Students and faculty collaborate to confront a broad range of societal issues, from eliminating antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” to studying the role of hair salons in combating domestic violence in immigrant communities.

Research Spotlight

Corn infected with the fungus Ustilago maydis, or corn smut.

Research on Ustilago maydis, a biotrophic pathogen that infects corn, could have implications for understanding and preventing other plant and human disease, a new study finds.


Summer Scholar Harshal Mehta ’22 is overseeing a team of medical residents and students to gather information on how neurological side effects are trending in COVID-19 patients and what the implications of those trends might have for treatment.

The Impact of Research

Rachel Troxell in the lab

I’m pursuing my doctor of physical therapy degree and completing a year-long clinical internship at a nearby medical center, focusing on the rehabilitation of medically complex patients. I remain grateful to the faculty in the chemistry department at SJU and to the McNulty program for equipping me with the knowledge and leadership skills to confidently enter my profession."

Rachel poses in her cap and gown

Rachel Troxell '16

chemistry major, candidate for doctorate of physical therapy

Elise Brutschea’19, Chemistry, won a national science foundation graduate research fellowship for Ph.D. studies in Physical Chemistry at Harvard University

I have had so many mentors at SJU who have supported and encouraged me. Their support is integral to my success at SJU, especially to my Fellowship Award. I am very grateful to them and have learned so much from each of them.”

Elise smiles in her cap and gown

Elise Bruschea '19

chemistry major

Conor Neville in his graduation robes at Barbelin Hall

In August of 2018, after more than a year and a half of writing and editing, I had my research manuscript published in the international, academic, peer-reviewed journal Sex Roles. Following publication, my manuscript was written about in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek and The Evening Standard."

Conor Neville in his graduation robes at Barbelin Hall

Conor Neville '18, '19 (M.S.)

psychology major and M.S., research associate at Adelphi Research Global

Faculty in Focus

Our research faculty represents the best and brightest minds in academia. They’re at the top of their game and in demand — but they put their students first. Students work side by side with faculty, benefiting from their vast experience, mentorship and close relationships with industry and the community. 

Stephanie Tryce, Ph.D., in the Barbelin Courtyard

Stephanie Tryce teaches Business of Sports, Sports Law and Sports Marketing. Her research looks at the intersection of law and sports within the frameworks of marketing, civil rights and social justice. She lectures regularly and recently participated in panel discussions on the topics of Title IX and Equality in Sport.

Encarna Rodríguez, Ph.D., in the Barbelin Courtyard

Originally from Spain, Encarna Rodríguez worked as a school psychologist for the ministry of education and worked to pass comprehensive education reform legislation. At Saint Joe’s, she explores the intersection of neoliberalism and curriculum and works with grassroots activists to make urban education more equitable and community grounded.

Ernest Baskin, Ph.D., in Mandeville Hall

An expert in consumer behavior and marketing research, Ernest Baskin studies how consumers’ judgments and biases impact their purchasing decisions. His research has been covered by major media outlets, and he frequently appears as a guest expert on TV and radio.

We Pull Out All the Stops

The Office of Research Services helps faculty, staff and students navigate the entire research life cycle, from finding funding to managing awards to overseeing regulatory compliance.