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TWU student and faculty member to showcase research at “Texas Undergraduate Research Day” at the Capitol March 4


Sidrah Khan, Nasrin Kohan

Photo credit: Shannon Drawe
Sidrah Khan, left, and Dr. Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan

DENTON/AUSTIN — Texas Woman’s University student Sidrah Khan of Plano, and Dr. Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, assistant professor in the TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will showcase their research on understanding interaction of anticancer drugs with DNA during the 2015 “Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol” in Austin, Wednesday March 4.

Ms. Khan, a senior biology major/chemistry and biochemistry minor, is among 60 undergraduate students representing 50 higher education institutions across the state selected to participate in the undergraduate research day. She and Dr. Mirsaleh-Kohan will present their research, “Probing Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectra of DNA Bases, Cisplatin and Carboplatin Adsorbed on Silver Nanoparticles,” at the event.

According to Ms. Khan and Dr. Mirsaleh-Kohan, the research focuses on the binding of anticancer drugs to DNA and what changes occur. The purpose of the research is to develop an analytical technique to investigate how anticancer drugs modify DNA and to further understand the nature of the modifications at the molecular level.

“I am excited to share my research and what is possible at Texas Woman’s University at the Capitol and to see the research that other students are doing in Texas,” Ms. Khan said.

Dr. Mirsaleh-Kohan added, “It is an honor to be chosen to represent TWU at this event and showcase the research we are doing here, which I believe is at the highest level in Texas. I also am looking forward to networking and collaborating with my colleagues from across the state.”

“Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol” is intended to highlight how research conducted by undergraduate students positively impacts Texas and Texans. In addition to showcasing their research, student participants and their faculty advisers will have the opportunity to tour the Capitol, attend committee hearings and the daily meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives and meet with their respective legislators.

The Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. and the Texas Association of Community Colleges coordinate the biennial “Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.” For more information, visit

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