Rutgers Camden MARC program sends 21 biology students to national conference!

Usually, the MARC program only has enough funding to send its 8 fellows to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). However, this year was different. With the conference transitioning to a virtual format, we had the opportunity to recruit more students to join us for the conference.

In total, we recruited 21 biology students who were conducting research in faculty labs on campus to present their work in poster format. Ranging from neurodegenerative disease models in Drosophila to computational biology in cancer genetics, we were excited to showcase the fantastic work being conducted by Rutgers Camden undergraduates while expanding our research network and opening this opportunity to a large cohort of students.

Taqdees Gohar wins poster award at ABRCMS!

Taqdees Gohar is a junior at Rutgers University–Camden majoring in Biology and a MARC Fellow. She is an aspiring physician-scientist interested in neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, she is working in Dr. Elizabeth West’s lab at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine where she studies the effect of Alzheimer’s disease on working memory. She is the first in her family to be pursuing a degree in science.

Taqdees received a best poster award from the national Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), for her research project, “Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Fish Oil Improve Learning and Memory in Drosophila melanogaster.” The work for this project took place in the course “Principles and Practices of Biological Research.”