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Posted on September 28th, 2016 | by Concordia University

AB Wright – 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year (Education Minnesota/Janet Hostetter)

It was the final night of a long weekend, and AB Wright (’11) was nervous. An 8th grade language arts teacher at Best Academy in north Minneapolis, Wright was sharing the spotlight with ten other finalists for the 52nd annual Minnesota Teacher of the Year award.… Read More

Posted on November 20th, 2015 | by Concordia University

Research Project Analysis of MLYCD protein in a deficient patient

Layman’s terms MLYCD is an enzyme that breaks down fatty acids in our body. Lack of MLYCD can lead to delayed development, seizures, low blood sugar, heart conditions, etc. A young patient had known problems with this enzyme at the DNA level, but additional analysis was needed at the protein level to definitively prove it was deficient.… Read More

Posted on November 20th, 2015 | by Concordia University

Research Project Purification of Karatan Sulfate for the Diagnosis of Mucopolysaccharidosis IV

Layman’s terms It is known that a disease characterized by dwarfism could be diagnosed by analyzing levels of keratin sulfate (carbohydrates) in urine. Zach’s research takes these carbohydrates from cow eyes and purifies it for Mayo Clinic to use as a control when testing patient urine.… Read More

Posted on November 20th, 2015 | by Concordia University

Research Project Interactive app to assist sensory disabled patients in donating to mitochondrial biobank

Layman’s terms The mitochondrial biobank at Mayo Clinic collects blood and tissue samples from patients with mitochondrial diseases for research and development of treatments. Christina proved there was an enrollment gap in patients with hearing or vision problems (common with these diseases), wrote and directed interactive consent form videos, and began the process of creating an app that will allow disabled patients to autonomously enroll.… Read More

Posted on November 20th, 2015 | by Concordia University

Research Project Neuron growth and differentiation on silica-based nanomaterial mimicking the extracellular matrix

Layman’s terms The research is attempting to allow cells to grow on a 3-dimensional silica material (glass). In order for the cells to grow, however, researchers need to find ways to make the surface of the silica allow for cell attachment – cells can’t just grow on glass.… Read More