Virginia Wins a FASEB Travel Award!

Ables Lab Senior Undergraduate Virginia Vasquez-Rios received a competitive Mentored Presenter Travel Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to present her Senior Honors Thesis work at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology in Portland, OR (July 20-24, 2018). Virginia had the opportunity to meet other undergraduates in the field and interact with colleagues from across developmental biology with the help of her FASEB mentor Dr. Graciela Unguez, a Professor at New Mexico State University. Virginia’s poster, titled “Identification of interacting partners of Tnpo-SR in the control of germline cell divisions in the Drosophila ovary” details the results of her targeted reverse genetic screen, designed to identify protein-coding genes critical for germ cell mitotic divisions and oocyte specification. The work is co-authored by Biology / Ables Lab alumna Taylor Hinnant (B. S. Biology, 2016; M. S. Biology, 2018) and serves as part of a foundational project in the lab investigating the mechanisms by which steroid hormones promote early germ cell development.