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Liberty University Biology Professor Receives Prestigious Grant for Alzheimer's Research
Date:8/31/2013

ence Annual Meeting in May, competing against both undergraduate and graduate students. Seniors Rebecca Haraf and Deanna Harrison, co-authors, received the award for best poster presentation, which was in collaboration with Isaacs, senior Matthew Baker, and alumnus Noor Taher (’13). Taher is now a graduate student at Dartmouth University.

Several of Isaacs’ students have gone on to prestigious research institutions for graduate or medical school, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Dartmouth. Many continue to perform outstanding research and receive praise for their work. The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease accepted a paper submitted by Isaacs and his students in July.

Isaacs recently received this feedback from a professor at another Virginia university:

“Each year, I am amazed at the quality of work that is presented by (Liberty) students at the VAS meeting. … It is clear that (Liberty) uses research to teach, and it is no surprise that many students have gone on to successful graduate research careers themselves.”

At this year’s VAS meeting, two other Liberty students received awards for their work. Senior Cassandra Black, a research assistant to Dr. Andrew Fabich, assistant professor of microbiology, received honorable mention for her poster, “The Gut Reaction: How the Intestinal Microbiota Respond to Colonization of Citrobacter rodentium.” Alumnus Michael Canfarotta (’13) received the best oral presentation award for his team’s work on “Characterization of Citrobacter rodentium Transmissible Colonic Hyperplasia and Immune Responses in Streptomycin-treated and Conventional Mouse Models.” He joined alumnus Matthew VanTil (’12), Dr. Timothy Snider (Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University), Fabich, and Dr. David DeWitt, chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry. Canfarotta is now a medical student at the University of Connecticut.

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