Karen G. Hales '87, PhD, is a Professor of Biology at Davidson College. She received her doctorate in genetics from Stanford University.
In her research with undergraduate students, Hales identifies and characterizes genes in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster that control the shaping and placement of mitochondria (power plants of the cell) within developing sperm cells. Such genes often control mitochondria in nerve cells, and human versions have been found by other researchers to be associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Hales's research has been funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”