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BSC Students Showcase Academic Innovation at “Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol”

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    Wednesday, February 19 2014
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Sasha Richmond and Brandon Kirby

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College students Sasha Richmond and Brandon Kirby joined their peers from 12 other West Virginia public baccalaureate colleges and universities, presenting their research projects to state legislators and the public at the annual "Underground Research Day at the Capitol," on January 27.

Ms. Richmond's presentation focused upon the increased infiltration of leukocytes during stress in Chlamydia trachomatis infection, and Mr. Kirby's research described the regulation of interferon beta expression by microRNA in human astrocytes, with its therapeutic approach in multiple sclerosis.

"The purpose of Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol is to showcase the research skills of our students to policymakers and the general public," noted Dr. Tesfaye Belay, an Associate Professor of Biology at BSC. "The event also emphasizes higher education's role in developing educated citizens and preparing a workforce with the necessary skills to contribute to the economic growth of the state."

Richmond and Kirby have presented their biomedical research at numerous conferences, including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Nashville, TN, in 2013. They also serve as co-chairs for the City of Bluefield/Bluefield State College Task Force, which explores opportunities for the City and BSC to explore and implement initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for this region's economy and residents.