Duquesne Student Takes Top Honors at Research Symposium

A Duquesne biomedical engineering major won first place recently at the University of Pittsburgh's Bioengineering Day (BioE) Symposium.

Marissa Behun, 21, of Upper St. Clair, presented her poster, "Approaching Neuroscience Using an Engineering View," which focused on bridging the gap between biomedical engineering and neuroscience in the study of bladder pain.

Behun, a junior, was awarded the top poster in the undergraduate category.

Pitt's BioE Day is a chance for students from area colleges to showcase their research while networking with industry, medical and research professionals.

"It was an honor to be there and an honor to win," Behun said.

She has been working in Duquesne's Chronic Pain Research Consortium and with the university's Pain Undergraduate Research Experience summer program, said Dr. Benedict Kolber, assistant professor of biological sciences and research and education coordinator of the chronic pain research consortium.

"This award is a strong example of the strength of our Duquesne undergraduate students when they share their scientific research outside of the university," Kolber said. "Marissa's poster, which was described as a huge success at BioE Day, shows that her knowledge about the biology of bladder pain and her interest in the engineering components of the project really resonated with the faculty and students at the University of Pittsburgh."

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