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April 2, 2009

Three Birmingham-Southern biology students participate in regional Yeast Meeting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Birmingham-Southern College senior biology majors Sarah Gammons, Kaleigh Hussey-Tomich, and Lisa Speake presented their research at the Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting recently hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville. At this weekend science conference, the BSC students presented research they conducted as part of the Directed Research component of their Senior Capstone Experience requirement at BSC.

Hussey-Tomich, who is from Caldwell, N.J., won an award for Outstanding Poster Presentation by an undergraduate. Her poster, titled “Analysis of Hexadecylphosphocholine Induced Activation of the PDR Network,” was created from her research work with BSC associate professor of biology Pamela Hanson. Hussey-Tomich is the daughter of Glenn Tomich and Geraldine Lynch-Tomich.

Gammons, who is from Huntsville and the daughter of Robert and Helen Gammons, titled her research poster “The anti-cancer ruthenium KP1019 induces Rad52-GFP focus formation,” which was also the result of her research with Hanson.

Speake's poster, titled “Deletion of the Inositol Phosphotransferase Gene IPT1 Increases Expression of the Multidrug Transporter Pdr5P,” was based on her research with Hanson and Scott Moye-Rowley, who is a professor and executive associate head at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She is the daughter of Robert and Charlotte Speake and is from Hartselle.

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