Mount Mercy student Jeremy Cline and Assistant Professor of Biology Ryan Bezy are working with a University of Iowa research team to study bacterial cell division this summer. Bezy was selected as a fellow through the University of Iowa's program and Cline is serving as his student research assistant. The two are working closely with University of Iowa faculty host David Weiss, Ph.D., to carry out a genetic analysis to identify novel genes involved in Escherichia coli (E. coli) cell division.
Mount Mercy is one of six colleges participating in the FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent – Uniting Research and Education) in Biomedicine program at the University of Iowa. The program, established five years ago, partners faculty from undergraduate institutions in Iowa with biomedical scientists from the University of Iowa.
“This is an excellent opportunity for Jeremy and me to work together and build upon the research we’ve done at Mount Mercy,” Bezy said. “We have the opportunity to work with many scientists with a variety of expertise to enhance our project.”