A senior Misericordia University student earned the Anne Spychala Award at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania
Academy of Science competition in April after earning first place in undergraduate poster presentations.
Zachary Murphy of Lewistown, Pa., is a biology major with a minor in chemistry. He received the award for his poster presentation, "Roux-En-Y Bypass Surgery Alters Oleoylethanolamide Mediated Ingestive Behavioral Responses.'' The award is given to the top undergraduate presentation in poster and oral presentations, and also to the best graduate student presentation. The annual meeting featured 20 presenters from nine institutions of higher education in the oral competition category and 53 presenters from 20 colleges and universities in the poster competition.
The research by the son of Dave and Ayieeshya Hatton of Lewistown, Pa., focused on a prospective pharmaceutical treatment alternative to invasive bariatric surgery. It centered on Oleoylethanolamide, a naturally occurring lipid that regulates feeding and body weight in vertebrates.
The Indian Valley High School graduate plans to pursue medical school after graduating from Misericordia University on Saturday, May 16. Murphy wants to practice emergency or endocrinology medicine. "I would like to treat patients who are suffering from traumatic injuries or hormone imbalances, enabling healthier and higher quality lives,'' Murphy said.
Zachary Murphy, Lewistown, Pa., a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry, earned the Anne Spychala Award at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science competition.