Sunday, September 28, 2014

Biology Trivia!

What year did Watson and Crick publish their landmark paper on DNA structure in Nature?  What bacterium causes Lyme Disease? The octopus is in which taxonomic class? Find out the answers to these and other random questions at Biology Trivia on Wednesday, October 1 at 6 pm in G38 Hartline. Students from all classes, freshmen through seniors (and super-seniors and graduate students!), are invited to join in the fun. In addition to a good time, there will be free pizza and goodies and prizes for the top three teams. Please sign-up outside 146 Hartline. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ghaith Ibrahim Defends Master's Thesis





Ghaith Ibrahim, at upper right with thesis advisor Dr. Karl Henry, successfully defended his master's thesis on Friday, September 5, 2014. Ghaith examined the role of CgGcn5, a putative histone acetyltransferase, on antifungal susceptibility and multidrug resistance gene regulation in Candida glabrata.  Ghaith graduated in 2011 from Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. As an undergraduate, Ghaith served as a student secretary and lab assistant in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences and engaged in a variety of research projects.  He examined MRI noise-induced effects on the auditory nerve with Dr. Huckans, Department of Physics and Engineering Technology, and shared his results at Noise-Con 10. Ghaith’s research with Drs. Hranitz and Surmacz on cellular stress responses in blackworms was presented at a national meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Research on the differential expression of EphB4 and ephrin-B2 in highly aggressive versus poorly aggressive human melanoma tumor cells with Dr. Hess was presented at a regional Tri-Beta convention. Ghaith received a grant from Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, to support his work and it was published in the journal Bios. Ghaith’s presentation of his master’s research at a meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists earned him second prize in the graduate student division (lower photo.) Ghaith is currently employed as a scientist by OraSureTechnologis, Inc. in Bethlehem, PA, a company that develops and manufactures devices for the detection or diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and kits for substance abuse testing by law enforcement.