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Research presentation in San Francisco results in top honor

While most students spend winter break preparing for spring semester, Jeanne McDonald ’19 travelled to San Francisco to present her fruit fly research at the major international gathering for integrative biologists—and took home top honors.

McDonald, Pegah Nabili ’17, and Lily Thorsen ’17 were selected as the top student poster presentation in Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry at the January meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology—one of the largest and most prestigious professional associations of its kind.

The three Foresters developed their research poster based on the hands-on experience they gained working with Associate Professor of Biology  Alexander Shingleton in his lab. Their results showed that the effect of diet on the expression of Drosophila insulin-like peptide genes differed between the sexes. 

“This really is a reflection of the excellence of the group’s research,” Associate Professor of Biology Alexander Shingleton said of the trio’s top prize. 

“This process has been the most intellectually challenging and rewarding experience of my undergraduate career,” McDonald said. “I am immensely grateful for Dr. Shingleton’s close mentorship throughout.”

McDonald began working in Shingleton’s lab the summer after her freshman year through the College’s Richter Scholar Program and has continued there ever since.

– By Tracy Koenn ’18