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Black Hills State University senior Cody Geffre (right), is recognized by South Dakota Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner (left) during the Pierre Poster Session held last week at the South Dakota State Capitol. Geffre, a chemistry and biology major from Pierre, was one of 15 South Dakota college and university students invited to display his research.
Black Hills State University senior Cody Geffre (back row, center) and other select college and university students met with the Governor (left), Legislators, and other officials during the Research Day held last week during the Pierre Poster Session held at the South Dakota State Capitol. Pictured front row, left to right: Dominique Boudreau, The University of South Dakota; Andrea Martinez and April Martinez, Sinte Gleska College; Charles Halfmann, South Dakota State University; Trent Harris, South Dakota State University; Jesse Paul Mendez, Dakota State University; and Destinee Eastman, Sisseton Wahpeton College. Pictured second row (left to right): Governor Dennis Daugaard; Brendon Barker, Sisseton Wahpeton College; Steven Farmer, Jr., Sisseton Wahpeton College; Eric Musil, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; and Chris Rieck, Northern State University. Pictured back row (left to right): Matt Blake, The University of South Dakota; Cody Geffre, Black Hills State University; and Daniel Terveen, University of Sioux Falls.

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.