Biology Professor Dr. Laura Twersky Presents at Columbia University Seminar

On February 25, Laura Twersky, Ph.D., professor of biology, served as a speaker at a Columbia University Seminar. Her discussion was titled, “Amphibians and Endocrine Disruption” and was focused on her research regarding the putative endocrine-disrupting causes of the declining numbers of amphibians and the increase in amphibian malformations.

Student and Professors Present Research at Annual Cell Biology Meeting

Student and Professors Present Research at Annual Cell Biology Meeting

Christina Mortellaro, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, Laura Twersky, Ph.D., professor of biology, and Michael Verile ’19 recently presented at the annual cell biology meeting in Washington D.C. The presentation was titled, “Can Tualang or Manuka honey prevent the rate of development changes and malformations seen after bisphenol A exposure in Xenopus laevis (clawed frog) […]

Biology Students Skype with Author Ben Goldfarb

Biology capstone students had the opportunity to talk with science writer Ben Goldfarb via Skype about his book Eager, the Suprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. Students read the book, which was the recipient of the 2019 Pen/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and held weekly discussions as a part of the current […]

Biology Professors Discuss Work at The Rockefeller University

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Laura Twersky, Ph.D., professor of biology; Christina Mortellaro, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Jill Callahan, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of biology; and Irene Matejko, Ph.D., adjunct instructor of biology, visited Jeffrey Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., and Elias Coutavas, Ph.D., at The Rockefeller University to discuss their work and student research opportunities. Dr. Matejko formerly worked in […]

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 […]

Biology Students Visit the Jose Marti STEM Academy

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Seniors from the biology capstone class taught by Brandy Garrett Kluthe, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, visited high school biology students at the Jose Marti STEM Academy in Union City, N.J. Students partnered up and covered topics relevant to biology and the experience of majoring in a STEM field in college. 

Biology Capstone Class Hosting Food Drive This Month

The biology capstone class is hosting a food drive in collaboration with Campus Ministry. All unexpired and nonperishable goods can be placed in the following locations: Biology Department Enrollment Services STEM Engagement Center Pete’s Place The Theresa and Edward O’Toole Library Mac Mahon Student Center To learn more, please contact Maria Home-Gomez, president and co-founder […]

Faculty and Students Present Projects at Biology Conference

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     Several faculty and undergraduates from Saint Peter’s University attended the 52nd Annual Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) Conference held at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. on October 26. Attendees included Sara Gonzalez ’20, Bianca Cantillano ’20, Claudio Amaya ’21, Kathy Wydner, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, Jill Callahan, Ph.D., […]

Biology Student Gets Hands-On Experience in a Lab at Internship

Saint Peter’s University Junior Class Vice President and Biochemistry Major Azuri Hughes ’20 participated in the 2018 Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) summer internship program through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program exposes students to research in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) mission areas: diabetes, endocrinology, […]

Saint Peter’s Receives Grant for Native Plant Garden

Saint Peter’s University has been awarded $1,000 from the Society for Biodiversity Preservation (SBP) to create a “Native Plant Garden for Birds and Pollinators.” The garden is currently under development along Gannon Hall. The goal of the project is to restore natural habitat and promote biodiversity. Plans include planting native species such as wildflowers that […]


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