Anna Queen, a senior majoring in biology and chemistry, received the Derieux Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for her poster titled, “Mapping the Motor Connections of the Subthalamic Nucleus in Parkinson Disease Using Deep Brain Stimulation," presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science. Her's was one of numerous posters presented on 25 March 2011 on the campus of Elon University (Elon, North Carolina), host institution for the 108th annual meeting of the Academy. Recipients of the Derieux Award are invited to submit a manuscript, based on their research, for publication in the Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science.
Anna's research is the culmination of 12 weeks of data collection and analysis in Dr. Joel Perlmutter's lab of Neurology and Movement Disorders. She collected the data during a clinical trial of Parkinson Disease patients who had undergone Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Dr. Samer Tabbal directed Anna’s work, as part of a summer internship --- the Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Anna has been a RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Fellowship Scholar since 2008, conducting research in the UNCP’s Department of Biology. Working under the direction of Dr. Maria Santisteban, Anna has been isolating mutations for a histone variant gene. Further, she has been cloning an unknown suppressor gene for identification and to determine its effects on transcription elongation.
Anna plans to attend the Medical University of South Carolina’s Ph.D. program in neuroscience, following her graduation from UNCP.
Updated: Monday, April 18, 2011
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