Biology Students Win Four Poster Presentation Awards

On April 1-2, students from IPFW and across the state presented their research at the Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) annual meeting, held on the IPFW campus.

IPFW was well represented with student abstracts by Xyryl Pablo (senior, biology); Justin Lothamer (’15); Janine Bennett (senior, biology); Phat Lam (senior, biology); Melissa Beaty (grad student, biology); James Price (grad student, biology); and Jamison Law (grad student, biology).

The following students won awards for their poster:

  • 1st Place M.S. Division: James Price “Juvenile Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Microbial Community Structure Throughout an Ontogenic Shift” (mentors: Frank Paladino, chair and professor, biology; and Tanya Soule, assistant professor of biology)
  • 2nd Place M.S. Division: Jamison Law “Biochemical Characterization of  a Mycobacterial Glyercerol-3-Phosphate Acyltransferase” (mentor: Jaiyanth Daniel, assistant professor of biology)
  • 1st Place Undergraduate Division: Janine Bennett “The Response Regulator Npun_F1278 is Essential for Scytonemin Biosynthesis in the Cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme ATCC 29133” (mentor: Tanya Soule, assistant professor of biology)
  • 2nd Place Undergraduate Division: Xyryl Pablo “Mycobacterial Protein mEttA and its Role in Resuscitation from Stationary Phase” (mentor: Jaiyanth Daniel, assistant professor of biology)

Guests at the event included esteemed speakers from ASM national as well as the Allen County Health Commissioner. There were 27 abstracts in microbiology and immunology presented by 15 undergraduate, 4 M.S. graduate, and 8 Ph.D. graduate students.

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