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October 15, 2010
UD Senior Tyler Shaffer to Present at 2010 Biomedical Research Conference

Tyler Shaffer (Dubuque, IA), a senior biology major at the University of Dubuque, has been invited to present his summer research project during a poster session at the 2010 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), November 10 - 13 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

His research, titled "The Function of Proline-rich Tyrosine Kinase (pyk2) in the Tcr-dependent Stabilization of ²-catenin in Human T Cells," was completed this summer while a student in the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Microbiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. His advisors for the project were Dr. Jon C.D. Houtman, assistant professor of microbiology, and Nicole M. Chapman, graduate student in immunology. His academic advisor at the University of Dubuque is Dr. Richard Cowart, professor in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences.

"Tyler is a very promising student who has been selected twice in the very competitive REU program," commented Dr. Cowart. "In 2009 he conducted research in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and last summer he was selected to carry out research in the Department of Microbiology. We are very pleased that the University of Iowa asked Tyler to present his research at this national meeting. Tyler will certainly do well in representing both the University of Iowa and the University of Dubuque at this conference. All of us at the University are very proud of his accomplishments."

Now in its tenth year, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students is the largest professional conference for biomedical, behavior science, and mathematics students, attracting approximately 2,800 individuals, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral scientists, faculty, and administrators. Students come from over 285 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in biomedical and behavioral sciences, as well as mathematics, and many have conducted independent research. The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented student populations to pursue careers in the biomedical, behavior sciences, and mathematics fields.