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Three Years of Research Pays Off For Casey Latario of Groton

Five biology students from Grove City College, Grove City, PA had a paper describing the results of three years of student research accepted by and published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Casey Latario of Groton contributed to the project. The students are credited as authors of “Heme sensing in Bacillus thuringiensis: a supplementary HssRS-regulated heme resistance system,” a paper published in the March 29, 2016 edition of FEMS (Federation of European Microbiologist Societies) Microbiology Letters.

Dr. Devin Stauff, assistant professor of biology at Grove City College, said the publication was a great accomplishment for the students and represented more than three years of continuous research in campus laboratories. He said Schmidt, who worked on the project for all three years, and her fellow researchers spent more than two years building “one of the most complex strains of bacteria that my lab has ever built in order to answer one research question,” Stauff said.

Student and faculty research is a key part of teaching and learning in Grove City College’s Hopeman School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. The work exposes students to new possibilities.

“I would never have actually known that lab work is what I want to do outside of college without the research projects I have worked on here, and the advice and mentorship of the professors. Not only have they helped me be sure of the path I want to follow, but also they’ve fueled my passion and encouraged me in constructive ways to become better at what I want to do,” Latario said.

PICTURED: Casey Latario with her lab collegues.

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