Mount Faculty-Student Research Recognized by Research Features Magazine
Riverdale, N.Y. – Mount Professor James Fabrizio and his student researchers are featured in the latest issue of Research Features magazine. The article examines the work done by Dr. Fabrizio, who enlisted the humble fruit fly to help unravel the secrets of male infertility.
Dr. Fabrizio has conducted on-campus research with various cohorts of Mount undergraduates to better understand the molecular mechanisms behind sperm development. Given the large genetic similarity between Drosophila and humans, his lab seeks to uncover genes involved in the late-stage maturation of spermatozoa in the fruit fly. Through such exploration, he and his colleagues are paving the way toward new infertility treatments and contraceptives.
Mount students who were involved in the research featured in the article are Nour Aqeel ’10, Joshian Estevez ’11, Joy Cote ’12, Mary Jongoy ’12, Vanie Mangal ’12, Winnie Tema ’12, Yolisept Bencosme ’13, Ashley Rivera ’13, and Jerrica Wnukowski.
Other students who have continued to collaborate on this project with Dr. Fabrizio are Vrutant Patel ’14, Kavita Bharrat ’15, Dwaine Pryce ’15, Rachel Daniel ’16, Elissa Innabi ’16, Iryna Koziy ’16, Vincent Lombardo ’16, Elisa Ferrara ’17, Gabriela Mendoza ’17, Stephanie Rodway ’17, Matthew Vicioso ’17, Marielle Villanobos ’17, Erin Dailey ’18, Simon Innabi ’18, Justin Pronovost ’18, and Victoria Siracusa ’18.
“The students working on this project were directly recruited from my Genetics class, where I look for students who are smart and talented, but who also love what they are doing,” says Dr. Fabrizio. “I am right in the lab working with them—I do not stay on the side-lines and tell them what to do. That is the beauty of working at a small school like the College of Mount Saint Vincent; I can get to know my students well and together we build a research cohort that does fun science together.”
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Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, service, and leadership in the 21st century.