Marian University Biology/Chemistry students Danielle Veeser and Mindy Glaser and Psychology students Eyram Agbenya and Kadeesha Duncan earlier this month presented and successfully defended a poster outlining their research proposal “The Impact of Social Drinking Patterns on NF-kB Expression in Wister Rats” at the Mayo Clinic UW-Eau Claire Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies Symposium.

The students responded to a call to submit a competitive, hypothetical research proposal to address the question “What is the mechanistic link between binge alcohol drinking, addiction, and the function of the neuroimmune system?”

They researched the subject intensely and met with several faculty mentors to guide them through the process, including Drs. Amy Hennings, Associate Professor of Psychology; Jonathan Nicoud, Professor Emeritus, Psychology; and Sheryl Ayala, Professor of Biology.

“Congratulations and hearty thanks to our students for their diligent work,” said Ayala, who accompanied them to UW-Eau Claire for the presentation at the Mayo Hospital. “They represented Marian University’s Biology and Psychology departments glowingly.”

Pictured: Marian University students, from left to right, Danielle Veeser (Biology), Kadeesha Duncan (Psychology), Mindy Glaser (Biology/Chemistry), and Eyram Agbenya (Psychology).

Students at an Impact Symposium