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Iona Students Participate in the Beta Beta Beta 2013 Northeast-1 District Convention

Nine Iona College Biology students accompanied by three faculty members presented their research at the Beta Beta Beta 2013 Northeast-1 District Convention. One oral and four poster presentations were given by Iona students at this convention. This convention allowed the students to showcase their undergraduate research and meet fellow scientists from 11 different colleges and universities from four different states.

The student attendees (first row): Mark Pagano and Jordan Gilruth and (second row): Marcia Correa, Vincent Cefola, Kayla Bourdeau, Laura Jackson, Courtney Veilleux, Michael Foti, and Anthony Ascione. They were accompanied by Dr. Teresa D'Aversa, Dr. Yourha Kang, and Dr. Eric Muller.
Marcia Correa, this year's valedictorian, under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Muller, gave an oral presentation titled, "Determination of the phosphorylation sites on the formin Bni1p during the mating response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

Anthony Ascione and Michael Foti, also under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Muller, presented a poster titled, "Characterization and phenotypic analysis of a yeast protein required for calcium signaling and normal morphology during the mating response of S. cerevisiae." Fawaz Abdulkarim was also an author on the poster.

Kayla Bourdeau and Mark Pagano, under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa D'Aversa, presented a poster titled, "The effects of Interferon-ß on oxidative stress in neurons." Courtney Veilleux, also under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa D'Aversa presented a poster titled, "The effects of dopamine and lithium chloride on zebrafish development."

Vincent Cefola and Jordan Gilruth, under the mentorship of Dr. Yourha Kang, presented a poster titled, "Using RFLP analysis on PCR products of hypervariable DNA to look for genetic variability among populations of Asclepias tuberosa in the United States."