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Biomedical science student presents research in Boston

The Parthenon

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013

Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 22:04

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Minority Travel Award was awarded to biomedical science Ph.D. student Kristeena Ray, who will present her research Tuesday at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference in Boston. Her research will be on endometriosis, a reproductive disorder that impacts young women throughout the world.

Ray said she is thrilled to have received the award and that she is honored to be recognized for the work she has done.

“Women with endometriosis often go through a long and excruciating process of trying treatments to reduce their pain, which can interfere with their everyday lives,” Ray said. “Endometriosis is also a top cause of infertility in women, and the disease has been studied for nearly a century, but there has not been much progress in understanding the science behind it.”

Ray said she went through an application process where she had to submit her project abstract, personal accomplishments and personal goals. She said this will be her first time presenting on a national level.

“Not only will I have the opportunity to share my findings with the larger scientific community, but I will have numerous networking opportunities and the chance to hear about biomedical advancements from experts in the field,” Ray said.

Ray said she is excited to further her research while working towards her dissertation.

“I hope that we will be able to shed some light on this complicated disease,” Ray said. “There is a lot of room for improvement as far as treatments are concerned, and I'd love to be part of some serious progress.”  
Nalini Santanam, Ray’s mentor, said this is a great opportunity for Ray.

“Experimental Biology is an international conference, and Kristeena has been given an opportunity to present her work in this conference,” Santanam said.

She said Ray is a sincere, hardworking student.

The 2013 Experimental Biology Conference began last Saturday, with scientists and researchers in the fields of pathology, pharmacology, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology and anatomy. The conference is expecting more than 400 booths, plenary award lectures, pre-meeting workshops, oral and poster presentations and on-site career services. The bombings at the Boston Marathon last week threatened to put the conference on hold, but the conference is boasting on its website that it is “Boston strong.”

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