Friday, April 7, 2017

Chemistry Students Present at 2017 Society of Toxicology Meeting in Baltimore

Dr. Borland, Dr. Kehres and Megan Burke
Mark Drumm and Megan Burke, B.S. Chemistry-Biochemistry students, presented their research, in poster form, at the 2017 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.  They presented with their research advisors, Dr. Michael Borland and Dr. Ellen Kehres of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.  Their research focused on how peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPARs) modulate transcriptional regulatory networks and proliferation in human malignant melanoma. Mark investigated PPAR and glucocoroid receptor (GR) interdependence, while Megan investigated PPAR and vitamin D receptor (VDR) interdependence.
Mark Drumm presents his poster
Mark also attended an all day Undergraduate Education Program in which he learned about various toxicology disciplines, tips for graduate school applications, and building networks with various SOT mentors and toxicologists.  The nearly 7,000 conference attendees also had the opportunity to attend over 160 talks and browse the ToxExpo with hundreds of companies displaying the latest technology in the field.

Undergraduates participate in this special introduction to topics in various toxicology disciplines, including an opportunity to explore and interpret data. Students discuss with graduate students and academic program directors how to submit strong graduate school applications and succeed in graduate school, as well as learning the merits of specific graduate programs. They also network with SOT mentors and toxicologists in various employment sectors to become more familiar with what life is like in different career paths in toxicology. - See more at:

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