Wichita State students recognized for outstanding biomedical research

Four undergraduate students from Wichita State University were among the 18 students recognized at the 22nd annual Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas.

The WSU students who were recognized:

  • Yousaf Khan, senior in chemistry, gave the poster presentation, “A new vaccine platform based on the selective targeting of dendritic cells by the binding component of the anthrax toxin, protective antigen.”
  • Alia Michaelis, senior in biochemistry, gave the oral presentation, “Characterization cardiomyopathic point mutations of the Ig3 domain of myopalladin.”
  • Bao Nhu To, junior in biology and health science, gave the poster presentation, “Microbial Survival and Partitioning in Layered Ices Relevant to Mars.”
  • Julie Tran, junior in chemistry, gave the poster presentation, “Characterization of Cardiomyopathic Point Mutations in the Ig3 Domain of Myopalladin.”

Led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, the collaborative network aims to prepare and inspire promising students for careers in bioscience.

The annual symposium serves as a platform for students, faculty and researchers to showcase their scientific endeavors, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, students engaged in presenting poster and oral presentations, highlighting the diverse range of research projects undertaken.

"The symposium is a testament to the commitment of our students and faculty in advancing the biomedical sciences in Kansas,” said Douglas Wright, principal investigator for K-INBRE and professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. “It provides a unique opportunity for students to exhibit their hard work and for faculty researchers to share groundbreaking developments in the field.”

As K-INBRE continues to shape the future of bioscience in Kansas and Oklahoma, the annual symposium recognizes and nurtures talent within the academic and research community.

The other participating institutions include the University of Kansas Medical Center, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, Washburn University and Langston University.

About Wichita State University

Wichita State University is Kansas' only urban public research university, enrolling more than 23,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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