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Eboni Pullen Participates in Biochemistry Summer Research Experience

Eboni Pullen spent her summer in a biochemistry research experience at the University of Cincinnati and came away with new knowledge and research that is being readied for publication.

Pullen (Chemistry, ’16) worked closely with her mentor Dr. Edward Merino to study the biological and kinetic effects of molecules and DNA. This research, “The Mechanistic and Kinetic Studies of a New ROS-Activated Compound,” is currently in manuscript-development. “I’ll co-author an article along with my mentor. I’m honored to be able to work with Dr. Merino and have my name on our work,” Pullen said. This summer research experience was fully funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates and included room and board and housing.

Eboni Pullen

Eboni Pullen

“The honors program lead me to do research I wouldn’t have done without it. Because of the program, I got to spend a fun summer working with my mentor and graduate students while building my resume,” Pullen said.

At Georgia Southern University, Pullen is a member of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).  During her internship, Pullen had the opportunity to meet the organization’s national leader and network with fellow members. Through this connection, Pullen was invited to present her research last month at the NOBCChE conference in New Orleans. “This was a wonderful opportunity for professional development and networking,” Pullen said.

After graduation, Pullen intends to attend medical school and focus her research on tumors. “The Georgia Southern Honors Program prepared me for my future as an obstetrician,” Pullen said. “I couldn’t be more excited for the connections it provided me.”


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