Second Place - Ashley van Batenburg-Stafford

Undergraduate Student, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Understanding how different proteins contribute to healing may lead to advances in wound treatment. Here, a protein called alpha 6 integrin can be seen in red surrounding the bottom and sides of a healing skin wound. Alpha 6 integrin is known to be important for the structural stability of skin in the epidermis, skin's outermost layer. Fibronectin, a structural protein found in the dermis, the inner layer of skin, can be seen in green. Granulation tissue, or a scab, can be seen in purple.