Two Manhattanville Students Receive Grant Awards From TriBeta, the National Honor Society for Biological Sciences, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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Two Manhattanville Students Receive Grant Awards From TriBeta, the National Honor Society for Biological Sciences, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

January 2, 2019 • Communications

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(Purchase, N.Y.: December 4, 2018) Manhattanville College Biology Department undergraduate students Yaritza Herrera and Wardah Alakrah received awards from TriBeta, the National Honor Society for Biological Sciences for undergraduates, for their research which is focused on the disease Leptospirosis as well as Nosocomial infections via Staphylococcus, respectively. The funds will be used to present their research at a regional conference and fund supplies to continue their work with Biology Department professors Drs. Christopher Pappas and Anna Yeung-Cheung.

The Manhattanville students are:

1) Wardah Alakrah '19, working with Dr. Cheung. "The effect of the combination treatment of D-limonene and rifampicin on the survival and biofilm formation of Staphylococcus epidermidis RP62A at different growth phases" ($500 award)

Manhattanville College Biology Student Wardah Alakrah '19

2) Yaritza Herrera '19, working with Dr. Pappas. "Characterization of Leptospira biflexa Survival Under Various Osmotic Stress Conditions" ($800 award)

Manhattanville College Biology Student Yaritza Herrera '19

In addition, $3,000 from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals was awarded to send two students, Yartiza Herrera and Natalia Lizardo, to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students conference November 14-17 in Indianapolis. Manhattanville student Natalia Lizardo said, "Since my start at Manhattanville all the Biology and Chemistry professors have been truly helpful. Manhattanville's Science program, its faculty and students have made me the person that I am today. I became a leader, a tutor, a research and overall, a better human being. One of the most memorable highlights of my college career was presenting at one of the biggest student conferences in the United States, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students." 

Manhattanville College Biology Student Natalia Lizardo '19

"The Department of Biology at Manhattanville College is very proud of the achievements of these seniors," said Dr. Christopher Pappas, Associate Professor and Chair of Biology / Director of Laboratory Safety, Manhattanville College. "They have worked continuously in our labs alongside their mentors to achieve valuable data which will improve our overall understanding of how to prevent disease on a global scale. It is sensational they are able to share their data at national and regional conferences thanks to external funding from TriBeta and Regeneron. We hope these experiences help to continue to mold these students into ethical professionals focused on serving the greater good. Our goal for all of our students in biology is that they find their professional path in the natural sciences via a supportive learning environment, whether it be a pre-health, environmental, or laboratory focused.”

About Manhattanville College
Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of bustling Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to robust entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The College serves approximately 1,800 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from more than 48 countries and 37 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from over 75 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and 20 NCAA Division III teams. To learn more, visit

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