Biology Prof. Ryan Kerney receives $1.03 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

As part of a three-year, $1.03 million, collaborative research grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Biology Prof. Ryan Kerney will investigate the infection of salamander embryos by algae. Using new tools in chemistry and microscopy, the project will investigate how this infection occurs and “whether the algae transfers certain chemicals to their hosts.”

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Kerney will be working with collaborators from Stony Brook University and Columbia University as well as Gettysburg students, providing them with the opportunity to “work with world-class scientists from a variety of different perspectives,” he said.

Prior to receiving this grant, Kerney was working in Sri Lanka with the support of a Fulbright award, studying tropical frog embryos. In 2016, Kerney’s work made international news when he discovered the first tadpole belonging to The Indian Dancing frog (Micrixalus herrei). More recently, he published a critical review with Biology Prof. Zakiya Whatley describing symbiotically modified organisms and discussing their practical applications and ethical considerations.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area.


Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

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Posted: Wed, 15 Nov 2017

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