NORMAN — The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $9.7 million grant to a University of Oklahoma research team seeking to increase the pace, competitiveness and success rate of structural biology research in Oklahoma.
Principal Investigator Ann West, a professor in OU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and project director for the grant, said it is the first such grant awarded to a research group on the Norman campus.
“Structural biology lies at the intersection of many different areas of biological sciences and, thus, has the potential of impacting numerous biomedical fields,” West said.
The OU research group is seeking better understanding of human diseases and conditions associated with aging, osteoporosis, diabetes and bacterial and parasitic infections.
The money will fund the research of four junior faculty members — two in Norman and two at OU's Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City — and pay for equipment that may be used by anyone in the state research community.
The grant also encourages statewide promotion of structural biology through symposia, workshops, a seed grant program or core research facilities.