January 09, 2014
The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust funds interdisciplinary research to support Virginia-based researchers who use creative approaches to expand scientific discovery. The Trust recently renewed grants to two Hampden-Sydney College professors.
Dr. Rachel M. Goodman, Assistant Professor of Biology, received a $10,000 grant to support her research project, "Interactive Effects of Emerging Pathogen and Environmental Stressors of Turtle Health and Survival." Dr. Goodman has extensive experience working with different populations of reptiles, including turtles, snakes, and lizards and involves her students in her research efforts. Dr. Goodman joined the faculty in the Department of Biology in the fall of 2009 and serves as the resident environmental biologist and a key person in our Environmental Studies program.
Dr. Kristian M. Hargadon, H-SC Class of 2001 and Elliott Assistant Professor of Biology, received a $10,000 grant for his project, "Tumor-induced Immunosuppression of Dendritic Cell Function." With grant funds, Dr. Hargadon and his student assistants will investigate the influence of tumors on dendritic cell function and the role of tumor-altered dendritic cells in the induction of anti-tumor T-cell immunity. Dr. Hargadon joined the faculty in the Department of Biology in the fall of 2009.