The National Institutes of Health has announced a five-year, $1.9 million Transformative Research Award to Emory virologist Edward Mocarski, PhD for his work on how the mechanisms of programmed cell death can be subverted.
Mocarski is Robert W. Woodruff professor of microbiology and immunology at Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Vaccine Center. His research, which originated in probing how cells commit suicide when taken over by viruses, could lead to advances in regenerative medicine and organ transplant.
The grant, funded through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is one of nineÂ â€œhigh-risk-, high-rewardâ€ Transformative Research Awards (13 recipients) announced by the NIH on October 6.
In the same group this year, Thomas Barker in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering atÂ Georgia Tech and Emory University received a Transformative Research AwardÂ for his research on mechanosensors + pulmonary fibrosis.
TheÂ Transformative Research Award programÂ supports â€œexceptionally innovative, unconventional, paradigm-shifting research projects that are inherently risky and untested.â€ Emory has achieved only one other TRA since the program was established in 2009: Shuming Nie’s project onÂ imaging to guide cancer surgery. Read more