Education: Catawba student gets research fellowship at N.C. Research Campus

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Catawba College student Nathan Griffin of Boomer, N.C., has been awarded an undergraduate biotechnology research fellowship by the N.C. Biotechnology Center.
The fellowship will allow Griffin to work during the 2009-2010 academic year with a research associate in the laboratory of Steven Zeisel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unit on the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.
Griffin will work on a project titled “DHA and Brain Development in Fetal Mice” and be mentored by Dr. Alyssa Gulledge. The proposal for the fellowship was written by Catawba College biology professor Dr. Constance Rogers Lowery.
Griffin, who is pursuing a double major in chemistry and biology, was one of 15 students across North Carolina to receive such a fellowship.
Additionally, this summer, Griffin is one of two Catawba College students who will be studying at the FBI Laboratory on the grounds of the FBI Academy on the Quantico Marine Corp Base in Virginia under the Visiting Scientist Program.
Griffin and Joe Manser of Mooresville, a chemistry major, will accompany Catawba College chemistry professor Dr. Mark Sabo, who has been involved with this program for the past several years.
Both Griffin and Manser made successful applications to the FBI Laboratory’s Visiting Scientist Program. Their targeted program participation dates run from May 18 through August 14.