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Two Peru State Students Place in Top 10 in Biochemistry Research Challenge


(Peru, Neb.) Two Peru State College (PSC) students recently placed in the top 10 at the Biochemistry Research Challenge, a biennial competition for PSC and University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) junior and senior science majors. More than 170 students participated in the week-long event.


Heather Robinson, a senior biology major from Gretna, and Stephanie Hoffman, a senior biology major from Omaha, conducted independent research that focused on isolating the enzyme lactate dehydrogenase. The enzyme was used to study the physiological ways in which fish regulate body temperature. The comparison was conducted on Atlantic halibut and tuna because of their known differences in thermo regulation.


The duo created a poster on the subject and defended their research to a panel of five judges. Students were judged by faculty from PSC, UNO, Creighton University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the College of St. Mary.


PSC Chemistry Professor Dennis Welsh said he is excited about the competition’s success thus far, indicating an interest in expanding the event to include other colleges in the future.


Welsh said, “The time investment the students put into the completion of their projects was remarkable. I am proud of the quality work that all the students presented, and Heather and Stephanie should be congratulated for their top 5 percent finish. I believe this project is highly educational and rewarding.”