Biology Major Bailey Baumann ’11 Wins Award at Neuroscience Conference

Posted May 12th, 2011 at 3:13 pm.

Baumann explains her poster to one of the contest judges

Baumann explains her poster to one of the contest judges

Anassa Kata to Bailey Baumann ’11, who learned in April that her research poster had won first place at the Second Annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Undergraduate Conference in January.

Baumann presented research that she conducted along with Camille Petre ’11, Anne George-Hallgren ’11, and Elizabeth Olecki ’12, under the supervision of Peter Brodfeuhrer and Tamara Davis, both members of Bryn Mawr’s biology faculty. All three students are biology majors; Baumann and Petre are also graduating with a concentration in neural and behavioral sciences.

At the conference, Baumann presented a poster outlining the research, making herself available to explain the work and field questions from fellow student participants, faculty members, and contest judges. Her research, using the medical leech as a subject, used both cloning techniques and immunohistochemical techniques to identify a certain type of receptor for ionotropic glutamate, one of the most abundant neurotransmitters in both vertebrates and invertebrates. These receptors play a key role in producing and maintaining the leech’s swimming behavior.

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