The Honors program in Biological Sciences provides excellent students with the opportunity to do original research under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. To graduate with Honors, the student must develop and carry out a research project, write up the project as an Honors Thesis, and present the results of the research in a Departmental seminar.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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The Maintenance and Consequences of a Low Quality Diet in Poecilia Latipinna, Maya Jaffe

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Sugar Feeding Affects the Male Contribution in Reproduction in Aedes Aegypti, Stefano Correa

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AN ANALYTICAL WORKFLOW FOR METAGENOMIC DATA AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE STUDY OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD), Misael Fernandez

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EFFECTS OF ENDOTHELIN 3 ON THE TUMOR-ANGIOGENIC RESPONSE IN A NOVEL MELANOMA MOUSE MODEL, Ruslan Garcia

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Multiplex PCR for Assessment of Tetracycline Resistance (tet) Genes in Antibiotic-Resistant Soil Bacteria and the Ecological Implications, Janelis Gonzalez

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The Role of Ras Oncogene in Differentiation of 3T3-L1 Preadipocytes, Victor M. Gonzalez

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Comparison of community structure of mangrove and riprap rock habitats along urban coastlines of south Florida, Joseph R. Peters

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Antimicrobial effect of Artemisia species on Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Chad V. Stefancin

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Do long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) know what others can and cannot hear?, Andrew Zamora

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Diel Patterns of Patch Reef Community Dynamics in a Caribbean Back-Reef System, Martha J. Zapata

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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OVER-EXPRESSION OF ENDOTHELIN 3 SENSITIZES MICE TO UV-INDUCED MELANOMA METASTASIS, Deannys Batista

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DROSOPHILA FLIGHT STABILIZATION DEPENDS ON APPARENT DISTANCES IN OPTIC FLOW FIELD, Stephanie Cabrera

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ANDROGEN TREATMENT INCREASES FEMALE AGGRESSION IN THE ELECTRIC FISH BRACHYHYPOPOMUS GAUDERIO, Pedro E. Perez

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Role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa mifSR Two-Component System in Antibiotic Resistance and Biofilm Formation, Lourdes Ramirez

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THE EFFECT OF NATURAL PRODUCTS AND SMALL GTPASES IN ADIPOGENESIS, Nathalie Rivero

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An automated method for the determination of electroreception thresholds in weakly electric fish, James Patrick Roach

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Anticancer activity of 4-N gemcitabine analogues, Alana Ming-Amede VanDervort

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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CHARACTERIZATION OF A NOVEL MOUSE PHENOTYPE WITH MARKED HYDROCEPHALUS, Myron K. Evans II

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NOVEL PURIFICATION OF ARCHAEAL RNASE P PROTEIN, Pfu RPP38, FOR NMR STUDIES, Kimberley Lee

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Social and seasonal plasticity of the electric fish, Brachyhypopomus gauderio, Juan Molina

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THE EXPRESSION OF RAP6 IN THE ADULT MOUSE BRAIN AND EARLY MOUSE EMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT, Manuela Noriega

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THE ROLE OF PP2A REGULATORY SUBUNIT B56 IN DICTYOSTELIUM DISCOIDEUM MOTILITY, Tahrim Rahman

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA4157in Quorum Sensing and Iron Transport Regulation, Raphael C. Bosse

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DETERMINATION OF ARSENIC SPECIES IN WATER AND GRAPE-BASED BEVERAGES, Leilani M. Chirino

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ASPECTS ALLOGENIC MEMORY IN THE GORGONIAN CORAL SWIFTIA EXSERTA, Gabriel Jose Correa

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THE ALLELIC ABUNDANCE OF AFGHANISTAN, A POOL FOR WEST AND SOUTH EURASIAN GENES AND A BLOCKADE AGAINST EASTERN ADMIXTURE, Christina Mercedes Crum

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EXPRESSION OF BF/C2 GENE(S) IN THE JAPANESE MEDAKA FISH, Lisa Hoang

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Studying Key Amino Acids in the Function of Ras Interference 1 (Rinl) SH2 and Vps9 Domains, Travis Murphy

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ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF EXTRACELLULAR PRODUCTS FROM CYANOBACTERIA., Susan Thomas

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Testing the Efficacy of Panax ginseng Extract as a Novel Anti-Quorum Sensing Agent, Christian Villaseca

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Presumptive Identification of the Fungal Communities in Cystic Fibrosis Patients' Sputum Using Amplicon Length Heterogeneity Polymerase Chain Reaction, Nabil M. Abou Baker

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TRANSGENIC EXPRESSION OF ENDOTHELIN RECEPTOR-B RESCUES THE AGANGLIONOSIS PHENOTYPE OF PIEBALD LETHAL MICE, Denisse Diaz

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Investigating an Alternative Treatment to Cystic Fibrosis: Testing the Effect of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer extracts on Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Natalie Maricic

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UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECT OF PROTEIN TYROSINE PHOSPHATASE RECEPTOR TYPE 0 ON MAMMALIAN SENSORY DEVELOPMENT:BEHAVIORAL STUDIES ON PTPRO KNOCKOUT MICE, Walter A. Zegarra

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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THE APPLICATION OF FLUORESCENT NANOCRYSTALS TO STUDY THE DISTRIBUTION OF NEUROPEPTIDES IN THE AEDES AEGYPTI MOSQUITO, Tatiana Rosa Cole

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INDUCIBLE OVEREXPRESSION OF ENDOTHELIN-3 IN A TRANSGENIC MOUSE LEADS TO HYPERPIGMENTATION THAT DECREASES OVER TIME, Jessica Figueroa

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CARDIAC NEURAL CREST CELLS AND THEIR ROLE IN MURINE PURKINJE FIBER DEVELOPMENT, Chulhan K won

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Characterization of L-Serine Deaminase and its Potential Role in the Pathogenicity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Sixto M. Leal Jr

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Using a Novel Non-radioactive Method of Primer Extension Analysis to Map the Transcription Start Sites of amp Genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Sergio E. Luna

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DIVING BEHAVIOUR OF RED-EARED SLIDERS (Trachemys scripta elegans) UNDER THE RISK OF PREDATION, Leon Posada

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Potential Application of Phage Therapy Against Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Infection in Cystic Fibrosis Patients, Aditi Gurkar

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EXPRESSION OF THE MYOD AND T -BOX FAMILIES OF TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS IN THE DEVELOPING PURKINJE FIBER, Jose R. Morillo

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MOLECULAR EVIDENCE FOR TAXONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES JACQUEMONTIA RECLINATA (CONVOLVULACEAE), Sandra Namoff

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Role of AmpR and alginate production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm antibiotic resistance associated with cystic fibrosis, Raquel A. Olavarrieta

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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THE ETHNOBOTANY OF PLUCHEA CAROLINENSIS IN THE BOTANICAS OF MIAMI, FLORIDA, Stephen R. Hodges

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CARDIAC NEURAL CREST CELLS AFFECT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MYOCARDIUM AND CONDUCTION SYSTEM IN THE MOUSE, Eda-Cristina Abuchaibe Madrid-Malo

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ANALYSIS OF THE EXPRESSION PATTERN OF WNT RECEPTOR FRIZZLED 3, Sarah Piloto

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TRACKING THE EFFECTS OF SALT WATER ENCROACHMENT ON SOUTH FLORIDA COASTAL ECOTONES USING MOLLUSKS, Angelikie Zafiris

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Characterization of the Anti-Quorum Sensing Activity Exhibited by Marine Macro algae of South Florida, Analisa Cumberbatch

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Molecular Mechanisms Involved in Regulating the Mucoid-to-Nonmucoid Conversion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Associated with Cystic Fibrosis Patients, Damaris Ramos

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SELENIUM DISTRIBUTION IN THE HUMAN RETINA, Camilo Andres Ruiz

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Mus Musculus Neural Crest Development: Is Pax3 Regulating the Expression of Endothelin Receptor B?, Armando Salazar

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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WAVEFORM DETECTION OF CONSPECIFICS IN THE WEAKLY ELECTRIC FISH Gymnotus carapo, Montserrat Alfaro

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Population structure of spotted sunfish (Lepomis punctatus) in the Florida Everglades as revealed by DNA microsatellite analysis, Janette Garcia

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A METHOD FOR TESTING OBJECT LOCALIZATION AS A FUNCTION OF EOD AMPLITUDE IN THE WEAKLY ELECTRIC FISH Brachyhypopomus pinnicaudatus, Marina Olman

Theses/Dissertations from 2000

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ONTOGENETIC SCALING OF POISON GLANDS IN Dendrobates pumilio, Ralph Saporito

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Analysis of Heterokaryon Formation in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense., Randy Wisser