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University of Richmond junior Robby Heler of Turda, Romania, received a 2010 summer research fellowship from the American Physiological Association to complete a research project and attend the organization’s national conference.

Heler worked with Linda Boland, associate professor of biology, to investigate how humans process learning and retain memories at a biological level within the brain. They studied the interaction of fatty acids and the Kv4 channels, which communicate in a process theorized to be the basis of synapse activity and learning.

Heler, a biochemistry-molecular biology and computer sciences double major, also is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow. He serves as a peer tutor of biology in the university’s Academic Skills Center on campus, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.