8th Annual Southeast Cell Science
April 20th, 2013
Carnival Cruise Lines Science and Technology Building
St. Thomas University
Cell Science Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Registration, continental breakfast and poster set-up
Dr. Wim Steelant, Dean of the School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management St. Thomas University
Session I Room: CCL 101 Oral Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Alexis Tapanes-Castillo
Fluorescent Multiplex PCR for Assessment of tet Genes in Multi-antibiotic Resistant Soil Bacteria and the Ecological Implications
Janelis Gonzalez*, Dr. DeEtta Kay Mills, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida 33199
Sab-mediated signaling initiates mitochondrial dysfunction in an in vitro model of adipocyte aging
Ashley A. Diaz1 and Jeremy W. Chambers2
1Department of Biological Science, College of Arts and Sciences, 2Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology,
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199
A Study of the Lung Microbiome in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Using Metagenomics
Mitch Fernandez , Melita Jaric1, Lisa Schneper , Jonathan Segal2, Eugenia Silva-Herzog2, Michael Campos , Joel Fishman3, Mathias Salathe3, Adam Wanner3, Juan Infante3, Kalai Mathee2, Giri Narasimhan1. 1 Bioinformatics Research Group (BioRG), School of Computing andInformation Sciences, Florida International University, Miami FL 33199. 2 Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami FL 33199. 3 Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, FL.
Testing Carea varipes and Neostauropus alternus as biological control agents for the Florida invasive plant species
Karenyn M. Herdocia (1), Vanessa Valentin (1), Pilar Maul (1), and Paul Pratt (2).
(1) School of Science, Technology, and Engineering Management, St. Thomas University, 16401 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33054, (2)USDA-ARS, Invasive Plant Research Lab (IPRL), 3225 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314.
11:00-11:45 Session II Room: CCL 101 Oral Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Severine Vanslambrouck
11:00-11:15 Structure Based Inhibitor Discovery Against Beta-lactamase
in Countering Bacterial Resistance
Nick Torelli and Dr. Yu Chen.
University of South Florida College of Medicine Department of Molecular Medicine 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd MDC 07, RM 3524, Tampa, FL 33612
11:15-11:30 Role of Ras oncogene on in Vitro 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation
Victor Gonzalez and Dr. Alejandro Barbieri
Department of Biology, Florida International University, Miami, FL
11:30-11:45 Antibacterial activity of Artemisia species extract on Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Chad Stefancin and Dr. Alejandro Barbieri
Department of Biology, Florida International University, Miami, FL.
12:00-2:30 Poster Session and Lunch Social
2:45-3:00 Closing and awards for Best Poster ($250) and for Best Talk ($250)
Directions to St. Thomas University
From I-95: take the 826 Palmetto expressway west to 37th Ave. Go 1 block south on 37th Ave. and St. Thomas is on the left. At the guard gate tell them you need to go to Carnival Building for the Symposium and they will direct you.
We look forward to seeing everyone and if you have questions please e-mail me at
Jeffery Plunkett, Ph.D.
2013 Symposium Chair