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Eukaryon

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An  UNDERGRADUATE  JOURNAL  of LIFE SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP  at  LAKE FOREST COLLEGE

Eukaryon  is an award-winning undergraduate research journal that publishes the very best of life science scholarship conducted at Lake Forest College within its research-rich classrooms and faculty labs. The journal is governed, peer-reviewed, and published by an undergraduate editorial board. 

Dear Readers,

On behalf of the Eukaryon editorial board, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for your continuous support as we publish our 18th year. The majority of the articles published in this edition were written during the peak of the pandemic when students and faculty spent the better half of the academic year learning remotely from all over the globe. Despite the difficulties we have endured
these past few years and continue to endure, Eukaryon is prouder than ever to celebrate the academic achievements of the student body of Lake Forest College. The editorial board, which consists entirely of new members, has also demonstrated an admirable amount of dedication in order to make this publication possible. This year’s theme, “Evolution”, was inspired by our editorial board and their unwavering effort to see through Eukaryon’s revival following the tumultuous challenges brought forth by the pandemic.

-Katrina Tropico (Editor-in-chief)

VOLUME 18

Table of Contents

Editor's Corner

Editor's Corner

Katrina Topacio

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Faculty In Focus

Dr. Susan Long: Psychology, Statistics, and the Rest of our Lives

Margaret Boersma

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

News and Views

Tracey Nassuna

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

A Key Component of Revenge: The "Love" Hormone

Fede Bertolotti

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Sleep Deprivation: What is the Connection to Alzheimer's Disease

Raneem Samman

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Vicious Cycles: Dysfunctional GCase and Parkinson's Disease

Ryan Osselborn

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

The Ability of SARS-CoV-2 to Transmit to New Hosts Evolved in Bats

Barry Khim

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

An Appetite for Sleep?

Becca Ray

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Antibody Binds to Movement

Maria Jose Orozco Fuentes

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Creative Writing

Religion, Spirituality and the Black Death

Brooke Carlock

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Environmental Racism in Chicago

Sophie Rasof

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Matcha Saves the Day

Jasmin Montes

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

College and COVID-19: an Unprecedented Learning Experience

Nila Dilosa

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Book and Film Review

Mind of the Damned: A Glimpse into a Psychotic Brain Portrayed in Film

Ilona Sergeeva

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Cane Toad Invasion: Documentary Review

Iman Shepard

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Conference Roundup

Drosophila Meeting Report

Mathieu Norcross

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Fly Meeting Report

Hannah Kobienia

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Grant Proposal

Peroxisome-Mitochondria Interplay in Adrenoleukodystrophy: Effect of Diminished Acetyl-CoA β-Oxidation Product

Grace E. Dodis, Dana S. Midani, Courtney P. Stickling

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Review Article

A Battle of Intelligence: Review of Organismal Eavesdropping and Predation

Tate Rosenhagen

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

The How and Why in the Origins of Sexual Reproduction

Zubair Mohammed

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

What Explains Genital Variation in Snakes? A Review of the Hypotheses of Genital Coevolution

Frances Rice

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Primary Article

Red Hue in Tadpole Tails Decreases based on Predator Presence

Lea Wong, Frances Rice, Joy Shelton

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Hypothetical Protein PA5198 (Yestervin) indicated to be an LD-Carboxypeptidase within Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Mathieu Norcross

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Looking at the Human Body’s Microclimate in a Biogeographic Context

Kerry Mullen

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

4RNL-A (gm-ha1) Structure and Sequence Shows Homologies to Galactose Mutarotase Enzymes

Haaris Ahmed, Karina Mora, Nathaniel Kregar, Max Smith, Bomby Ahuja, Sergio Sosa, Mathieu Norcross, Anthony Sullivan, George Vladimirov, Tate Rosenhagen, Kayenath Khan, Leslie Gonzalez

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Habitat Heterogeneity of the Human Skin Microbiome: A Comparison of the Dorsal & Ventral Forearms

Megan Truman

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Troxidoreductase, a protein of unknown function found in Archaeoglobus fulgidus shows EC 1 and EC 3 characteristics

Tate Rosenhagen

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Distribution of Rhinolophopsylla, Rhopalopsyllus, and Rhynchopsyllus

Kerry Mullen

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

The Widespread Distribution and Niche Breadth of Rhadinopsylla Fleas:Via Dispersal Routes of Small Rodents

Megan Truman

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Reducing yeast concentration in diet of Drosophila melanogaster negatively impacts female fertility

Allison Akin, Jessica Day, Amya Quillin

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045