Program News

Biology and Biomedical Sciences

Noe Mercado '14 fights to find a vaccine for the coronavirus

Noe Mercado '14 is a true story of triumph and determination despite the odds, and his tenacity came in handy as he tackled the biggest challenge of 2020: helping to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. As a research associate at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mercado's team collaborated on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, placing him at the center of the global fight against the pandemic.

Gabrielle Corradino '11 showcases marine research

Gabrielle Corradino '11 has a passion for research, which has led to an impressive string of achievements for the young scientist. She has been a National Geographic Society explorer, a National Geographic early career fellow and a Department of the Interior global change fellow.

Corradino recently earned her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, and through it all, she's built an active social media presence, contributing to several ocean-based podcasts and hosting a professional Instagram account that aims to bring her research to the public.

Vanelli is first Salve Regina student to win NOAA's Hollings Scholarship

Nikki Vanelli, an environmental studies major and biology minor, recently received the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association's Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, becoming the first Salve Regina student to receive the honor.

As one of only 120 undergraduates nationwide selected for the award, Vanelli receives up to $9,500 per academic year and a full-time paid summer internship opportunity at one of NOAA's research facilities across the United States.

Lucie Ford wins competitive toxicology research award

Lucie Ford '20, a biology major and chemistry minor, was one of 21 student researchers from across the U.S. to win a competitive Pfizer Society of Toxicology undergraduate student travel Award. Ford was recognized for her research on the adverse health impacts of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl chemicals that are found in many everyday household items such as frying pans, rain jackets, food packaging and stick-resistant products.

Salve Regina, University of Saint Joseph create 3+3 pharmacy degree

Salve Regina and the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut have partnered to develop a pathway for Salve Regina's undergraduate science students to earn the doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) in six years.

Salve Regina students enrolled in the B.S. in biology or B.A. in biochemistry may apply during their third year of study to complete their next three years of pharmacy training at Saint Joseph, culminating with the Pharm.D.

Biology majors partner with nonprofit to build sustainable farming system

Biology majors Victoria Johnson '19 and Lindsey Florent '19 credited their technical training in the sciences and their humanities coursework for empowering them to put their passion for community service into action by building an indoor urban farming system designed to make a sustainable difference for underserved communities in Massachusetts.