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Published on April 23, 2020

Christopher Shimwell (BIO) Awarded for Novel Scorpion Research

Christopher Shimwell ’20, a biology major at Eastern Connecticut State University, received an excellence award from the Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) for his manuscript titled “Molecular Characterization of the Scorpion Telson.” Shimwell would have received the award at the conference’s 74th annual meeting this April at Sacred Heart University, but ECSC organizers cancelled the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shimwell’s project investigates the microbiomes of a scorpion’s venom and telson, which is its venom-producing appendage. Microbiomes are the collection of microbes that live on and in an organism. This host of microbes supports the immune system, aids in digestion and provides pathogen protection for the organism.

Written by Escoto