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Julia Riley Awarded the 2020 Norma Slepecky Undergraduate Research Prize

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) announces that Julia Riley ’20, a double major in biochemistry and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently received the first place award of the 2020 Norma Slepecky Undergraduate Research Prize. The annual prize is awarded to undergraduate researchers in their junior or senior year who demonstrate excellence in research.

Since her first year at Syracuse University, Riley has conducted research with Carlos Castañeda, assistant professor in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. Riley’s research focuses on understanding two types of biomolecular condensates in an effort to develop therapies to combat ALS, a terminal disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She has received funding for her research and has previously presented her work at various conferences, including at the American Society for Cell Biology and the Atlantic Coast Conference Meeting of the Minds. Read more at SU News.