Honours Thesis

HSOC

Sock On!

Honours thesis students (including our HSOC students ("H-socks"), research supervisors, co-supervisors and preceptors involved in the MDSC 508 capstone course celebrate at the end of the successful oral defenses of the honours theses.  This celebration recognizes the hard work and investment of our students in their thesis research projects and marks the culmination of their undergraduate program. What an accomplishment!

MDSC 508 Honours Thesis Project Titles 2019-2020

The MDSC 508 course is a research-intensive, full-year course taken in the final year of study. The objective is for the student to demonstrate the capacity to conduct a piece of original work in a specific field. 

  1. Kourosh Banaeianzadeh

    Sparkle: Finding Missing Genes in Your Favourite Genome

  2. Josh Brauner

    Updating the Mouse Reference Transcriptome Using RNA-seq Data Obtained from Mouse Trophoblast Stem Cells

  3. Erika Fung

    Machine Learning Methods for Incomplete Data

  4. Stefan Gavriliuc

    Development and Evaluation of Metabarcoding Pipelines for Characterizing Mixed Parasite Infections

  5. Syed Jafri

    Transcriptional Analysis of Osteosarcoma Identifies Key Differences in Gene Expression and Biological Processes Between Youth and Adults

  6. Karla Juego

    Comparison of BRAKER2 Genome Annotation Protocols for Giardia intestinalis Assemblages A and B Strains

  7. Rumika Mascarenhas

    An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Disease Associated Variants

  8. Kalum Ost

    Accurate Genomic Simulation in Minecraft Promoting Genomic Knowledge with Interactive Game-Play Systems

  1. Abdulrahman Abushaibah

    The Effect of Different Therapeutic Approaches on Brain Network Activities in a Mouse Model of Autism

  2. Zeeshan Ahmed

    Identifying Interacting Proteins of TRPV1 using Proximity Labelling via a Biotinylation Assay

  3. Mohammad Alansari

    Coronavirus Induced Immune Response in Reproductive Tract Mucosa following Diethylstilbestrol Treatment of Chicks

  4. Samuel Alatorre-Hinojosa

    Deciphering the Role of Estrogen Signaling in the Pro-Adipogenic Effects of Bisphenol S

  5. Melia Alcantara

    Cytokines as Biomarkers for Antenatal Depression

  6. Murtatha Ali

    The Macrophage and Neutrophil Response to Intracerebral Hemorrhage in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

  7. Ayaa Alkhaleefa

    Understanding the Hutterite-LEMD2 Disease using lem-2 Mutants in Caenorhabditis elegans

  8. Mohammad Almutairi

    In ovo Delivered LPS-Mediated Immune Cells Recruitment in Lungs and Tracheas of Chickens

  9. Ali Alotaibi

    The Role of Glyoxalase 1 in the Development of Neurites in Excitatory Murine Cortical Neurons

  10. Nourah Alshatti

    Investigating Mechanisms of PDGFA-Driven Gliomagenesis

  11. Danah Altakrouni

    Host Responses in the Reproductive Tract of Laying Hens Following the Canadian Delmarva (DMV/1639) Infectious Bronchitis Corona Virus (IBV) Infection

  12. Mohammed Alzeeby

    Physiological and Perceptual Responses Modulate Single – and Double-Leg Cycling Performance During Ramp Incremental Test

  13. Winnica Beltrano

    Effects of Preterm Birth and Birthweight on Subcortical Brain Volume and Executive Function in American Youth

  14. Jack Bieber

    Inhaled Delivery of THC: Pharmacokinetics, Maternal-Fetal Transmission, and Effects on Offspring Development

  15. Catharine Bowman

    The Role of Apigenin as a Modulator of Lymphatic Function During Lymphedema

  16. Vienna Buchholz

    Exploring the Activities of Secreted Proteases from Vaginal Porphyromonas Species Associated with Preterm Birth on Type I and Type IV Collagen, Fibrinogen, and Thrombin

  17. Michael James Buie

    Role of Microbial Perturbation in Substance P and Short Chain Fatty Acid Induced TRPV1 Sensitization

  18. Michelle Chen

    Studying Viral Variability in HIV Transmission Networks

  19. James Cho

    Characterizing Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Infection in Mouse Spleens Using Flow Cytometry

  20. Jennifer Chow

    Sertraline-Mediated effects on Synaptic Transmission, Plasticity and Synapse Formation in Lymnaea stagnalis

  21. Liam Thomas Connors

    REGllly in Proximal and Distal Colon Contributes to Innate Immune Defenses in Bacterial Colitis

  22. Elizabeth Dayo

    Characterizing Novel Vaginal Bacteria Within the Genus Fannyhessea

  23. Rav Dhaliwal

    Investigating the Effect of Black Tea and its Components on Long-Term Memory Formation in Lymnaea stagnalis

  24. Olesya Dmitrieva

    Studying the Role of the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex in Cue-Approach Training Using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

  25. Claire Donnici

    Perinatal Maternal Anxiety and Children’s Brain Structure in Limbic Regions

  26. Makaela Douglas

    Examining the Role of Macrophages in Active and Chronic Inflammation of Bovine Digital Dermatitis

  27. Dominique Victoria Drouin

    Brachyspira hyodysenteriae Induced Swine Dysentery: The Role of Host Defense Peptides and Colonic Mucins

  28. Jameson Dundas

    Investigating the Remodeling Effects of Fluoroquinolones on the Extracellular Matrix

  29. Alyssa Anne Fedrico

    The Role of Adenosine in a Mouse Model of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy: Acute Pharmacological Interventions

  30. Monica Ghebrial

    Investigating the Relationship Between Obesity and Inflammatory Markers in Breast Cancer from a Menopausal Perspective

  31. Katrine Elise Gillett

    Determination of the Signaling Factors Involved in Staphylococcus aureus (SA)-Mediated Platelet Aggregation

  32. Sihan Guo

    Observing the Patterning of Cellular Orientations in Relation to Morphogenesis in the Face Using an Embryonic Mouse Model

  33. Nabhya Harjai

    Characterizing the Functional Role of NCBP2 in HPV-negative Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  34. Fajer Hasan

    Targeting BCL-2-Regulated Apoptotic Pathway to Overcome Drug Resistance in Multiple Myeloma

  35. Sarah Hasan

    The Non-invasive Assessment of Microvascular and Endothelial Function in Women with Ischemic Chest Pain and Non-obstructive Coronary Artery Disease

  36. Mary Hou

    Effect of Proteinase Activated Receptor Activation on G-Protein Coupled Signaling in Uterine Smooth Muscle Cells

  37. Fahad Iqbal

    Cellular and Molecular Correlates of Anestheticinduced Neurotoxicity and Neuroprotection

  38. Kristina Jelinkova

    White Matter Connectivity in Developmental Topographical Disorientation

  39. Carina Jones

    Interaction Between Endogenous Amyloid Beta Peptide and Anandamide

  40. Alexandra Kellington

    Defining the Effect of Dextran Sodium Sulfate (DSS) and Commensal E.coli on Macrophage Function

  41. Stephanie Krieger

    Parameters of Configural Learning of Feeding Behaviour in Lymnaea stagnalis

  42. Joshua Wonjun Lee

    Regulation of Inflammatory Responses by the Orphan Nuclear Receptor NR4A1 in the Colonic Epithelial Cells

  43. Ruth Legese

    Identifying Infectious Causes of Hard-to-Diagnose Febrile Illness in Returning Travelers Using Nanopore-Based Next-Generation Sequencing

  44. Michelle Leong

    Interaction Between Folic Acid and Cilia Mutation in the Development of the Face

  45. Brooklynn Malec

    Scrapeomics: A Metabolomic Approach to the Identification of Microbes

  46. Shyam Menon

    Proteasome Inhibition as a Novel Target for Pediatric Rhabdomyosarcoma

  47. Mia Mercado

    Characterizing the Efficacy of Phase Congruency in Detecting Multiple Sclerosis Lesions in the MRI

    of Minocycline Clinical Trial Patients Experiencing First Demyelination Episode

  48. Meghan Muller

    Investigating Structural Neuroimaging Biomarkers of Comorbid Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety

  49. Amandah Necker-Brown

    Exploring the Roles of Non-Canonical IkB Kinases Within the Context of Inflammatory Signalling Cascades

  50. Emily Niu

    Characterizing the Behavior of a Mouse Model of Joubert Syndrome Related Disorders (JSRDs)

  51. Hana Osman

    Early-Life Ibuprofen Treatment and its Effect on the Gut Microbiota and Immune Development

  52. Syeda Quadir

    Investigation of the Mitochondrial Unfolded Protein Response as a Common Mechanism in Differing Genetic Subtypes of Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia

  53. Hannah Punja Rahim

    Investigating Age and Sex Related Differences in Semantic Memory Activity Patterns in the Typically Developing Brain, Using fMRI and Machine Learning

  54. Noah Richardson

    Clinical Risk Factors for Clozapine-Induced Myocarditis: a Systematic Literature Review and Case-Control study

  55. Mishari Shakhair

    Understanding the Effects of the Ketogenic Diet and PD325901 Drug in a Mouse Model of Autism

  56. Amar Shamsah

    Developing Novel Attenuated Strains for Vaccine Applications

  57. Neve Spotswood

    Exploring the Roles of onecut3a and onecut3b as Transcriptional Drivers of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Differentiation in Danio rerio

  58. Monica Santosh Surti

    Investigating the Effect of Myofibroblast-Derived Extracellular Vesicles on Cardiac Endothelial Cell Activity to Understand Endothelial Dysfunction in Heart Failure

  59. Justin Tan

    The Effects of Sport-Related Concussions on Motor Learning in Young Athletes

  60. Vicki Tran

    Reproductive Costs of Fetal Ossification in Mice Selectively Bred for Increased Tibia Length

  61. Daniel Vera

    Investigating Protein-Protein Interactions between the DNA Damage Response Factors CHD4, OGG1 and RNF8

  62. Tyler Samuel Warnock

    Exploring the Cellular and Population-Level Implications of Radon in Alberta and Saskatchewan

  63. Lauren Watson

    De-escalating Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer Guided by a Novel Biomarker Algorithm

  64. Ania Widomska

    Investigating the Effect of hsa-miR-122 overexpression on the Cellular Behaviour of U87 Glioblastoma

  65. Emily Clara Wildman

    Investigating the Differentiation and Maturation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Using a Liver- Specific Extracellular Matrix Gel

  66. Sam Wilton-Clark

    An Exploration of Simplified Gene Expression Systems for Use in Arsenic Biosensors

  67. Rachel Wong

    Investigating the Consequences of Accumulated STARD1 on Glucocorticoid Production

  68. Lucy Yang

    Examining the Effects of Growth Factors on the Vulnerability of Glioblastoma Organoids to Treatment

  69. Hiulan Yau

    A Genetic Variant of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) Regulates Glucocorticoid-Endocannabinoid Signaling

  70. Jibe Zantua

    Characterizing Borrelia Plasmid Maintenance Proteins

  71. Siavash Zare-Zadeh

    The Regulation of TRPV1 by Stimulator of Interferon Genes

  72. Annie Zhan

    Tonic Endocannabinoid Signaling Gates the Stress Response, in a Female Mouse Model

  73. Wendy Zhang

    Studying HIV-1 Variability in the Gut

  1. Whitney Ereyi-Osas

    Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences in Prenatal Care: A Retrospective Chart Review

  2. Grace Kennedy

    Social Return on Investment (SROI) of a Coordinated Care Intervention for Socially Vulnerable Calgarians

  3. Kira Makuk

    Rapid Pre-Event Weight Cutting in Mixed Martial Arts: Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices, and Opinions in Elite Athletes

  4. Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy

    Gender at Work: An Analysis of Narratives of Employee Views About Gender in Relation to Workplace Mental Health Policies and Practices

  5. Alam Randhawa

    Rural Children Admitted to Alberta Children’s Hospital: Family Perceptions of Tertiary Hospitalization

  6. Ameila Ridout

    “It’s Either Way Worse Than We Think it is, or It’s Way Better Than We Think it is”: Canadian Jewish Young Adults’ Conflicting Perceptions of Antisemitism

  7. Cristina Santamaria-Plaza

    Public Policy and Health: A Critical Public Health Analysis of Alberta’s UCP Government Agenda

  8. Hannah Sell

    Neighbourhood Characteristics, Lifestyle Factors, and Child Development

MDSC 508

Due to the pandemic, the annual MDSC 508 celebration did not take place in 2020. Instead, students were encouraged to submit a picture of themselves that highlighted their year-long work.

Fahad

MDSC 508 equips students with lifelong skills that help them transform their ideas into meaningful experiences. The course provides a unique opportunity to synthesize your own research project, present your findings, and defend your thesis in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment that is distinctive to the BHSc.

Fahad Iqbal

Class of 2020