Chemistry students receive national recognition for excellence in research
Stefanie Miller '17 and Mary Alice Allnutt '18 received awards from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the National Institutes of Health, respectively.
Two Elon chemistry majors have received national recognition for their work in the lab.
Stefanie Miller '17 conducted research in Associate Professor Vickie Moore’s lab on understanding the role of Bcl-2 proteins in hyperglycemia-induced apoptosis in cardiomyocytes. After presenting the culmination of her honors thesis research at the national American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) meeting in Chicago, Miller was awarded an honorable mention at the undergraduate research poster session.
Mary Alice Allnutt '18 is a senior Honors Fellow and Lumen Scholar conducting research in Professor Kathy Matera's lab on investigating neurotransmitter stabilized peptides and their effect on cell death in Alzheimer’s disease. Having strong mentoring and the opportunity to conduct independent research early in her Elon career, Allnutt was able to obtain a highly competitive position in the National Institute of Health summer research program at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in Bethesda, Maryland, where she conducted research with Cheng-Te Lin, Yoshimi Enose-Akahata and Steven Jacobson.
On Aug. 11, Allnutt presented a poster on her work entitled, “Chromosomally Integrated Human Herpesvirus-6 (ciHHV-6): Detection in Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes.” Her efforts garnered her the NINDS Exceptional Summer Student Award. Back at Elon, Allnutt is continuing her Alzheimer’s research and will defend her honors thesis at the end of the academic year.