Chemistry professor honored by ASBMB for undergraduate mentoring

Assistant Professor Vickie Moore traveled to San Diego in April 2014 to present at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

<p>Assistant Professor Vickie Moore</p>
<p>Assistant Professor Vickie Moore</p>
[/caption]The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology honored an Elon chemistry professor this spring with a travel award and invitation to share at a national conference details of the research she has conducted with two of her top students in recent years.

Assistant Professor Vickie Moore gave a platform presentation on April 30, 2014, at the ASBMB’s annual meeting in San Diego, which attracted thousands of medical researchers, clinicians and educators from across the nation.

Moore’s research on mitochondrial dysfunction in disease has received assistance over the past three years from Kelsey Van Dalfsen ’13 and Taylor Davis ’15. Their ongoing project examines the connection between Type II diabetes and higher levels of damage suffered during heart attacks.

“Being selected for this honor means national recognition as a researcher, which in a scientific field is almost unheard of for an undergraduate research lab,” Moore said.

The ASBMB award was funded in partnership with the National Science Foundation. The award recognizes excellence in research at a primarily undergraduate institution and complemented a faculty travel award from Elon University.

Moore joined the Elon faculty in 2010 and has mentored several undergraduate researchers studying chemistry or biochemistry. A graduate of James Madison University, she earned her doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and earned a postdoctoral fellowship from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.