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BC Biology Undergrads Receive Summer Research Fellowships to Study Hematopoiesis in Zebrafish

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BC Biology Undergraduates Jeff Cooney (BC '09) and Kathleen Soltis (BC '10)

Jeff Cooney (BC '09) and Kathleen Soltis (Class of 2010) have received prestigious summer research fellowships to work in the laboratory of Dr. Barry Paw, a pediatric oncologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Both students wrote research proposals based on their experiments on hematopoiesis (blood cell formation) in the zebrafish, a model organism that is widely used to study vertebrate development. Jeff, who will be entering a graduate program in the fall, received his fellowship from the American Heart Association. Kathleen received her fellowship from the American Society for Hematology. She plans to continue her research during the next academic year as well. The fellowships will pay summer stipends and underwrite trips to scientific meetings, where Jeff and Kathleen will present their results. 

Jeff and Kathleen are one of several students who have performed research under the supervision of Dr. Paw. The BC connection was initiated by Eric Pierce, BC '07. Eric was a biology major, who went to work as a research technician in Dr. Paw's lab following graduation. Other biology majors who have worked in the Paw lab are Patrick Ogurick (BC '08) and Patrick Mullane (BC' 09).



  —The Biology Department, posted on July 1, 2009. —