Three MSUM Student Cancer Researchers Receive Beta Beta Beta Research Scholarships
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.