2006 Summer Research Student Wins Award for Research Performed in Peter Berget's Lab
Leslie Ann Alexis, a senior at Hunter College and a 2006 summer research student in the Department of Biological Sciences, was recognized for her research at ABRCMS, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. The conference, which was attended by faculty from the Department of Biological Sciences and the Chemistry Department, is "the largest multidisciplinary conference in the United States," according to ABRCMS's Web site.
Alexis, who was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that was awarded to Carnegie Mellon's Department of Chemistry and the City College of New York (CUNY), spent 10 weeks this summer working in the lab of Associate Professor Peter Berget, studying the role of cysteine residues in potential biosensors. Berget's lab is working on developing a biosensor of a single chained (scFv1) antibody and the fluorogenic dye thiazole orange (TO1- 2P). Alexis's work showed that cysteine residues are important for the interaction between scFv1 and TO1-2P. Her poster explaining these results won an award at ABRCMS.USDA Grant Provides Research Opportunities for Gifted Minority Students