Gannon Biology Students Awarded Pennsylvania Academy of Science Grant

Posted: May 11, 2017

 Two Gannon University biology students, Priscilla Thomas and Jeremy Santarelli, were awarded grants from the Pennsylvania Academy of Science that will allow them to continue their research with Gannon University Assistant Professor Quyen Aoh, Ph.D. through next year.

Both projects focus on the role of a protein, SCAMP3, in regulating processes related to cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Thomas' research subject is the role of SCAMP3 in CXCR4 trafficking and Santarelli is researching The role of SCAMP3 in beta amyloid production and secretion. Their research may provide valuable links and targets for gene and drug therapies for these diseases.

Thomas and Santarelli, were among the 24 students from 13 different Pennsylvania colleges and universities whose grants were announced at the Academy's 2017 PAS annual meeting held March 31 - April 2, 2017, at King's College, Wilkes-Barre.