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April 22, 2016

Kellie Mitchell's scientific prowess and communication skills have distinguished her among her peers. Recently, Ms. Mitchell - a senior in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology (BCH-EPP) - won first place honors at three different events; specifically, the Biology Undergraduate Research Program Symposium (click here for article), the Judy and Bobby Shackhouls Honor College's MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium (best oral presentation), and best undergraduate oral presentation in the Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology Section at the 2016 Meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (click here for more information). Ms. Mitchell has been mentored by Dr. Yuhua Farnell, BCH-EPP faculty member and IGBB affiliate, Dr. James A. Stewart, Jr. of the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Chuan-Yu Hsu, the IGBB's chief genomics scientist. "It takes a 'perfect storm' of events for an undergraduate student to have so much research success," notes Dr. Daniel G. Peterson, IGBB Director. "In this case you had a very bright, well-spoken, and creative young lady with a phenomenal trio of advisors. This is great undergraduate education...great undergraduate research...great mentorship."

The title and authors listed on Ms. Mitchell's winning presentations are as follows:

"Altered clock gene oscillations in cardiac fibroblasts from obesity and diabetic mice"
Kellie Mitchell, Jamie Stewart, Chuan-Yu Hsu, Yuhua Farnell

Ms. Mitchell will graduate in May and will start medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the fall.

Funding for the research performed by Ms. Mitchell and her advisory team was provided, in part, from awards from the MSU Office of Research & Economic Development and the Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station. Further support was provided by the IGBB.

March 30, 2016

Dr. Diana Outlaw, a faculty member in the Department of Biology and an IGBB affiliate, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct some innovative studies on malaria and its transfer and adaptation to new host species. The IGBB has worked with Dr. Outlaw for several years and is currently providing funding to support another of her malaria-based projects. For more information about Dr. Outlaw's NIH award, click here.

March 15, 2016

In fall 2016, Ms. Selene Perales will begin Ph.D. research at the IGBB. Ms Perales is currently finishing up a master's degree in bioinformatics at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). Selene's last semester at MVSU has not actually been spent in Mississippi, but rather in Kazakhstan. Through a study abroad program offered by MVSU, Ms. Perales is attending classes and conducting research at Kazakh State Women's Teacher Training University (KSWTTU) in the city of Almaty. The experience has been a positive one for Selene, who was recently featured in an article/slide show on the KSWTTU website .
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Xu Y, Bailey E, Spackman E, Li T, Wang H, Long LP, Baroch JA, Cunningham FL, Lin X, Jarman RG, DeLiberto TJ, Wan XF (2016) Limited Antigenic Diversity in Contemporary H7 Avian-Origin Influenza A Viruses from North America. Scientific Reports 6: 20688.
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