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Awarding of Lab Coats

Undergraduate Research Scholars

The Biology Department awards lab coats to students who conduct independent research with faculty mentors and present their findings to other biology students and faculty at the department's seminar (BIOL 491 and 492). The seminars are held on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30pm in SIMS hall, room 215.

2017 - 2018 Lab Coat Recipients


Dr. Bill Rogers, Dr. Matt Stern, Dr. Eric Birgbauer, and Dr. Kathyrn Kohl coated their research students on November 29, 2017 (from left to right).

Connor Amick - "Whether Radiated Tortoises in captivity at Riverbanks Zoo have established a dominance hierarchy and, if so, what is the primary factor in determining an animal's position in the hierarchy."

Melissa Barr - Studied the effects of epigenetic modification of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) cultured under traditional two-dimensional conditions and as three-dimensional spheroids. She measured changes in the the expression of genes involved in regulating the developmental potency of stem cells and showed that treatment with a compound that inhibits DNA methylation altered the expression of key genes. She also showed that cells cultured in three-dimensional conditions responded differently than cells cultured in two-dimensional conditions. Melissa is following up on her experiments with mouse ADSCs by transitioning to the study of human ADSCs during the Spring 2018 semester.

Holly Owens - "Investigating Lysophosphatidic Acid (LPA) as a Potential Axon Guidance Molecule in the Gallus gallus Visual System" 

Olivia Livingston - Studied the effects of thermal stress on the rate of Nondisjunction in Drosophila Melanogaster.

2016 - 2017 Lab Coat Recipients


Dr. Stern and Dr. Birgbauer coated their research students on April 19, 2017 (from left to right).

Natalie Mseis - "Porcine acellular muscle matrix scaffolds support recellularization by myogenic cells"

Victoria Leroy - "Validation of siRNA against LPA receptor 4 to analyze retinal ganglion cell guidance"

 Lab Coats 4-17-17

Dr. Barak and Dr. Smith coated their research students on April 12, 2017 (from left to right).

Arielle Black - "Cancellous Bone Strength and Stiffnes in Health and Osteoporosis, as 3D Printed Models"

Jack Nguyen - "The mechanical properties of mice tibial mid-diaphysis is sex and age dependent" 

Alex Corder - "Utilizing Bioinformatics for the Analysis of Meiofaunal Community Composition"

Lab Coats 11-30-16

Dr. Heard, Dr. Frost, and Dr. Kohl coated their research students on November 30, 2016 (from left to right).

Leigha Stahl - "Creating a microcosm to examine salinity tolerance of Escherichia coli in beach sand"

Savannah Moritzky - "Phylo-Group Diversity in Escherichia coli Collected from Oceanic Beaches in South Carolina"

Robert Landry - "The effects of heat stress on nondisjunction in Drosophila melanogaster"


Dr. Birgbauer and Dr. Kohl coated their research students on November 16, 2016 (from left to right).

Garrett Driscoll - "Investigating LPA as an axon guidance molecule in chick retinal ganglion cells by autotaxin siRNA"

Camerun Washington - "Investigating X chromosome non-disjunction in Drosophila melanogaster su(var)3-9 mutants"

Lab Coat Alumni

The department has awarded over 100 lab coats to student researchers over the past 10 years. Many of these Winthrop alumni matriculated into graduate and professional programs and are now practicing scientists, scholars, and health care professionals. We ask these alumni to send current pictures of themselves in their lab coats.

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