Biology Major Awarded Research Grant

St. Lawrence University’s Lia Pizzicato ’14 was recently awarded an undergraduate research grant from Beta Beta Beta, the National Biological Honor Society.

Lia, a biology major and chemistry minor from Rochester, N.Y., is currently studying cell signaling pathways altered by Inontus obliquus (the chaga mushroom), which promote the death of melanoma cells in vitro.  Lia is conducting these experiments under the mentorship Assistant Professor of Biology Karin Heckman. Her results will be incorporated into her senior honors thesis.

Lia is an active member of the St. Lawrence’s Alpha Iota chapter of Beta Beta Beta at St. Lawrence University. The Beta Beta Beta biology honorary was founded in 1922 and is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study. The research grants are awarded by the national office and are intended to support undergraduate research by awarding cash scholarships annually to students conducting research.