Marshall hosts WV-INBRE event

Recently, eight West Virginia Wesleyan College students traveled to Marshall University in Huntington to present their research at the 12th Annual WV-INBRE Summer Research Symposium of the West Virginia IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence.

Students presented poster presentations on their research. Participating students were Caleb Judy of Beverly, Zachery Lonergan of Elkins and Jillian Teubert of Lewisburg; these students delivered a presentation about the characterization of putative shape determining genes mreB and mreC in the Lyme Disease spirochete borrelia burgadorferi.

Alexandra Roberts of Bradenton, Fla., and Victoria Moser-Cartagena of Miami, Fla., presented on the alcohol-induced cell cycle changes in G1-S phase transition in rat neuronal embryonic dorsal root ganglion stem cells. Colin Winkie of Bridgeport presented on the potential of amino acid nanoparticles as a form of drug delivery. Also, Haven Clay of Huntington, Notashia Baughman of Fenwick, Patrick Milkowski of Erie, Pa., and Jared Rock of Buckhannon presented on the extraction and isolation of phytoalexin from Centaurea nigrescens exhibiting inhibitory action against Staphylococcus aureus.

For one student, the symposium helped her gain the confidence she needed in her field.

“The INBRE Symposium was a great learning experience,” said Moser-Cartagena. “I not only learned from others’ research, but I had the opportunity to share my own. I was a little intimidated at first, but this experience taught me to believe in myself. I am very grateful for Dr. Anthony for believing in me when I thought it would be too much.”

But for Judy, the WV-INBRE experience was a chance to network with other researchers in his field.

“The INBRE symposium was a fantastic experience,” Judy said. “I made many good connections with fellow researchers and, more importantly, mentors of other research projects. It has given me a broadened perspective of how important research is no matter the subject.”

All participating researchers are students of Dr. Katharine Lambson, Dr. Luke Huggins, Dr. Melanie Sal and Dr. Bruce Anthony.

For more information on West Virginia Wesleyan College’s School of Science, contact Director Dr. Luke Huggins at 304-473-8097 or