Sunday, January 26, 2020

BAHS students awarded CPUB grants

Undergraduate Kayla Sompel and graduate student Ian Whiteside  were awarded research grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Biologists (CPUB)  for the 2019-2020 academic year. CPUB is an organization composed of faculty in the fourteen institutions of the PA State System of Higher Education that fosters excellence in biology education and research.   

Ian Whiteside
Ian's research project examines the Effects of BORIS on Human Telomere Regulation and Stability.  Dr. Kate Beishline is  his research mentor.  Ian is 2018 graduate of Bloomsburg University, majoring in biology in the molecular biology option. As an undergraduate,he conducted research on developmental patterns of language milestones in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ian has presented his research at several venues including the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Symposium, the PASSHE Research Symposium, and Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society Northeast District 2 Convention. He was awarded first place for Best Poster Session at the College of Science and Technology Research Day. Ian was inducted into Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and has tutored in the Health Science Learning Community.  
Kayla Sompel

Kayla's research in cancer biology is conducted in Dr. Angela Hess's lab. Specifically, Kayla examines the effects of Vemurafenib and Dabrafenib on Human Melanoma Cells. Kayla is a biology major in the pre-medical sciences option. She has served as the President of the Pre-medical Sciences Club for two years. She is also the Vice-President of Students Helping Honduras and the Treasurer of Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. She is a recipient of the Biology and Allied Health Scholarship. Kayla has considerable medical experience, participating in Penn State College of Medicine's Primary Care Scholars Program and the International Medical Aid program in Mombasa, Kenya.


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