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Accomplishments

Masters Student Lauren Metskas Presents Research at American Physiological Society Meeting

April 2010: Lauren Ann Metskas '08 (M.S. '10) was invited to give an oral presentation last month of the paper "Gender Dimorphism in the Exercise-NÃive Murine Skeletal Muscle Proteome" co-authored by Mohini Kulp, laboratory instructor in chemistry and Stylianos Scordilis, professor of in the biochemistry program; at the annual meeting of the American Physiological Society in Anaheim, CA. The research, conducted with the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation in Smith's Center for Proteomics, is important to the understanding of gender differences during exercise. Lauren will enter Yale University's postgraduate Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry program in the fall. This work was recently published in Cell Molec Biol. Lett., 15: 507-516, 2010.

Biochemistry student Germaine Nendah Awarded American Society for Microbiology Fellowship

April 2010: Germaine Nendah (Ada Comstock Scholar, BCH) was awarded an American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASM-URF). She received this in a national competition based on a proposal for her summer research project in the lab of Christine White-Ziegler, a biochemistry faculty member. The fellowship supports her research in the laboratory for summer 2010 and her travel to present her research at the 2011 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology next year in New Orleans.

Two Biochemistry Professors Receive National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants

April 2010: Adam Hall and Christine White-Ziegler, both professors in biochemistry, are recent recipients of $300,000 AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grants are given in support of research projects in biomedical and behavioral sciences that incorporate student collaboration at undergraduate and masters degree levels. Hall's grant will help fund his project, "The Role of Metallothioneins in Isoflurane-Preconditioning of Neurons in Vitro." White-Ziegler will use the grant for her project "Short-term Responses to Temperature Changes in Escherichia coli." Both faculty members will involve several students in the projects through Special Studies, honors, summer research, and the STRIDE and AEMES program. Funds from the grants will also support travel to present their research at microbiology and neuroscience national scientific meetings and to purchase new equipment.