Science Market Update

$2.7 Million Given to WSU for Basic Biological Research and Training

Posted by Anita Zhang on Wed, Jul 09, 2014

Washington State University has been awarded two grants respectively from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to improve its basic research and training.

  • $2.2 million from the National Institutes of Health for a biological training program.
  • An additional $425,425 from the National Science Foundation for studies on Leukemia and Lymphoma.

A Grant from the NIH for Biologist Training

The money from the National Institutes of Health will support a program to train grade students from five colleges at Washington State University:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Molecular Plant Sciences
  • Pharmacology and Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology

This program started in 1989 with an initial grant of $8.5 million from the National Institutes of Health. After 25 years of continuous working in the program, Washington State University has established leadership in biotechnology research and training.

An Archaea Bug Is Contributed to the Study on Leukemia and Lymphoma

The three-year grant from the National Science Foundation will support an interesting research on a strange little bug called Sulfolobus solfataricus, which has a few key traits in common with people.

Sulfolobus solfataricus comes from the smellier and less attractive hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, where scalding temperatures and acidic surroundings are perfect for damaging DNA. However, the bug has evolved to use particularly human-like proteins to repair its human-like DNA, which provides an opportunity for researchers to discover a way to repair DNA in human.

Breaks in DNA lead to a variety of cancers. So while humans have 1,000 times more genetic material, the inner workings of Sulfolobus solfataricus’ DNA can have an outsized importance to understand part of the cause for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Cynthia Haseltine is an assistant professor at Washington State University School of Molecular Biosciences. She has studies Sulfolobus solfataricus for many years. Her lab is one of a handful of labs growing Sulfolobus. She is the Principle Investigator on this grant, and she and her research team hope to have a better idea on repairing DNA by the end of this grant.

Washington State University Is An Attractive Research Marketplace

  • Washington State University spends $335.9 million in research and development each year.
  • The university received more than $109.4 million from private supporters last year.
  • In 2013 Washington State University received more than $20 million in research from the National Institutes of Health and more than $12 million as of July 2nd 2014.

Create a Connection with Washington State University

The 15th Annual Washington State University, Pullman BioResearch Product Faire™ Event on October 29th 2014 is the perfect opportunity for laboratory supply companies to connect with academic researchers at Washington State University. 


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Last year, the BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at Washington State University attracted 268 attendees. Of these attendees, 62 were purchasing agents, professors and post docs, and 27 were lab managers. These attendees came from 29 different research buildings and 34 on-campus departments.

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