Current trainees and alumni

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2021

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2021

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2021

Sandy Lastor

NSF-REU scholar 

Epithelial cell separation and transcriptomic profiling

Hannah Hausknecht-Buss

NSF-REU scholar 

Transcriptomic response of mosquito epithelia in response to salinity acclimation and blood-feeding

Jocelyn Dates

Incoming Masters of Science Scholar

Blue Stirling

Incoming Masters of Science Scholar

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2021 - 

Serena Farrell

Using molecular biology to detect transcripts corresponding with voltage-gated ion channels in animal epithelia 

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2021 - 

Alexis Castaneda

Transcriptomics survey of animal epithelia for voltage-gated, ligand-gated and mechanosensitive ion channels

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2021 - 

Transcriptomics survey of animal epithelia for voltage-gated, ligand-gated and mechanosensitive ion channels

Trevor Karpinski

2021 - 

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Nancy Ramirez

Using Western blotting and immunohistochemistry to detect ion channels in insect epithelia

2021 - 

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Michelle Solorio

Effects of hormones on paracellular permeability of the Malpighian tubule epithelia of larval lepidopterans

2021 - 

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Emilie Serna

Effects of hormones on the fluid ion content of the Malpighian tubules of larval lepidopterans

2021 - 

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Mark Lopez Sanchez

Using Western blotting and immunohistochemistry to detect ion channels in ion-transporting epithelia of insects

2021 - 

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Ivan Gonzalez

Effects of hormones on the fluid secretion rate of the Malpighian tubules of larval lepidopterans

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Aliyyah Khan
(McMaster U)

The roles of mechanosensitive ion channels in the Malpighian tubules of caterpillars

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Aaida Arpa (McMaster U)

2020-2021

Undergraduate Thesis project investigating the effects of Helicokinin isoforms on the Malpighian tubule function in caterpillars.

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Damandeep Kapoor
(McMaster U)

2020-2021

Transcription and exon content of voltage-gated, ligand-gated and mechanosensitive ion channels expressed in the Malpighian tubules of caterpillars.

2020-2021

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Vanessa Marocha
(McMaster U)

2019-2020

Mechanosensitive ion channels and paracrine ligand production in the Malpighian tubules of caterpillars

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Neha Anwar
(McMaster U)

2018-2020

LifeSci 4C12 and 4A03, investigating why caterpillars crave salt and how they use their ‘kidney’ retain dietary Na+.

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Gayatri Sivaratnam
(McMaster U)

2017-2018

Undergraduate thesis, investigating K+ transport in the Malpighian tubules of caterpillars

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Harish Ravisangar
(McMaster U)

2017-2018

Undergraduate thesis, investigating inward-rectifying K+ channels in the Malpighian tubules of caterpillars

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Maria Tauqir
(McMaster U)

2016-2017

Undergraduate thesis, investigating ion transport in isolated distal ileac plexus of the larval Trichoplusia ni