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    June 29, 2020Wendy Aquino-Nunez and Zachery Mielko (PI Martin Hudson) published their thesis research in the peer-reviewed journal Genes, Genomes, Genetics (impact factor 2.6).  The paper titled “cnd-1/NeuroD1 Functions with the Homeobox Gene ceh-5/Vax2 and Hox Gene ceh-13/Labial to Specify Aspects of RME and DD Neuron Fate in Caenorhabditis elegans” also features contributions from Kennesaw State University undergraduates Trae Dunn, Elise Santorella, Ciara Hosea, Lauren LeitnerDerrica McCalla, Claire Simms, Wendy M. Verola, and Sharanya Vijaykumar. This was the first publication from the Hudson lab to feature RNAseq and bioinformatics approaches to understanding nervous system development. Congratulations to Wendy, Zac and the rest of the team for a fine publication! Read the publication »

    June 1, 2020Elyse Christensen (PI Martin Hudson) published her thesis research in the peer-reviewed journal Genes, Genomes, Genetics (impact factor 2.6). The paper titled “ngn-1/neurogenin Activates Transcription of Multiple Terminal Selector Transcription Factors in the Caenorhabditis elegans Nervous System” also features contributions from MSIB students Zachery Mielko (class of 2017) and Sidney Stuckett (class of 2021), Undergraduates Jessica Radchuk and Alex Beasley also made major contributions. Strong work Elyse! Read the publication »

    February 2020Ryan Parker (PI Chris Cornelison) published a peer-reviewed manuscript in the Journal of Microbiological Methods based on his MSIB research. The paper is titled “Validation of methylene blue viability staining with the emerging pathogen Candida auris”. Congratulations to Ryan, Chris and the rest of their team! Read the publication »


    June 14, 2019  MSIB students Brad Serpa, Jenn BullardTori Mendiola, Crystal Smith, and Brandon Stewart (PI Lisa Ganser) published a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Bioelectricity titled “D-Amphetamine Exposure Differentially Disrupts Signaling Across Ontogeny in the Zebrafish". Congratulations to the Ganser lab MSIB students for their hard work!! Read the publication »


    Photo of WIll Commins at the Southeastern Fishes Council (SFC)November 8, 2018 — Will Commins (PI Bill Ensign) won second place in the student poster competition at the recent meeting of the Southeastern Fishes Council (SFC) for his poster presentation titled "Using instream stationary antennas to monitor the movements of warm water fishes".  SFC is the leading Southeastern regional group focusing on freshwater fish diversity. Will was competing against students from many of the major R1 institutions in the region (Auburn, Clemson, University of Tennessee, University of Georgia, just to list a few) as well as a number of the other comprehensive institutions. Congratulations to Will for such a great presentation! 

    Photo of Master of Science in Integrative Biology graduate student, Will Commins, at Raccoon CreekOctober 16, 2018William Commins (PI Bill Ensign) was invited to present a talk entitled “Culvert Removal: Fish Monitoring", at the GA Aquatic Connectivity Team meeting in Athens, GA. This high-profile symposium brought together attendees from academia, local and regional government, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to discuss progress in barrier removal projects that negatively impact fish migration and other ecosystem components. Another attendee was MSIB alumni Alex Lamle (PI Troy Mutchler), who now works for the Nature Conservancy. Congratulations to Will for getting such a key invitation to talk!

    Group photo of Martin Hudson and research laboratory students; From left to right; Elyse Christensen, Tyler Hill, Martin Hudson, Miranda Arnold, and Wendy Aquino-NunezJune 25-28, 2018Wendy Aquino-Nunez, Elyse Christensen, and Miranda Arnold, all members of the Hudson lab, presented posters at the 2018 C. elegans Neuronal Development, Synaptic Function & Behavior meeting, held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. They also connected with Hudson Lab alumni member Tyler Hill (MSIB class of 2017), who is now enrolled in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at Brandeis University. Wendy Aquino-Nunez graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2018 and joined the Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. program at the University of Kansas.

    Group photo of Martin Hudson and students: (left to right) Elyse Christensen, Tyler Hill, Martin Hudson, Miranda Arnold, and Wendy Aquino-Nunez.


    January 31, 2018 — Sara Skiba (PI Jared Taglialatela) published a paper, "Changes in Frontoparietotemporal Connectivity following Do-As-I-Do Imitation Training in Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)" in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience on their research into primate imitation behavior. Congratulations to Sara and Jared! Link to read published article »

    September 15, 2018 — Robert Evans and Scott Milne (PI Jared Taglialatela) published a book chapter on their research entitled “A Comparison of the Socio-communicative Behavior in Chimpanzees and Bonobos”. The chapter was published in “Evolution of Primate Social Cognition”, published by Springer. Congratulations to Robert, Scott and Jared!  Link to read the published book chapter »


    October 23, 2017 - James Thornhill presented a poster at the meeting of the Soil Science Society of America in Tampa, FL. James is studying soil geochemistry at the Fukoshima Daiichi nuclear site in Japan, under the direction of Dr. Dan Ferreira. 

    May 18-20, 2017 - Crystal Smith (Ganser lab), Kelsey Clearman (McMurry lab), Kristina Palermino-Rowland (Nowak lab), Wendy Aquino-Nunez, Tyler Hill, and Zachary Mielko (all from Hudson lab) presented posters at the Society for Developmental Biology SE Regional Meeting, held at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA. What a strong showing from our MSIB students!


    February 8, 2017 — Juan Rodriguez (PI Dr. Susan M.E. Smith) published a paper on their research into the biomolecular mechanism of dinoflagellate bioluminescence. Congratulations to Juan and Susan!  

    Rodriguez JD, Haq S, Bachvaroff T, Nowak KF, Nowak SN, Morgan D, Cherny VV, Sapp MS, Bernstein S, Bolt A, DeCoursey TE, Place AR, Smith SME (2017). Identification of a Vacuolar Proton Channel that Triggers the Bioluminescent Flash in Dinoflagellates. PLOS One. Link to read published article »

    February 4, 2017 — Matthew Aderholt (PI Siggi Greipsson) published a paper in the journal Chemosphere on his research entitled “Phytoextraction of contaminated urban soils by Panicum virgatum L. enhanced with application of a plant growth regulator (BAP) and citric acid”. Congratulations to Matthew and Siggi!

    Chemosphere, Volume 175, May 2017, Pages 85-96, Phytoextraction of contaminated urban soils by Panicum virgatum L. enhanced with application of a plant growth regulator (BAP) and citric acid. Matthew Aderholt, Dale L. Vogelien, Marina Koether, Sigurdur Greipsson. Link to read published article »


    September 18-20, 2016 — Tyler Hill and Zachary Mielko (PI Martin Hudson) were invited to present their research at the 2016 Emory STEM Symposium. Zac presented a poster entitled “Transcriptional Regulation of kal-1 during C. elegans Embryogenesis,” while Tyler was one of only 10 people invited to give a talk, which was titled “The Role of Ephrins and the Eph Receptor in Neuronal Development in C. elegans.” Congratulations Tyler and Zac!


    February 22, 2016Alicia Schwieterman (PI Martin Hudson) published a paper in collaboration with Bin Chen’s group (University of Minnesota) on the role of ephrin-4 and its interaction with the L1CAM cell adhesion molecule LAD-2 in the journal Development. Congratulations to Alicia! 

    EFN-4 functions in LAD-2-mediated axon guidance in Caenorhabditis elegans 
    Bingyun Dong, Melinda Moseley-Alldredge, Alicia A. Schwieterman, Cory J. Donelson, Jonathan L. McMurry, Martin L. Hudson, Lihsia Chen 
    Development 2016 143: 1182-1191; doi: 10.1242/dev.128934
    Link to read published article »


    May 11-13, 2015Alicia Schwieterman (Hudson Lab) presented“The A-class ephrin, efn-4, functions non-cell autonomously to regulate axon outgrowth in Caenorhabditis elegans” at the Society for Developmental Biology SE Regional Meeting at Clemson University in South Carolina.


    2015 Johnson, Deayne, H. El-Mayas, D. Deocampo and S. Greipsson. Induced phytoextraction of lead through chemical manipulation of switchgrass and corn; role of iron supplement. International Journal of Phytoremediation. (In review)


    Awarded Graduate Research Assistantships for the summer of 2014: Eric Duncan, Marylou Moore, Stephanie Larson, Matthew Aderholt, Austin Howard, Alexandria Lamle, John Metz, Scott Milne, Daniel Pingel, and Alicia Schwieterman.

    Eric Duncan Outstanding MSIB Student Award for 2014 » Awarded a Kennesaw Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant to attend meetings and present.

    Scott Milne Bagwell Scholarship for 2014-15 » During the summer of 2014, Scott conducted research at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI) in Des Moines, Iowa.


    September 2014 Scott Milne "Conspecific Proximity of Captive Pan troglodytes, Pan paniscus, and Gorilla gorilla and the Role of the Presence of Food on Socio-ecology" at the American Society of Primatologists Conference; Decatur, GA.

    September 2014 Stephanie D. Larson "Phenotypic Analysis of the Regulatory Role of the Leucine-Responsive Regulatory Protein (LrpPA) in Pseudomonas aeruginosa" at the American Society of Microbiology; Jacksonsville, FL.

    September 2014 John Michael Metz "Delineation of Aeromonas hydrophila Pathotypes by Detection of Putative Virulence Factors using Polymerase Chain Reaction and Nematode Challenge Assay" at the Southeastern branch of the American Society of Microbiology; Jacksonville, FL.

    August 2014Scott Milne presented "The Role of Socio-Ecological Factors on Conspecific Proximity and Communicative Behavior: A Cross Species Comparison of Gorilla gorilla, Pan troglodytes, andPan paniscus" at the International Primatological Society Conference; Hanoi, Vietnam.

    April 2-5, 2014Eric Duncan presented "Comparison of diurnal water use in the native riparian tree species, American sycamore, Platanus occidentalis (L.), and black willow, Salix nigra (Marshall), and the potential implications for riparian restoration efforts and ecology”. Association of Southeastern Biologists; Spartanburg, South Carolina.


    Deayne Johnson (June 2013) Awarded a Kennesaw Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant to attend and present at the International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements.

    Deayne Johnson (October 2013) Awarded funds from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program for travel to the 10th International Phytotechnology Conference in Syracuse NY.

    Deayne Johnson (2013-2014 academic year) Selected as a recipient of the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Scholarship and awarded $5000.


    March 2013 Ellen Winant presented a poster on her survey of the distribution of Elimia spp. in Etowah River basin tributaries at the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Symposium in Guntersville, AL.

    April 11, 2013 Eric Duncan presented a poster“Use of the Granier Thermal Dissipation Probe (TDP) method to gain insight into species specific water use in a mature mixed forest stand in North Western Atlanta, GA” at the Association of Southeastern Biologists; West Virginia.

    May 2013 Stephanie D. Larson presented a poster of her research on Lrp Protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa at the American Society for Microbiolgy General Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

    2013  — Brittany Moore research poster "Vocalization across contexts in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)" was a finalist for best student poster at the American Society of Primatologists meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    October 2013 — Deayne Johnson presented a poster on her phytoextraction research 10th International Phytotechnology Conference in Syracuse, NY.


    October 2012 Stephanie D. Larson presented a poster of her research on Lrp Protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology; Athens, GA.