Kristen Corinaldesi and Kaitlyn Vennard Recognized For Research Project

Quinnipiac University student-athletes Kristen Corinaldesi (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Vennard (Albany, N.Y.) were recognized for their work as part of a research team representing Quinnipiac at the 44th Annual Region I Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, Oct. 22-23 in Cromwell. Corinaldesi, a senior biology major, is a volleyball player, while Vennard is a senior biomedical science major and a member of the women's lacrosse team.

The Quinnipiac students' MRSA research project, "Demographics and Epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA Colonization in Healthy Individuals," was recognized as one of the top four projects and was rewarded with an award certificate and a cash prize. The students worked under the tutelage of Lisa Cuchara, associate professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Health Sciences.

The research team also included: Jillian Giguere, Jodi-Ann Gordon, and Christine Podolski, all graduate students in biomedical science; and Joanne Jankowski, an undergraduate biology student.

Student posters were judged by Nick Mantis of the New York State Dept of Health, and Samuel Behar of Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Students presenting research at the meeting were rewarded with a student membership to the ASM as well as a banquet ticket for the dinner featuring Derek Lovley from the University of Massachusetts, who presented "The Microbe Electric: A Systems Approach to Understanding and Optimizing Microbe-Electrode Interactions and their Applications."