Dr. Yan Lu Training at Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center

Contact: Diana Hearit
March 30, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Zoha Aqeel and Sanjna Chalasani, two senior high school students from the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center, have been working in the WMU biological sciences lab of Dr. Yan Lu as part of their training at KAMSC. They studied whether two plastid-targeted RNA editing factors have overlapping roles in plastid RNA editing in higher plants by characterizing the double mutants and comparing them with the single mutants. This project was funded by the National Science Foundation (award number MCB-1244008). 

The KAMSC students presented their research project in a poster format and received Reserve Champion at the 2018 Regional International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Floyd Hall, WMU Parkview Campus on Friday, March 23. 

Ageel and Chalasani will attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Pittsburgh, PA during May 13-19, 2018. Intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. 

Dr. Brandon Zeigler is the Director of Research at KAMSC who made the connection between Lu and the students.