Clayton State University student Gloria Le of Ellenwood, Ga., recently received an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) 2012 Undergraduate Research Fellowship award. Le received a two-year ASM student membership and funding for travel expenses to May 2013, 113th ASM General Meeting.
“Gloria shows great potential to do independent research. She read the literature and designed her own project. She then accompanied me to Emory University this summer where I was performing research with a colleague through a fellowship that I received through the American Society of Cell Biology. I helped Gloria get her project set up and talked with her about the results,” says Clayton State Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Fran Norflus, who has mentored Le throughout her research.
Currently, Le is working on expanding her research and will present her work to the Natural Sciences faculty at the end of the semester. Le will also have the opportunity to present her research at the ASM General meeting in May 2013.
“I am very proud to receive this fellowship and I am thankful to my research mentor, Dr. Norflus, who was there with me and encouraged me to strive for the better,” says Le. “The application process was very complicated and there were moments I thought of giving up. Thanks to Dr. Norflus, I was able to finish with the procedure. She helped me with experimental designs and modifications as well as critiqued my thinking. Needless to say, there would be no research without her.”
The title of Le’s research project is: An Attempt to Modulate the Effects of Unfolded Protein Response in C. elegans.
Le was born in southern Vietnam, but came to the United States in 2004. She is a dual major and first generation college student. She will graduate in spring 2013 with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. Le is currently applying to graduate schools.
“I hope that I can go to graduate school and do more research in cell biology and drug chemistry. My research interest lies in the field of cellular signaling, pharmacology, and drug design. I hope that I can design affordable therapeutic treatment in the future to help cure diseases that are now incurable,” she says.