April 11, 2012
Maggie Lillmars

Clinical Laboratory Science Students Present at Research Symposium

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science Department had five undergraduate students present posters at the Sigma Xi Research Symposium Tuesday, April 3. The event was hosted by the SLU chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and was sponsored by the International Faculty and Staff Association and associate vice presidents of graduate and undergraduate studies. The department represented 10 percent of the undergraduate submissions chosen, five out of 50 submissions, and an impressive number.

Tim Toby (investigative and medical sciences), along with David Keire and Cynthia Sommers, presented on detection of native chondroitin sulfate impurities in heparin sodium with a colorimetric, microplate-based assay.

Ekaterina Totten (clinical laboratory science) along with Michael Dahle and Rita Heuertz, presented on the effect of salt concentration on growth and biofilm production of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Suomia Abuirqeba (clinical laboratory science), along with Nicholas Nelson, Heuertz and Uthayashanker Ezekiel, presented on antiproliferative effect of curcumin and silymarin on colon cancer cells.

Lila Wahidi (investigative and medical sciences) and Tim Randolph presented on the quantitation of fetal hemoglobin using a modified Kleihauer-Betke assay.

Amelia Nakanishi (investigative and medical sciences) and Elizabeth Zeibig-Blessing presented on the contribution of spinal cord injury to the morbidity and mortality of inflicted childhood neurotrauma.

Additionally, Uthayashanker Ezekiel, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science, was inducted as a faculty member of Sigma Xi during the event.

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science at Saint Louis University offers two unique bachelor of science degrees in B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and B.S. in Investigative and Medical Sciences (IMS). The clinical laboratory science degree produces laboratory healthcare professionals, and the investigative and medical sciences degree prepares students for medical school and for careers in biotech or forensic labs. For more information about the department, or any of its degrees, visit cls.slu.edu.

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