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Biology Student Emily Ferris Receives Presentation Award at Pharmacology Conference

Emily Ferris, a senior biology student, received an award for presentation excellence at the meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society, a subset of the American Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASPET) serving the tri-state area. Two recent biology graduates, Ilona Maczka ’23 and Nicholas Pillarella ’21, contributed to the work Ferris presented.

Hosted annually by one of the Philadelphia-area medical schools, the conference presents awards in three categories: undergraduate student, graduate/medical student, and postdoctoral trainee. Ferris has been doing research for the past two years with Dennis Rhoads, Ph.D., professor of biology.

“I am proud of Emily and the skills she showcased in earning this recognition. She is a terrific ambassador for Monmouth and for our work in the neuropharmacology of drug and alcohol abuse,” said Rhoads.

Ferris’ poster presentation, “An Animal Model for ADHD with Resistance to Alcohol-induced Changes in Forebrain Receptors and Behavior,” was one of only two presentations recognized with awards in the undergraduate category, and the abstract of her work will be published in the ASPET journal, “The Pharmacologist.”