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Hendrix Students Present Research at Arkansas INBRE Conference

CONWAY, Ark. (November 5, 2021) — Hendrix students Halie Booth ’22, Megan Pelley ’24, and Theresa Thomas ’22 attended the Arkansas INBRE Research Conference in Fayetteville Oct. 29-30, along with two Hendrix faculty members, Dr. Andrew Schurko of the Department of Biology and Health Sciences, and Dr. Caitlin Scott of the Department of Chemistry.

Pelley and Thomas presented posters on their research from Scott’s laboratory, and Booth presented her poster based on research from Schurko’s lab:

  • Halie Booth, biochemistry/molecular biology (BCMB) major: “Investigating the role of DNA ligase K during DNA repair in bdelloid rotifers”
  • Megan Pelley, major undeclared: “S100A1 protein and its interactions with antagonist drugs”
  • Theresa Thomas, economics major: “Computational drug design to target the cannabinoid type 2 receptor to develop safe and effective pair medication”

Both Booth and Pelley received honorable mentions for their poster presentations. 

“It was rewarding to see these students made such a strong showing at the conference,” Schurko said. “It reflects their high level of commitment to research, even during the recently challenging circumstances of the pandemic.”

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