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Mount Professor James Fabrizio Awarded Grant from National Institutes of Health


Riverdale, N.Y. – A researcher and associate professor of biology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent has been awarded $195,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study late-stage maturation of spermatozoa in fruit flies, or Drosophila melanogaster.

As principal investigator, Dr. James Fabrizio will collaborate with Mount student researchers who will assist with incorporating methods and knowledge of genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and genomics to study sperm development in fruit flies.

“This grant will allow for more student research—that is a great thing because the only way to learn science is to do science,” says Dr. Fabrizio. “Undergraduate research can be a tremendous experience that will not only prepare students for graduate and professional studies, but also give students the opportunity to perform truly original research and make new discoveries at the bench. A grant like this will enhance and build upon the already excellent education our students receive from the Division of Natural Sciences.”

The grant period began September 4, 2014 and will run until June 30, 2017.

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