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Seven from biology take home awards at 2014 Life Sciences Week

April 22, 2014

Six students and one postdoctoral fellow from the Division of Biological Sciences received awards at the 2014 MU Life Sciences Week.

The six students were recognized for research posters they presented during the event.

  • Chris Kassotis, a graduate student in the Nagel lab, placed 2nd in the Genetics, Evolution, and Environment category for his poster titled “Endocrine disrupting activity of hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures.”
  • Emily Puckett, a graduate student in the Eggert lab, placed 3rd in the Genetics, Evolution, and Environment categoryfor her poster titled, “Phylogeography of the American black bear (Ursus americanus).”
  • Danny Stark, a graduate student in the Cornelison lab, received honorable mention in the Molecular and Cellular Biology category for his poster titled, “Ephrin-A3 repulsive signaling on slow muscle during development and reinnervation.”
  • Dennis Zhu, an undergraduate in the McSteen lab, received the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award in the Molecular and Cellular Biology category for his poster titled, “Characterization of the vegetative and reproductive defects in the maize tassel-less 4 mutant.”
  • Jaime Hibbard, an undergraduate in the Milescu lab, received the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award in the Bioengineering and Bioinformatics category for her poster titled, “Developing a  picospritzer for dye injection in brain slices using the open-source Arduino microcontroller.” Hibbard carries out her research in the Milescu lab.
  • Jeanette Rimbey, an undergraduate in the Brown lab, received Honorable Mention in the Organismal Biology category for her poster, titled “A candidate therapy to prevent infection by the tumor causing plant pathogen, Agrobacterium tumefaciens.”

A total of 216 posters were entered into the competition this year. Posters were judged and graded by panels of judges, and the students answered questions from judges and participants during the event, which was held April 14-19 in the Bond Life Sciences Center.

two-color confocal image of the brain of a larval fly

Dr. Weijie Liu’s winning image (green, glia GFP; red, Repo nuclear expression)

Weijie Liu, a postdoctoral fellow in the Zhang lab, received the Expert’s Choice Award in the Molecular Cytology Core annual image competition. Her winning image, which was taken using a Zeiss 510 confocal microscope, is of a fly larval brain showing nuclear expression of a protein required for glial cell differentiation.

The annual Life Sciences Week is hosted by the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus.

A complete list of all award winners is available on the Life Sciences Week website.

Jaime Hibbard received the was one of six students in biology to be recognized with an award during the 2014 and her advisor, Dr. Lorin Milescu

Jaime Hibbard with her research advisor, Dr. Lorin Milescu.

Jeanette Rimbey with her advisor, Dr. Pamela Brown.

Jeanette Rimbey with her research advisor, Dr. Pamela Brown.

Chris posing with award

Chris Kassotis accepts the 2nd place award in the Genetics, Evolution, and Environment category.

Emily Puckett took home 3rd place in the Genetics, Evolution, and Environment category

Emily Puckett accepts the 3rd place award in the Genetics, Evolution, and Environment category

Danny Stark and his PhD advisor, Dr. D. Cornelison

Danny Stark and his PhD advisor, Dr. D. Cornelison

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