Research Communications

Biology conference unites students from Appalachian universities 

Nov. 12, 2013

More than 35 Ohio University student scientists attended the second annual Appalachian Regional Cell Conference (ARCC) in Charleston, West Virginia in October. The event, which was co-organized by graduate student Maria Muccioli of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, drew several dozen additional participants from West Virginia University, Marshall University and the University of Kentucky. 

Q: How do you feel that students from the various universities benefited from this event?

Muccioli: The ARCC is a free meeting, so it allows anyone doing any kind of research related to cell biology to come, whether they are an undergrad, grad student, postdoctoral fellow, research scientist, or faculty member, regardless of whether they have funding. 

It allows new graduate students and undergrads just getting started on research projects to practice presenting their research in poster form (for example, in preparation for national meetings). 

In addition, our event facilitates networking and research sharing in our area. Students can meet others doing similar things, learn a lot, and possibly collaborate on their projects, driving interdisciplinary research in the Appalachian region.

Q: Is there anything new that you, personally, learned? 

Muccioli: I learned how much work goes into planning an event this large and about the importance of leadership that incorporates the opinions of many to serve a common goal. 

The conference was supported by the American Society for Cell Biology and the Ohio University Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, Edison Biotechnology Institute, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and Department of Biomedical Sciences in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Ohio University graduate student Subhabrata Ghosal photographed the 2013 event.

 Appalachian Regional Cell Conference (ARCC)
Ohio University graduate student Reetobrata Basu received the first place prize for his oral presentation on his neuroscience research, which seeks to address the side effects of prescription drugs. 


Appalachian Regional Cell Conference (ARCC)
Ohio University graduate students Reetobrata Basu, Maria Muccioli and Amrita Basu with Distinguished Professor John Kopchick, who served as keynote speaker for the 2013 event. 


 Appalachian Regional Cell Conference (ARCC)
Ohio University graduate student Maria Muccioli discusses her research on ovarian cancer with Marshall University scientist Emine Koc. 


Appalachian Regional Cell Conference (ARCC) 
Ohio University graduate student Amrita Basu discusses her research on growth hormone and neurodegenerative diseases with West Virginia University student Polina Kozyulina. Basu won second place in the poster presentation competition.