UD's Hannah Anderson discusses her work.

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Undergraduates present their work at national Experimental Biology meeting


8:08 a.m., April 7, 2015--Nine University of Delaware students participating in undergraduate research presented their work last week at the national Experimental Biology meeting, held this year in Boston.

Six of the students were among more than 250 from numerous schools who took part in the 19th Undergraduate Poster Competition sponsored by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

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Senior Hannah Anderson received an Honorable Mention Award, one of 20 awards made at the highly competitive annual event. Anderson, who worked with Deni Galileo, associate professor of biological sciences, conducted research on glioblastoma cells in the deadliest form of brain cancer. 

Her award extends a tradition of excellence established by UD students over the 15 years they have entered the competition.

Thomas Rivas, president of the UD student chapter of ASBMB, received an ASBMB undergraduate travel award to the conference.

The trip was organized and funded by the UD Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education grant. 

Four faculty members accompanied the students: Hal White, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the HHMI program; David Usher, professor of biological sciences and assistant director of the HHMI Program; and Gary Laverty, associate professor, and Seung Hong, assistant professor and lab coordinator, both of biological sciences.

In addition to Anderson, the following students presented their research at the meeting:

Matthew Fischer, working with Erica Selva, associate professor of biological sciences; Andre Freligh, working with John Jungck, professor of biological sciences and mathematical sciences; Lauren Genova, working with Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Gabriel Gregorzak, working with Mark Baillie and Jacqueline Fajardo, assistant professors of chemistry and biochemistry, and Alenka Hlousek-Radojcic, associate professor of biological sciences; Brooke Palus, working with Selva; Molly Peters, working with E. Fidelma Boyd, professor of biological sciences; Rebecca Pollak, working with Patricia S. Martin-DeLeon, Trustees Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences; and Rivas, working with Brian Bahnson, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Grimes.

UD students and faculty at the meeting were joined at a dinner by 15 alumni who either attended the event or live in the Boston area.

For more about the University’s participation in the meeting, visit the website.

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