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