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.  Ashton Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of functionalized pyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.

Awards Aplenty in New Orleans

A generous contribution from the John J. Leidy Foundation allowed eight St. Mary's students to attend the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans where they presented posters describing their research.  Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest where students were judged on their ability to explain their research. St. Mary's was well represented, as Josh and Greg Triegger ('13) were both awarded for their posters.


"Role of PAT Proteins in the Formation of Lipid Droplets"

Kimberly Williams
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.