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Science Students Honored at 2012 Research Day

Release Date: 
Apr 17 2012

Four students at the School of Science at IUPUI earned recognition for their presentations at the 2012 Research Day.


Student researchers anticipate IUPUI Research Day each year because it allows them to discuss their project with others interested in research. Also, student researchers like Nicole Shepherd, biology, hope to spark the same interest and curiosity that has driven them for many months in the laboratory.

“This is a nice opportunity to be able to present your data and get feedback from people who may have a different way of looking at the findings,” said Shepherd, who presented her poster, “Identification of Transcription Factors Associated With Down Syndrome Skeletal Abnormalities.”

Branden Lanier, chemistry, presented at his first Research Day this year. His research, “Interactions of Human Gingival Fibroblasts With Tobacco Treated Porphyromonas Gingivalis, focused on the effect of tobacco on protein in cells treated with the bacteria that causes periodontal disease.

“I’ve enjoyed being able to talk about a project you’ve put so much time and work into and have people genuinely interested in your results and how you got to them,” said Lanier, who soon will be applying to the School of Dentistry. 

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director of the National Science Foundation, served as the keynote speaker for the daylong event.