MWSU Receives Synthetic Biology Grants

Published 09/27 2011 11:48AM

Updated 09/27 2011 07:16PM

(St. Joseph, Mo.) Grant money awarded to Missouri Western State University this week is earmarked for advancement in the synthetic biology field.

The National Science Foundation granted Missouri Western nearly $500,000 in two grants.

The money will be used to fund research and education in the field of synthetic biology.

''These grants are largely the result of the excellent work our undergraduate students have done in conducting and presenting research in the field of synthetic biology,'' said Dr. Todd Eckdahl, professor and chair of biology.

One part of the grant will pay for research, faculty, supplies and travel for projects that use mathematics to build second-generation bacterial computers.

The rest of the money will support workshops that use Missouri Western faculty to train other college faculty around the country.

''We held two pilot workshops at Davidson and Western, and they were very well-received,'' said Dr. Jeff Poet, associate professor of mathematics. ''We're looking forward to building on that success with additional workshops.''

The project is also supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which will host the workshops at their Janelia Farms Research Center near Washington, D.C.

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