22 Cal State Universities Converge at Biotechnology Symposium in Long Beach

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cal state biotechnology symposiumStudents and faculty from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will join colleagues from 21 other California State University campuses to present research on genes, proteins, cancers, crops, water quality and more at the 23rd annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Jan. 7 and 8 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel in Garden Grove.

The symposium is sponsored by the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), which coordinates and supports biotechnology efforts throughout the CSU and serves as the CSU’s primary liaison to industry and academic partners in the realm.

Six faculty mentors and 20 of their students will explain their research findings during poster presentation sessions, including:

Jesse Dillon, assistant professor of marine biology, and graduate student Lindsay Darjany, “Development of Novel Stable Isotope Approaches To Evaluate the Fate of Carbon in a Restored Southern California Salt Marsh.”

Elizabeth Eldon, associate professor of biological sciences and undergraduates Ebony Flowers, Giovanna Pozuelos and Claudia Sanchez, “Epithelial migration in Drosophila ovaries.”

Editte Gharakhanian, professor of biological sciences, and undergraduate Florante Ricarte, “Novel genes ENV7, ENV9-11 were uncovered in a genome-wide screen in S. cerevisiae and are involved in vacuolar biogenesis, trafficking and function.” Ricarte is a Glenn M. Nagel Undergraduate Research Award finalist and won a Best Poster in Molecular Biology at the 2010 National Annual Biomedical Research Conference of Minority Students in November in Charlotte, N.C.

Lisa Klig, professor of biological sciences, and graduate student Gayani Batugedara and undergraduates Natasha Jackson, Karen Sierra and Eliseo Villarreal, “Effect of salt stress on inositol metabolism in Drosophila melanogaster.”

Eric Sorin, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and undergraduate student Mona Bakhom, “Investigations of the Folding Dynamics of the RNA Pseudoknot Structural Motif via Massively Parallel Molecular Dynamics.”

Paul Weers, associate professor of biochemistry, and graduate student Pankaj Dwivedi, “Role of the 1st and 5th helix in apolipophorin III stability and lipid binding;” Duc Le, “Lysine residues mediate antimicrobial activity of apolipophorin III”graduate student Chris Adams and undergraduate Wendy Beck, “The role of C-terminal lysine residues in apoA-I for binding to lipopolysaccharides.”

Approximately 500 CSU students and faculty will join nearly 100 industry professionals, community college representatives and elected officials at the CSU’s major annual event dedicated to developing emerging and future biotechnology researchers in California.  The symposium will also feature expert panels of scientists, engineers and journalists addressing healthcare solutions for the developing world, public understanding of human DNA analysis, and the commercialization of life-science innovations.

According to the National Science Foundation, Cal State Long Beach is among the top master’s level universities in the nation in the number of students who go on to earn doctorates in science and engineering.

For more information about CSULB research, visit www.csulb.edu.  Symposium information is available at www.calstate.edu/csuperb/symposium/2011 and www.calstate.edu/csuperb.

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