April 11, 2013
Shawnee State University students Eli Gerlach and Brandon Mays were awarded the Board of Trustee's Award for their presentation at the annual Celebration of Scholarship. The award honors research that is investigative, project-based, inquiry-based, open-minded and/or exploratory.
Gerlach and Mays are both biology majors on the biomedical sciences track. Gerlach, a senior, has been accepted to the University of Findlay.
Maintaining an extensive notebook and performing successive experiments, Gerlach and Mays did their research as part of an ongoing project in Dr. Eugene Burns' lab. The main goal of the project was to study the genes involved in the attachment of bordetella bronchiseptica viruses to dog and pig cells.
Their work has shed light on hypothetical protein BB2359, which previously had an unknown function and is present in a wide variety of bacteria.
The students will use the $1000 granted to them by the Trustee's Award to present this May at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in Denver.