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.

    Lab Coat FA2023

    Eric Birgbauer, PhD and Ana J. Wingham

    Lab Coating Fall 2023

    Eric Birgbauer, PhD and Layla G. Herndon

    Hannah Killian

    Hannah Killian (Dr. Eric Birgbauer) “Determining if ChEST is an LPA receptor”
    Carol "Shea" Linton (Dr. Dwight D. Dimaculangan) 
    Infant Mortality in South Carolina: How Underlying Factors Play a Significant Role.
    Lab Coating Recipients
    SP2022 - Lab Coat Recipients
    Students Left to Right: Leslie Facio, Dallas Nivens, Lilly Garcia, Sarah Funderburg, Laela Walker, Bethany Wise, Carol Linton
    Faculty Left to Right: Courtney Guenther, PhD; Victoria J. Frost, PhD; Dwight D. Dimaculangan, PhD.

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    Eva Hermanova (Dr. Eric Birgbauer) "The Response of Semaphorin 3A on Retinal Ganglion Cells Cultured with BDNF and CNTF"

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    Erica Nestore (Dr. Kathryn Kohl) “Testing the Allelic Strength of Drosophila melanogaster mus109 Alleles”

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    Allison Reed (Dr. Eric Birgbauer) “Investigating the Responsiveness of Different Aged Chick Retinal Ganglion Cells to Semaphorin 3A”

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    Rachel Rowe (Dr. Cynthia Tant) “Nutrient limitation in freshwater streams in the South Carolina Piedmont”

    Lab Coatings 11/20/19

    Congratulations to these students for earning their lab coats on November 20, 2019!
    From left to right: Dr. Matt Stern and Dr. Julian Smith III coated their research students.
    Chandler Burt "Optimization of RNA isolation methodology for gene expression analysis of self-organizing three-dimensional tissue structures"
    Holdyn Ferguson "Optimization of culture conditions for the simultaneous recellularization of porcine internal thoracic artery scaffolds with multiple cell types"
    Nicholle Lewis "Optimization of Smooth Muscle Cell Culture for Blood Vessel Tissue Engineering"
    Charlie Wolfe "Schizorhynchia: Their Place in the World of Meiofuana"

    Lab Coating 11/13/19

    Congratulations to these students for earning their lab coats on November 13, 2019!
    From left to right: Dr. Eric Birgbauer and Dr. Jenny Schafer coated their research students.
    Fatoumata Cisse "Gene expression of putative semaphorin 3A receptors in embryonic chick retina"
    Shane Lacanin "Responsiveness of Chick Retinal Ganglion Cells to Semaphorin-3A"
    Tyler Southworth "Effects of burning and raking on litter depth and soil characteristics in longleaf pine savannas"

    Lab Coating 4-3-19

    Congratulations to these students for earning their lab coats on April 3, 2019!
    From left to right: Dr. Bill Rogers and Dr. Kathryn Kohl coated their research students.
    Lexi Hall "What Effect Does Education Level Have on Student’s Understanding of Evolutionary Theory"
    Chandani Mitchell "Locating Mutagen-sensitivity Gene mus109 in the Drosophila melanogaster Genome Using Deficiency Mapping"
    Desiree Hood "Generating a Drosophila melanogaster mus109 Rescue Construct"
    Miller Barksdale "Mapping Mutagen-Sensitivity Gene mus111 in Drosophila melanogaster"

    Lab Coating 4-17-19

    From left to right: Dr. Matt Stern and Dr. Eric Birgbauer coated their research students on April 17, 2019!
    Noel Messick "Optimization of a method of nucleic acid extraction from three-dimensional hydrogel cultures "
    Anneke van Eldik "Three-dimensional printing in life science education"
    Jeffrey Parham "Analysis of passive CLARITY tert-butanol optical clearing methods on florescent preservation"

    Ellie Lab Coating
    Congratulations to Ellie Abraham for earning her lab coat on November 28, 2018 - "In Vitro Propagation of Schweinitz's Sunflower (Helianthus scheweinitzii)" 


    Congratulations to these students for earning their lab coats on April 18, 2018!
    From left to right: Dr. Kristi Westover, Dr. Vicky Frost and Dr. Laura Glasscock coated their research students.
    Cameron Sellers "Cluster Assignment of Novel Mycobacteriophages Using the Tape Measure Protein (TMP) Gene"
    Hallie Smith "Using Microbacterium foliorum as a Host for the Isolation and Subsequent Annotation of a Novel Bacteriophage Genome"
    Victoria Deatherage "Induction of Apoptosis by Uncaria tomentosa (Cat's Claw) in Prostate Cancer Cells"
    Cassidy Hess "The Effect of the Peruvian Plant Extract, Croton lechleri (Dragon's Blood) on PC-3 Prostate Tumor Cell Apoptosis"


    From left to right: Dr. Kristi Westover and Dr. Pum Grubbs coated their research students on March 21, 2018.
    Julia Scott - "Geographic Differences in Class I MHC-Specific Epitopes of Zika virus (ZIKV)."
    David Bailey - "Impact of natural disturbance on the growth and survival of the endangered Schweinitz's Sunflower (Helianthus schweinitzii)."


    From left to right: Dr. Bill Rogers, Dr. Matt Stern, Dr. Eric Birgbauer, and Dr. Kathyrn Kohl coated their research students on November 29, 2017.
    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 - "Epigenetic modification of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) cultured under traditional two-dimensional conditions and as three-dimensional spheroids."
    Holly Owens - "Investigating Lysophosphatidic Acid (LPA) as a Potential Axon Guidance Molecule in the Gallus gallus visual system." 
    Olivia Livingston - "Effects of thermal stress on the rate of nondisjunction in Drosophila Melanogaster".


    From left to right: Dr. Stern and Dr. Birgbauer coated their research students on April 19, 2017.
    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

    From left to right: Dr. Barak and Dr. Smith coated their research students on April 12, 2017.
    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."
    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."


    From left to right: Dr. Birgbauer and Dr. Kohl coated their research students on November 16, 2016.
    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.