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Student-Athlete Publishes Research Findings In Leading Biological Journal

30 June 2009 No Comment


Michael Condon ’10 may be a fleet-footed, hard-working midfielder on the Tiger men’s soccer team by night, but the three-year starter and 2009 team captain has also made a name for himself in the classroom and the biology laboratory during his collegiate career.

An aspiring medical school applicant, Condon’s research with Professor of Biology Jay Yoder on giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches was published in a recent issue of the acclaimed scientific journal Symbiosis. They published findings about symbiotic interactions between two different organisms living together, specifically focusing on the Madagascar hissing cockroach and the effect of adding mites to the surface of the cockroach.

As Madagascar hissing cockroaches are frequently handled in classrooms, zoos and museums, Condon and Yoder realized the importance of removing the fungi-type mold that frequently accumulates on the surface of this particular species of cockroach. They focused on a way to decrease or eliminate the fungus and thus prevent mold allergies and asthma that sometimes develops among children interacting with these creatures.

Symbiosis is one of the world’s leading biological journals, particularly in ecology, with a focus on interactions that involve how two different organisms live together and any benefits that result. It is relatively unusual for undergraduates to be published in such journals.

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