Miami Shores, Fla. - Lina Arencibia, a Barry University senior biology major, recently received national recognition for her work when she took home one of 10 certificates of achievement in molecular biology from the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).
The annual conference is the largest multidisciplinary student conference in the United States, with over 2,600 students and assisting faculty presenting their research every year. Students come from over 285 colleges and universities, all pursuing advanced training in the biomedical sciences.
Arencibia was recognized for research performed during summer 2007 through a summer undergraduate research program at the University of California San Fransisco. There, Arencibia studied the molecular mechanisms that regulate fat metabolism. Working under Dr. Kaveh Ashrafi, the research focused on the fly-3 molecule, whose location within the cell assists cell regulatory mechanisms, which in turn, determines fat balance within many tissues.
Arencibia presented a poster on this research at the conference, held Nov. 5 through 8 in Austin, Texas. The presentation was judged by four judges from various disciplines.
At Barry, Arencibia is a graduating senior biology major. Her summer research, and additional research with Barry’s Dr. Leticia Vega, is funded under the MARC U*STAR program, created by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to increase the number of biomedical and behavioral scientists from underrepresented groups. In particular, the program aims to prepare students for future Ph.D.s in biomedical programs. Arencibia intends to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in pharmacogenomics after graduation from Barry in December.
For more information, please contact Dr. Flona Redway, associate director of the MARC U*STAR program at (305) 899-3542. Otherwise, for more information on the ABRCMS, you may visit the website at http://www.abrcms.org/index.html