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Graduate Student Research Awards Competition

February 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Graduate students from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture who applied to the college’s annual research awards will showcase their research with 15-minute presentations. All members of the University of Maine community are welcome to attend. This event is free and advance registration is not required.

10:00 am
“Role of Red Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) on Endothelial Dysfunction, Inflammation, and Lipid Metabolism as Related to the Metabolic Syndrome.”
Natalie VandenAkker, School of Food and Agriculture

10:20 am
”Zebrafish as a Model to Understand the Impact of Strength Training and Inactivity on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.”
Elisabeth Kilroy, School of Biology and Ecology, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

10:40 am
“American Eel Behavior and Survival in an Impounded River System.”
Matthew Mensinger, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology

11:00 am 10 Minute Break

11:10 am
“The Past, Present, and Future of Conservation in the Maine Lobster Fishery.”
Mackenzie Mazur, School of Marine Sciences

11:30 am
“A Synthesis Program: Reducing Uncertainties of Terrestrial Biosphere Carbon Cycles at Various Spatial and Temporal Scales.”
Xinyuan Wei, School of Forest Resources

11:50 am
“Process Modeling of Hot Air Convective Drying of Sugar Kelp (Saccharina latissima) in Maine, USA.”
Praveen Kumar Sappati, School of Food and Agriculture

12:10 pm 10 Minute Break

12:20 pm
“Development of Valuable and Multifunctional Protein-Based Food Ingredients from Green Crab.”
Bouhee Kang, School of Food and Agriculture

12:40 pm
“Deciphering the Perpetual Fight between Virus and Host. Utilizing Bioinformatics to Elucidate the Host’s Genetic Mechanisms that Influence JC Polyomavirus Infection.”
Michael Wilczek, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

1:00 pm
“Dissection of Molecular Mechanisms by which Human Host Factors Regulate JC Polyomavirus Internalization.”
Colleen Mayberry, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

The University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veterans status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Krystal Poulin as early as possible, at 207.581.3205 or, to discuss your needs.


February 26, 2020
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Stodder Hall, Room 57
Orono, ME 04469 United States + Google Map