Arthi Bala Presents at the Spring Undergraduate Exhibition!

Penn State University hosts The Undergraduate Exhibition annually to provide undergraduate students of all PSU campuses the opportunity to showcase their engagement experiences, research projects and performance arts with a variety of media and poster presentations for the university and for the public.

Renner Lab’s Undergraduate Researcher, Arthi Bala, who is a sophomore in the Biology Department of the Eberly College of Science, presented her first research poster Wednesday evening, which outlined her research completed over the last two semesters with Mentor Adam Rork. The research titled “Multiple Losses of Folate Cycle Genes in Archaea” focuses on bioinformatic analysis in the conservation and loss of genes involved in the folate cycle related to purine biosynthesis, resulting in maximum-likelihood Archaean phylogenies. The proposed phylogenies suggest evolutionary pathways in 18 Archaen orders for two purine biosynthesis genes, FTHFS and FOLD.

The Renner Lab is very excited for the great work being done by our undergraduate researchers and their mentors, and are equally excited to have Arthi Bala joining us during  Summer 2019 for additional bioinformatics research, fieldwork, laboratory science!