Kristina Anderson Wins American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Poster Competition

Kristina Anderson, a senior biochemistry and biotechnology major, received first place honors in the undergraduate poster competition at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meeting April 9 -13 in Washington, D.C.

The poster competition included 196 undergraduates from universities from around the United States. Kristina won one of the four first place awards, receiving top honors in the Cellular Signaling Category.

The judges noted that Kristina was given the award because of the depth and impact of her cancer research and her excellent presentation of complicated material. Her work describes how a new gene may become a target for treatment of a very difficult to treat cancer.

She has done research with Prof. Brian Wisenden, and for the past two years she has worked in the laboratory of Profs. Joseph Provost and Mark Wallert.

Her poster was entitled “Investigation of Calcineurin B Homologous Protein 2 Regulation of NHE1: A Potential Novel Therapeutic Target to Treat Non-small Cell Lung Cancer.”

“My research experience completely changed me as a student,” Kristina said. “I started to apply what I was learning in class and it became more exciting. It definitely motivated me to pursue further education in science.”

She came to MSUM on a track scholarship. She was track captain for two years and is a three-time all-conference athlete. Kristina graduates in May, will work in the biotechnology industry for a year, then plans to attend medical school.