Emory Undergraduates Study Chemistry in Italy

Studies in Siena
Students pose in front of a Siena landmark


A group of Emory undergraduates are currently taking part in the Summer in Siena study abroad program. In addition to completing chemistry coursework, the students are learning about topics such as the chemistry of winemaking and the chemistry behind historical preservation. The trip is led by Emory faculty Mike McCormick and Simon Blakey.

Dr. Blakey says:

Touring the Novartis research facility in Siena
Touring the Novartis research facility in Siena

“Today our students joined a group of chemistry students from UniSi and visited the Novartis Vaccines R&D site in Siena. We had lectures overviewing the historical importance and current trends in vaccination science, as well as a lecture on glyco-conjucate chemistry and the next generation of vaccines emerging. Novartis treated us to lunch in their cafeteria (a converted 16th century Villa), and we then toured a small part of the Flu Vaccine Production Facility (strictly outside the GMP areas of course). Thanks to Novartis for a fascinating day and for being such great hosts.”

Stay tuned for more adventures in Italy! Current Emory undergrads can apply for this unique program during the 2014-2015 school year for summer 2015.