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This past summer Katelyn Comeau, C’19, an honors student and Biochemistry major at Mount St. Mary’s University became one of ten participants on the cutting edge of science. Katelyn traveled out to the University of Oklahoma where she began her training for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Structural Biology.

“My co-researchers and I were given a crash course on biochemistry, structural biology, and x-ray crystallography to aid in our research over the two month program,” Comeau said. Each researcher was assigned a lab where they worked closely with graduate students, and doctors. The goal of their research was to “diversify natural products and drugs for diseases like cancer.”

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of her experience was successfully freezing and storing an active and pure “prenyltransferase enzyme” which the lab will use for progress in drug leads.

Katelyn was inspired and excited by her work in conjunction with the chemists and learned a great deal more about the biochemistry field which helped to develop her understanding of biological systems.

Our 2014 summer research students, faculty & staff enjoyed a Pizza Party hosted by Dean Simmons.  These students received summer grants through the Mount’s SRIP (Summer Research Internship Program), NSF (National Science Foundation) and NIST SURF (National Institute of Standard Technology-Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship).  Congratulations students and thank you Dean Simmons!

Dahyana has received the 2014 Honors summer research grant.  This grant will support her research aimed at identifying molecular pathways involved in the body's response to strokes and other inflammatory diseases.  Her mentor is Dr. Jen Staiger.

Congratulations Dahyana!

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