Exceptional Research

Wafa Zeidan

“During the summer of 2016, I conducted research for two months at New York University with Dr. Joel Belasco. My research question was to test the effects of specific mutations on the multimeric structure of the endoribonuclease RNase E in order to see if the reasons that RNase E, a tetramer, is better at degrading mRNA than RNase G, a dimer, is due to its tetrameric structure. The goal was to alter the shape of RNase E into a dimer and test its effects on mRNA degradation in comparison to wild-type RNase E and RNase G. However, due to time constraints I was only able to reach the step of making the RNase E into a dimer. The final result of the project is that the mutations we hypothesized to be able to disrupt the structure of RNase E from a tetramer into a dimer were successful.”

                                                          - Wafa Zeidan

                                                            4th Year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Major

Anne Ashmore

“I am currently researching on the vanilla bean in the O’Neill plant biology lab. My work examines growth patterns across different vanilla species, in order to evaluate their economic viability and subspecies classification. I hope that my project will lead to the reclassification of some subspecies and give knowledge to growers about new developments in commercially viable plant cultivation.”

                                                          - Annie Ashmore

                                                   4th Year Biological Sciences Major
Sally-Sue Lee

“As a student pursuing a double major in Managerial Economics and Design, I work to incorporate both aspects of my study when I am carrying out a research. With Fleurtech, I wanted to develop a wearable technology that can have the potential to be manufactured and marketed as well as solve a misunderstanding with fashionable clothing. Fleurtech is a dress that accentuates two skirts giving the wearer options to wear one type of clothing. It serves to cater the aesthetic function with its transformation as well as practicality with its technological components. The initial research question I thought of when I first started Fleurtech was, "How can I assist wearers with movable/ physical disabilities?" From here, I did a lot of research and gathered data on smart clothing that already exists in the market for people with physical disabilities. Long story short, with the research I gathered, I worked with an electrical engineering student (provided by my faculty advisor, Dr. Helen Koo, also the founder of the Fashion Technology Lab) to lay out a simple circuit to a dress I designed creating a whole piece with length adjusting skirt. This dress activates with a push of a button, giving the wearer control and ease when it comes to transforming their garment. Fleurtech took a quarter to complete including the study and research that went into it. However, creating the dress itself with the technological components took around 2 weeks (during a busy school schedule). Fleurtech got a great outcome following its completion. I was able to submit my project to exhibitions and conferences such as the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles as well as the ISWC 2016  ̶  International Symposium for Wearable Computers held in Heidelberg, Germany. Fleurtech also has a provisional patent. This project led me to network with a lot of people in the industry as well as brought me amazing connections with the people I work today.” 

                                                          - Sally-Sue Lee

                                                            4th Year Managerial Economics & Design Major