Cullender ′08 and Mercer ′08 Present Research on Cell Division at International Meeting

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Publication Date: 1/7/2008

Biology majors Tyler Cullender ’08 and Sarah Mercer ’08 presented research on cell division at the 47th American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) Annual Meeting held in December in Washington, DC.

Cullender and Mercer are research students of Dr. Mary Miller, associate professor of biology at Rhodes. 

As members of Miller’s laboratory, the students developed her previous research on cell division by collecting more conclusive data on specific genes in order to gain a more elaborate understanding of the fundamental processes involved.

In an open poster forum, the students presented their research, which has attempted to diagnose the proteins that facilitate the import of Cln3 into the nucleus.  Mercer presented “The Activity of the Budding Yeast G1 Cyclin Cln3 in the Absence of NUP84” and Cullender presented “The Activity of the Budding Yeast G1 Cyclin Cln3 in the Absence of NUP84.”

With more than 100 scientific sessions and 3,500 poster presentations, the ASCB Annual Meeting is attended by members of the international cell biology community.

(Information compiled by Bryan Hearn, Rhodes Student Associate in the Communications Office.)