CSU Northrige -- October 17, 2003
Professor Receives Prestigious Research Grant
Cal State Northridge biology professor Steven Oppenheimer has been
awarded a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
to continue an ongoing research project on human development and cancer.
The $288,686 award, entitled “Mechanisms of Adhesive Interactions,”
will be paid in two installments of $144,343 and will fund the MBRS
Score Program Supplement until June 30, 2005.
“This grant is the largest amount per year, solely for research,
I have ever received,” Oppenheimer said. “This grant is
an honor. It is much appreciated and will help my lab accomplish its
MBRS SCORE Program Supplement uses a model sea urchin system to investigate
the molecular basis of a specific cellular interaction. Learning the
relationship between molecules involved in various types of cell adhesions
plays a key role in studying the spread of cancer and in embryonic development,
Additionally, the program helps train students in state-of-the-art science
research. It has provided more than 200 students opportunities to co-author
lab publications and more than 60 students have completed their master’s
degree in the lab.
Oppenheimer is a biology professor of embryology and the biology of
cancer and conducts research-training courses. He received a bachelor
of science from Brooklyn College the City University of New York and
a Ph.D. in biology from Johns Hopkins University.
He has received over 20 honors, including a prestigious election as
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and
has been named a California State University system Trustee’s
Oppenheimer has also been invited to serve on the NIH Research Grant
Evaluation panel. Founded as a one-room Laboratory of Hygiene in 1887,
the NIH, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services provides
leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health
of the nation through research.
NIH’s mission is to pursue fundamental scientific knowledge of
nature and behavior of living systems and to use that knowledge to extend
a healthy life and to reduce illness and disabilities.
CSUN’s College of Science and Mathematics is home to several nationally
recognized programs where students gain valuable experience through
hands-on work using the latest technologies and equipment. Students
also have an opportunity to co-author publications with faculty members,
present their research results at national and international meetings,
and prepare for teaching careers.