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Undergrad Receives Travel Awards to Present Biomedical Research

Published December 5, 2013

Hamid Hussaini, a senior majoring in biomedical sciences, has received travel awards to present his award-winning research at two national conferences: the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Studying Excretory Genes of C. Elegans

Hussaini’s research focuses on exc-2, a gene responsible for maintaining the structure of excretory canals in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, a model organism for the investigation of animal development.

He conducted his research through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the University of Kansas. Hussaini was one of only 10 students to be accepted to the competitive summer program.

Presenting at Two National Conferences

Hussaini’s ABRCMS Student Travel Award enabled him to deliver a poster presentation of his research in Nashville, Tenn., where he won the developmental biology and genetics award.

His ERN Travel Award will support him when he presents his exc-2 research in Washington, D.C. in February 2014.