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Hendrix Students Attend Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting

CONWAY, Ark. (March 27, 2018) — Several Hendrix College biology majors attended the 25th Annual Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting at Rhodes College in Memphis from March 9-11. Sam Byrd ’19, Jessica Campbell ’19, Michaela Edwards ’19, Daniel Habenicht ’18, Graham Harris ’18, Brianna Hoyt ’19, and Heather Prowse ’18 have been engaged in studying how genes function in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, known as brewer’s yeast outside the scientific community. The research has been funded through a National Science Foundation grant overseen by Dr. Andrea Duina, Professor of Biology. In addition, Emily Taylor Stone ’18 presented a poster based upon research she conducted that was overseen by Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Department of Cell and Molecular Biology.

Four Hendrix students who presented research received recognition for their work. Edwards and Harris co-presented a poster titled “Biochemical and genetic approaches for uncovering mechanisms regulating FACT dissociation from transcribed genes,” and Campbell and Prowse co-presented a poster titled “Evaluation of the contributions of DNA sequences and RNA Pol II on the dissociation of FACT from the 3’ ends of genes.” All of these students won Excellence in Research awards, and also received awards to offset the cost of their travel to the meeting.

“We all had a rewarding and enriching experience at this conference,” Duina said. “The students were very engaged and learned a lot about how yeast can be used to study fundamental and conserved cellular processes. I am particularly proud of Graham, Heather, Jessica, and Michaela for having done a great job presenting their research and for receiving awards for their presentations.”  

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