Molloy to use Award for Research and Teaching
National Science Foundation (NSF) award made to research faculty of the Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Studies Department to acquire new state-of the art research equipment
The research faculty of the Molloy College Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Studies Department have been awarded $120,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation in order to acquire a new state-of-the art multi-mode microplate reader to be used for research and teaching. The microplate reader measures spectral-based absorbance, fluorescence and luminescence and is used in many cellular and molecular based analyses. The principal investigator, Dr. Jodi Evans and co-principal investigators Drs. Maureen Sanz, Noelle Cutter, Mary Kusenda and Anthony Tolvo are faculty members representing a broad cross section of research interests, including molecular genetics, immunology, molecular biology, cell cycle biology, cellular physiology and developmental biology.
Biology majors will receive training in the use of the equipment as part of their participation in the ongoing research programs of the faculty. Local high school students, incorporated into the research groups through a high school internship program, will also receive training. In addition, the equipment will be incorporated into several upper-level biology courses. All of these research and training activities directly address the NSF goal of increasing the use of modern state-of-the-art research equipment by scientists, undergraduates, and high school students.
Overall, the acquisition of this equipment will strengthen the STEM initiatives currently in place at Molloy and provide area students with advanced training in science that will ultimately make them more competitive for summer positions, research internships, civic engagement opportunities and careers in the biological sciences.