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Tri-Center Symposium 

Celebrating Student-Centered Research 

The College of Mathematics and Science will host the annual Tri-Center Symposium, this year's event will be April 14th in the Donald Betz STEM Research and Learning Center. Tri-Center will include student poster presentations, a keynote speaker, afternoon breakout sessions, and a reception following the event. 
The symposium showcases student research posters from the three Research Centers in the college: the Center for Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Studies (CFACS), the Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education and Research (CIBER), and the Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation (CREIC). 

Symposium Date: April 14, 2023, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Dr. Reed Stubbendieck


 2023 Tri-Center Symposium Program

Session one Poster Schedule

Session two Poster Schedule

Friday's schedule overview: 

8:30-9:30 AM - Registration and Welcome - STEM Foyer

9:30-10:30 AM Poster Session 1 - STEM Hallways

10:30-10:45 AM Break for Refreshments and Socializing - STEM Foyer

10:45-11:45 AM Poster Session 2 - STEM Hallways

11:45-1:00 PM Keynote Speaker and Lunch - STEM 101 

1:00-1:45 PM Breakout Sessions 

1:45-2:45 PM Final Reception and Awards - STEM Foyer


Dr. Reed Stubbendieck 

Titled: The Nose Knows: Commensal Actinobacteria as an Alternative to Traditional Antimicrobials

Biography: Reed Stubbendieck, Ph.D. is a professor at Oklahoma State University, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

Interactions between microbes are facilitated by antibiotics and other secondary metabolites (also called “specialized metabolites” or “natural products”). The Stubbendieck laboratory studies how bacteria synthesize and use these metabolites to mediate competition and cooperation within environmental and host-associated microbiomes.

Currently, we are focused on the microbiomes of the human oral and respiratory tracts, including the mouth, nose, and lower airways in individuals with cystic fibrosis. To characterize how secondary metabolites function in these systems, we take an interdisciplinary approach that integrates traditional microbiology, genomic and metagenomic sequencing, genetics, and natural product chemistry. Our long-term goals are to better understand the ecological and mechanistic functions of secondary metabolites and to identify potential avenues for the development of therapeutics.