East Georgia State College biology major Lindsey Howell has been awarded a grant from the National Sciences Foundation for undergraduate research. The grant will provide over $4,000 for Howell to spend 12 weeks at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
While working in the lab of Dr. Glen Borcheret, Howell will continue the research she began at EGSC during the Fall of 2015 under the supervision of Dr. David Chevalier. She identified new microRNAs from the algae species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using a bioinformatics approach. Howell presented this research at the Albany State University 2015 Fall Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium (held in November), the fourth annual Critical Thinking Conference at EGSC in March of 2016, and the annual meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science at Gordon State College, also held in March of 2016.
The research project was first initiated in the summer of 2015 by Dr. Chevalier. He was awarded a Research Opportunity Award that is part of the NSF-wide Research at Undergraduate Institutions Program. For two months during the summer of 2015, Dr. Chevalier worked with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Glen Borchet at the University of South Alabama.
During her time at the University of South Alabama, Howell will be tasked with working on a comprehensive informatics analysis of the small RNA sequence from two algal species, Dunaliella salina and another related, but not fully-characterized Dunaliella species.