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Dr. Lisa Petrella awarded Way Klingler Fellowship in science

Petrella is hopeful that her work can guide the future in how generations will manage health, agriculture and ecology in the face of increasing global temperatures.

By - Aug 28th, 2015 09:52 am
Lisa Petrella. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

Lisa Petrella. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

MILWAUKEE – Dr. Lisa Petrella, assistant professor of biological sciences, statistics and computer science at Marquette University, has been awarded one of the Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards, which provides faculty with a one-semester sabbatical for research.

“During my semester sabbatical I will be working on one of the projects in my lab investigating why organisms go sterile at high temperatures. Specifically, I will be using whole genome approaches to look at differences in gene expression between an organism that is very temperature sensitive and an organism that is very temperature resistant,” said Petrella.

She developed and interest in this topic four years ago when this project began. For Petrella this was a natural extension of her research since it is a merging of her two fields of study, temperature response from her postdoctoral work and germline biology as a graduate student.

Petrella is hopeful that her work can guide the future in how generations will manage health, agriculture and ecology in the face of increasing global temperatures. “This level of temperature increase is well within the models of climate change, such that entire groups of small organisms may struggle to survive,” said Petrella.

Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.

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