Biology students win at student research conference

Two Grove City College biology students won top prizes this month at the Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi 25th Annual Student Research Conference.

Allen Toth ’16, of Elizabethtown, Pa., won the first-place award in the Microbiology Group for his poster “A Strategy for Identifying Upstream Regulators of the HitRS Two-Component System of Bacillus anthracis.”

Casey Latario ’17, of Groton, Mass., won the first-place award in the Microbiology Session for his oral presentation “A Second Heme Detoxification System in the Insect Pathogen Bacillus thuringiensis.”

Both students work on their research with Dr. Devin Stauff, assistant professor of biology. Toth’s project is part of a multidisciplinary project that Grove City College faculty and students work on with long-term collaborators in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The April 23 conference, sponsored by Penn State Behrend and the Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international, multidisciplinary research society, gives students from colleges and universities from across the region the opportunity to present their research findings and showcase their creative accomplishments through posters and oral presentations. The half-day event concludes with an awards ceremony.

For more information on Grove City College’s Biology Department: www.gcc.edu/biol.

Biology students win at student research conference

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