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April a fruitful month for Mount science students

April 20, 2017

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Mount Saint Mary College professors and students attended the 71st annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference on April 1. Left to right, back row: associate biology professor Suparna Bhalla, assistant biology professor Evan Merkhofer, biology professor Carl Hoegler, and chemistry professor Lynn Maelia. Front row: Jacqueline Copeland of Newburgh, N.Y.; and Lily Goodman of Brewster, N.Y. 

 

Students of Mount Saint Mary College’s Natural Sciences division presented their original research at two conferences this month.

Two students discussed their long-term science projects at the 71st annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Saturday, April 1.

Biology/pre-med major Lily Goodman of Brewster, N.Y. presented a poster titled “Investigating Changes in Gene Expression associated with the Anti-proliferative Effect of Trans-cinnamaldehyde in HeLa cells.”

Biology major Jacqueline Copeland of Newburgh, N.Y. gave a talk titled “Investigating Genetic Interactions Associated with Prp5 Using S. Ceravisiae as a Model.” She also received an “Excellence Award” for her manuscript of the same title. At last year’s ECSC, Copeland was awarded “Outstanding Poster Presentation” and “Excellence in Innovation Research” for her poster, “Identification of Genetic Interactions Associated with PRP5 Using S. cerevisiae as a Model.”

Mount faculty mentors who attended the conference were chemistry professor Lynn Maelia, associate biology professor Suparna Bhalla, biology professor Carl Hoegler, and assistant biology professor Evan Merkhofer.

The conference marked the ninth year the Mount community has participated in the ECSC.

A week later, on Saturday, April 8, seven Mount students attended the NYC Regional SEA-PHAGES Symposium at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y.

The seven students are all enrolled in Merkhofer and Bhalla’s Science Education Alliance: Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) course.

Ishaan Brissette of Highland, N.Y., Ryan Forster of Patterson, N.Y., and Carrie Massari of Otisville, N.Y. gave a talk titled “A Phage Tale: Isolation and Annotation of Novel Bacteriophages at Mount Saint Mary College.” Copeland, Valerie Smith of Montgomery, N.Y., Catrina Colombo of Blooming Grove, N.Y., and Jenna Olivett of Catskill, N.Y. presented a poster titled “A SEA Voyage: Isolation and Annotation of Novel Bacteriophages at Mount Saint Mary College,” which was awarded “Best Poster.”

In addition, nearly 20 Mount science students explored the science of medicine during a visit to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, N.Y. on April 6. The students, from Merkhofer’s molecular biology class, enjoyed an insider tour of the facilities. According to Merkhofer, the experience illustrated the bridge between research and medicine in identifying and treating human disease.