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Ursinus Students Present their Research at International Cell Biology Conference

Last week the Ursinus College Biology Department was represented well at the world’s largest gathering of cell scientists for the 2017 ASCB/EMBO Meeting, hosted by the American Society for Cell Biology and the European Molecular Biology Organization. Eight students, 4 faculty, and 2 Biology Department lab researchers went to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the conference (Dec. 2-6), which rotates to the City of Brotherly Love about every three years.

Danielle Uibel (’18), Dorothy Benton (’18), Amanda Otto (’18) and Zana Lee (’19) presented two posters of their work carried out in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Lyczak (Biology).Their work investigates how the anterior-posterior axis is established in C. elegans. Thomas Tessitore (’18) and Jessica Taddeo (’19) joined their Ursinus research mentor, Dr. Dale Cameron (Biology) and research assistant Dr. Christina Kelly to present their work on the formation of prions in a yeast model. Jake Lachowicz  (’19) and Emma Frees (’18) presented work carried out in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Roberts on the effects of bisphenols on breast cancer. In addition to their presentations, students spoke with other scientists, attended oral presentation sessions, and visited many vendor tables to learn about the latest laboratory technologies.

Biology department faculty members also made important contributions to the meeting. Dr. Rebecca Lyczak, an ASCB Ambassador, participated in a panel discussion on undergraduate research. Dr. Carlita Favero presented a poster describing the Supporting Inclusive Excellence (SIE) program at Ursinus, designed to support student success in Biology, Neuroscience, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Rebecca Roberts was invited to speak as part of the Evidence-Based Education Minisymposium at the conference. She discussed her work on developing students as interdisciplinary scientists.