SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Student Receives Capstone Award to Present Research

(Bradenton, Fla., July 14, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) student Dominick Christou-Ader was one of just 18 undergraduate students in the United States to win a $1,500 Capstone Travel Award to present his research, part of SCF’s Small World Initiative partnership, to the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

As part of his award, Christou-Ader was invited to attend the Research Capstone Institute in Boston. Christou-Ader who studied natural science and biotechnology at SCF is transferring to Florida Southern College in the Fall, where he will continue working on the research he began at SCF. Attending the Institute will offer him several advantages as he continues his studies and research. Eventually he would like to earn a medical degree.

Christou-Ader presented his research on the isolation and characterization of marine antibiotic-producing bacteria. His abstract was peer reviewed and accepted at the ASM Microbe Conference.

He attended the conference with two SCF alumni:

Michael Grandalaski, who graduated last year from SCF with his degree in biotechnology, also presented his research as part of the Small World Initiative (SWI) at SCF. Grandalaski is working on a biology degree at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.  Stephanie Morgan, who discovered an organism, known as Pink, with potentially unique antimicrobial properties, also presented her SWI research findings at the ASM Microbe general meeting. She won $100 after she was awarded Best-in-Session Student Poster.

For information on ASM, visit For information on the Small World Initiative or the symposium, visit

Dr. Matthew Thomas and Dr. Eric Warrick, SCF Natural Sciences professors, joined SWI, a project originated at Yale University, when Morgan discovered Pink. SCF was one of 25 colleges and universities nationwide selected for the Yale SWI pilot project. To learn more about SCF’s biotechnology program visit the biotechnology open house 4-6 p.m. Aug. 24 in building 26, room 220, 5840 26th St. W. or call Kathy Doran at 941-752-5341.

Dominick Christou-Ader explains his research to visitors

Dominick Christou-Ader explains his research to visitors

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