Gannon University Biology Students Excel
Posted: January 16, 2015
Gannon University Biology students have a lot to be proud of.
Recently several biology majors were recognized for excelling
outside the classroom and among their peers.
Five undergraduate biology majors received undergraduate
research grants from Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) national biological
honor society. The students and the projects for which they
received grants are:
Jessie Milliken - The effect of exogenous hormones on
myofibroblast structure and function
Connor Pletz - Effects of
polybrominated diphenyl ethers on the gene expression of human
umbilical vein endothelial cells
Armaghan Raeouf - A study on the
effects of polybrominated diphenyl ethers on heat shock
Miranda Thompson - The role of SCAMP3 in regulating TGN to
Morgan Thompson - The effect of exogenous
hormones on myofibroblast structure and function
The students are mentored by Elisa Konieczko, Ph.D. (Morgan
Thompson and Milliken), Mary Vagula, Ph.D. (Pletz and Raeouf) and
Quyen Aoh, Ph.D. (Miranda Thompson).
Gannon University served as host for the National Biennial
Convention of Tri-Beta last June. Gannon's Theta Omega chapter has
won TriBeta's annual Lloyd M. Bertholf Award as the outstanding
chapter in the country four times since 1962.
TriBeta's more than 670 chapters have the goals of improving the
understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending
the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.
Since the society's founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons
have been accepted into lifetime membership.
Another Gannon biology major, Natalie Spaeder, was recognized
for delivering the best oral presentation at the 10th Annual
Regional Science Consortium Research Symposium held at Tom Ridge
Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park. Speader's
presentation grew out of her research into harmful algal blooms in
Lake Erie that was conducted on the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's Lake Guardian research vessel last summer. Her research
was conducted with Steven A. Mauro, Ph.D., dean of Gannon's Morosky
College of Health Professions and Sciences.