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IL: MWU Professor Receives NIH Grant

July 30, 2009

by Jill Blair-Smith

Dr. GreenA member of the Midwestern University faculty recently received a prestigious research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. Jacalyn M. Green, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry, received the grant for her project on the "Role of the abg Locus of E coli in Folate Catabolism." In her work, Dr. Green studies the bacterial breakdown of folic acid that may eventually lead to new antibiotics or new treatments for toxicity from anti-folate chemotherapy.

"This project will advance our understanding of folate metabolism, which could lead to new therapeutic insights," said James Anderson, Ph.D., who oversees Dr. Green's grant at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Green received the $211,141 grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that was signed into law in February and is designed to stimulate the U.S. economy through the support and advancement of scientific research and other measures. "The Recovery Act funding will also provide valuable research experiences for students, increase employment, and stimulate the economy through equipment and supply purchases," Dr. Anderson said.

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