Combating Malnutrition: The Effect of Eggs on the Development, Learning, and Memory of Drosophila melanogaster

By: Gwyneth MacDonough My project aimed to determine if malnutrition’s effects on development and cognition in Drosophila melanogaster could be reduced by consumption of eggs. I also attempted to find the optimal period for dietary intervention. To conduct my experiment, I reared seven groups of Drosophila on specific combinations of three different diets – malnourished, egg-enriched, and control. I then …

Real-time Imaging of α-Synuclein-Induced Damage to Neuronal Membranes in Parkinson’s Disease

By: Jacob Parres-Gold For the last three years at Cal State LA, I have worked in the lab of Dr. Yixian Wang. Our project aims to study the role of the protein alpha-synuclein in the death of neurons associated with Parkinson’s disease. We study how alpha-synuclein aggregates and how these aggregates interact with and damage the cell membrane. We have …