Saint Peter’s College Receives $10,000 Grant from Independent College Fund of New Jersey

Jersey City, N.J. – Saint Peter’s College received a grant for $10,000 from the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) to fund the College’s Pfizer PURE Science Program, a research opportunity for four undergraduate students to investigate the field of non-embryonic stem cell research.

The students, who comprise the PURE Student Research Team, offer hands-on support to Leonard Sciorra, Ph.D., chair of the applied science and technology department and The Reverend Joseph E. Schuh Professor of Biology at Saint Peter’s. Dr. Sciorra has worked in collaboration with the Institute of Genomic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) to guide this research to the patent stage over the past 18 months.

Research with genetic materials at this complex stage is typically found in graduate level programs at research universities and professional laboratories. Each student researcher spends a minimum of 100 hours engaged in this research during the academic year or summer session; the team completes one to six experiments focused on non-embryonic stem cell research.

ICFNJ has provided funding to Saint Peter’s for its Pfizer PURE Science Program since 2005, with four contributions totaling $33,000. This in-depth and practical experience enhances the students’ chances for greater success in their chosen career fields.

The collaboration between Saint Peter’s and the Institute for Genomic Medicine reflects the College’s commitment to fostering ties between the academic community, research institutions and the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries in New Jersey.

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