Biology Day showcases research projects conducted by undergraduate students in the Department of Biology. Taking inspiration from previous years, we are excited to make the Fall Biology Day always virtual and the Spring Biology Day always in-person. This allows us to expand our geographic reach in the Fall while fostering community in the Spring. Current, Prospective, and Former Students are invited, along with the general public, family, faculty, and staff!

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom (register below to receive the link!)


10:00 – 11:00: “Finding, Applying, and Landing Paid Summer Research Internships in STEM.” 

  • Nathan Fried, Ph.D. (Associate Teaching Professor at Rutgers Camden) will host a workshop where students will learn about how to find paid summer internships in biology and how to approach writing the personal statement essay to successfully land it. All attendees are then invited to the MARC-hosted event on Wednesday, Dec 13, 2023 from 11:20 – 12:20 pm in BSB 118 (link) where they can have their personal statements reviewed. Applications to most summer programs begin in January, so this event is a must-see!

11:00 – 11:10: Opening Remarks by Dr. Nathan Fried.

11:10 – 11:55: Session A Presentations 

Presenting Author Title

Elizabeth Hardy

Investigating the Role of Aspartame on Chronic Pain and Caspase Proliferation

Blessing Awogbamila

STK-16 Kinase and PZL-1 Phosphatase are Involved in Different Mechanisms regarding Photoperiodism in Neurospora crassa

Elias Gabriel

Understanding Associations Between Knowledge, Distrust, Social Desirability, and Intentions to Register for Be the Match Donor Registry

Caitlin Tanoue

Investigating Ant Abundance in Urban Ecosystems with High Heat Vulnerability

Chiara Garcia

Exploring Microclimate Effects on Ants in Urban Greenspaces.

Aiman Nadeem

Identifying and Validating Recurrent Structural Variants Affecting Tumor Genomes using GROM and VN

11:55 – 12:40: Session B Presentations 

Presenting Author Title

Shaan Mody

The Impact of Enhancer Proximity on the Shared Regulation of the Drosophila Tandem Paralogs Mid and H15 Genes

Alexis Winters

Phylogenetic Analysis of Natural and Invasive Populations of Podarcis siculus

Kiley Kobsar

Slow motion videography and computational neuroethology reveal the kinematics of tactile stimulation in Drosophila.

Leana Salgado

Optimizing Cellulose Nanocrystal Properties using Ionic Liquid

Alex Nunez

The Phylogenetic Analysis of Adenoviruses in Invasive Anolis equestris in Miami, Florida.

Isabel Garcia

Exploring Stress-Induced Microbiome Variations in Mus Musculus and its Implications for Resilience and Vulnerability

12:40 – 12:50: Intermission & Judge Scoring

12:50 – 1:00: Closing Remarks

  • Kwangwon Lee, Ph.D. (Professor at Rutgers Camden) will give the closing remarks and present the awards for best poster!