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 almost 260 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.
  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.


  1. Ritter NJ, Anderson NM, Van Hooser SD. Visual stimulus speed does not influence the rapid emergence of direction selectivity in ferret visual cortex. J Neurosci. 2017;37(6):1557-67.
  2. Zhou J, Du X, Wang J, Yamagata N, Xu B. Enzyme-instructed self-assembly of peptides containing phosphoserine to form supramolecular hydrogels as potential soft biomaterials. Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering. 2017;11(4):509-15.
  3. Zhou N, Cao X, Du X, Wang H, Wang M, Liu S, Nguyen K, Schmidt-Rohr K, Xu Q, Liang G, Xu B. Hyper-Crosslinkers Lead to Temperature- and pH-Responsive Polymeric Nanogels with Unusual Volume Change. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2017;56(10):2623-7.
  4. Eapen VV, Waterman DP, Bernard A, Schiffmann N, Sayas E, Kamber R, Lemos B, Memisoglu G, Ang J, Mazella A, Chuartzman SG, Loewith RJ, Schuldiner M, Denic V, Klionsky DJ, Haber JE. A pathway of targeted autophagy is induced by DNA damage in budding yeast. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(7):E1158-E67.
  5. Otopalik AG, Goeritz ML, Sutton AC, Brookings T, Guerini CJ, Marder E. Sloppy morphological tuning in identified neurons of the crustacean stomatogastric ganglion. eLife. 2017;6.
  6. Abruzzi KC, Zadina A, Luo W, Wiyanto E, Rahman R, Guo F, Shafer O, Rosbash M. RNA-seq analysis of Drosophila clock and non-clock neurons reveals neuron-specific cycling and novel candidate neuropeptides. Plos Genet. 2017;13(2):e1006613.
  7. Keller AS, Payne L, Sekuler R. Characterizing the roles of alpha and theta oscillations in multisensory attention. Neuropsychologia. 2017;99:48-63.
  8. Morehouse BR, Kumar RP, Matos JO, Olsen SN, Entova S, Oprian DD. Functional and Structural Characterization of a (+)-Limonene Synthase from Citrus sinensisBiochemistry. 2017;56(12):1706-15.
  9. Kumar RP, Morehouse BR, Matos JO, Malik K, Lin H, Krauss IJ, Oprian DD. Structural Characterization of Early Michaelis Complexes in the Reaction Catalyzed by (+)-Limonene Synthase from Citrus sinensis Using Fluorinated Substrate Analogues. Biochemistry. 2017;56(12):1716-25.
  10. Wu R, Sanishvili R, Belitsky BR, Juncosa JI, Le HV, Lehrer HJS, Farley M, Silverman RB, Petsko GA, Ringe D, Liu D. PLP and GABA trigger GabR-mediated transcription regulation in Bacillus subtilis via external aldimine formation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(15):3891-6.
  11. Nahmani M, Lanahan C, DeRosier D, Turrigiano GG. High-numerical-aperture cryogenic light microscopy for increased precision of superresolution reconstructions. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(15):3832-6.
  12. Da Veiga Beltrame E, Tyrwhitt-Drake J, Roy I, Shalaby R, Suckale J, Pomeranz Krummel D. 3D Printing of Biomolecular Models for Research and Pedagogy. J Vis Exp. 2017(121).
  13. Naffin-Olivos JL, Daab A, White A, Goldfarb NE, Milne AC, Liu D, Baikovitz J, Dunn BM, Rengarajan J, Petsko GA, Ringe D. Structure Determination of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Serine Protease Hip1 (Rv2224c). Biochemistry. 2017;56(17):2304-14.
  14. Aizenman AM, Gold JM, Sekuler R. Multisensory integration in short-term memory: Musicians do rock. Neuroscience. 2017.
  15. Mehta A, Beach A, Haber JE. Homology Requirements and Competition between Gene Conversion and Break-Induced Replication during Double-Strand Break Repair. Mol Cell. 2017;65(3):515-26 e3.
  16. Toombs JA, Sytnikova YA, Chirn GW, Ang I, Lau NC, Blower MD. Xenopus Piwi proteins interact with a broad proportion of the oocyte transcriptome. RNA. 2017;23(4):504-20.
  17. Sugimura R, Jha DK, Han A, Soria-Valles C, da Rocha EL, Lu YF, Goettel JA, Serrao E, Rowe RG, Malleshaiah M, Wong I, Sousa P, Zhu TN, Ditadi A, Keller G, Engelman AN, Snapper SB, Doulatov S, Daley GQ. Haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells from human pluripotent stem cells. Nature. 2017.
  18. Christie IK, Miller P, Van Hooser SD. Cortical amplification models of the experience-dependent development of selective columns and response sparsification. J Neurophysiol. 2017:jn 00177 2017.
  19. Knecht ZA, Silbering AF, Cruz J, Yang L, Croset V, Benton R, Garrity PA. Ionotropic Receptor-dependent moist and dry cells control hygrosensation in Drosophila. eLife. 2017;6.
  20. Li J, Fricks C, Caspar DLD, Rayment I. Reversible swelling of sbmv is associated with reversible disordering. J Struct Biol. 2017;200(3):314-24.
  21. McCarthy P, Garside E, Meschede-Krasa Y, MacMillan A, Pomeranz Krummel D. Reversibly constraining spliceosome-substrate complexes by engineering disulfide crosslinks. Methods. 2017;125:25-35.
  22. Yamagata N, Chen X, Zhou J, Li J, Du X, Xu B. Enzymatic self-assembly of an immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM). Organic & biomolecular chemistry. 2017;15(27):5689-92
  23. Wang RW, Lee CS, Haber JE. Position effects influencing intrachromosomal repair of a double-strand break in budding yeast. PLoS One. 2017;12(7):e0180994.
  24. Gorla SK, Zhang Y, Rabideau MM, Qin A, Chacko S, House AL, Johnson CR, Mandapati K, Bernstein HM, McKenney ES, Boshoff H, Zhang M, Glomski IJ, Goldberg JB, Cuny GD, Mann BJ, Hedstrom L. Benzoxazoles, phthalazinones, and arylurea-based compounds with IMPDH-independent antibacterial activity against Francisella tularensis. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. 2017;61(10).
  25. Sakhardande R, Stanojeviea S, Baskaran A, Baskaran A, Hagan MF, Chakraborty B. Theory of microphase separation in bidisperse chiral membranes. Phys Rev E. 2017;96(1).
  26. Tsai R, Correa IR, Xu MY, Xu SY. Restriction and modification of deoxyarchaeosine (dG+)-containing phage 9 g DNA. Scientific reports. 2017;7(1):8348.
  27. Clark JP, Rahman R, Yang N, Yang LH, Lau NC. Drosophila PAF1 Modulates PIWI/piRNA Silencing Capacity. Curr Biol. 2017;27(17):2718-26 e4.
  28. Mascarenhas R, Le HV, Clevenger KD, Lehrer HJ, Ringe D, Kelleher NL, Silverman RB, Liu D. Selective Targeting by a Mechanism-Based Inactivator against Pyridoxal 5′-Phosphate-Dependent Enzymes: Mechanisms of Inactivation and Alternative Turnover. Biochemistry. 2017;56(37):4951-61.
  29. Zhang H, Wu B, Marquard SL, Litle ED, Dickie DA, Bezpalko MW, Foxman BM, Thomas CM. Investigation of Ketone CO Bond Activation Processes by Heterobimetallic Zr/Co and Ti/Co Tris(phosphinoamide) Complexes. Organometallics. 2017;36(18):3498-507.
  30. Zhou N, Cao Z, Xu B. Functional Hyper-Crosslinkers. Chemistry. 2017;23(63):15844-51.
  31. Last NB, Sun S, Pham MC, Miller C. Molecular determinants of permeation in a fluoride-specific ion channel. eLife. 2017;6.
  32. Rossetti T, Banerjee S, Kim C, Leubner M, Lamar C, Gupta P, Lee B, Neve R, Lisman J. Memory Erasure Experiments Indicate a Critical Role of CaMKII in Memory Storage. Neuron. 2017;96(1):207-16 e2.
  33. Gutchess A, Garner L, Ligouri L, Konuk AI, Boduroglu A. Culture impacts the magnitude of the emotion-induced memory trade-off effect. Cogn Emot. 2017:1-8.
  34. Del Signore SJ (*), Biber SA (*), Lehmann KS, Heimler SR, Rosenfeld BH, Eskin TL, Sweeney ST, Rodal AA. dOCRL maintains immune cell quiescence by regulating endosomal traffic. Plos Genet. 2017;13(10):e1007052.
  35. Kumar RP, Morehouse BR, Fofana J, Trieu MM, Zhou DH, Lorenz MO, Oprian DD. Structure and monomer/dimer equilibrium for the guanylyl cyclase domain of the optogenetics protein RhoGC. J Biol Chem. 2017;292(52):21578-89.
  36. Herzog JJ, Deshpande M, Shapiro L, Rodal AA, Paradis S. TDP-43 misexpression causes defects in dendritic growth. Scientific reports. 2017;7(1):15656.
  37. Kuras Y, Assaf N, Thoma MV, Gianferante D, Hanlin L, Chen X, Fiksdal A, Rohleder N. Blunted Diurnal Cortisol Activity in Healthy Adults with Childhood Adversity. Frontiers in human neuroscience. 2017;11:574.
  38. Pepperberg IM, Gray SL, Lesser JS, Hartsfield LA. Piagetian liquid conservation in grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus). J Comp Psychol. 2017;131(4):370-83.
  39. Trieu MM, Devine EL, Lamarche LB, Ammerman AE, Greco JA, Birge RR, Theobald DL, Oprian DD. Expression, purification, and spectral tuning of RhoGC, a retinylidene/guanylyl cyclase fusion protein and optogenetics tool from the aquatic fungus Blastocladiella emersonii. J Biol Chem. 2017;292(25):10379-89.
  40. Wang H, Feng Z, Lu A, Jiang Y, Wu H, Xu B. Instant Hydrogelation Inspired by Inflammasomes. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2017;56(26):7579-83.