Clayton State University senior biology majors Jessica Grier (Atlanta) and Brion Edwards (Galesburg, Ill.) recently made oral presentations at a 2013 Student Research Symposium held at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
According to Clayton State Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jacqueline Jordan, Grier and Edwards were two out of 10 undergraduates selected to give oral presentations at the symposium. The other oral presenters were all M.S., Ph.D., and M.D. students.
Grier and Edwards presented their research, performed at Clayton State and Emory University, related to the neurotoxicity of nanoparticles, examining the relationship between environmental exposure to small particles (nanoparticles) used in industry and released as part of car exhaust, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease.
Jordan also notes that support for Grier’s and Edwards’ research came from a grant received from the American Society for Cell Biology, Minorities Affairs Committee, and from Dr. Gary Miller, associate dean of Research, Emory University, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health.