Lycoming College student awarded grant for biology research project

Lycoming College senior biology major Ashley Gimbel was awarded a $400 grant from the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Biology Honor Society to support her cell and molecular biology research methods project.

Gimbel conducted her lab research under the direction of Jeff Newman, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of biology at Lycoming. She investigated a novel bacterial species isolated from the Loyalsock Creek that she had initially identified in a microbiology course in spring 2013.

The funding will support Gimbel’s genome sequencing of the novel strain and the most closely related, already named species to identify similarities and differences between the organisms. Gimbel and Newman plan to name the organism Flavobacterium douthatii in honor of James Douthat, Ed.D., Lycoming’s recently retired president.

TriBeta is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.