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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Valerie M. Kish


The organism chosen for this study is Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a unicellular green alga with a well-defined nucleus, a large chloroplast, and two anterior flagella used for locomotion. These flagella are composed of microtubules that are made up of hundreds of different proteins, among them α and β tubulin and microtubule associated proteins (MAPs). In the dark, before cellular division, Chlamydomonas resorbs these flagella, undergoes mitosis to form either two or four new individuals, and then each of the new organisms regenerate the two flagella to their original lengths of about 12 um (Rosenbaum et al., 1969). The following study focuses on the mechanism by which Chlamydomonas regenerates these flagella.