Gibbons and fellow biology major Heather Norbert, '12, joined geology major Abby Williams, '12, Whitehouse Nature Center director David Green, and Lincoln as the Michigan Colleges Foundation (MCF) launched a conservation project joining four private Michigan colleges and universities, the University Preparatory Academy (a Detroit-based charter school), and Ducks Unlimited in the creation of wetland in Monroe County along the River Raisin.
A cornerback on the Albion College football team, Matt Lozier, '12, is used to tackling opponents. This summer, the Clarklake native found himself tackling cancer – one of the most menacing opponents some people ever face – as an intern at the Owensboro Cancer Research Program (OCRP).
The OCRP, under the direction of Dr. Keith Davis, '79, is devoted to unlocking the potential of plant-based pharmaceuticals and antiviral proteins. Lozier was modifying lunasin, a protein isolated from soybeans that has been suggested to possess anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, with materials that would allow lunasin to bind specifically to integrins on cancer cells. The hope is to find a treatment that would directly target cancer cells while allowing good cells to live.
Dr. Bradley Rabquer - Biology Department Physiologist
Dr. Bradley Rabquer from the Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Michigan has been hired as the Biology Department's Physiologist. Dr. Rabquer received his B.S. from Bowling Green State University in 2001 and his Ph.D. from the University of Toledo in 2006 where he studied the molecular basis of disease. Since receiving his Ph.D., he has been at the University of Michigan as a Research Fellow and an Adjunct Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University. His most recent research has examined mechanisms of angiogenesis in rheumatic diseases.
Dr. Rabquer replaces Dr. Jeffrey Carrier who retired in December after 31 years at Albion College.