Department of Biology
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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Class of 2020
Julia Frederick (Summer of 2017 – present)
Catherine Tsai (Summer of 2017 – present)
Class of 2019
Daniella Ibiam (Summer of 2017 – present)
Class of 2018
I study the evolution of aphid photoperiod response among geographical strains of pea aphids. In collaboration with Erin Bonner, I have so far focused on establishing response differences between strains originating from the northern and southern United States. I plan to continue working on this aspect of the aphid reproductive polyphenism for my senior thesis. Following graduation, I plan to pursue a PhD in conservation biology and a career in which I can work to protect our nation’s resources.
Class of 2009
Nicolette Belletier (Fall 2008 – Spring 2009)
Thesis title: The reproductive polyphenism in Acyrthosiphon pisum: anterior-posterior patterning of oviparous and viviparous oocytes.
Class of 2010
Thesis title: Differential gene expression in viviparous versus oviparous development in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum.
Upon graduation worked as a technician in the laboratory of Jay Kolls, first at the Health Sciences Center at Louisiana State University and then at the University of Pittsburgh. Hillary then went on to earn an M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the laboratory of Jeffrey Hildebrand, also at the University of Pittsburgh. LinkedIn Profile
Thesis title: Functional disruption within the terminal system of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum.
Thesis title: Oogenetic expression of a putative terminal system gene in the polyphenic insect, Acyrthosiphon pisum.
Earned her Associate of Applied Science degree through the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Reading Area Community College and is now working as a technician in the Chemistry Department at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA
Thesis title: Differential expression of components of the Torso signaling pathway among asexual and sexual morphs of the pea aphid.
Class of 2011
Joanna Barkas (Summer 2010 – Spring 2011)
Thesis title: The role of capicua and torso-like in the terminal and dorsal ventral patterning systems of the pea aphid.
Emma Hedman (Summer 2009 – Fall 2009; Summer 2010 – Spring 2011)
Thesis title: Investigating the role of juvenile hormone in the reproductive polyphenism of the pea aphid.
Currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Amelie Raz (Summer 2010 – Spring 2011)
Thesis title: The role of juvenile hormone in the evolutionary loss of sexual plasticity in aphids.
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Peter Reddien’s lab at MIT.
Class of 2012
Lizbeth Frontino (Fall 2010 – Spring 2012)
Thesis title: The evolution of the terminal patterning system in hemipteran insects.
Currently working as an ophthalmic technician with plans to attend optometry school in the fall of 2014.
Swampnima Shrestha (Fall 2010 – Spring 2012)
Thesis title: Investigation of the terminal patterning system in hemipteran insects using RNA interference.
Currently pursuing a degree in Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania.
Class of 2013
Thesis title: The Role of Juvenile Hormone in the Reproductive Polyphenism of Pea Aphids.
Thesis title: Knocking down developmental genes in the pea aphid: are short interfering RNAs the answer?
Class of 2014
Emily Lemieux (Summer 2013 – Spring 2014)
Thesis title: Characterization of the distribution of Capicua protein in the pea aphid.
Thesis title: RNA interference of developmental genes in pea aphids.
Class of 2015
Thesis title: The role of juvenile hormone in the reproductive polyphenism of pea aphids.
Worked as an assistant in a veterinary clinic in Philadelphia for two years and now plans to pursue a D.V.M. degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine beginning in the fall of 2017.
Class of 2016
Thesis title: RNA-seq analysis of sexual- and asexual-fated Acyrthosiphon pisum embryos.
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systems Biology at Harvard University.
Thesis title: Effects of Juvenile Hormone and Reproductive Polyphenism in Pea Aphids.
Thesis title: MAP kinase activity and function in oocyte differentiation in the pea aphid.
Worked for a year as a technician in Paula Oliver’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania and now plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biosciences at the University of California, Irvine beginning in the fall of 2017.
Class of 2017
Grisilda Bakiasi (Fall 2013 – Spring 2014; Fall of 2014 – Spring of 2015; Fall of 2015 – Spring of 2017)
Thesis title: Do Differences in Gene Expression Underlie the Evolution of the Photoperiod Response in Pea Aphids?
Thesis title: Evolution of pea aphid photoperiod response.
Plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science at George Washington University, with a concentration in neuroscience, beginning in the fall of 2017.
Thesis title: Juvenile Hormone Titer and Reproductive Fate Specification in the Pea Aphid.