Students Showcase 45 Exhibits at Research Symposium

Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, along with their mentors, exhibited the fruits of yet another year of investigation, experimentation and study at the annual Bastyr Student Research Symposium on June 3, 2016.

There were 45 studies and presentations on topics spanning from dermatophytes to diabetes and locations ranging from North Seattle to Nicaragua. Bastyr continues to raise the bar and set standards in natural health education, research and clinical practice.

A short selection of this year’s presentation titles reveal the breadth of the University’s holistic approach:

Comparisons of the Flavonoids Isorhamnetin, Kaempferol and Quercetin — in Ginkgo biloba, Using HPLC

Students: Doria McGahey and Shannon Smith
Faculty Advisor: Kaleb Lund, PhD, RH (AHG)

What Do Registered Dietitians Know About Islamic Dietary Practices?

Student: Katie Isberg

Faculty Advisors: June Kloubec, PhD, Michelle Thall, PhD, and Patrice Savery, MA

Saccharomyces boulardii and Its Effects on Bacterial Pathogens

Student: Megan Justice

Faculty Advisor: Rebecca Achterman, PhD

Midwifery Care in Rural Communities: Outcomes From a Cohort of Planned Home or Birth Center Births in the U.S.

Student: Elizabeth Nethery, MSc

Faculty Advisor: Wendy Gordon, MPH, CPM, LM

The Effects of Caffeinated Beverage Consumption and Physical Activity on Current Disability Status in Multiple Sclerosis

Student: Jessica Bart-Greenough

Faculty Advisors: Cristen Harris, PhD, RDN, CD, CSSD, CES, Cynthia Wenner, PhD, June Kloubec, PhD, and Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH

Challenges for Children’s Prosthetic Feet: Kinetic Data for Walking and Running in Real-World Locations

Student: Christopher Villarosa

Faculty Advisor: Michael Orendurff

Other: Toshiki Kobayashi, Arjan Buis, Anthony McGarry, Teri Rosenbaum-Chou, Wayne Daly, David Hensley, Adam Arabian

Is Social Health Associated with Parkinson’s Disease Severity Score?

Students: Rachel Bennett, MPH and Blake Kovner

Faculty Advisor: Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH

Knowledge, Utility and Perceived Trustworthiness of Different Gluten-Free Claim Labels in Individuals Who Follow a Gluten-Free Diet

Student: Sadie S. Nagle

Faculty Advisor: Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RD

Describing Self-Perceived Health Behaviors, Attitudes and Knowledge of Adults Who Participate in Edible Community Gardens

Student: Jean Denton

Faculty Advisor: Alexandra Kazaks, PhD, RDN

What is the Effect of a Pitta-Specific Ayurvedic Diet on Symptoms and Biomarkers in People with IBS-D?

Student: Jessica Bedi

Faculty Advisors: Alexandra Kazaks, PhD, RDN, Dhaval Dhru, MD, and William Dean, MD

Standardization of Banisteriopsis caapi: Towards an FDA-Approved Phase I Trial of B. caapi in Parkinson’s Disease

Student: Hayley Prescott

Faculty Advisors: Leanna Standish, PhD, and Kaleb Lund, PhD, RH (AHG)

Antifungal Effects of Tea Tree Oil and Garlic: A Combinational Minimum Inhibitory Concentration Assay

Students: Robert Seiberlich and Stephanie Sutherland

Faculty Advisor: Rebecca Achterman, PhD

Apoptosis-Inducing Herbs for Prostate Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Students: Benjamin Hawthorne and Easter Ho    

Faculty Advisors: Kaleb Lund, PhD, RH (AHG), and Jing Meng, MD, PhD


Exciting things are happening at the leading institution in naturopathic and natural health education. Develop yourself, develop your field and develop a healthier world at Bastyr University.