MARQUETTE, Mich. - A proposal for testing for the presence of some diseases, such as the tick-borne Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, has earned NMU graduate student Marty Kelley the $3,000 Chum Pui Young Memorial Fellowship for 1997.

Kelley, a chemistry student from Minneapolis, said a kennel of 80 sled dogs near Houghton, Mir-h., will likely be the source of some information for his research project, which is titled, 'Polymerase Chain Reaction Identification of Obligate lntracellular Parasites."

Kelley hopes his research will contribute to the discovery of a cheaper and faster way to diagnose diseases caused by a type of bacteria called rickettsia. Current methods require up to two months to distinguish rickettsia infections, and Kelley said such information is important because treatments vary depending on the type of infection. He said the kennel may be a good laboratory, because dogs are susceptible to diseases caused by rickettsia.

Kelley is the third NMU master of science candidate to win the annual fellowship, which is named after the late father of Pak-Wing 'Steve' Chum, who earned his mastees degree in chemistry from Northern in 1974. Chum is known for his research with polyethylene plastics. He works in Freeport, Texas, as a research scientist for Dow Chemical Co., which funds the fellowship along with Chum.

Kelley obtained his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from NMU and plans to attend the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science in Des Moines, Iowa, in the fall. Kelley's faculty adviser is NMU chemistry Professor Lesley Putman. He is the son of Sue and Paul Kelley of Minneapolis.

"Professor Jerome A. Roth, head of the NMU department of chemistry, can be reached at (906)227-1073 for more information."

Prepared By
Mike Rhea