To access links to each session day of the event, click on the event’s text. Linked text will underline when you hover over them.

For further instruction on how to navigate Virtual Biology Day watch this instructional video from Dr. Kwangwon Lee. For info sessions, welcoming remarks, student club panel and closing please be sure to mute your microphones and utilize the chat for questions.


10:30 – 11:00: Information Sessions

  • Admissions Information Session
    Interested in Rutgers–Camden?
    Join the Admissions office for a live information session. A Q&A chat with Admissions will be available throughout the event on December 5.
  • Biology and MARC Program Information Session
    Dr. Lee and Dr. Fried will go over the basics of our Undergraduate Biology program and also go over the MARC U*STAR program, which provides training, support, and mentorship for undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds interested in pursuing a PhD in the biomedical sciences with the ultimate goal of enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences.

11:00 – 11:10: Welcome to Virtual Biology vBio Day! 

11:10 – 11:50: Session A Presentations [Click on a project Title to enter each virtual booth] 

(Presenter in bold)
Fopefoluwa Ayangbayi, Alison Belonzi, Gianna-Rose DiDonato and Bryce Showell COVID severity-related genes effects on respiration in drosophila [Click to enter booth]
Gilharia Delva and Nathan Fried Echinacea—A Potential Supplement to Treat Pain in Women with HPV-induced Cervical Cancer
Hosen Arman and Kwangwon Lee Identification and Characterization the Causative Genetic Variation of the Phase QTL gene in Neurospora crassa
Jennifer Le and Xingyun Qi Identification of stomatal related T-DNA mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana
Julianna Jimenez and Kimberlee Moran Barr Bodies: Means of Sex Determination
Omri Bar, Anthony R. Monte Carlo III and Jinglin Fu Using Computational Simulation to Guide DPAC Sensor Design for Viral Detection
Shariq Khan, April Darling and James Shorter Engineering substrate specificity in TRIM-11 disaggregases
Sienna Casciato and Kwangwon Lee Characterizing Genetic Mechanisms for Measuring Day-Length in Neurospora crassa
Sujay Ratna, Deeksha Saxena and Jay Dorsey High-Resolution Profiling of EGFR Mutations in Glioblastoma Patients using an Ultrasensitive Digital PCR Approach
William Myers and Peter Freddolino Computational Analysis of Extended Protein Occupancy Domains in Bacteria
Zainab Rizvi, Morgan Dwyer, William Myers and Kwangwon Lee Characterizing Genetic Elements on Conidiation in Neurospora crassa

11:50 – 12:30: Session B Presentations [Click on a project Title to enter each virtual booth] 

(Presenter in bold)
Gianna-Rose DiDonato and Andrey Grigoriev Relating Genomic and Phenotypic Differences Between Brown Bears and Polar Bears
Harjit Khaira and Kwangwon Lee Characterizing genetic mechanisms involved in measuring day-length in Drosophila melanogaster
Isabella Slack, Nia Nikolaidis and Amy Savage Does urbanization drive variance in bee traits? An examination of desert bee body weight in urban and rural habitats
Julia DeFeo, John Dighton, Michael Gallagher and Angélica González Effects of Burn Severity on Soil Arthropod Functional Trait Diversity in Pinelands Ecosystems
Kiyoshi Woods, Gilharia Delva, Sarah D’Angelo, Brittany Ruiz and Nathan T. Fried The development of a high-speed rat pain ethogram
Sarah A. D’Angelo and Nathan T. Fried Meta-analysis of Preclinical Rodent Chronic Pain Studies: A Systematic Study Identifying Trends and Inconsistencies of Language, Methodology, Biases, and Models Utilized Within the Field
Sienna Casciato, Jannat Fareen and Meloney Polinati The Effect of Cannabidiol (CBD) on the Learning and Short-Term Memory of Drosophila melanogaster
Taqdees Gohar, Scott Dunn and Elizabeth West The Effect of Sex on Working Memory in Rats
Xiao Hua (“Anna”) Liang, Mary B. Dratman, David J. Augeri, and Joseph V. Martin Identification and Physiological Effects of Thyronamine Analogues of Catecholamines in Sprague Dawley Rats
Iayra Bates, Lillian Kappatos and Madeline Oliver Natural microcosms as useful models in ecological and evolutionary research: tank bromeliads, pitcher plants and rock pools

12:30 – 1:00:  Student Club Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks