This collection houses non-thesis research projects (Plan B) generated by graduate students in the Department of Biology and Microbiology.

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Research Report from 2020

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Antidepressant Effects on REM Sleep, Mitchel Adams

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Intermittent Fasting (IF) Promotes Longevity through Alterations of the Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) and the Epigenome, Tayt Boeckholt

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A Social Review of the Opioid Epidemic: The History, Pathophysiology, and Effects on Rural America, Holly J. Goehring

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HIV Vaccine Development: The Importance of Gp120 Variable loop 3 for the survival of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Potency of the Neutralizing Antibody to bind to the Variable Loop 3, Riham Hussien

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Parkinson’s Disease: Current Treatment Options, Luke Kovaleski

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How Exercise Impacts the Brain and Cognition, Cody Larson

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Oral Microbiome and Its Affect on Human Systemic Diseases, Hee Chang Shin

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Role of Adiponectin in Neuroinflammation & Neuroprotection, Nathan Stadem

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Freestanding Emergency Departments: A Possible Solution to Rural Hospital Closure, Emily Steadman

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Hedgehog Signaling Inhibators and Their Importance for Cancer Treatment, Haileselassie Tefera

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Epigenetic Modifications Due to Maternal Diet, Amanda Thaler

Research Report from 2019

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Comparative Optic Nerve Head Physiology: Glaucoma Induced Retinal Ganglion Cell Apoptosis by Disruption of the Translaminar Pressure Gradient and Reduced Neurotrophic Signaling, Cassidy Christopherson

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Pathogenesis of CTE: A Review of PTau, Lewy Bodies, and Cytokine Involvement in CTE, Karter Keefer

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A Review: The Association of Asthma and the Microbiome, Kathleen Olson

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) Treatment Efficacy and the Emerging Importance of Serotonin, Meghan Schenk

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A Review of Asthma Treatments: Monoclonal Antibody, Corticosteroid, Leukotriene Modifier, and Bronchodilator, Alec Williams

Research Report from 2018

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A Biological Review of Mental Illness: An Overview of Genetics and Pathophysiology of Schizophrenia, Major Depression, and Addiction, Christopher R. Angerhofer

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulaton: In-Depth Review of Methods, Efficacy and Future Applications, Matthew Carpenter

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A Review of Multiple Sclerosis Treatments: Interferon Beta, Glatiramer Acetate, Fingolimod, and Natalizumab, Ryan Golden

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and CTE: A Review Highlighting the Connection Between the Two, LeAndre Kennedy

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Immunization by Radiotherapy: Enhancing an Immune-mediated Abscopal Effect, Amy Steffen

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Increasing the Clinical Efficacy of Radiotherapeutics for Solid Tumors by Inhibition of Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1a, Austin Levi Walz