Feb. 27, 2007
Morningside College senior Jennifer Nelson of Saint George, Utah, was co-author of the article “Vancomycin-Intermediate Staphylococcus aureus Strains Have Impaired Acedtate Catabolism: Implications for Polysaccharide Intercellular Adhesin Synthesis and Autoloysis” that appeared in the February 2007 issue of the professional journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy published by the American Society for Microbiology.
Nelson, who is majoring in biology at Morningside, has spent the past two summers as part of the research team of Dr. Greg A. Somerville, assistant professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), in conjunction with the Redox Biology Center (RBC), a broad-based interdisciplinary and multi-institutional entity involving researchers from UNL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha (UNMC).
The RBC at UNL provides competitive internships to qualified undergraduates for opportunities to pursue independent research projects in redox biochemistry. Research areas range from molecular medicine to environmental biochemistry and plant biochemistry. Students formulate and test hypotheses, develop experimental problem-solving skills, and receive training in biochemical, biophysical, and molecular biology techniques. The ten-week summer program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense.