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Two Hendrix College Seniors Recognized for Research Contributions

Pictured, from left: McKenzie Tucker ’22, Dr. Andrea Duina, and Grace Turner ’22

CONWAY, Ark. (April 26, 2022) – Hendrix College seniors McKenzie Tucker and Grace Turner co-presented their research at the 2022 Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting on Saturday, April 9, 2022. The meeting, held in virtual format, was hosted by Vanderbilt University.

Tucker and Turner’s talk, titled “Dominant effects of the histone mutant H3-L61R on Spt16-gene interactions in budding yeast,” garnered them both recognition by the faculty attendees for their outstanding contributions to the meeting.

“Grace and McKenzie carried out excellent research in my lab over the course of the past year, and I am very happy to see that their work culminated in an outstanding presentation at this meeting,” Duina said.

Their research was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation that was awarded to Dr. Andrea Duina in 2020.

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