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Hendrix Biology Professor Receives NSF Grant

Duina, Andrea - 20101006 - 13494489CONWAY, Ark. (June 21, 2016) – Hendrix College biology professor Dr. Andrea Duina recently received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for his project titled "RUI: Uncovering Mechanisms of Spt16-gene Interactions." The total award amount is $511,622.

The project focuses on understanding some of the fundamental molecular processes that take place when genes are expressed in cells.  

“We use the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as the model system for these studies – since the processes and factors that we investigate are highly conserved between yeast and human cells, our studies address questions of general biological importance,” said Duina.

"This award from the NSF will enable my laboratory to continue to carry out cutting-edge genetic research with the integral participation of 12 Hendrix undergraduate students,” he said. “These students will have the opportunity to experience many aspects of scientific research, ranging from the execution of experiments at the bench to the presentation of results at regional and national meetings, and will work toward publishing their results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.”

“These students will also present their work to their peers majoring in disciplines other than the sciences in order to gain skills in science communication for the lay public as well as to expose non-scientists to the excitement of scientific research,” Duina said, adding that more than 50 additional students will also partake in aspects of this research in the context of the genetics course he teaches at Hendrix.

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