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College of Mount Saint Vincent Associate Professor of Biology James J. Fabrizio, Ph.D. and CMSV Undergraduate Researchers Publish Manuscript in Peer-Reviewed Journal


Riverdale, N.Y. – Associate Professor of Biology James Fabrizio, along with his undergraduate researchers and Mount students, have been published in the October-December issue of Landes Bioscience Journal Fly, for their manuscript titled “mulet (mlt) encodes a tubulin-binding cofactor E-like homolog required for spermatid individualization in Drosophila melanogaster.”

Dr. Fabrizio was awarded a one-semester sabbatical after he led an undergraduate research group’s presentation in March 2011 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College during the Fall 2011 semester. The research was a study identifying mulet, a gene required for late-stage sperm development, as the gene for the Tubulin-binding cofactor E-like (TBCE-like) protein. Since TBCE-like destroys microtubules, this work suggests that the removal of microtubules by TBCE-like is necessary for proper sperm development.

Dr. Fabrizio’s researchers were named co-authors and are past and current undergraduate research students at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. The students are Nour Aqeel ‘10, Joy Cote ’12, Joshian Estevez ’11, Mary Jongoy ’12, Vanie Mangal ’12, Winnie Tema ’12, Ashley Rivera ‘13, Jerrica Wnukowski ‘13, and Yolisept Bencosme ‘15.

“The only way to teach science is to do science,” says Dr. Fabrizio of the publication. “This is a major achievement for my students and I—it is pure undergraduate research published in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal.”

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The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college. It combines a strong core curriculum with a full array of majors in the liberal arts and selected professional fields of study, including accounting, business administration, education, and nursing. Through its School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the College extends its primary undergraduate mission by offering high quality graduate studies in business, education and nursing and an array of undergraduate and certificate programs serving non-traditional students. Mount Saint Vincent is located on a pastoral campus in New York City, with easy access to all the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities that the City affords.