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K-State Today

February 7, 2017

K-State students honored for bioscience research posters, presentations at annual K-INBRE symposium

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Four students from Kansas State University were among the 18 undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students honored for their scientific research presentations at the 15th annual Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, or K-INBRE, Symposium Jan. 14-15 in Manhattan.

The annual symposium is part of the K-INBRE initiative to identify and recruit promising university students into careers in biomedical research in Kansas. Led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, 10 campuses in Kansas and Oklahoma participate in the collaborative network.

Students work in research laboratories or in their communities alongside scientist mentors to develop research projects. These projects give students early hands-on experience in laboratory or field research practice to better inform their future career choices in the biosciences. Overall, more than 140 research posters were accepted for presentation at the symposium in a new digital poster format.

The annual K-INBRE Symposium brings together the network of students, faculty and staff from K-State, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, Washburn University, Wichita State University and Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma.

The following K-State students received cash prizes for their oral and poster presentations:

• Ruben Shrestha, doctoral student in chemistry, for the poster presentation "Mechanistic characterization of surface exposed radical site of dye-decolorizing Peroxidase from Thermomonospora curvata."

• Kasey Swilley, doctoral student in biology, for the poster presentation "A Golgi-localized protein, Gdt1, is important for multicellularity."

• Vaithish Velazhahan, junior in microbiology and medical biochemistry, for the oral presentation "Investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the anti-cancer action of dietary flavonoids."

• Molly Zych, junior in biology, for the poster presentation "Drosophila Importin-7 is required for proper muscle attachment site formation."