Department of Biological Sciences

Edgren Scholars Award 2007

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Dr. Brian Hyatt
Daniel Einerson

Edgren Scholars Award 2007

For the seventh year, Bethel University has supported the "Edgren Scholars" faculty development program and a member of the department of Biological Sciences has been supported through this program. The goals of the Edgren Scholars Program are to:

1. To provide time and support for a research agenda and its pursuit by faculty members.

2. To encourage students to pursue scholarship, perhaps leading to a research focus beyond the undergraduate years.

3. To strengthen faculty / student partnerships.

4. To raise the level of scholarship and discussion in the world of ideas at Bethel University.

5. To encourage study of creative and innovative emerging issues and approaches.

This summer, Dr. Brian Hyatt and biology student Daniel Einerson were recipients of Edgren awards. Their project descriptions and progress are summarized in the paragraphs that follow.

Dan Einerson and Dr. Brian Hyatt

Investigation of the role of Nkx2.1 in the development of the lung in the frog Xenopus laevis.

This study proposes to investigate the role of the gene Nkx2.1 in the development of the lungs in the frog species Xenopus lavis. Two approaches, the use of "overexpression" of the gene and the inhibition of Nkx2.1 RNA in tissue that would normally develop as lungs will attempt to perturb lung development in order to uncover the normal role of Nkx2.1 in lung development. Results will include confirmation of this species of frog as a viable model system to study lung development. Further experiments focused on understanding lung development can be built on this project.