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St. John’s Professor Honored As American Chemical Society Fellow
Vijaya L. Korlipara, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of the Institute for Biotechnology at St. John’s University, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), in recognition of “outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession and the Society.”

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Institute for Biotechnology Graduates, May 2010
The faculty of the graduate divisions College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Pharmacey and Allied Health Professions congratulate the four students who received their MS in Biological and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. 

Partnership with OSI Pharmaceuticals Creates Studentships That Keep on Giving
When Vivienne Zhang ’08C entered St. John’s University, she already knew she wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. But it wasn’t until she finished a unique 10-week industry/academic “studentship” that she knew she wanted to go to dental school.

The “studentships” — paid student summer research grants — were forged in 2006 by Diana Bartelt, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Biotechnology at St. John’s during her sabbatical at OSI Pharmaceuticals. “OSI approached me requesting that the University identify two outstanding students in the sciences to be recipients of these full-time, paid summer grants, which OSI referred to as studentships,” Dr. Bartelt explained.

The studentships were designed as well to give ”promising St. John’s science students an opportunity to work closely with both their St. John’s faculty mentors and OSI chemists on pharmaceutical research projects of importance,” said Dr. Bartelt.

During the past three years, St. John’s partnership with OSI has reaped tremendous academic and professional rewards for the students involved. In addition to Vivienne, two St. John’s graduate students — Fang Guo and Jay Patel — who also took part in this unique collaboration have realized outstanding career success.

St. John’s is in the forefront in forming mutually beneficial partnerships providing students with first-hand experience contributing to their future leadership success.

Institute for Biotechnology Students meet with members of the Institute Advisory Board
Students registered  in the MS in Biological and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology program had a chance to introduce themselves and mingle with several members of the Advisory Board on April 5 at their annual meeting. Pictured with the students in the back row from the left  are Dr. Jason Alter of  Aueron Laboratories. Next to him is Dr. John Haley of OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. To the far right on the back row are Dr. Diana Bartelt, Director of the Institute for Biotechnology, Dr. Mark Sleeman of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Mr. Joseph Scaduto of the Center for Biotechnology at SUNY Stony Brook.

Institute for Biotechnology Students Attend  Internship Presentations
In May, students enrolled in the MS in Biological and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology program gathered to hear the oral presentations of three students who had completed their  required Internships in Biotechnology.  They were Shalini Shah and Vrishali Vegesna who worked at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Nagamani Vegesna who performed her internship at Nexgenix Corporation.