Education Briefs

Published 6:12 pm Friday, March 22, 2024

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Blooming Prairie graduate presents at conference

Micalyn Trihus, a Bemidji State University student from Blooming Prairie, shared the results of her undergraduate research at the Red River Valley Association of the American Chemical Society Conference held on the BSU campus in February 2024.

Trihus, majoring in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and pre-physician assistant, shared the poster project, “Biochemical Characterization of LINC00896, a Non-Protein Coding RNA, which, when expressed, Contributes to the Development of Autism” at the conference, with support from faculty mentor Dr. Rachel Hellman Whitaker, associate professor of chemistry at BSU.

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The project was one of 10 presented by Bemidji State students at the conference.

Three projects focused on the roles that a RNA protein called LINC00896 might play in autism spectrum disorder. Other topics included the effects of mercury concentration on a certain fish in northern Minnesota lakes, and several methods for detecting hydrogen sulfide.