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Summer Research In Arizona by Chemistry Student Jennifer Casanova

Posted on 9/24/2009 6:15:00 PM

Ms. Jennifer Casanova, a student in the IUP Chemistry Department, completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., for ten weeks in Summer 2009. She worked on a biochemistry-related question: “Identifying Binding Partners For Soluble Guanylate Cyclase (Sgc) Using Transient Transfection Into Mcf-7 Cells and Immunoprecipitation.”

This research was made possible through a National Institutes of Health-funded grant under an REU program titled Minority Health Disparities as well as through a Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology scholarship for expenses. As a result of Jennifer’s summer research experience, she was granted a travel scholarship to present at the Society for Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science national conference, October 15–18, 200, in Dallas, Tex. She has submitted her abstract to another recognized national conference, the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, which will take place in Phoenix on November 4–7.

The IUP McNair program nominated Jennifer to attend the Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute, for which she was accepted to represent IUP. This will take place in Washington, D.C., October 22–25, where she plans to present her work.