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Biology Students Present at Mid-Atlantic Research Symposium; One Takes First Prize

October 27, 2016
  • Biology majors at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. From left to right, Lauren Herndon, Kevin Mora, Emma Kamen, Taylor Allen, Rosie Wenrich, and Elevit Perez.
    Biology majors at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. From left to right, Lauren Herndon, Kevin Mora, Emma Kamen, Taylor Allen, Rosie Wenrich, and Elevit Perez.
  • Biology majors with Prof. Ann Aguanno at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
    Biology majors with Prof. Ann Aguanno at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
  • Biology majors with Prof. Alessandra Leri at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
    Biology majors with Prof. Alessandra Leri at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
  • Elevit Perez presents his work with Prof. Sampoli at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
    Elevit Perez presents his work with Prof. Sampoli at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
  • Taylor Allen presents her work with Prof. Sampoli at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
    Taylor Allen presents her work with Prof. Sampoli at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
  • Emma Kamen presents her work with Prof. Leri at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
    Emma Kamen presents her work with Prof. Leri at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
  • Rosie Wenrich presents her work with Prof. Leri at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
    Rosie Wenrich presents her work with Prof. Leri at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
  • Representing MMC at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. From left to right, Rosie Wenrich, Elevit Perez, Kevin Mora, and Lauren Herndon.
    Representing MMC at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. From left to right, Rosie Wenrich, Elevit Perez, Kevin Mora, and Lauren Herndon.
Marymount Manhattan College was well represented at the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Four of our students presented their research findings, and one was awarded the top prize in her category.

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, six MMC Biology majors traveled to Baltimore with Professor of Biology Ann Aguanno and Associate Professor of Chemistry Alessandra Leri for the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. The symposium, which is held at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), attracts hundreds of student researchers from colleges and universities across the mid-Atlantic region every year. 

Senior Rosie Wenrich presented a poster entitled “Tracing marine particulate organic carbon from primary production to sedimentation,” on research she conducted with Prof. Leri. Rosie edged out steep competition to win First Place Honors in her category (Chemical Sciences).

Junior Emma Kamen presented a poster entitled “Attenuated Total Reflectance-Infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy sheds light on a forensic mystery in Central Park,” on research she conducted with Prof. Leri. 

Senior Taylor Allen presented a poster entitled “Investigating the mechanism of translesion synthesis by human DNA polymerase Kappa,” on research she conducted with Zane Younger ’16 and Professor of Chemistry Benedetta Sampoli Benitez. 

Senior Elevit Perez presented a poster entitled “In silico exploration of the mechanism of translesion synthesis by DinB,” on research he conducted with Prof. Sampoli Benitez. 

Lauren Herndon and Kevin Mora, two sophomores who conduct research with Prof. Aguanno, manned a table at the conference promoting the work of the Science Society, a student club at MMC, and the undergraduate research affiliate of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This experience was part of their preparation for an upcoming research presentation at the national Experimental Biology conference.

Congratulations to all of these students on a job well done!

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