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Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute

The Greenville Neuromodulation Center (GNC) Faculty/Student Research Institute is in its fourth year of summer research projects. Check back all summer for new videos and press releases.


Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of the GNC Faculty/Student Research Institute Delbert Abi Abdallah, Ph.D., and Tina Davison '21 discuss their work with immune responses to listeria and the effect nicotine has on the bacteria found in the intestines.

Explore the 2018 research projects

2017 research projects

2016 research projects

2015 research projects

About the Institute

Thiel College alumni Fred Haer ’65 and his wife, Jill (Shackett) ’66, have pledged more than $400,000 to fund the GNC Faculty/Student Research Institute. The Haers are giving $135,000 per year for three years to pay for multi-year research projects and the summer research institute that focus on connecting science and liberal arts at Thiel College. In 1970, the Haers founded FHC, Inc. The company’s microelectrode recording and stimulation technology serves neuroscientific research and neurosurgical operating rooms with more than 7,000 unique metal microelectrodes and a broad range of state-of-the-art research and clinical instruments. Greenville Neuromodulation Services (GNS), a wholly owned subsidiary of FHC, Inc., supports the neuroscience industry with a full range of services for medical professionals involved in the treatment of movement disorders is located in Greenville, along with the nonprofit GNC.

Thiel College Assistant Professor of Biology Delbert Abi Abdallah, Ph.D., was named the director of the GNC Faculty/Student Research Institute in February 2016. The institute is open to all Thiel College faculty members, but maintains an emphasis on interdisciplinary science activities.