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TAMUK Student Presents Findings at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

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One Texas A&M University-Kingsville student represented the spirit of Javelina Nation at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

Feyisayo Edalere, a senior studying Biomedical sciences was selected to present her research entitled “Study of behavioral defects in Drosophila melanogaster through courtship” on March 28, 2017 at Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.

Texas Undergraduate Research Day showcases the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality poster displays.

While researching Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as the fruit fly, Edalere worked closely with her mentor Dr. Maria Velez- Hernandez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Health Sciences.

“My presentation is about analyzing behavioral defects in Drosophila melanogaster through courtship. The purpose of analyzing the courtship is to determine whether or not a Drosophila melanogaster with a white minus background has a behavioral defect,” Edalere said.

This was her third time presenting this research, having previously presented at the Texas A&M University 13th Annual Pathways Symposium and the Texas A&M University- Kingsville 8th Annual Javelina Research Symposium.

“My favorite part of being a student researcher is having the opportunity to work closely with faculty and graduate students. I feel honored to be presenting my research project at the capitol,” she said. 

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