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2016 Graduate to Present Research at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Tennessee

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Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016

A Westminster College class of 2016 graduate, Kelly Higby, has been selected to present her undergraduate honors research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. this July

Higby, a molecular biology honors student, will present, "Effects of Chemotherapy on Nuclear Transport during Cellular Death," which was performed alongside Dr. Karen Resendes, associate professor of biology.

"I am excited to be selected for this prestigious opportunity,” said Higby. “Most of the other undergraduate students were selected are from large, research institutions, and to be selected from a small institution is really amazing.”

“Kelly was a hard working dedicated researcher in my laboratory,” said Resendes. “The skills she gained at the bench and in the classroom have prepared her well for a great career in research. Her recent achievements are a testament to the benefits of the undergraduate research experience we offer at Westminster, and her expertise and enthusiasm in my laboratory will be missed.”

The National Undergraduate Research Symposium (NURS) event is a "competitive academic and professional development event that allows undergraduate students from U.S. institutions to present their own research, in addition to learning about the cutting-edge research and facilities at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” according to their website.

This summer, Higby will begin a position as research assistant/manager in the Laboratory of Andrew Lane at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, associated with Harvard Medical School.

Higby, Lake City, Pa., is a daughter of Kimberly Higby and a graduate of Girard High School.

For more information, contact Resendes at (724) 946-7211.