Thesis students

Professor Sommer’s Thesis Students


  • Nihal, Eisa, “Protocol optimization of culturing and treating primary chick cardiomyocytes.”
  • Mary Fitzgerald, “Advancements in Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers.”
  • Kay Gonsalves, “Beta-Naphthoflavone Induced Inhibition of Beta2-Adrenergic Receptor Promoter Driven Luciferase Activity is Not Mediated via Putative Dioxin Response Elements.”
  • Catherine Gregg, “Effects of Animal Companionship on the Social Behavior of Horses.”
  • Peter Meisel, “Investigations into Beat Rate and Beta2-Adrenergic Receptor mRNA Expression of Beta-Naphthoflavone Exposed Primary Chick Cardiomyocetes.”
  • Lauren Philbrook, “High Dose Prenatal Arsenic Exposure Tends to Increase Cardiac Fibrosis in Adult Male Mice.”
  • Amy Radke, “Quantitative Real-Time PCR Analysis of Beta1- and Beta2-Adrenergic Receptor mRNA Expression.”
  • Joseph Shulan, “High Dose Prenatal Arsenic Exposure Decreases Coronary Artery Density in Adult Male Mice.”


  • Emily Davie, “Transcriptional Regulation of β-Adrenergic Receptor Genes.”
  • Justin C. Graves, “Effects of βNF on the Beat Rate of Embryonic Chick Cardiomyocytes in Primary Culture.”
  • Daniel V. Johnson, “β-Adrenergic Receptor Gene Expression in Embryonic Chick Heart Following Exposure to 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin.”
  • Justin Lewin, “Cardiac β-Adrenergic Receptor Gene Expression in AhR Null and Wildtype Mice.”
  • Nicole H. Moraco, “Functional and Morphological Assessment of the Heart in Mice Exposed to Arsenic Early in Development.”
  • Alex Teague, “Cloning the Chicken Beta1-Adrenergic Receptor Gene”


  • Katrina Bergevin, “Cardiac β1-Adrenergic Receptor Protein Expression in Developing Chick Embryos Exposed to 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin”
  • Jess Ciak, “Analysis of Putative Dioxin Response Elements (DREs) in the 5’-Flanking Region of the β1-Adrenergic Receptor”
  • Caitlin Vincent, “Effects of an Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) Agonist on Beat Rate of Embryonic Chick Cardiocycte Primary Cultures”
  • Joshua Lichtman, “Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy”


  • Amanda Beck, “Cloning of the Full-Length cDNA for the Chick β1-Adrenergic Receptor by RT-PCR”
  • John VanNostrand Jr., “Cardiac β1-Adrenergic Receptor mRNA Expression in Developing Chick Embryos Exposed to 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin”


  • Adam J. Hume, “Determination of Chicken Heart Beta-Adrenergic Receptor (β-AR) mRNA Sequence by RT-PCR”


  • Kate Ellen Humphrey, “The Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy in Postmenopausal Women”
  • Kristy Kuplast, “The Effects of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on the Developing Cardiac Conduction System in the Embryonic Chicken”
  • Ashley Murray, “Expanding the Lifetime Phosphorus Removal of Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment: the use of Burkholderia cepacia to renew substrate sorption sites”


  • Kate Fink, “GC-MS Analysis of Tributyltin Concentrations in Nucella lapillus at Bailey Island-Land’s End.” Co-advised with R. Austin, Chemistry Department.
  • Meta M. Mason, “Development of the Northern ELISA Vitellogenin Bioassay in Zebrafish as a Screening Method for Environmental Endocrine Disruptors”
  • Carolyn J. Reamer, “Effects of Development and 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on Cardiac Na+/K+ ATPase in the Chick Embryo”
  • Lila Solomon, “Investigation of Tributyltin-Induced Imposex in Maine’s Nucella lapillusPopulations: A Detailed Look at Bailey Island-Land’s End”


  • Lucas Adams, “Vitellogenesis in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as an Effective Bioassay for Estrogenic Endocrine Disruptors”
  • Rebecca L. Quinn, “Investigations of Tributyltin-Induced Malformations in Nucella lapillusand Littorina littorea on the Maine Coast”


  • Jennifer L. Allard, “Investigations of Tributyltin (TBT) -Induced Imposex on Maine’s Dogwhelk (Nucella lapillus) Populations”

Independent Projects directed by Professor Sommer

  • Danica Helb, 2002, “Effects of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on the Number of Differentiated Coronary Arteries in Embryonic Chickens”
  • Adam Hume, 2002, “Investigations into the Quantitative Determination of β1-Adrenergic Receptor mRNA Levels by Quantitative, Real Time-PCR”
  • Seth Guthartz, 1999, “Emergency Cardiac Care”
  • Lisa Howe, 1999, “Medical Ethics in the ER”
  • Jennifer L. Allard, 1998, “Laboratory Fish Culture”

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