South Portland native picked for undergraduate research program

South Portland native Johnny Joseph has been selected to participate in Stonehill College’s Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience program. A total of 50 Stonehill students will work this summer with 32 faculty members on a variety of research projects. Joseph and two other students have been selected to work with Bronwyn Bleakley, a Stonehill assistant professor of biology, to explore mechanisms of indirect genetic effects, using inbred strains of guppies.

Joseph’s group will describe how genes in individual animals and their social partners interact to create collective behavior. Joseph, a biology major, will try to determine if hormones serve as a chemical cue influencing that behavior. The results of the SURE research will be compiled and submitted for publication.

The students and mentors are the 18th group to particpate in the SURE program, which provides students with an opportunity to perform significant, publishable research under the guidance of experienced faculty researchers.

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