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Director: Janice McDonald
Assistant to the Director:
Ashley Serbonich
Graduate Assistant: 
Mikhail-Ann Urquhart
Secretary: Mona Zwick


Meet Our 2013 Provost's Award Recipients

William Marsiglia 

William Marsiglia
Harpur College, May ’13
Majors: Biochemistry and music
Research interest: Synthesizing molecules to probe cellular pathways
Research mentor: Prof. Christof Grewer


Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

William Marsiglia

William started his research career in high school testing the effects of herbal and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents on the regeneration rate of a freshwater worm; he also conducted research at Brookhaven National Laboratory supported by a grant from the Arthritis Foundation. A winner at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, he was also recognized at the Intel International Science and Engineering Competition. When he entered Binghamton University he was well prepared and extremely interested in pursuing research. He joined Dr. Christof Grewer's laboratory in his freshman year.

As part of Dr. Grewer's research team he has synthesized novel molecules used to study the structure of certain proteins located with the brain. These molecules have the potential impact to become drugs to treat disease states such as Alzheimer's and stroke. Some of his compounds, which are amino acid derivates, are used in labs at Cornell, and universities in Germany, Israel, and Australia.

An article he co-authored with other members of the Grewer team was published last year in a peer-reviewed journal, Molecular Pharmacology.

William is a Harpur senior majoring in Biochemistry and Music. He was named a Goldwater Scholar in his sophomore year – he held the scholarship for both his junior and senior years. Next fall, in preparation for a teaching and research career, he enters the doctoral program in Chemistry with a concentration in Chemical Biology at New York University.

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Last Updated: 11/15/13