Getting Hands-On Experience
St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country. Ashon Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of calixpyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.
Awards Aplenty in New Orleans
Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest at the 245th National ACS Meeting in New Orleans. Josh was just one of two St. Mary's College of Maryland winners as Greg Triegger ('13) was also awarded for his presentation.
"Role of PAT Proteins in the Formation of Lipid Droplets"
Mentor: Dr. Pamela Mertz
St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2006-2007
Only recently have lipid droplets been studied and hence not much is known about their formation in adipocytes. A family of proteins, the PAT proteins, is known to aid in the formation of lipid droplets in cells. Using differentiating adipocytes, knockdown of ADFP was attempted in hopes of determining how decreased expression of ADFP could affect the differentiation process. Due to problems with materials and technique, a complete knockdown does not appear to have been successful. However, even with a partial knockdown, it is possible to see that there is a difference in the degree of differentiation and the size of lipid droplets formed in cells lacking ADFP.