Hartwick’s Russo, Cooper, Peifer, Sessions Receive Grant from Corning Incorporated Foundation

November 15, 2012

Hartwick College's Dr. Anthony (AJ) Russo, visiting assistant professor of biology, Dr. Eric Cooper, assistant professor of biology, Dr. Andrew Peifer, assistant professor of chemistry and Dr. Stanley Sessions, professor of biology, have received a grant from Corning Incorporated Foundation. The $3000 grant will be used to implement hybridoma technology into thesis projects of biology and biochemistry students at Hartwick College.

Hybridoma technology is the science of making monoclonal antibodies in the laboratory. The production of monoclonal antibodies has resulted in tools for research and therapy, including applications for the diagnosis of diseases and immunotherapy for cancer.

"I am very grateful to Corning Incorporated Foundation for its support, which will help me, the project's co-investigators, and science students at Hartwick continue to investigate important problems associated with the production and use of antibodies," said Russo.

The goal of the research associated with this grant is to provide opportunities for Hartwick students to be active participants in this valuable technology which can be used as a tool to solve significant biochemical questions.

For additional information, contact Russo at 607-431-4575 or at

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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