ABU biology student earns distinction

PHILIPPI – Alderson Broaddus University congratulates AB biology student Adrienne Daniels on receiving an award of $1,250 by West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE).

Daniels will present her research at the 5th Biennial NIH, NCRR National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE). The Symposium will be held June 16-18 at Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Daniels had the opportunity to work in Dr. Charlie Chen’s lab last summer for a little over two months. Chen is a professor of biology at Alderson Broaddus, PI of the Biomedical Research Lab, and an adjunct faculty at WVU.

Daniels’ project, “Gallic Acid Induces Apoptosis in Ovarian Cancer Cells,” which focused on cancer cell research, became the focus of her senior research project as well.

“In the future, I would like to continue working on cancer research in graduate school,” says Daniels. “I am very thankful for the opportunity that Dr. Chen has given me and all his help along the way. I would also like to thank WV-INBRE for giving me the opportunity to conduct my research and Dr. Ross Brittain (dean of ABU’s College of Science, Technology & Mathematics and assistant professor of environmental science) for his help as well.”

INBRE is a competitive federal research program established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2014. As part of the NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program, its mission is to establish a consortium among selected institutions of higher education in the State of West Virginia to enhance their capacity for educating and training their faculty and students in biomedical research.

Goals of the program are to help build biomedical research expertise and capacity, assist faculty at undergraduate institutions with development of biomedical research programs and competitiveness for external funding, provide student research opportunities, and help train the future workforce in science and technology.

“I am very honored and grateful for the opportunity that Dr. Chen and WV-INBRE has given me,” says Daniels. “I am proud to represent Alderson Broaddus University!”