2020
 
Yuen Yan Wong
 
Adriano Senatore
 
Early metazoan origin and multiple losses of a novel clade of RIM pre-synaptic calcium channel scaffolding protein homologues
Mar 23, 2020
 
Nawar Alwash
 
Joel Levine
 
Network analyses reveal structure in insect social groups
Feb 10, 2020
 
Kayla Bazzana
 
Robert Reisz
 
Neurocranial anatomy of Seymouria from Richards Spur, Oklahoma
Feb 7, 2020
 
Alex Paquette
 
Steven Short &
George Espie
 
Dynamic changes in community composition of Scenedesmus-seeded artificial, engineered microalgal biofilms
Dec 6, 2019
 
Felipe Torres Vanegas
 
Helene Wagner
 
The Landscape Genetic Signature of Pollination by Trapliners: Evidence From the Tropical Herb, Heliconia tortuosa
Nov 11, 2019
 
Christine Palermo
 
Steven Short
 
Metagenomic analysis of virus diversity and relative abundance in a eutrophic freshwater harbour
Nov 4, 2019
 
Christopher Wong
 
Ingo Ensminger
 
Carotenoid based vegetation indices for accurate monitoring of the phenology of photosynthesis at the leaf-scale in deciduous and evergreen trees
Oct 30, 2019
 
Matthew Bergman
 
Michael Phillips
 
Distinct metabolic pathways drive monoterpenoid biosynthesis in a natural population of Pelargonium graveolens (rose scented geranium)
Oct 28, 2019
 
Jerry Gu
 
Derek Ng
 
Rethinking enzyme kinetics: Designing and developing a biomolecular interactive tutorial (BIOMINT) learning tool for undergraduate students
Oct 15, 2019
 
Vishal Sangha
 
Angela Lange & Ian Orchard
 
Physiological effects of biostable kinin and CAPA analogs in the Chagas disease vector, Rhodnius prolixus
Oct 7, 2019
 
Wassim Elkhatib
 
Adriano Senatore
 
A Na+ leak channel cloned from Trichoplax adhaerens extends extracellular pH and Ca2+ sensing for the DEG/ENaC family close to the base of Metazoa
Sep 17, 2019
 
Gordana Scepanovic
 
Bryan Stewart
 
Analysis of Drosophila nervous system development following an early, brief exposure to ethanol
Sep 16, 2019
 
Tim Fernandes
 
Bailey McMeans
 
Coping with the cold: energy storage strategies for surviving winter in freshwater fish
August 15, 2019
 
Ahmed Hassan
 
Rob Ness
 
Consequences of recombination for the evolution of the mating type locus in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
June 4, 2019
 
Arjan Banerjee
 
Sasa Stefanovic
 
Caught in action: fine-scale plastome evolution in the parasitic plants of Cuscuta sect. Ceratophorae (Convolvulaceae)
May 17, 2019
 
Sara Hegazi
 
Joel Levine & Mary Cheng
 
A Symphony of Signals: Intercellular and Intracellular Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Circadian Timekeeping in Mice and Flies
March 25, 2019
 
Arthur H. Cheng
 
Mary Cheng
 
SOX2-Dependent Transcription in Clock Neurons Promotes the Robustness of the Central Circadian Pacemaker
Feb 25, 2019
 
Sophie Breitbart
 
H. Wagner & M. Johnson
 
Visualizing a Disease Outbreak Using ESRI Story Maps
July 30, 2018
 
James Santangelo
 
M. Johnson & R. Ness
 
Modern spandrels: the roles of genetic drift, gene flow and natural selection in the evolution of parallel clines
July 17, 2018
 
Ruth Rivkin
 
M. Johnson
 
The effects of plant sexual system and latitude on resistance to herbivores
April 10, 2018
 
Sarah French
 
S. McCauley
 
Canopy cover affects habitat selection by adult dragonflies
July 18, 2017
 
Jigar Trivedi
 
L.M. Kohn
 
Fungus causing white-nose syndrome in bats accumulates genetic variability in North America with no sign of recombination
Apr 19, 2017
 
Lucia Mendoz-Viveros
 
M. Cheng
 
miR-132/212 modulates seasonal adaptation and dendritic morphology of the central circadian clock
Apr 3, 2017
 
Sam Hana
 
A. Lange
 
Octopamine and tyramine regulate the activity of reproductive visceral muscles in the adult female blood-feeding bug, Rhodnius prolixus
Mar 9, 2017
 
Hussain Al-Alkawi
 
A. Lange & I. Orchard
 
Cloning, localization, and physiological effects of sulfakinin in the kissing bug, Rhodnius prolixus
Mar 2, 2017
 
Yara Haridy
 
R. Reisz
 
Ontogenetic change in the temporal region of the early permian parareptile Delorhynchus cifellii and the implications for closure of the temporal fenestra in amniotes
Feb 23, 2017
 
Hussain Al-Alkawi
 
A. Lange
 
Cloning, localization, and physiological effects of sulfakinin in the kissing bug, Rhodnius prolixus
Feb 9, 2017
 
Dachin Frances
 
S. McCauley
 
Effects of environmental warming during early life-history on libellulid odonates
Jan 30, 2017
 
Jacob Jezovit
 
J. Levine
 
Phylogeny, environment and sexual communication across the Drosophila genus
Jan 20, 2017
 
Maryam Moazami-Goudarzi
 
G. Espie
 
The structure, kinetics and interactions of the β-carboxysomal β-carbonic anhydrase, CcaA
Oct 31, 2016
 
Laura Junker
 
I. Ensminger
 
Relationship between leaf optical properties, chlorophyll fluorescence and pigment changes in senescing Acer saccharum leaves
Aug 15, 2016
 
Zina Hamoudi
 
I. Orchard and A.B. Lange
 
Identification and Characterization of the Corazonin Receptor and Possible Physiological Roles of the Corazonin-Signaling Pathway in Rhodnius prolixus
Aug 3, 2016
 
Christine Nguyen
 
B. Stewart
 
Influence of postsynaptic structure on missing quanta at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction
Jun 20, 2016
 
Mireille Golemiec
 
J. Levine
 
Layered social nework analysis reveals complex relationships in kindergarteners
Apr 8, 2016
 
Krystal Nunes
 
P. Kotanen
 
Variation in herbivory along a latitudinal gradient for native and exotic Asteraceae
Apr 5, 2016
 
Ken Thompson
 
M. Johnson
 
Antiherbivore defenses alter natural selection on plant reproductive traits
Apr 5, 2016
 
Colin Cassin
 
P. Kotanen
 
Invasive earthworms as seed predators of temperate forest species
Apr 3, 2016
 
Andrew Long
 
S. Short
 
Seasonal determinations of algal virus decay rates reveal overwintering in a temperate freshwater pond