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09-28-2016

Clarkson University Prof Helps Secure NSF Grant with St. Lawrence University for New Microscope

Clarkson University researchers will enjoy access to a new confocal microscope for high resolution micrographs -- including in vivo imaging -- thanks to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Antonio RockwellAssistant Professor of Biology Cintia Hongay is a co-principal investigator for an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant for a Nikon C2+ special imaging confocal microscope with wide field camera and environmental chamber systems acquired by Saint Lawrence University and housed at the microscopy center.

This project is under the direction of Joseph S. Erlichman, Ana Y. Estevez, and Michael H. Temkin of St. Lawrence University and Hongay of Clarkson University.

St. Lawrence University purchased the instrument, which will support and expand current and future research, teaching and undergraduate training activities of STEM faculty and students from all four colleges of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley -- St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton.

The new microscope will augment the research, teaching and training activities of 11 faculty and science professionals in cell and developmental biology and ecology and evolution, including projects which focus on the theme of subcellular trafficking and tissue localization of specific molecules during development.

While Clarkson has recently purchased a personal confocal from Leica, Hongay said, the new Nikon instrument is more powerful and will be able to handle live imaging acquisition.

"Confocal microscopy is a requirement for cell biology research to acquire high-resolution imaging of cells, tissues and other biological samples," she said. "It is an impactful addition to the scientific resources of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley, and I am happy to have been invited by my colleagues at SLU to write this award-winning proposal with them. Great team effort."

In addition, Hongay has received funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to add to her R15 NIH grant for interdisciplinary bioscience and biotechnology Ph.D. student Antonio Rockwell.

The competitive program helps improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research.

In line with NIH efforts to help increase the diversity of the academic environment and her active participation in NIH Build Exito Program, Hongay has been invited to give a seminar at Morgan State University, in Maryland, next month.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Biology Cintia Hongay, left, and interdisciplinary bioscience and biotechnology Ph.D. student Antonio Rockwell conducting research in the Cora & Bayard Clarkson Science Center.

[Photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/arockwell-chongay.jpg ]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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