Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 2:45pm

Congratulations to associate professor of biology, Dr. Davida Smyth on being awarded a $142,771.75 grant to acquire an Ion S5 DNA sequencer and its components. With this exciting new addition to the biology program, the College will be able to establish research and education in genomics.


“Grant writing takes a lot of extra effort and dedication, and I commend Dr. Smyth on this wonderful accomplishment,” said School of Health and Natural Sciences Dean Joan Toglia.


The genomics system will serve as the core equipment of a new Initiative for Undergraduate Research and Education in Genomics (IUREG). The initiative will expose Mercy students, staff and faculty as well as high school students, teachers, and the local public (through workshops and seminars) to advances in bioinformatics and genomics.