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NSF Grant Supports Spider Silk Research

Craig VierraDr. Craig Vierra was awarded a National Science Foundation-Research in Undergraduate Institutions (NSF-RUI) grant for $446,749 for his work on spider silk. The project, titled "Molecular Characterization of Black Widow Spider Silks," is funded over 4 years and runs from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2014. This research project will provide excellent research opportunities and training for undergraduate students in the area of molecular biology, biochemistry and engineering.

Professors Collaborate and Involve Students in Published Article

Geoff and Joan Lin-Cereghino, along with Andreas Franz (Chemistry) and David Thomas (School of Pharmacy), recently published the research article "Secretion and proteolysis of heterologous proteins fused to the Escherichia coli maltose binding protein in Pichia pastoris" in Protein Expression and Purification (Vol. 72; July 2010). The article featured Zhiguo Li, a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, and 11 undergraduate research students from the Lin-Cereghino lab as co-authors.