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LIU Brooklyn Students Earn Prestigious Science Honors

Essanna Gray presents immunology research at major bio conference; Alicia Miggens and Martha Lewis present at CUNY conference


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director, Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Three LIU Brooklyn biology majors recently received recognition for their outstanding work at major science conferences.

Essanna Gray, a junior from LIU Brooklyn, was one of 10 students who earned awards for immunology research from the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

ABRCMS, the largest professional conference of its kind in the nation, is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences; it also provides faculty with resources for facilitating these students’ success.

The meeting was held last November in St. Louis, MO., and had over 3,300 attendees. Nearly 1,500 of the attending students participated in poster and oral presentations in 12 sub-disciplines of the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

“This is a tremendous honor for Essanna,” said Gray’s mentor, Anthony L. DePass, assistant vice president for research development at LIU Brooklyn. DePass directs LIU Brooklyn’s Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS/RISE) program, which promotes minority participation in the sciences.

Gray had the opportunity to work in the molecular immunology department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital last summer, where she investigated the current vaccine against Tuberculosis. Her current research focuses on the effect of Indian plant compounds on human melanoma cells. Gray balances her research with a stellar academic record, and is also a member of the LIU Brooklyn bowling team.

Earlier this month, two biology students, Martha Lewis and Alicia Miggens, presented at the 15th Annual CUNY Conference on Science and Engineering - The Genesis of Science. “They were the only undergraduate presenters, and they both beat out doctoral and postdoctoral students and won awards,” declared De Pass.

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Posted 03/22/2012

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