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Professor Mihri Ozkan receives award from National Academies Keck Futures Initiative

Professor Mihri Ozkan receives award from National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
EE professor Mihri Ozkan is part of a team that has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative. The three other team members are at Duke University. The project, titled “Creating an Inexpensive Diagnostic for Malaria using Combined Nanotechnology and Genomic Approaches”, will develop a low-cost field diagnostic to detect active malaria infection in remote field settings where electricity or medical assistance may be in short supply. The tool will use microfluidics, nanotechnology and genomics in diagnosing the type and resistance of malaria parasites in humans. The Keck Futures Initiative, which awarded $1 million to 14 research projects in the amount of $50,000 to $75,000, is a 15-year effort to enhance communication among researchers, funding agencies, universities and the general public with the objective of stimulating interdisciplinary research. Dr. Ozkan was one of about 100 researchers invited by the National Academies to take part in the Futures Initiative conference held last November in Anaheim. The National Academies is comprised of four organizations: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.
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