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Undergraduate Theses (Honors and Senior)

List of the former and current Crable students

(These students received support in their Junior and Senior years, defending their Honors Thesis in the Spring of their senior year.)

2006 Nicholas D. Petkovich
2006 Jenna L. Dagget
2007 Brian F. DiSalle Functionalization of Calcium Aluminate Ceramics as Biomaterials Princeton University, Chemistry Graduate Student
2008 Lauren M. Matosziuk Toward Structural and Mechanistic Understanding of Copper Catalyzed Cyclopropanation: a Density Functional Study Northwestern University, Chemistry Graduate Student
2008 Medhavi Bole Thermodynamic Analysis of the Interactions between Human Semaphorin 3F RNA and the RGG box of the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein University of Vermont, Medical School
2009 Anthony J. Ross Effect of Self-Assembled Monolayers on the Adhesion of Staphylococcus Aureus to Stainless Steel 316L University of Pittsburgh Medical School
2009 Lauren E. Marbella The Design and Development of a New Fluorescent Lead Sensor University of Pittsburgh, Chemistry Graduate Student
2010 Angela Jovanovic Fluorescently Tagging Lipid Amines for Ultrasensitive Detection: An Analytical and Microfluidic Approach Pennsylvania State University, Chemistry Graduate Student
2010 Bryan Seybert Simultaneous Quantification of Arsenic and Selenium Species in Fish Tissue Using Ion Chromatography and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Teaching degree, Duquesne University
2011 Matthew Taylor Improving the Utility and Environmental Compatibility of Atom Transfer Radical Reactions through the Use of Non-Radical Reducing Agents and Novel Catalyst Design Harvard University, Chemistry Graduate Student
2011 Ashley Biernesser Structural and Mechanistic Investigation of Iron and Copper Catalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Addition Boston College, Chemistry Graduate Student
2012 Kristine Deibler The Development of a New Generation of Fluorescent Sensors Northwestern University, Chemistry Graduate Student
2012 Jared Romeo Optimization of Calcium Aluminate and Calcium Phosphate Cements for Use as Bone-Graft Substitutes through Physical and Chemical Surface Modifications University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine
2013 Sara Katrancha Investigating the Recognition and Translation Regulation of the G Quadruplex MRNA Structure by the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein Yale University Neuroscience, Graduate Student
2013 Samih Nassif Molecular Cloning and Expression of Campylobacter Jejuni Napa: Cloning into a Vector Containing a C-Terminal Cleavable Polyhistidine Tag and Initial Expression Studies Boston College Medical School
2013 Thomas Ribelli Mechanistic and Tandem Catalysis Studies Using Grubbs Catalyst and Novel Tren Based Ligands for Atom Transfer Radical Addition Carnegie Mellon University, Chemistry Graduate Student
2014 Drew Farrell Characterization and Functionalization of Calcium Based Ceramics for Use as Artificial Bone Scaffolding
2015 Sarah Kochanek Significance of Pauli Repulsion in Charge-Assisted Hydrogen Bonds in Carboxyphosphate and Biochemical Analogues
2015 Benjamin Jagger Distinguishing the Protonationation States of the Histidine Ligands of the Rieske Iron Sulfur Cluster of Cytochromes bc1 and b6f through 15n Vibrational Frequency Shifts Using an Extended Broken Symmetry Approach
2015 Andrew J. Glaid The impact of Substituent Size and Electronegativity on the Band Gap of TiO2 Polymorphs
2015 Sadie Wilt Clifford Quantum Models of Methylphosphonate Adsorption onto a Titanium Dioxide Rutile Surface
2015 Avani Dalal The Formation of Mixed Monolayers Using Phosphonic and Carboxylic Acids
2015 Kasey Patricia Devlin The Formation of Mixed Monolayers Using Phosphonic and Carboxylic Acids
2015 Allison B. Jansto Activation of Monohalogenated Substrates in Copper-Catalyzed Atom Transfer Radical Addition (atra)
2015 Elise Jesikiewicz Ab Initio Investigation of the Decarboxylation Mechanism of
Carboxphosphate in Aqueous Solution Using qm/qm and qm/mm
Methods
2015 Sarah A. Richards Nucleation Mechanisms and Aggregation Propensity of Human γD-Crystallin, the Major Component of Cataracts
2016 Christian M. Gaetano Biochemical Mechanisms of Fragile X Syndrome Pathogenesis: FMRP Specifically Targets G-Quadruplex RNA Structures in Neuronal MRNAS
2016 Megan Hockman Expression of Hominid Seminal Proteins for the Investigation of Evolutionary Pressures
2016 Sara M. Lutty Structural Analysis of the Serotonin Transporter Via Sitedirected Mutagenesis, Crosslinking, and Peptide Mass Fingerprinting
2016 Marissa McGovern The Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on Catalyzed Electron
Transfer Kinetics of Adrenodoxin and Adrenodoxinnadp+ Reductase Reactions
2016 Evan Perez Use of Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry and Computational Chemistry to Study the Transformation of Alcohols into Aldehydes by Gas-Phase Zinc Nitrate Cation
2016 Stephen Ratvasky The Development of a Dithiolene-Based Transition Metal Complex Donor-Acceptor System
2016 Allison Williams Investigation of Messenger RNA Secondary Structures Binding to Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein
2017 Andrew Gregory DeMarco Characterization of the Lipid Protein Interface in the Human Serotonin Transporter with Tandem Mass Spectrometry
2017 Ashley Weiland The Investigation of Lithium Sulfides with Potential Non-Linear Optical and Lithium-Ion Battery Applications
2017 Avan N. Ahmed Non-Traditional Formyl- and Alpha-Hydrogen Bonding in Green Catalysis
2017 Brea Elizabeth Hogan Synthesis and Physicochemical Characterization of Ternary Diamond-Like Tellurides: Cu2GeTe3 and Cu5Ge2Te7
2017 Danielle Renee Bautista Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on Ferredoxin-Type Enzyme Kinetics
2017 Kathryn Bandi Characterization of mecp2 3'-Utr Secondary Structures that could Potentially Affect Genetic Regulation: Implications for ALS and FTD
2017 Megan C. Wasson Addition of Amines in Copper Catalyzed Arget and Photo-Atra
2017 Sarah R. Sweger Effects of Viscosity and Macrmlolecular Crowding on the
Diffusion-Controlled Rate Constant of Ferredoxin with Ferredoxin NADP+ Reductase

In addition to the above Crable fellows, the following students also defended Honors or Senior Thesis. (The Honors Theses are marked by *.)

2005 Steve Arnstein* Quantum and Classical (ONIOM) Modeling of Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding in the Water Dimer
2006 Edward G. Franklin* Steric and Stereoelectronic Interpretation of Bis (oxazoline) Copper (II) Catalyzed Diels-Alder Rate and Stereoselectivity by Density Functional Theory
2008 Mellisa Meredith Comparison of Mineral Content of Soil throughout Allegheny County Pennsylvania using Powder X-Ray Diffraction
2008 Julie Wong Chong Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein Arginine Methylation Effects upon Specific Binding to G Quadruplex forming mRNA
2009 Megan Moreau Polychalcogenide Flux Synthesis, Structure and Characterization of Quaternary Lithium-Containing Diamond-Like Semiconductors
2010 Joshua Z. Seither Drug Quantification: Simultaneous Analysis of gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) and Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) by Speciated Isotope Dilution Mass Spectrometry (SIDMS)
2010 Kyle Reeping Future of Antibiotics: Carboxyphosphate Binding in N5-CAIR
Synthetase
2011 James Joseph Brancho* The Serotonin Transporter and Its Ligands: a Parameter Validation and Free Energy Perturbation Study
2011 Laura Gable* D7 and D8 Antimicrobial Membrane Pores Based Upon Substituted BenzophenoneCompounds and Computational Chemistry as a Tool in Honors Freshmen Chemistry
2011 Jessica Rabuck* The Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein and its Interactions with G quadruplex RNA
2011 John Joseph Matthis* Mechanistic Understanding of Potential Antimicrobial Agents through Benzophenone Complexes with Water and Magnesium, and the Integration of Chemical Theory and Computation into Honors Freshmen Chemistry
2012 David N. Vaccarello* Developing Building Blocks for De Novo Synthesis of the Molybdenum Cofactor
2012 Danielle Massi* Crystal Structure, Optical Band GAP, and Thermal Analysis of Li4GeS4, Li4SnS4, and Li2SnS3
2012 Kimberly Rose Daley* Synthesis, Structure, Physicochemical Characterization, and Electronic Structure Calculations for the Quaternary Diamond-Like Semiconductor: Li2MnSnS4
2013 Sebastian Herbert Conformational Analysis and Stereoelectronic Comparison of Reactive Carboxyphosphate Intermediate Against Structural Analogues in Di- and Mono-Anionic States and Docking Studies for Determination of Non-Competitive Inhibitor Binding Sites
2015 Kasey Devlin
2015 Sarah Richards
2015 Marco Acevedo Did Not Submit
2017 Sarah Elizabeth Sheffield Dissociation Pathways of Gas-Phase Complexes Composed of Alkaline Earth Metal Cations Coordinated by Alcohol Ligands
2017 Stephen Koehler Creation And Intrinsic Reactions Of Gas-Phase Group II CA Tioncarbanion Complexes