Biology Students Present to Helminthological Society

Matthew Combs '13, Ethan Ayres '13, Ashleigh Smythe and Rebecca Knipp '13
Matthew Combs '13, Ethan Ayres '13, Ashleigh Smythe and Rebecca Knipp '13

Senior biology majors Rebecca Knipp, Ethan Ayres and Matthew Combs presented at the annual meeting of the Helminthological Society of Washington, the nation’s oldest parasitology research society.  The Society met on April 27 at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Ashleigh Smythe also attended.

Knipp presented “Oxyurid nematodes from the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa),” thesis research she began last summer in collaboration with Smythe and Dennis Richardson of Quinnipiac University.

Ayres presented thesis research, begun during the spring of his junior year, titled “Helminth Parasites of the American mink (Neovison vison) from Central New York State.”

Combs won first prize in the Society’s best student paper competition for “Testing the Hygiene Hypothesis: Heligmosomoides bakeri as potential preventative for multiple low dose streptozotocin induced insulitis in mice.” The paper was based on thesis research done in collaboration with Smythe, Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology David Gapp and Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Brianne Barker.

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