Bioinformatics Student Work and Research
Bioinformatics at Saint Vincent College provides students with a distinctive combination of analytical and scientific training coupled with a broad-based liberal arts education. This mixture is a natural fit at Saint Vincent, allowing students to explore interdisciplinary connections both among the sciences and in relation to the world around them. Opportunities for pursuing individual interests within and across disciplines are encouraged, including summer internships and research experiences (on or off-campus).
Bioinformatics Students will design and carry out their own bioinformatics project as a capstone experience, including a written thesis. This work will also be presented either orally or in poster format at the annual St. Vincent Academic Symposium. Students from the program have also presented their work at meetings such as the annual Duquesne Summer Research symposium in Pittsburgh and the Rocky Bioinformatics Meeting in Aspen, Colorado.
The Collaborative Learning Program (CLP) allows students to interact with their peers, learning more about their fields through regular meetings and field trips.
Previous Senior Theses:
Tressa Holodnik, “Investigation of receptors bound to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, 2,2 ́,4,4 ́,5,5 ́-hexachlorobiphenyl, and hexachlorobenzene using computational docking.”
Miranda Jackson, “The Computational Analysis of the Theoretical Binding of a Partial CUG Triplet Expansion RNA with MBNL1 Protein Domains as a Model for Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy Disease Pathology.”
Will Kohler, “Prediction of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Hypersensitivity Reaction Mechanisms via in Silico Protein Docking”
Matthew Whittaker, “A Novel Comparison of Metagenomic Classification Algorithms”
Josh Vasko, “Analysis of Arginase Evolution and Regulation in Macrophages”
Zach Jackson, “Assessment of wound healing processes in a three-dimensional human fibroblast culture system exposed to a novel cocktail of pathway activators and inhibitors"
Natalie Nakles, “The Development of Novel Toxiferine-Derived Neuromuscular Blocking Agents”
Conor Sterling, “Lanthipeptide Production in Gemmatimonas aurantiaca”
Elijah Colliflower, “MiBrow: The Centralization of Critical microRNA Data”
Andrew Baker, “Construction of a Relational Database of Prion-forming Proteins”
Jen Klimek, “Improvements and Testing of the RAE System as an Effective Education Tool”
Rachel Svonavec, “Comparative modeling and epitope mapping of peanut, soybean, and hazelnut allergenic proteins from the cupin family”
Nick Huhn, “Genomic Analysis of the Deinococcus Family”
Aaron Lazuka, “Investigation of Genes Mutated in Amelogenesis Imperfecta”
Josh Martin (December 2012), “Sequence Analysis of the Deinococcus Genus to Explain Relative Radiation Resistance”
Aaron Lazuka (2013) "Investigation of Genes Mutated in Amelogenesis Imperfecta"
Nick Huhn (2013) "Genomic Analysis of the Deinococcus Family"