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State College of Florida, New College graduate wins microbiology award

Stephanie Morgan, a State College of Florida and New College of Florida graduate , received the Best in Session Student Poster award at the Small World Initiative Annual Symposium, part of the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting.
Stephanie Morgan, a State College of Florida and New College of Florida graduate , received the Best in Session Student Poster award at the Small World Initiative Annual Symposium, part of the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting. PHOTO PROVIDED

Scientific research that started at State College of Florida and continued at New College of Florida recently won a Bradenton resident a top student paper award at a microbiology conference.

Stephanie Morgan, who graduated from New College this spring, received the best in session student poster award at the Small World Initiative Annual Symposium, part of the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting.

Morgan’s scientific research includes the discovery and analysis of a previously unknown bacterium, which could lead to new antibiotics.

Morgan’s research began in 2014 while a student in the biotechnology program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. SCF is one of 25 participants in SWI, a project based at Yale University that combines technology, science and innovation in order to improve global education and health care.

Morgan later transferred to New College, concentrating in biology and chemistry, and professors from SCF, New College and Florida Southern College worked with her.

Morgan submitted her research for the American Society of Microbiology’s annual meeting, where it was one of some 3,500 presented. The poster, titled “Discovery of a Novel Prodigiosin Producing Vibrio from the Gulf of Mexico,” was one of 20 considered for the SWI award.

In all, eight professors and staff at three colleges, and Jon Reed, a neuroscience investigator at the Roskamp Institute, worked with Morgan on the project. Her advisors at SCF were Eric Warrick and program manager Matthew Thomas. Her co-authors on the presentation were Warrick, Katherine Walstrom and Florida Southern College biology professor Brittany Gasper.

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