Nicholas Faulkner Presents a Research Seminar for the Honors College (April 2011)
Nicholas (Nick) Faulkner, a recent honors graduate of UNCP with a BS in biotechnology, gave a research seminar during the spring semester of 2011, in partial fulfillment of an Esther G. Maynor Honors College thesis. His research is based on two years of experience with Dr. Jeremy Sellers and is focused on the creation of a genetic pesticide utilizing RNA interference (RNAi) to target only a select species. RNAi is a new and upcoming technology whereby mRNA is inhibited by short interfering RNAs. This new methodology is used in personalized medicine and will soon be finishing clinical trials.
During his time at UNCP, Nick received a grant from the NCBC (North Carolina Biotechnology Center) that was given to only 15 students in North Carolina. He was an active member of RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) as well as GSE (National Chemistry Honor Society) and BBB (National Biological Honor Society). Nick presented his research in poster format at several conferences, including the RISE Summer Student Research Poster Presentation (fall 2010), the 108th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science (spring 2011), and the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (spring 2011).
Outside of the sciences, Nick could be seen around campus taking pictures for both the The Pine Needle (newspaper) and the Indianhead (yearbook).
His plan for after college is to get a MS in biotechnology at East Carolina University before going on to get a PhD. From there, he plans to become a professor at a Research I institution.
Web manager's update (August 2011):
Nick has been accepted into graduate school at East Carolina University, where he will be working on a Masters degree in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, under the tutelage of Dr. Tim Christensen. He will serve as teaching assistant for two general biology labs during the fall semester.
Uppermost photo courtesy of Sonda Rogers of the RISE Program.
Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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