The URECA website regularly features students’ perspectives on research and/or creative activities. This month’s featured researcher is Abigail Hintermeister ’15, a pharmacology major, who has been working in the laboratory of Elizabeth Boon, Department of Chemistry, since freshman year. In the Boon lab, she investigates the potential interaction between heme nitric oxide/oxygen binding (H-NOX) and histidine kinase proteins in Shewanella woodyi — research supported in Summer 2012 through URECA.
In Summer 2013, Abby participated in the AMGEN Scholars program at UC San Francisco where she studied the regulation of HIV transcriptional transactivator (Tat) protein in the laboratory of Melanie Ott. In Summer 2014, Abby was selected for the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program administered through the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst /DAAD). Working at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, she investigated the interaction between host factor and NSs proteins in Sandfly Fever Sicilian Virus as a member of Friedemann Weber’s lab in the Institute of Virology.
Abby has presented her research at the URECA Symposium and Chemistry Research Day 2013. She will soon be presenting a poster on her DAAD research project at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students/ABRCMS in November in San Antonio, Texas, with the support of a URECA Travel grant award. In addition to her laboratory research experiences, Abby conducted independent research in Africana Studies in Fall 2012, working on an ethnographic study of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean under the direction of Georges Fouron.
At Stony Brook, Abby participates in CSTEP and has served as a CSTEP anatomy teaching assistant. She also has received support for her research as a fellow in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, administered through CESAME. Abby is a member of the Undergraduate Pharmacology Society and plays trombone in the Stony Brook pep band.
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