Hendrix students present their research at INBRE Arkansas conference


CONWAY, Ark. (November 5, 2021) – Hendrix students Halie Booth ’22, Megan Pelley ’24 and Theresa Thomas ’22 attended the Arkansas INBRE research conference in Fayetteville on October 29-30, along with two Hendrix faculty members, Dr Andrew Schurko of the Department of Biology and Health Sciences; and Dr Caitlin Scott of the Department of Chemistry.

Pelley and Thomas presented posters on their research from Scott’s lab, and Booth presented his poster based on research from Schurko’s lab:

  • Halie Booth, major in biochemistry / molecular biology (BCMB): “Study of the role of DNA ligase K during DNA repair in bdelloid rotifers”
  • Megan Pelley, major undeclared: “The S100A1 protein and its interactions with antagonist drugs”
  • Theresa Thomas, major in economics: “Design of computer drugs to target the cannabinoid type 2 receptor in order to develop safe and effective paired drugs”

Booth and Pelley received honorable mentions for their poster presentations.

“It was gratifying to see these students perform so well at the conference,” said Schurko. “This reflects their high level of commitment to research, even under the recently difficult circumstances of the pandemic. ”

About Hendrix College

Private College of Liberal Arts in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College is regularly recognized as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change Your Perception of Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, its innovation and its value have made Hendrix a reference in numerous guides, lists and university rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with The United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.


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