Black Hills State University senior Cody Geffre, chemistry and biology major from Pierre, was one of 15 South Dakota college and university students to display his research at a Pierre Poster Session last week at the South Dakota State Capitol. Student presenters met with the Governor, Legislators, and other officials during the Research Day.
Geffre’s biomedical research project explores the medicinal value of plants traditionally used for healing by the American Indians. His poster, “Antimicrobial Properties of Traditional American Indian Medicinal Plants,” summarized his work screening extracts from 14 traditional American Indian medicinal plants to identify those with antibiotic properties. Geffre chose his project because of the need to address the growing health-care issue of microbial antibiotic resistance.
With plans to obtain a doctorate of medicine after graduating from BHSU in May 2011, Geffre began working with Dr. John Dixson, BHSU assistant professor of chemistry, in his medicinal-organic chemistry research laboratory in the summer of 2009. Since that time, he has been involved in biomedical research directed at the identification of new antibiotic compounds.
The Pierre Poster Session, in its 14th year, honors select South Dakota undergraduates for their interdisciplinary research and highlights both the state’s investment in research and research collaborations across the state. The session is co-sponsored by the Research Affairs Council of the South Dakota Board of Regents and the South Dakota EPSCoR Office.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017