Medical Laboratory Sciences: Student Research

Undergraduate students are italicized, graduate students are bold/ italicized, and faculty are bolded within their department. Entries are duplicated in each faculty co-author’s department.


2019 Cohort Research Projects

"Antagonistic Effects of Castor Oil and Garlic Oil on Clinically Significant Bacteria" Student Researchers: Haley Davis, Opeyemi Fabiyi, Toshalee Scarlett-Fisher 

"Religiousity as a Construct on Attitudes Toward Vaccinations and Anti-Scientific Worldview" Student Researchers: Oluwabukola Ajasa, JoAnn  Johnson, Lady Sinuhaji Research Mentor: Karen Reiner

"Synergistic Effect of Zingiber officinale and Intermediate Antibiotics Against MRSA " Student Researchers: Haley Davis, OPeyemi Fabiyi, Tashalee Scarlett-Fisher Research Mentor: Karen Reiner

"Kombucha and Urinary Tract Pathogens: A Competative Growth Analysis" Student Researchers: Yvan Avellona, Nikila Gutierrez, Jared Marsh Research Mentor: Melissa Poua

"Antimicrobial Properties of Picea mariana" Student Researchers: Mackada Howell, Aihuan Li, Michael Lipari Research Mentor: Timothy Newkirk


Annual Medical Laboratory Science Research Symposium

As part of the Clinical Year curriculum, students develop their scientific research skills. Clinical Year students, under the mentorship of MLS faculty, work on a research project and present their findings at the annual Medical Laboratory Science Research Symposium.


2015-2016 Clinical Year Student Research Projects

"Antimicrobial Activities of Selected Arylidene Rhodanines." Researchers: Reham Alzanbaqi, Zelalem Bennett, Thomas Oladunjoye. Mentors: Melissa Poua, Desmond H. Murray (Chemistry & Biochemistry).

"Characterization of Bacterial Flora on Mob Calf Feeders Before and After Cleaning." Researchers: Rahjin Johnson, Hyeri Ryu, Che-lei Trott. Mentor: Daniel F. M. González.

"Human Red Cell Antigen Specificity of Phytohemagglutinins Extracted from Dioscorea cayennensis and Dioscorea rotundata." Researchers: Kristin Bagani, Nathan Grunder, Nhimba Mwinga. Mentor: Tasha Simpson.

"Solubility of Selected Arylidene Rhodanines in Solvents Used for Biological Testing." Researchers: Rebecca Kneibel, Sunhye Moon, Daven Saragih. Mentors: Timothy Newkirk, Desmond H. Murray (Chemistry &  Biochemistry).

"Comparison of Bacteria Isolated from Bovine Bedding and Common Etiological Agents of Mastitis." Researchers: Samantha Govender, Kevin Rivera Rodriguez, Adam Sutherland. Mentor: Tasha Simpson.

"Characterization and Development of Normal Intestinal Flora in Calves." Researchers: Sydney Chilson, Smita Halder,  Anne-Marie Ndjanga. Mentor: Melissa Poua.

"Antimicrobial Activity and Chemical Composition of Manuka and Locally Produced Honey: A Comparative Study." Researchers: Roshan Abbadasari, SungHyun Kim, Northern Williams III. Mentor: Timothy Newkirk.

"Residual Calcium in Glassware:  Investigation of Interference with Spectrophotometry Assays." Researchers: Denissa Baidya, Victoria Delote. Mentor: Daniel F. M. González.


2014-2015 Clinical Year Student Research Projects

"Perception of MLS as a major for pre-medicine students: freshmen vs. Junior and senior pre-medicine students – a survey to determine what factors are important to a pre-medicine student in choosing a major." Researchers: Alexis Chang, Vanessa Hutauruk. Mentor: Tasha Simpson.

"Reduction of cellular debris with magnetically charged coffee grounds for identification of Mycobacterium species with acridine orange stain." Researchers: Tiffany Turner, Allison Ward, and Trevor Zimmerman. Mentor: Daniel F. M. González.

"The T-Cell ontogeny game: an alternative teaching method for Medical Laboratory Science majors at the fundamental level." Researchers: Karl De la Cruz, Ervin Mitra, and Loran Ong. Mentors: Aileen Hyde and Daniel F. M. González.

"Utilization of research in necrotizing fasciitis to enhance relevance for Medical Laboratory Science students." Researchers: Jake Abalorio, Cheryl Christie, and Victoria Thona. Mentors: Aileen Hyde and Daniel F. M. González.

"Peripheral blood smear slide preparation and staining – An educational module." Researchers: Cynthia Salome, Kelcey Sarno, and Watson Situmorang. Mentor: Timothy A. Newkirk.

"Identification of biomarkers and analytical methods for early detection of preeclampsia: a meta-analysis of relevant studies." Researchers: Fairlyn Ditta, John Robertson, and Timothy Tampubolon. Mentor: Daniel F. M. González.

"Learning IMViC reactions: An educational module." Researchers: Emil Harty, Valentine Igilimbabazi, and Erick Nazareno. Mentor: Aileen Hyde and Daniel F. M. González.

"Microbes in our midst: An investigation of bacteria present on mobile phones of Andrews University students and faculty." Researchers: Awatif Alenazi, Ffrances Famorcan, and Lauryn Stiles. Mentor: Timothy Newkirk.

"Comparison between historical treatments for amynotrophic lateral sclerosis." Researchers: Andrey Ivanov, Molly Kivumbi, and Elise Theodore. Mentor: Tasha Simpson.