Students, Prof. Present Research at Biology Conference

Ana Y. Estevez, associate professor of biology and psychology, and St. Lawrence University neuroscience majors Quinn Self ’15 and Sierra Miller ’16 recently attended and presented their research at the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine’s annual meeting, which was held from Nov. 18 to 22 in Seattle, Wash.

The title of their poster was “Assessment of Catalytic Activity and Oxidation-Reduction Potential of Custom-Synthesized Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles in Cell-Free Systems and Tissue.” Joseph S. Erlichman, professor and R. Sheldon ’68 and Virginia H. Johnson Chair of Science, was also a co-author of the poster.

This is Estevez’s second time attending this conference and the first time bringing research students along. All who attended agreed that attending the conference stimulated new ideas and hypotheses for research.

Quinn, who worked on this project as a St. Lawrence University Fellow, said he enjoyed the opportunity to discuss his research with graduate students and postdocs.

“I felt privileged to be one of the few undergraduates at the conference,” he said. “This early exposure to presenting research to specialists in the field allowed me to test my understanding of free radical biology.”

Sierra, whose participation in the research was funded by a Ronald E. McNair Scholarship, said she was thankful to have opportunity to attend.

“I absolutely loved the conference,” she said. “I learned so much, met so many amazing people and I got the chance to see what a future in this field could mean.”