Undergraduate Publications

One of the most valuable aspects of a Brandeis education is the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research in collaboration with faculty, graduate students and postdocs. There are many research opportunities in laboratories in the science departments at Brandeis. Many students begin working in labs as early as their first semester, while others may start as juniors. Often, the research leads up to publication of a Senior Honors Thesis. Since 2003, Brandeis undergraduates have been co-authors on approximately 400 peer-reviewed research publications in scientific journals.

Names of undergraduate students from Brandeis are indicated below in bold face


  1. Litschel T, Norton MM, Tserunyan V, Fraden S. Engineering reaction-diffusion networks with properties of neural tissue. Lab Chip. 2018;18(5):714-22.
  2. Saraidaridis JT, Molina G, Savit LR, Milch H, Mei T, Chin S, Kuo J, Bordeianou L. Pudendal nerve terminal motor latency testing does not provide useful information in guiding therapy for fecal incontinence. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2018.
  3. Roberts DH, Saripalli L, Wang KX, Rao MS, Subrahmanyan R, KleinStern CC, Morii-Sciolla CY, Simpson L. What are “X-shaped” Radio Sources Telling Us? I. Very Large Array Imaging of a Large Sample of Candidate XRGs. Astrophys J. 2018;852(1).
  4. Lorson LC, Tai O, Foxman BM. Use of Topotactic Phase Transformations to Obtain Solutions of the Crystal Structures of Highly Disordered Materials. Cryst Growth Des. 2018;18(1):409-15.
  5. Zhou J, Du X, Chen X, Wang J, Zhou N, Wu D, Xu B. Enzymatic Self-Assembly Confers Exceptionally Strong Synergism with NF-kB Targeting for Selective Necroptosis of Cancer Cells. J Am Chem Soc. 2018.
  6. Turman DL, Cheloff AZ, Corrado AD, Nathanson JT, Miller C. Molecular Interactions between a Fluoride Ion Channel and Synthetic Protein Blockers. Biochemistry. 2018.
  7. Pochapsky TC, Wong N, Zhuang Y, Futcher J, Pandelia M-E, Teitz DR, Colthart AM. NADH reduction of nitroaromatics as a probe for residual ferric form high-spin in a cytochrome P450. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2018;1866(1):126-33.
  8. Zhou J, Du X, Berciu C, Del Signore SJ, Chen X, Yamagata N, Rodal AA, Nicastro D, Xu B. Cellular Uptake of A Taurine-Modified, Ester Bond-Decorated D-Peptide Derivative via Dynamin-Based Endocytosis and Macropinocytosis. Mol Ther. 2018.
  9. Lisman J, Cooper K, Sehgal M, Silva AJ. Memory formation depends on both synapse-specific modifications of synaptic strength and cell-specific increases in excitability. Nat Neurosci. 2018.
  10. Reiner BR, Mucha NT, Rothstein A, Temme JS, Duan P, Schmidt-Rohr K, Foxman BM, Wade CR. Zirconium Metal-Organic Frameworks Assembled from Pd and Pt P(N)N(N)P Pincer Complexes: Synthesis, Postsynthetic Modification, and Lewis Acid Catalysis. Inorg Chem. 2018.
  11. Wang H, Feng Z, Qin Y, Wang J, Xu B. Nucleopeptide Assemblies Selectively Sequester ATP in Cells. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018.
  12. Norton MM, Baskaran A, Opathalage A, Langeslay B, Fraden S, Baskaran A, Hagan MF. Insensitivity of active nematic liquid crystal dynamics to topological constraints. Phys Rev E. 2018;97(1-1):012702.
  13. Gaskins DK, Soohoo JS, Dolnik M, Epstein IR. Birth and Death of Invading Standing Waves in the BZ-AOT Reaction-diffusion System. Isr J Chem. 2018.
  14. Leow S-S, Luu A, Shrestha S, Hayes KC, Sambanthamurthi R. Drosophila larvae fed palm fruit juice (PFJ) delay pupation via expression regulation of hormetic stress response genes linked to ageing and longevity. Experimental Gerontology. 2018.
  15. Tu Y, Kreinbring CA, Hill M, Liu C, Petsko GA, McCune CD, Berkowitz DB, Liu D, Ringe D. Crystal Structures of Cystathionine beta-Synthase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae: One Enzymatic Step at a Time. Biochemistry. 2018.
  16. Acker DWM, Wong I, Kang M, Paradis S. Semaphorin 4D promotes inhibitory synapse formation and suppresses seizures in vivo. Epilepsia. 2018.
  17. Moore AR, Richards SE, Kenny K, Royer L, Chan U, Flavahan K, Van Hooser SD, Paradis S. Rem2 stabilizes intrinsic excitability and spontaneous firing in visual circuits. eLife. 2018;7.
  18. Memet E, Hilitsk F, Morris MA, Schwenger WJ, Dogic Z, Mahadevan L. Microtubules soften due to cross-sectional flattening. eLife. 2018;7.
  19. Cai H, Liu M, Russell CJ. Directed evolution of an influenza reporter virus to restore replication and virulence and enhance non-invasive bioluminescence imaging in mice. Journal of virology. 2018.
  20. Goodwin PR, Meng A, Moore J, Hobin M, Fulga TA, Van Vactor D, Griffith LC. MicroRNAs Regulate Sleep and Sleep Homeostasis in Drosophila. Cell reports. 2018;23(13):3776-86.
  21. McDermott JE, Goldblatt D, Paradis S. Class 4 Semaphorins and Plexin-B receptors regulate GABAergic and glutamatergic synapse development in the mammalian hippocampus. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. 2018.
  22. Garabedian MV, Stanishneva-Konovalova T, Lou C, Rands TJ, Pollard LW, Sokolova OS, Goode BL. Integrated control of formin-mediated actin assembly by a stationary inhibitor and a mobile activator. J Cell Biol. 2018.
  23. Royer L, Herzog JJ, Kenny K, Tzvetkova B, Cochrane JC, Marr MT, 2nd, Paradis S. The Ras-like GTPase Rem2 is a potent inhibitor of calcium/calmodulin-dependent kinase II activity. J Biol Chem. 2018.
  24. Cao Z, Wu S, Wang C, Wang L, Soares JC, He SC, Zhang XY. Serotonin transporter gene (5-HTT) rs6354 polymorphism, job-related stress, and their interaction in burnout in healthcare workers in a Chinese hospital. Psychopharmacology. 2018.
  25. Wong NR, Liu X, Lloyd H, Colthart AM, Ferrazzoli AE, Cooper DL, Zhuang Y, Esquea P, Futcher J, Pochapsky TM, Matthews JM, Pochapsky TC. A new approach to understanding structure-function relationships in cytochromes P450 by targeting terpene metabolism in the wild. J Inorg Biochem. 2018;188:96-101.
  26. Maharjan DM, Dai YY, Glantz EH, Jadhav SP. Disruption of dorsal hippocampal – prefrontal interactions using chemogenetic inactivation impairs spatial learning. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2018.
  27. Li J, Zhan ZQ, Du XW, Wang JQ, Hong BD, Xu B. Selection of Secondary Structures of Heterotypic Supramolecular Peptide Assemblies by an Enzymatic Reaction. Angew Chem Int Edit. 2018;57(36):11716-21.
  28. Flores VL, Parmet T, Mukherjee N, Nelson S, Katz DB, Levitan D. The role of the gustatory cortex in incidental experience-evoked enhancement of later taste learning. Learn Mem. 2018;25(11):587-600.
  29. Gaskins DK, Soohoo JS, Epstein IR, Dolnik M. Turing-Hopf front invasion: Rings and shells. Phys Rev E. 2018;98(4).
  30. Johnston AB, Hilton DM, McConnell P, Johnson B, Harris MT, Simone A, Amarasinghe GK, Cooper JA, Goode BL. A novel mode of Capping Protein-regulation by Twinfilin. eLife. 2018;7.
  31. Wirth JD, Boucher JI, Jacobowitz JR, Classen S, Theobald DL. Functional and structural resilience of the active site loop in the evolution of Plasmodium lactate dehydrogenase. Biochemistry. 2018.
  32. Aizenman AM, Gold JM, Sekuler R. Multisensory Integration in Short-term Memory: Musicians do Rock. Neuroscience. 2018;389:141-51.
  33. Wang J, Zhou J, He H, Wu D, Du X, Xu B. Cell-compatible Nanoprobes for Imaging Intracellular Phosphatase Activities. Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology. 2018.
  34. Gorur-Shandilya S, Hoyland A, Marder E. Xolotl: An Intuitive and Approachable Neuron and Network Simulator for Research and Teaching. Front Neuroinform. 2018.
  35. Long MJC, Lawson AP, Baggio R, Qian Y, Rozhansky L, Fasci D, El Oualid F, Weerapana E, Hedstrom L. Diarylcarbonates are a new class of deubiquitinating enzyme inhibitor. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2018.