Allied Health Program Research Receives National Recognition

by Jordana Newman  |   

MLS Program Director Grace Leu Burke
Grace Leu Burke, program director for Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program was recently recognized for its work during the ASCP 2021 Hybrid Annual Meeting. The MLS team’s research on “public risk from antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli colonized in urban wildlife” won Best Scientific Practice Poster at the ASCP conference and their research on “public health risk of Giardia and Cryptosporidium infection from urban wildlife” was selected as a blue ribbon finalist in the Laboratory Professional Category.
The ASCP Annual Conference provides the opportunity for UAA students to present their research with their competitive abstract selection from the United States and international universities, hospitals, and research facilities. This year, 1400 abstracts were selected for poster presentation from more than 4000 submissions with 25 selected as blue ribbon finalists. 
“It is hard to put into words the sense of pride our small undergraduate research group had finding out that both of our posters were considered for blue ribbon finalist selection,” said MLS Program Director Grace Leu Burke. “However, what it does show is our commitment to good scientific process in research design in evaluating the risk of bacteria and parasitic infection in urban wildlife and the effect this can have on public health and housing insecure population.”

Both projects represent a progression of work that has been performed in the past four years by students. The data collected is part of the MLS curriculum and students involved in the poster presentation volunteer year-round in the MLS/MLT research team. UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell also congratulated the team for their winning research.