November 19, 2019

Lexi Carpenter.jpgThree Mayville State University students presented their research findings at the North Dakota INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) Annual Research Symposium held Oct. 19 and 20, 2019 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Grand Forks, N.D. The program highlighted the accomplishments of undergraduate student researchers.

Lexi Carpenter, from Argusville, N.D., presented her research on plant-based polymer-mediated synthetic DNA delivery for therapeutics. Carpenter is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.

Simon Barker, a biology major from Cooperstown, N.D., demonstrated the application of time resolved fluorescence and kinetic modeling techniques to resolve the influence of magnesium ion on straight-chained aldehyde substrate inhibition of mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALCH2).

Sean Pollack’s presentation was titled, “Crop Plant for Human Health Management.” Pollack, a native of Fargo, N.D., is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in psychology at Mayville State.

Simon Barker.jpgThese students are able to participate in research projects as Mayville State University students due to grant funding received through INBRE. INBRE promotes the development, coordination and sharing of research resources and expertise that will expand the research opportunities and increase the number of competitive investigators in the IDeA-eligible states. INBRE grants are intended to enhance the caliber of scientific faculty at research institutions and undergraduate schools, thereby attracting more promising students to these organizations.

Aaron Mehus, a 2007 Mayville State graduate, was also a presenter at the INBRE Symposium. Mehus showed his research regarding the expression patterns of basal and luminal markers in the AS3+ transformed urothelial UROtsa cell line treated with Troglitazone. He works at the University of North Dakota in a post-doctoral position.

Sean Pollack.jpgPhoto captions

Top: Mayville State student Lexi Carpenter explains her research to a symposium participant.

Middle: Symposium participants were interested in learning more about Simon Barker’s research related to fluorescence and kinetic modeling techniques.

Bottom: Sean Pollack gave a presentation titled “Crop Plants for Human Health Management.”