UCD Science / Arcadia University STEM Summer Research Students present their posters on UCD Research

 

Posted 27 July 2016

For eight weeks during the Summer of 2016, students from institutions across the United States including the Texas Tech University, Ohio University, University of Nebraska - Lincoln and University of Delaware took part in a joint Summer Research School run by University College Dublin and Arcadia University.

Arcadia Summer Research
Summer Research Students after their poster presentations

"The students really enjoyed the experience and the standard of research was incredibly high," says Dr Tadhg Ó Cróinín, who coordinated the module. "This module offers an opportunity for study abroad students to gain valuable experience in carrying out a research project in their chosen field and working closely with graduate students and postdoctoral scientists."

Students were placed in research labs that reflected their personal areas of interest where they spent eight weeks working in the lab on their own specific research project. Students wrote a literature survey on their project as well as preparing a final mini-thesis on their research project. At the end of the semester students then presented their work in poster format at a symposium attended by academic staff where they had the opportunity to explain and defend their work.

 

Projects undertaken by STEM Summer Research Students

Amber Livingston, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE 

‌Amber Livingstone, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, carried out her project in the laboratory of Dr Tara McMorrow, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science where she studied the effects of primary cilia loss on ERK/MAPK signaling in a proximal tubular epithelial cell line. Many studies have shown a connection between different types of cancer and primary ciliary absence or loss. Amber’s research used immunofluorescence and Western Immunoblotting to show a connection between ciliary loss and expression of proteins in the ERK/MAPK pathways.

CJ Burke, University of Delaware, DE

‌Conor Burke, University of Delaware, carried out his project under the supervision of Dr Brian McNamee, UCD School of Computer Science where he studied power and energy consumption in deep learning. With the exponential increase in data centres and deep learning algorithms the issue of energy consumption is becoming a serious concern. Conor’s project focused on using different tools to measure energy consumption by data deep learning algorithms running on linux based servers at a data centren.

David Greer, Texas Tech University, TX

David Greer, Texas Tech University, carried out his project under the supervision of Dr Mark Scanlon, UCD School of Computer Science. David worked on a project which focused on disk image reconstruction from deduplicated data storage. This technology aims to increase the rate at which data from hard drives can be extracted. This technology has a wide range of applications particularly in the area of rorensic analysis of digital evidence associated with crimes.

Elizabeth Murphy, Ohio University, OH

Elizabeth Murphy, Ohio University, carried out her project in the laboratory of Dr. Niamh O’Sullivan, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science where she investigated the role of HSP-Causing Proteins in Motor Neuron Organisation. Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) is a neurogenerative disease that is characterized by progressive lower limp spasticity and weakness. Elizabeth worked on a novel model of this disease using drosophila flies and using immunflourescence and RT-PCR studied changes in mitochondrial morphology.

Miwa Shirai, Carnegie Mellon University, PA

Miwa Shirai, Carnegie Mellon University, carried out her project in the laboratory of Dr Rainer Melzer, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science where she studied the potential of a novel genome editing method in wheat and barley. Genome editing has the potential to increase the yield, quality and sustainability of many species. This approach used by Miwa was based on the principles of virus induced gene silencing as well as the CRISPR/Cas9 system.

Taylor Peavey, Indiana University, IN

‌‌Taylor Peavey, Indiana University, carried out her project under the supervision of Dr Georgiana Ifrim, UCD School of Computer Science where she worked on the scaling up of the Insight for News Platform. This platform is designed to handle news articles in a social media context. Articles and tweets relevant to current events are collected, linked to each other and stored in a database and the platform provides the infrastructure and analytics tools for these data sources.

Zakery Fyke, Texas Tech University, TX

‌Zakery Fyke, Texas Tech University, carried out his project under the supervision of Dr Aonghus Lawlor, UCD School of Computer Science where he worked on a project focusing on Recommender systems and explanations. Recommender systems are software tools and techniques which provide suggestions of items to the user while explanations help to provide transparency to the user as to how these recommendations are chosen. Zakery undertook to build a user interface to display explanations for recommender systems.