College researcher awarded nearly $1 million
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College researcher awarded
nearly $1 million

Dr. Paul Agris  (Photo by Communication Services)

Dr. Paul F. Agris, professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in April received a $966,900 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support his research on the evolution of modifications of the genetic code.

This research may provide new avenues to affect genetic diseases and to contend with the increasing seriousness of drug-resistant strains of infectious organisms.

The award represents 23 consecutive years of NIH funding for Agris’ research. According to James L. Oblinger, College dean, “This grant signifies NIH’s recognition of the continuing importance of this research area and Agris’ long-term contributions to our understanding of protein synthesis.”

The grant will allow Agris to hire two to four graduate and post-graduate students to perform valuable research in transfer RNA — the translators of the genetic code into the protein amino acid sequence. It will also allow Agris and the College to find additional private support for these research endeavors.

—Dee Shore


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