Two Clinical Laboratory Science Graduates Awarded

Stephanie Godfrey, Saint Louis University
Stephanie Godfrey, Clinical Laboratory Science graduate in the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University

Stephanie Godfrey's (CLS '13) paper, "Innate Humoral Response to Biofilm Production by Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas," was selected as the winning research paper in the 2013 Education Scientific Assembly student awards competition of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. As winner, she will receive an all-expense paid trip to the ASCLS national meeting in Houston, Texas this summer to present her research results.

Godfrey's paper looks at the growing obstacle of biofilms in healthcare and specifically to patient treatment. A biofilm is a structure consortium of bacterial embedded in a self-produced polymer matric consisting of polysaccharide, protein and extracellular DNA. Microbial biofilms pose public health problems due to the ability of the bacteria to form biofilm on synthetic surfaces; biofilm adherence to and within medically implanted devices; and the growing role of biofilms in anti-microbial drug resistance. Recognizing the innate immune response is effective in fighting most bacterial infections, she posed the question of whether innate immune reactants play a role in fighting bacterial biofilm-associated infections.

Godfrey also submitted her research results at the 2013 Great Plains Regional Laboratory Expo, 2013 Sigma Xi Saint Louis University chapter and the Saint Louis University Senior Legacy Symposium. Additionally, she submitted her research results to the journal Clinical Laboratory Science where it is still under review for publication. Her research mentor was CLS professor Rita Heuertz, Ph.D., MT(ASCP).

Since graduation, Godfrey became the Student Delegate from Missouri in the 2013 American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science House of Delegates Annual Meeting. She has also been nominated for the student delegate of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Laura Bohning, Saint Louis University
Laura Bohning, Investigative and Medical Sciences graduate in the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University

Laura Bohning (IMS '13) was honored at the Saint Louis University department of athletics Student-Athlete Straight A Luncheon. She received recognition for earning a 4.0 GPA in either the Spring 2012 or Fall 2012 semesters. Faculty member Rita Heuertz, Ph.D., was invited as her guest as the faculty who most inspired her for excellence in the classroom. See the following SLU websites.

Bohning was one of 15 DCHS students to make the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and one of eight student-athletes on the 2011-12 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete list.

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