Three MSUM students, Anne Pius, Molly Strong, and Whitney Swanson were awarded Research Scholarships from the Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation. Beta Beta Beta is a national biological society with a local chapter on the MSUM campus. The three students are members of the cancer research team mentored by Mark Wallert.
Anne Pius is a junior biology major with a health and medical sciences emphasis. Her project entitled “The role of a1-adrenergic signaling in the regulation of cellular proliferation and migration through phosphorylation of the Na+-H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1)” was funded in the amount of $658.
Molly Strong is a junior biochemistry and biotechnology major. Her project entitled “The role of platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGF) signaling in the phosphorylation of the Na+-H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1) and regulation of cellular function” was funded for a total $625.
Whitney Swanson is a junior biochemistry and biotechnology major. Her project entitled “Lysophosphatidic Acid (LPA) Stimulated Phosphorylation of the Na+-H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1) Regulates Cell Proliferation, Stress Fiber Formations, and Cell Migration” was funded for $600.
The students plan to present their results at the MSUM Academic Conference and the North Central District 3 Beta Beta Beta meeting in April 2015.