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Three McMurry chemistry students presented research studies on a variety of topics.
Tara Alyse Williams presented “Aspects of Polyamines and a Potential Inhibitor for Spermidine Synthase“. This presentation described how excess levels of polyamines correlate to cancerous cells, provided a look into the meta-bolic pathway of polyamines and proposed the synthesis of a new inhibitor in hopes to suppress the creation of cancerous cells.
Danni McMahan presented on “Pathology of a Spinal Cord Injury and Possible Treatment Strategies“. This presentation introduced the audience to an over view of the central nervous system, what occurs during a spinal cord injury and the biochemical processes of a spinal cord injury. She concluded by describing three major types of therapies used to treat spinal cord injuries: stem cells, pharmacology, and activity-based recovery.

Nathan Worley concluded the symposium with his presentation on “Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Complexes for their use in Photodynamic Therapy as a Form of Cancer Treatment“. Nathan worked on developing and determining the effectiveness of ruthenium and chromium compounds for use in Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). PDT is a cancer treatment that destroys oxygen-deficient tumors by breaking apart the DNA ladder.