May 25, 2010
Rachel Robson, assistant professor of biology at Morningside College, has been selected to conduct research this summer at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
Robson is one of four Iowa college professors named as a research fellow in the University of Iowa’s FUTURE in Biomedicine program. She will work with Alexander Horswill, assistant professor of microbiology at Carver College of Medicine, on the genetics of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The research is an outgrowth of work Robson and biology students at Morningside College have conducted on isolating and identifying Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in human nasal passages. Staphylococcus aureus causes a variety of infections in humans, including pneumonia, phlebitis, meningitis and urinary tract infections.
Johan Conradie, a Morningside biology major from West Des Moines, Iowa, also will work with Robson on the summer research project at the University of Iowa.
The FUTURE in Biomedicine program uses a competitive selection process to invite a limited number of science professors at Iowa colleges that do not offer doctoral programs to conduct research in a laboratory at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. To be selected for the program, a professor must show that his or her college has the potential for a significant undergraduate research program or the biomedical impact of an existing research project will be enhanced through a partnership with the Carver College of Medicine.
Robson joined the biology and chemistry department at Morningside in 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., and her doctorate in pathology and laboratory medicine from the University of Kansas Medical Center.