Biology Students Receive Research Grants from TriBeta Research Foundation


The TriBeta Research Foundation has awarded three research grants to Saint Peter’s biology students for the FY’20 academic year.

Wonja Kim ’20, under research advisor Laura Twersky, Ph.D., received a grant to research the “Effects of green tea and Triphala extract, individually and in combination, on diet-induced obesity in zebrafish.”

Melissa Quintana Blanco ’21 and Giovanni Gonzalez ’22 received a grant for their research, “Can kaempferol prevent the development of malformations in clawed frog larvae exposed to bisphenols?” Their research advisors are Laura Twersky, Ph.D., and Christina Mortellaro, Ph.D.

Khawlah Nazzal ’20 is researching the “Effects of aspartame and saccharin on the gut microbiome” with advisors Christina Mortellaro, Ph.D., and Jill Callahan, Ph.D.