Animal Molecular Genetics Student Wins Award at 2004 Poultry Science Association Conference

10/6/2004

Animal Molecular Genetics Student Wins Award at 2004 Poultry Science Association Conference

Tarina Dugger, ’04 Tuskegee graduate (magna cum laude) in Animal and Poultry Science was awarded a "Certificate of Excellence" this summer at the Poultry Science Association’s 2004 national conference in St. Louis for her poster presentation on "Identification and analysis of an apolipoprotein A-1 gene in cardiomyopathic turkeys." She will also compete for a monetary award by submitting a written manuscript of her study.

As an undergraduate, Dugger worked in Dr. Michelle Corley’s Immunogenetics Laboratory. A flock of turkeys, offspring of parents given to sudden heart attacks, had been given to the Poultry Science Program at Tuskegee University for genetic studies. Dugger’s identification of the apolipoprotein A-1 gene as possibly implicated in cardiomyopathic development may be an important breakthrough. This fall she has begun her graduate studies and research in which she will continue to elucidate the apolipoprotein A-1 gene. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. Dugger is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was born and raised.

Dugger’s bio and award announcement along with her picture will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Poultry Science. Poster Abstract .
 

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