2013 Columbia University Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

Our annual Symposium took place on Sunday March 31, 10am to 4pm in Roone Arledge Auditorium.


Faculty Speakers: Dr. Vincent Racaniello

Through the Symposium, the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal aims to establish a forum for the display of outstanding undergraduate research to be viewed by faculty and students of pre-eminent Northeastern region research institutions.

If you have any questions, please contact the CUSJ at ceo.cusj@gmail.com.


Student Poster Presentations:


Cameron Lemley, Columbia University
Mapping the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex in Radio Frequencies

Bryan Terrazas, Columbia University
Blowing Bubbles in the Intracluster Medium: The Growth and Evolution of Radio Lobes from Active Galactic Nuclei

Liang Yu, Yale University
The Evolution of Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Effect Scaling Relations of Galaxy Clusters


Fathima B. Nazumudeen and May M. Moe, Queens College, CUNY
Effects of Resveratrol Analogues on Migration and Microtubules of B16 F10 Mouse Melanoma Cells

Freida Zavurov, Queens College, CUNY
OM-120: Qualitative Titration Analysis of a transition metal complex from the Ruthenium 4,4’- bipyridine series in Calf Thymus DNA

Yapei Zhang, Princeton University
Probing the Atomic Structure of the Indole-Phospholipid Binding Process


Sai Aung Phyo and Michelle Vancura, St. John’s University
Bortezomib induces nuclear accumulation of IKK in metastatic prostate cancer cells

Shawna Benjamin, Queens College, CUNY
Influenza A Virus Induces Autophagy Through ER Stress

Kevin Chavez, Stony Brook University
Imatinib mesylate (Gleevec) in combination with CSAA: breast cancer inhibition through the manipulation of cellular metabolism

Elen Gusman, Hunter College, CUNY
Genes Controlled by the Transcription Factor XBP1 in the Notochord of the Ascidian Ciona intestinalis

Lovon Mahon, Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds from Soil Bacteria using the Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction coupled to Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

Ricky Mingyu Loh and George Ki Wan, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
The anti-inflammatory effect of 17-Hydroxycyclooctatin compound isolated from New York soil sample

Kuang Myat San, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Genetically Altered spo- Strain Reveals that Endospores Delay Copper-alloy Surface Mediated Toxicity in Bacillus subtilis

Ritish Patnaik, Columbia University
Investigating Mechanisms Driving Melanoma Metastasis in a Xenotransplantation Mouse Model Using Primary Patient Samples

Jasodra Ramlall, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Understanding the mechanisms of Copper induced, Lipid peroxidation mediated cell death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Viven Solomon, Stony Brook University
Characterization of Polyacyltrehalose Synthesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Qing Yao Ding, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Concentration Dependent, CuSO4 mediated cell death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae involves Lipid peroxidation in the Cell Membrane

Royce Zhou, Columbia University
CONSTANS: Effects of a cis-regulatory element on Arabidopsis thaliana flowering time


Calvin Sung, New York University
Variations in Plantar Pressure During Body Weight-Support Treadmill Running


Julia Joseph, Stony Brook University
Quantification of lipid-protein interactions in Mycobacterium tuberculosis by a competitive binding fluorescence assay


Anibal R. Davalos, Queens College, CUNY
A Base-Controlled Regioselective Synthesis of Allyl and Vinyl Phenyl Sulfones

Obiora Egbo, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Determination of the Ionization Constant of Carboxylic Acids Using Microscale Freezing Point Depression measurements

Suk Ju Ham, Eun Jung Shin, Seoyi Park, Ji Hyun Lee and Esther Shin, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Determination and Comparison of Refractive Index of Solid Compounds Measured by the Zoom-In Method and the Extension Method


Jiun-Ruey Hu, Princeton University
A Comparative Analysis of Approaches for the Discovery of Genes with Site-Specific Self-Catalytic Depurinating Activity


Anna Malinovskaya, Mount Holyoke College
Receipt of remittances and governance in Nepal: a vicious cycle or a path to government accountability?


Bina Bansinath, Cornell University
Leukocyte Plugging and Microthrombi in Capillaries Contribute to Decreased Brain Blood Flow in Animal Models of Myeloproliferative Disease

Kenny Chu, Nahyun Kim and Luis Solares, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Manufacturing and Analysis of Metal-free Hydrogen Fuel Cells Utilizing Carbon-Nanotubes

Mina Cong, Columbia University
Kinetic Energy Availability Studies

Kelly Wu, Columbia University
Dynamic viscoelasticity of HeLa cells during cell division studied by video particle-tracking microrheology


Chung Him Tse and Jonathan Myung, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Detection and Limitation of Fecal Coliform in New York City Waters by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Yueting Chen, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Analysis of Nitrogen, chlorohyll-a & Total suspended solids in water at the DEP

Leslie-Ann Williams, Medgar Evers College, CUNY
Contributions to Characterizing the Urban Soil Microbiota of Brooklyn, NY


Philip Borger, Hofstra University
Characterization of the Schizophrenia susceptibility gene ZNF804A in the rat hippocampus during associative long term memory formation

Yuan Chang Leong, Princeton University
Decoding the focus of attention in a decision-making task

Gianna Fote, Yale University
Mood alteration induced by cholinergic modulation of the amygdala-prefrontal cortex axis

Noelle Van Rysselberghe, Columbia University
Developing a technique to acutely inhibit neurotransmission in Drosophila larvae


Po-Yi Ho, Yale University
Modeling the Stretching of Collapsed DNA with Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Andrew Lee, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Bend Loss Sensitivity of Standard and Photonic Crystal Fibers for Sensor

Danielle Sofferman, Adelphi University
High-Resolution Interference in Quantum Dot Thin-Films

Steven Zwick, Yale University
Network Dynamics in the Drosophila Antennal Lobe


Young A Lee, New York University
Alternating training with another task enables visual perceptual learning

The Columbia Undergraduate Research Symposium is sponsored by The Princeton Review.