January 31, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Jacqueline Copeland of Newburgh, N.Y., a Mount Saint
Mary College biology/pre-med student, will continue the college’s
Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series with “Getting a
Jumpstart: Pursuing Basic Science Research as an Undergraduate” on
February 16 at 4 p.m.
The talk will take place in the Kaplan Family Library and
Learning Center at the Mount, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. It is free
and open to the public.
Copeland has conducted her research, “Identification of Generic
Interactions Associated with Prp5 Using S. Cerevisiae as a Model,”
with the aid of Evan Merkhofer, assistant biology professor at the
Mount. Their study of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, better known as
baker’s yeast, could one day be used to help more fully understand
diseases like cancer.
“Hopefully if we learn more about this protein in yeast, we can
translate that knowledge to humans,” Copeland explained. “About 85
percent of their splicing genome is homologous to ours.”
Copeland will also discuss the impact that this undergraduate
research has had on her evolution as a student and as an
The goal of iROC is to “provide a forum for Mount faculty,
staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with both
Mount Saint Mary College and the local community in a manner easily
understood by attendees,” explained series coordinators Merkhofer
and Jennifer Park, assistant librarian for access and outreach
services. Presentations include research proposals, initial data
collection, and completed research projects.
Mount Saint Mary College is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S.
News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree
programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social
services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.