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Mount Students Win Top Awards at 2010 Science Conferences


Riverdale, N.Y. – College of Mount Saint Vincent seniors Ana Uruena ’11 and David Guerrero ’11 were recently honored at national conferences for their outstanding research in the sciences. Guerrero was one of three undergraduates to receive top honors for his research measuring protein expression on human endometrial adenocarcinoma cells, or those found in the uterus, at the 54th American Society of Cell Biology in Philadelphia, PA. from Dec. 11-15.

A native of East Meadow, Long Island, David Guerrero completed the research for his poster presentation, “A Novel Selective Progesterone Receptor Modulator Regulates Multiple Nuclear Receptors and Protein Expression in Human Endometrial Adenocarcinoma Cells,” during a summer research internship at Rockefeller University, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Janet Rollins. A biology major with minors in biochemistry and fine arts, Guerrero plans to attend medical school after graduation.

Senior Ana Uruena ’11 was recently honored with the Outstanding Presentation in Developmental Biology award for her poster presentation, The Role of Dm ime2 in Drosophila Melanogaster, at the 2010 Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students. During the four-day conference, which took place from November 10 to 13 in Charlotte, N.C., 1,200 students participated in poster and oral presentations in 10 disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Awards were given to the undergraduate student presentations that received the highest scores in each scientific discipline during the conference’s final banquet. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Uruena is a biology major and biochemistry minor. Uruena completed the research that was presented at the conference part of her summer internship at MIT.

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