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6/18/2009 Biology students delve into summer research


McMINNVILLE – Linfield College biology students are immersed in research projects over the summer, both on campus and off.

Seniors Kim Hamlin of Salem and Erik Grimstad of University Place, Wash., won competitive research positions and are part of a select group of Oregon undergraduates doing research at medical research institutions this summer. Hamlin is working at the Oregon Medical Laser Center at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Grimstad is conducting research in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at Oregon Health & Science University. Junior Ben Edmonds of Philomath won a summer research position at the Center for Genome Research at Oregon State University. Chris Jenness, a junior from Oregon City, earned a position in research in the Molecular Genetics Program at the University of Minnesota.

In addition, seven students are conducting research at Linfield. Sophomore Arian Anderson of Everett, Wash., and junior Zach Bowman of Salem are studying receptor physiology with Michael Roberts, professor of biology and department chair. Juniors Sarah Click of Vancouver, Wash., and Katherine Arns of Federal Way, Wash., are working on cancer cell biology with Anne Kruchten, assistant professor of biology. Senior Frank Andrews of Fairfield, Calif., and senior Sarah McMillen of Salem are researching the ecology of invasive species in Oregon with Chad Tillberg, assistant professor of biology. Ismael Grachico of Portland, who graduated in May with a bachelor of science degree in biology, is studying gene sequences in the evolution of pine trees with John Syring, assistant professor of biology.