Sanofi Genzyme Fellows Prepare for Research and Future Careers

In 2013, Sanofi and its Cambridge-based biotechnology company, Genzyme, pledged $1 million toward student success programs in the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) at UMass Boston.  

Doctoral fellows receive $10,000 from Sanofi Genzyme funds, $10,000 in matching funding from extramural research grants, and full tuition and fee waivers. Undergraduate fellows are mentored one-on-one by faculty advisors. The labs hosting undergraduate fellows receive $1,500 per year to cover expenses associated with taking on additional researchers.

Henry Lo, Yuna Farah, and John Angell are three of the young researchers benefitting from Sanofi Genzyme Research Fellowships at UMass Boston.
Lo, a PhD candidate in computer science, is using big data to help doctors discover new cancer subtypes. Farah, a senior biology major, hopes to find out why some oysters develop colonies of bacteria that make humans sick. And as pictured at right, Angell, a PhD candidate in biology, is digging deep into salt marshes to learn about microbial communities.

“The Sanofi Genzyme Research Fellowships allow students to immerse themselves completely in their research, placing them in the best possible position to launch their careers,” Dean Andrew Grosovsky said. “Undergraduate research is often a critical experience that many scientists remember as the opportunity that enabled them to begin their professional journey. We are very grateful to Sanofi Genzyme for the funds that enable us to provide more of these opportunities to the broadest possible population.”