Rams Represent at STARS Research Program

MICDS represented, once again, at University of Missouri-St. Louis’ annual Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) summer program. During the six-week program, 96 high school students and six undergraduate research associates participated—and eight were from MICDS.

(Back row, from left) Richik Chakraborty ’18, Izzy Critchfield-Jain ’18, Atri Bhattacharyya ’18 and Alex Donovan ’18.
(Front row, from left) Christine Moser ’18, Sruthi Sripada ’18, Sophie Paul ’18 and Amanda Kalishman ’18

As STARS Scholars, students participated in research projects with partners from Confluence Discovery Technologies, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. Their research papers were reviewed by a panel of experts from Monsanto, Confluence Life Science, SIU-Edwardsville and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The reviewers looked for overall quality based on standards the scientific community uses to determine worthiness for formal publications.

Of the eight MICDS participants, two STARS shone especially brightly. Alexander Donovan ’18 and Amanda Kalishman ’18, among 32 other participants, received an award for excellence in research for their scientific papers titled “Bioinformatics analysis of fly cognition genes” and “Comparison of the type III immune response in adult and neonatal mice during respiratory viral infection” respectively.

Speaking of Science Stars!

Last summer, Ella Halford ’18 spent time interning in the genomics platform at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Boston. There she learned about and aided in all the different processes of sequencing a genome or an exome, helped the development team work on improving current protocols and created and prepped an animal DNA library to be sequenced.