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Sofia Bertoloni Meli, 2016 Biology Undergraduate Research Award Recipient

Sofia Bertoloni Meli
Sofia Bertoloni Meli at biology’s student award ceremony. Photo by Terri Greene.

Sofia Bertoloni Meli was recognized for her paper, “Trade-off between the parasitic and anti-competitor roles of a bacterial symbiont of insect-parasitic nematodes” that was based on research done in Dr. Farrah Bashey-Visser’s laboratory. There Sofia researched microbial symbionts and how their roles may be beneficial in one context but harmful in another, using a bacterial symbiont of insect-parasitic nematodes. Her work in the Bashey-Visser laboratory also earned her the Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award.

Sofia has been on the Dean’s List since 2012. A member of IU’s Hutton Honors College, she received a College International Experiences Program Grant from the college that enabled her to participate in a study abroad experience in Costa Rica in 2013. She also received a Hutton Honors College Travel Grant to present her research at Evolution 2014.

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