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james keck KECK RECEIVES R21/R33 EXPLORATORY GRANT

James Keck, PhD, professor of biomolecular chemistry, received an R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The two-phase award consists of an R21 phase for milestone-driven exploratory studies with the possibility of transitioning to an R33 phase to expand development. The first two years of the grant, totaling $400,000 will transition, if selected, to a three-year R33 phase totaling $1,330,000. The major goal of Keck’s grant is to establish protein complex interfaces as targets for the development of new antibacterial lead compounds.
       
Melissa Harrision HARRISON RECEIVES MARCH OF DIMES AWARD

Melissa Harrison, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, was awarded a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award funded by the March of Dimes. The award, totaling $150,000 over two years, will fund Harrison’s research exploring the role of the Grainyhead transcription factor family in epithelial barrier formation and neural tube closure. By studying this highly conserved protein family in the powerful model system Drosophila, Harrison's research will provide mechanistic insight into the function of Grainyhead during development and may suggest possible ways to treat or screen for neural tube defects.
   
       
Josh Coon COON RECEIVES H. I. ROMNES FACULTY FELLOWSHIP

Josh Coon, PhD, professor of chemistry and biomolecular chemistry, recently received the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship award funded by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The fellowship, totaling $50,000, was awarded due to the quality, significance, and productivity of Coon’s research program, as well as the exceptional quality and value of his teaching and service on campus.
   
       
Ghorghe Craciun CRACIUN RECEIVES VILAS AWARD

Gheorghe Craciun, PhD, associate professor, Departments of Biomolecular Chemistry and Mathematics, recently won a Vilas Associates Award. The award’s recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional Graduate School Research Committees on the basis of a research proposal. The award provides research funds during the next two years, and will be used to fund Craciun's research on persistence and permanence of biological interaction networks. His research may help explain how homeostasis can fail due to aging or disease.
   
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

 
 
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

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