Jessica Meyer Awarded Gail Wasserman Undergraduate Research Funds
18 March 2014 - Undergraduate student, Jessica Meyer, majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with the Biochemistry option received an endowment from Dr. Gail Folena-Wasserman for her undergraduate research. Jesscia joined the lab of Dr. Eric Harvill to study Bordetella pertussis, the bacterium that causes whooping cough, an often-fatal upper respiratory disease. Her research investigated the profiles of currently circulating strains of B. pertussis collected from the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several U.S. children's hospitals. Jessica shares, "I aspire to become a pediatrician; this goal is founded on my sincere belief that children have boundless potentials as the world's future generations."
Dr. Gail Folena-Wasserman earned her master’s degree in Biochemistry in 1979 and a doctorate in Chemistry in 1982 from The Pennsylvania State University. In 2003, Folena-Wasserman received the Penn State Eberly College of Science’s Outstanding Science Alumni Award. This year Dr. Folena-Wasserman donated personal funds which were matched by her employer, Medimmune to be awarded to female students of the BMB department doing undergraduate research.