05 2018 (May)

Molecular biology students earn poster, oral competition honors

Two molecular biology students tied for first place in the poster competition and another placed second in oral presentations at the American Society of Microbiology Tri-Branch meeting April 6-7 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

They received three of six graduate awards.

Marina Lazic and Sean Stettner and tied for first place in the graduate poster competition.

Lazic, in the molecular biology program, presented, “Near Infra Red Window light responsive systems for Optogenetic applications.”

Stettner, in the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences program, presented, “Essential roles of sterols in bacterial cell biology.”

Daria Ivanova, also in the MCLS graduate program, tied for second place in the graduate student oral presentation with, “IL-12 and IL-23 Dependent Natural Killer Cell Response is Essential for Protective Immunity Against Secondary Toxoplasma gondii Infection.”

More than 256 people attended from colleges and universities in New Mexico, west Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, eastern Nevada and Utah.