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UMass Amherst, NDSU students compete for Young Scientist


The global regional finalists have been selected for the 2018 Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program, the world’s largest agriscience competition for university students. Now in its 13th year, the program’s pool of nominees represents 83 universities from 28 countries.

The regional finalists will attend AYS Discovery Week, held in conjunction with ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE18), May 20–22 in Lexington, Kentucky, to present their research to a panel of international judges. They will also have leadership building, career mentorship, and networking opportunities. The prizes include a fully funded Ph.D. position for the global undergraduate winner as well as $5,000 USD, and a fully funded postdoctoral position and $10,000 USD for the global graduate winner.

The regional finalists for the graduate AYS award and their paper topics are:

  • Zili Gao, University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States: “The heat shock cognate 70 protein is a novel target of nobiletin and its colonic metabolites in inhibiting colon carcinogenesis”
  • Saheed Salami, University of Catania, Italy; currently attending University College Cork, Ireland: “Cardoon meal as a novel feed: effect on lamb performance, rumen function and meat quality”
  • Yanli Liu, Northwest A&F University, China: “Metabolomics and proteomics reveal impacts of folic acid on lipid metabolism in chicken primary hepatocytes (Folic acid regulates lipid metabolism mediated by IGF2)”
  • Moisés Poli, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil: “Pacific white shrimp and Nile tilapia integration in biofloc system under different fish-stocking densities”

The regional finalists for the undergraduate AYS award and their paper topics are:

  • Ronald Trotta, University of Kentucky, United States; currently attending North Dakota State University, United States: “Effects of source and level of dietary energy supplementation on fiber digestion and in vitro methane production from tall fescue-based diets”
  • Evgeny Remizov, Saratov State Agrarian University, Russia: “Antimicrobial peptides as a base of development of new antimicrobial medication”
  • Shenfei Long, China Agricultural University, China: “Dietary supplementation with DHA-enriched microalgae improves performance, serum composition, carcass trait, antioxidant status and fatty acid profile of broilers”
  • Juan Bol, Universidad EARTH, Costa Rica: “Evaluation of induced resistant products to improve root health and control of plant parasitic nematodes in commercial banana plantation”

“The Alltech Young Scientist program provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the best and brightest minds of the next generation of agriculture science leaders,” said Dr. Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech. “The regional finalists will present their research to a global audience, and the undergraduate and graduate competition winners will have the opportunity to join our global team.”

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