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BSC Student Delegation Participates in WV-INBRE Biomedical Research Symposium

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    Monday, August 11 2014
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Six Bluefield State College students displayed and discussed their biomedical research recently during the 2014 WV-IDeA Network Biomedical Research Excellence Symposium, in Morgantown, July 27-28. BSC students Sasha Richmond, Jeff Johnson, Chelsea Brown, Shane Musick, Kaitlyn Thompson, Jonathan Kinder, and former lab technician Chih-Lung Fu presented posters detailing the research they conducted under the supervision of Dr. Tesfaye Belay (BSC Professor of Biology).

The BSC students' research involved several concurrent investigation—"Stress and Chlamydia Genital Infection in a Mouse Model," "Long-term Survival of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Under Starvation in Water," and "Growth characteristics of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, an agent of respiratory tract infection in swine." Additionally, BSC student, Jonathan Kinder, presented findings from his summer research internship opportunities at Marshall University.

"Each BSC student researcher prepared by reading scientific literature, selecting a topic, formulating hypotheses, designing and carrying out experiments, then presenting a poster," Dr. Belay explained "These students made significant contributions to advancing the research conducted in our laboratory. The opportunity for me to become a mentor for these student was a very rewarding experience."

"Our students are very grateful for the support of WV-INBRE and the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium that resulted in accomplishment of research training," Belay continued. "We are grateful to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs of BSC as well for printing our posters free of charge."