Two Lehigh Valley students chosen to present research at state capitol

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Two Penn State Lehigh Valley students: Paolo Flauta and Matthew Mekolichick; have been chosen to present their research at the annual Pennsylvania Undergraduate Research at the Capitol (URC-PA) event to be held March 11 in Harrisburg. Their poster, Hemoglobin Expression in Ara-C Induced Leukemic K562 Cells, is one of only eight selected to represent Penn State at the event.

"Their research project involving a cell line from a patient with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia is of keen interest, not only for treatment of individuals with various types of leukemia but also for individuals with abnormalities of hemoglobin structure, like sickle-cell anemia and thalassemia," said Jacqueline McLaughlin, associate professor of biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley and co-chair of the event. McLaughlin and Melissa Coyle, Penn State Lehigh Valley research technologist, serve as research mentors to Flauta and Mekolichick.

The URC-PA poster conference is an educational event allowing the undergraduate students enrolled in Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities to showcase their research talents to the Commonwealth’s key decision-makers. As participants, Flauta and Mekolichick will spend the day in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, share experiences and ideas with counterparts from other schools and enlighten state legislators on the topics that are important to our society. 

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