Students Recognized for Research on the Drug Dextromethorphan

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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BOTHELL, Wash. – To Biology Assistant Professor Bryan White, the award given to his students for their science research poster represents more than recognition for a job well done. It is a reflection of the promise of his students, and a glimpse of successes yet to come.

“I can point to this award and use it as an example of what can happen when you work really hard, and have fun with science,” White says. “This recognition is great for UW Bothell’s growing biology program and illustrates the type of opportunities we want to give to all of our students.”

Nicole Rhode and Bronte Cole, two biology students representing the Science and Technology program, recently brought the award home from the Northwest Developmental Biology Conference in Friday Harbor. The event drew approximately 130 researchers representing several states and Canada.

“Students in White’s lab have been conducting research on the effect of the over-the-counter (and often abused) drug Dextromethorphan on the motility and behavior of Planaria – also known as freshwater flatworms. This work was funded by a UW Bothell Collaborative Undergraduate Research Grant, and positions the White lab to use Planaria as a model system to examine the mechanism of drug action as well as behaviors associated with drugs of abuse.

Rhode and Cole presented their work at a poster session and earned an honorable mention for their poster. Judges also gave them high marks for their poster design, and for their polished presentations. The work of fellow lab mates Daniela Lipscomb and Amanda Radish was critical in informing the design of the study and collecting the data used in creating the poster.

White says he is thrilled to see his students recognized for their hard work and dedication. “I think it is laudable to recognize the accomplishments of these women. Winning awards like these helps introduce members of the science community to what people at UW Bothell are doing and increases the visibility of undergraduate research on campus.”

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