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Theses from 2022

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Invasion Properties of Listeria monocytogenes in Aged Cells, Mina Lane Chasteen Burton

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Expression and purification of the bacterial protein Curli CsgA and its cross-interactions with amyloid-B, Leah Grace Cantrell

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Reproductive Timing in Percina aurora and other Percina species in the Pascagoula River Watershed, Malia Davidson

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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Examining the Relationship between Perceptions of COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Intention to Receive it among African Americans in Mississippi, Tija L. Johnson

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Generation of BAIAP3 Expression Construct for Subcellular Localization and Phenotypic Rescue, Ireland Ann Little

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Comparing the Reproductive Fitness of Fundulus Hybrids and their Parental Species (Fundulus olivaceus and Fundulus notatus) within Mississippi Freshwater Contact Zones, Sarah Stovall

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Habitat preference of F. notatus and F. olivaceus from a reversed hybrid zone, Elizabeth Hart Williams

Theses from 2021

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Phosphodiesterase D is Involved in Bile Resistance in Listeria monocytogenes, Sophia A. Ali

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Mitochondrial Replacement and Mitonuclear Interactions in the Broadstripe Topminnow (Fundulus euryzonus), Auburn Ansley

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Molecular Characterization of Galectin from Amblyomma americanum in Context of α-Gal Syndrome, Sumar Beauti

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Investigating subcellular localization of somatic PIWI proteins in the annelid Capitella teleta, Tierra D. Cooper

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Interregulation between msaABCR operon and ccpE to determine Staphylococcal metabolism and virulence, Erin R. Cox

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Comparative Genome Analysis of Fungal Antagonists Marinomonas ostreistagni 398 and M. spartinae 468., Jessie L. Fields

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Environmental DNA (eDNA) Surveys for the Smalltooth Sawfish, Pristis pectinata, in the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, Emma M. Humphreys

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Differences in Erosion Rates and Elevation Among Natural, Living and Hardened Shorelines in Mississippi, and Alabama, Brittany Juneau

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The diversity and evolution of phenazine biosynthesis pathways in Enterobacterales, Christian Leise

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Vertebrates at the University of Southern Mississippi: A Wildlife Survey of the Bear Point Bayou and Surrounding Gulf Park Campus, Hannah McDuffie

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Study of the Role of the msaABCR operon in Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle Activity and persister cell formation in Staphylococcus aureus, Karsen Motter

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Testing for Character Displacement between Two Abundant Stream Fishes, Amber Nations

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Effects of Prescribed Fire on Soil Respiration in a Longleaf Pine Forest., Caroline E. Paxton

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Assessing the Occurrence of Trichechus manatus latirostris in Mobile Bay, Alabama Using eDNA, Elora Pierce

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Investigating piRNA expression and function in regenerating tissue of segmented annelid Capitella teleta, Beatriz Schueng Zancanela

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The Role of Gac/Rsm Signal Transduction Pathway in the Biology of Antagonistic Marine Bacterium Gynuella sunshinyii 449, Anhthu Truong

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The Impact of Oxygen Availability and Oxidative Stress on Regulation of Cyclic-dimeric-GMP in Listeria monocytogenes strain F2365, Anna G. Welch

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Phenotypic Characterizations of msaABCR operon deletion in Staphylococcus Epidermidis RP62A, Raelyn Williams

Theses from 2020

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Generating Zika Vaccine Candidates Using Nhumirim Virus as a Backbone, Mariam A. Atobiloye

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Assessing the Effect of Bile and Oxygen Availability on the Redox Status of Listeria monocytogenes Strain F2365, Sukriti Bhattarai

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Molecular Characterization of Wolbachia and its Impact on the Microbiome of Exotic and United States Ticks, Cailyn G. Bobo

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The effect of truncated complement constructs on biofilm formation, protease production, and pigmentation, Cara L. Cothern

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Amplification and Potential Transformation of Human Syntaxin-17 into Model E. coli, Taylor H. Gore

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Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells Are Sensitive to the Cytotoxicity of Nitric Oxide: Biological Implications for Early Embryogenesis, McKenzie C. Hargis

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Evaluating biogenesis of 5’-tailed mirtrons, Jonathan D. Hoover

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A comparison of egg desiccation tolerance and development under different temperatures for three common Aedes mosquitoes, Shelby A. Hosch

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Investigating roles for RNA turnover processes in cell signaling through Drosophila melanogaster genetic mosaics, Sudiksha Rathan Kumar

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Alpha-Gal Syndrome: Molecular Characterization of Amblyomma americanum α-D-galactosidase in α-gal Metabolism and Onset of Red Meat Allergy, Ahmed A. Mohamed

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Patterns of Genomic Introgression in Topminnow Hybrid Zones, Amanda F. Ray

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Cloning and Expression of Human Synaptosome Associated Protein 29 in E. coli, Logan M. Ryals

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The Effects of Light on the Bacterial Biomass of Decomposing Leaf Litter in Freshwater, Savannah L. Underwood

Theses from 2019

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microRNA Identification and Target Prediction in the Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), Alexis Aleman

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HIV-1 Integrase Multimerization By Quinoline Based Drugs, Samer Beauti

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The Impact of Oxygen on the Intracellular Survival of Listeria monocytogenes, Amber N. Coats

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Transformation of Model Organisms with Munc13-1 for Subcloning and Protein Harvesting, Grace Dittmar

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Age-Related Tick Infestation Patterns in Springtime Migratory Passerines, Matthew Dunning

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A Global Synthesis Reveals Litter Stoichiometry and Lignin Constrain Fungal Colonization and Decomposition Across Standing Dead Macrophytes, Tori A. Herbert

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The Importance of RND-type Efflux Pumps in the Interactions of Pseudomonas aeruginosa with 4-Methoxybenzaldehyde, Sanchirmaa Namjilsuren

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The Incorporation of Lipids into the Cellular Membrane of Salmonella, Betsy H. Redfern

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The DNA Damage Response Gene DDR48 Regulates Sterol Synthesis Genes to Confer Antifungal Resistance to the Pathogenic Fungus Histoplasma capsulatum, Gabriella Reyes

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Fate of Ingested RNA in the Two-Spotted Spider Mite, Obrie D. Scarbrough

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Checklist of the Vascular Flora, Restoration Plans, and Educational Interpretive Signs for a Remnant Prairie at the Lakewood Memorial Cemetery, Hinds County, Mississippi, Olivia Shelton

Theses from 2018

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Does Interest Equal Success? Evaluating Student Perceptions of the Study of Biology and their Effects on Student Success in an Introductory Biology Course, Courtney Irene Barlow

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Disruption of RNA Metabolism by Zika Virus, Maggie Lea Dickerson

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Interactions of Fire and Herbivory on the Management of Ilex glabra in Longleaf Pine Forests, Courtney R. Filliben

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The Subcloning and Expression of Munc18a in Escherichia coli for Antibody Production and Analysis in Mast Cell Degranulation Reactions, Brandi Goble

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Lead, Copper, and Iron in University Tap Water, Alison McLendon

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Genetic Estimates of the Number of Breeding Adults in Alligator Gar From the Choke Canyon Reservoir, Texas, E. Blayne Newsome

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Effects of Acorns on Populations of Aedes Mosquitoes, Rachel Rogers

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Effect of Reinforcement Selection on Mate Selection Rates of Gambusia affinis and Gambusia holbrooki, Molly Stephens

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Sibship Reconstruction for Inferring the Number of Breeders of Gulf Sturgeon in the Apalachicola River, Robbilyn Verges

Theses from 2017

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Identifying Behavioral Response Trends Following Aggression in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Breanna M. Cheri

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The msaABCR Operon Mutant Staphylococcus aureus is Deficient in Persister Cells, Aaliyah D. Cole

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Phylogenetic Relationships of Salicaceae Based on Analyses of Nuclear DNA Data, John Marshall Diffey

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A Survey of Lake Thoreau’s Benthic Invertebrate Community, Elizabeth A. Dobronski

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Laterality Preferences Completing a Tool-Use Task in Asian Small-Clawed Otters (Aonyx cinereus), Stephanie E. James

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A Study of Object Play in Captive Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Victoria L. Johnson

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Effects of Temperature Gradient, Substrate Composition, and Canopy Cover On the Spatial Distribution of Topminnow Species: Fundulus notatus and Fundulus olivaceus, Austin M. King

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Effects of Marsh Fragmentation and Patch Area On Fish and Nekton Assemblages in Mississippi, Jennifer R. Main

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Phylogenetic Relationships of the Genera of Achariaceae Based on Analyses of Morphological and DNA Data, Corey L. Pagart

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Salinity Tolerance of Gambusia affinis, Sarah Rubelowsky

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Predatory Nature and Food Preferences Among Captive Otolemur garnettii, Morgan N. Ruby

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Personality Traits as Predictors of Pair-housing Compatibility in Garnett's Greater Bushbabies (Otolemur garnettii), Karen A. Schaffer

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Production of Antibodies for Specific Detection of Dengue Virus-2 By Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, E. Ashley Thompson

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Generation of Mutant SNAP-23 to Arrest Mast Cell Degranulation at Trans-SNARE Complex Formation, Suzette Wafford-Turner

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Morphological, Genetic, and Environmental Characterization of an Unusual Population of Isoetes (Isoetaceae, Lycopodiophyta), Shannon L. Walker

Theses from 2016

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Expression of Glycine-Rich Proteins Found In Salivary Glands of the Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum) Using a Mammalian Cell Line, Annabelle Clark

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Using Intrinsic Properties of Polyaniline to Sense Expression of the microRNA Let-7, Jared N. Gloria

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Painless Hematophagy: The Functional Role of Novel Tick Metalloproteases in Pain Suppression, Joseph W. Jelinski

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Awareness of Biological Mechanisms of Artificial Sweeteners and the Effects of Increased Awareness Via Video Media On Intent To Change Dietary Habits In Traditional College-Age Students, Cassie A. Mahler

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Mating Behaviors Exhibited by a Captive Male Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Jessica M. McCord

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Vascular Flora of the Possum Walk Trail at the Infinity Science Center, Hancock County, Mississippi, Hanna M. Miller

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Functional Significance of Branch Points in Mirtrons, Britton A. Strickland

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The UAS-Gal4 System in D. melanogaster: An Insight into the Influence of microRNAs on the Developmental Pathways of the Wing, Emily R. Wilson

Theses from 2015

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The Acoustics of Introduction: An Analysis of Vocalizations from the Captive Introduction of an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Cheyenne M. Brady

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The Evolution of Body Size in the Order Siluriformes, D Cooper Campbell

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Species Delimitation and Phylogenetic Relationships of the Wild Yams (Dioscorea) Native to Eastern North America, Tori A. Collins

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A New Species of Euphorbia Subgenus Chamaesyce Section Alectoroctonum (Euphorbiaceae) From Limestone Hills of Wayne County, Mississippi, Andrew C. Fennell

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Alternative Material Nest Boxes and Impacts on Nestling Physiology and Adult Behavior in the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), Jamie E. Jackson

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Characterization of Embryonic Stem Cell-Differentiated Cells as Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Rachael N. Kuehn

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Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Behaviors in the Presence of Active and Non-Active Shrimp Trawlers in the Mississippi Sound, Crysta M. Lorenz

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Activation of NF-κB Transcription Factor During In Vitro Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells, Natalya A. Ortolano

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Does Gut Microbiota Affect the Diet Preference In Anurans?, Jordan A. Rice

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Tracking Plastid Gene Migration in Karenia brevis, Kelly E. Scott

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Influence of Benagene Supplementation in Conjunction with High Intensity Cycling Exercise, Wilson P. Simmons

Theses from 2014

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Restoring the Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) Forests Using Pineywoods Cattle Grazing in Conjunction with Prescribed Burning, L. Tyler Albin

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Differences In Consumption Rates Between Juvenile and Adult Laccophilus fasciatus rufus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) On Larval Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae), Carmen E. Bofill

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Evaluation of a Small Molecule As a Method To Stabilize the Formation of a Four-Way DNA Junction, Ann Marie Brahan

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Adult Interspecific Interactions between the Mosquitoes Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus, Silvano R. Daniels

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Solving the Obesity Problem One Bite at a Time: A Review of Interventions, Sally Catherine Davis

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Investigating the Co-Regulatory Role of Midline and Extramacrochaetae In Regulating Eye Development and Vision in Drosophila melanogaster, Lillian M. Forstall

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Subcloning and Expression of Complexin Isoforms Involved in Mast Cell Degranulation, Cameron Blake King

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Role of IL-17 in CD8+ T Cell Mediated Clearance of West Nile Virus, Jordan E. Lowery