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9 undergrads conduct HHMI-funded research

Undergrad biochemistry researchers Steve Brohawn, AS'04, and Sarah Redding, AS'04, prepare a gel filtration column.
3:09 p.m., Jan. 27, 2004--The Undergraduate Science Education Program of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded nine University of Delaware students scholarships to conduct research during the 2004 Winter Session.

The scholarships fund apprenticeships with faculty mentors that allow undergraduates a chance to see and take part in the latest in scientific research at UD.

During the past five years, the University of Delaware HHMI Undergraduate Research Scholars Program has funded about 150 students for their winter or summer research projects

The following students were selected to be UD’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute undergraduate research scholars for the 2004 Winter Session:

Steven Brohawn, a senior biochemistry major of Catonsville, Md., is conducting studies on sulfhydryl oxidase under Colin Thorpe, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Janine E. Collinge, a senior biology major of Pitman, N.J., is examining the roles of tPA and uPA in pseudoexfoliation syndrome with Melinda Duncan, associate professor of biological sciences.

Lauren Latshaw, a senior biochemistry major of Lebanon, Pa., is researching design and synthesis of a redox potential probe mentored by Joel Schneider, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Sarah Redding, a junior biochemistry major of River Edge, N.J., is looking at new assay methods for sulfhydryl oxidases with Thorpe.

Kari Reese, a senior biology major of Newark, Del., is investigating possible melanoma metastasis suppression by HDAC2 and CITED2
under Mary Beth Miele, associate professor of medical technology.

Amy Van Fossen, a senior chemical engineering major of Fountain Hills, Ariz., is being mentored by Anne Skaja Robinson, associate professor of chemical engineering, as she explores stress response to GPCR expression in yeast.

Gervan G. Williams, a senior biology major of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is working with Patricia DeLeon, professor of biological sciences,
on transcription and expression of the sperm adhesion Molcule-1 (SPAM) in the epididymis of CREM knockout mice.

Allison Wojcik, a senior biology major of Audubon, Pa., is working with Daniel Simons, professor of biological sciences, on the purification of elongation factors involved in SV40 DNA synthesis.

Alisha Yallowitz, a senior biology major of East Meadow, N.Y., is studying the ability of deltaEF1 to regulate betaB1-crystallin production under Duncan.

Article by Barbara Garrison
Photo by Kathy Atkinson

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