Students and biology faculty present posters at national research conference Students and biology faculty present posters at national research conference

Students and biology faculty present posters at national research conference


Apr 09, 2015

Jennifer Sallee, North Central College assistant professor of biology, and two students gave presentations at the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference hosted by the Genetics Society of America held March 4-8 in Chicago.

Sallee’s research group uses Drosophila melanogaster, fruit flies, to study how cells change their shape during embryogenesis. Currently, they are studying the formation of small hair-like structures called denticles found on the embryo’s epidermal cells.

Sallee (left) presented a poster titled “Mutations in Drosophila crinkled/Myosin VIIA disrupt denticle morphogenesis.” The poster was co-authored by Sallee and Janice Crawford, Vinay Singh and Daniel Kiehart from Duke University.

North Central College biochemistry majors Jane McCullough ’15 and Thomas Halverson ’17 joined Sallee to present their posters. Halverson presented his project, titled “Biochemical optimization of the purification of the C-terminal domains of ck/Myosin VIIA,” while McCullough presented on her project, titled “Characterization of twinfilin mutants in denticle formation.” Biology major Kayla Antle ’15 worked with McCullough on the poster but did not attend the conference.

This annual conference draws students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and principal investigators studying Drosophila melanogaster. More than 1,500 scientists attend the conference, which features some 1,000 presentations and talks, workshops, and education and career development sessions for researchers at all stages.

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