Students and Faculty in the Sciences Present
at Experimental Biology 2007

May 24, 2007
Molly Tarantino

Students at Meeting
Meera Srikanthan, center, stands with student presenters at Experimental Biology 2007

WELLESLEY, Mass.— Several Wellesley College students and faculty members presented at the Experimental Biology meeting in Washington, D.C. More than 12,000 biological and biomedical scientists attended the meeting, whose theme this year was “Today’s Research: Tomorrow’s Health.”

Meera Srikanthan ’07 spoke during a session entitled, “Science at Undergraduate Institutions,” which was sponsored by an educational grant from the National Science Foundation. Her talk was part of the program for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The presentation was co-authored by Michelle Song ’08, a biological chemistry major.

“Our research focuses on the enzyme, thimet oligopeptidase (TOP), which is a thiol activated metalloenzyme found in the human body,” said Skrikanthan, a biological sciences and classical civilization major.

Adele Wolfson, associate dean of Wellesley College and professor of chemistry, organized and chaired an annual session for women in biochemistry. John Cameron, professor of biological sciences, and Sarah Park ’08, a neuroscience major, presented a poster in the physiology program. Dennis Smith, professor of biological sciences, made a presentation in the anatomy program.

Experimental Biology 2007 encompassed the annual meetings for the six sponsoring societies: American Association of Anatomists (AAA); American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB); American Society for Nutrition, Inc. (ASN); American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP); American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET); and The American Physiological Society (APS).

Wellesley College has been a leader in the education of women for more than 130 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 65 countries.