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Manhattanville Professor Receives Science Grant

PURCHASE, N.Y. – A Manhattanville College biology professor has received a grant from the Office of International Science and Engineering within the National Science Foundation to research an emerging global disease in Paris for two years.

“When I received word from my NSF program officer that the award was imminent, it was quite an exhilarating experience, especially since this is my first funded award,” said Christopher Pappas, a Manhattanville professor for three years, who received his Ph.D. at New York Medical College. “Additionally, it was rewarding and humbling to read the reviewers’ comments and their strong support of our proposal.”

He will be working at the Institut Pasteur in the lab of Mathieu Picardeau, an established doctor at the world renowned institution known for the “advancement of biological research and public health,” said Manhattanville in a written statement. He has received $152,698 so far.

Pappas and Picardeau took “a considerable amount of time” preparing the proposal – in which he will research the bacteria responsible for leptospirosis – a disease that affects one million annually worldwide and could lead to “kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death” if left untreated, said the Centers for Disease Control

Manhattanville and Pappas are hopeful the research will lead to improved knowledge of the bacteria and “future efforts toward early identification and treatment of this disease.”

Since he was awarded the grant in July, Pappas has been “preparing the necessary paperwork” for he and his family to “enter France and begin the proposed research by May.”

He has enjoyed his time at Manhattanville College, but will be in France before long.

“I love being part of the Manhattanville community; it is a very supportive environment where faculty, staff and students all work together to achieve their goals and also contribute to the surrounding community,” Pappas said.

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