A pair of UNC Pembroke biology students spent their summer researching wild plant extracts and its effect on aging.

Dontae Mosely and Ashley Edwards spent 20 hours a week testing extracts from wax myrtle and rabbit tobacco on Caenorhabditis elegans–tiny, microscopic worms commonly known as C. elegans. 

Dr. Courtney Carroll, an assistant biology professor, formed a biomedical research team using funds from the university’s RISE program and sponsored research grants.

Carroll, Mosely and Edwards worked in collaboration with Dr. Conner Sandefur, a fellow department colleague. Mosely, a senior, is a RISE Fellow and a biotechnology major. Edwards, a sophomore, is a double major in biochemistry and music.

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Originally published Aug. 13, 2019.