Author: Jennifer Cubeta

What Do Students Get Out of UBRP?

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Each year, it takes approximately $30,000 to provide our most financially challenged UBRP students with federal work-study research positions during the academic year. Currently, 17 out of our 100 UBRP students are in work-study positions for the the 2020-21 academic

Alumna Denice Warren Ross to Give Keynote Address at 32nd Annual UBRP Virtual Conference

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Denice Warren Ross, Senior Fellow at the National Conference on Citizenship and a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, will give the keynote talk at the 32nd Annual UBRP Virtual Conference on Saturday, January 23,

Connexins and the Heart

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Connexins are proteins that form connections between cells in the heart. How are these impacted when the heart receives no oxygen? Find out from Diego Silva-Mendoza, a researcher in Dr. Janis Burt’s lab, in a 5-minute presentation on his research.

RNA-Directed DNA Methylation (RdDM)

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RdDM is involved in many cellular processes and might have implications as a defense mechanism for plants against bacterial pathogens and in genetic engineering. Learn more about RdDM from Maya Bose, a member of Dr. Rebecca Mosher’s lab, in a

Higher Level Pain Modulation

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What causes the brain to experience chronic pain? Find out from Angela Smith, an American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow and member of Dr. Todd Vanderah’s lab, in a 5-minute presentation on her research.

UBRP Is On the Air!

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UBRP students are highlighted on “Thesis Thursday,” a mini radio show produced by KXCI Community Radio, which airs each Thursday at 9:55am, 12:55pm, and 5:55pm on 91.3 FM and on KXCI’s website. Check out the amazing work of our students!

A Blast From the Past!

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Ah, 1994.  There was the OJ Simpson trial, Nelson Mandela’s election, the founding of Amazon… and there was UBRP! In the summer of 1994, UBRP students harvested saguaro fruit following Tohono O’odham tradition, explored the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Biosphere

Ecosystem Genomics

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Megan Nickerson, a member of Dr. Jana U’Ren’s laboratory, studies the intricacies of plant-associated microorganisms, through culturing and next-generation ‘omics tools, to better understand their roles in ecosystem structure and function. Learn more about Megan’s work in her 5-minute summer

Targeting the Cerebral Vasculature in Treating Acute Ischemic Stroke

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At the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, Kristina Sin explores a novel therapeutic target for ischemic stroke. Learn more about her research in Dr. Rayna Gonzales’ lab in her 5-minute summer research presentation.

Toxoplasma gondii, the Brain, and the Immune System

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Toxoplasma gondii affects 12% to 33% of the earth’s population.  Learn more about the impact of this parasite upon the brain and immune system from AJ Aguilar, a member of Dr. Anita Koshy’s lab, in a 5-minute presentation on his