Rowan University and Rutgers University-Camden Receive Grant Funding for Scientific Research

SOUTH JERSEY — Congressman Donald Norcross announced on Tuesday, October 8 that two South Jersey universities will be receiving almost $900,000 for their respective Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry Research programs.

The grant, totaling $898,709, comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and will go to Rutgers University-Camden and Rowan University.

“The frontiers of scientific advancement and medical innovation are being explored right here in South Jersey,” Norcross said. “The work going on at our area’s top-notch institutions will reshape the fields of science and medicine. I look forward to seeing the results of these grants and the next generation of thinkers and innovators they will foster.”

The funding going to Rutgers University–Camden will be used by the Department of Biology for research into understanding the function of cisregulatory modules.

“Research innovation happens every day at Rutgers University–Camden, where our faculty and students generate original thinking and new ideas that advance our state and our nation,” Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden said. “This grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science will allow Dr. Jongmin Nam to advance the type of cutting-edge work that is critical to our economic growth here in South Jersey. We thank and applaud Congressman Norcross for his commitment to growing South Jersey as a hub for innovation and for his support of Rutgers–Camden.”

While the funding for Rowan University will be heading to the College of Science and Mathematics for research into nongenetic influences on gene expression.

“Despite the long-held understanding that genes encoded in DNA define a large part our identity, non-genetic mechanisms play an important role in the inheritance of some human conditions,” Benjamin Carone, professor of molecular and cellular biosciences in Rowan University’s College of Science & Mathematics said. “Though many of these ‘epigenetic’ inheritance cases have been studied, research in understanding the underlying mechanisms has just begun. This proposed project aims to understand the mechanisms driving the inheritance of these acquired states by studying the way in which these epigenetic marks are established in sperm.”