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Gates foundation grants announced

Funding for two research projects at the UCSD School of Medicine are among the 76 grants announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the third funding round of Grand Challenges Explorations. The two $100,000 grants to UCSD will support novel research to help develop new weapons in the fight to eradicate malaria.

Recipients of one grant are postdoctoral researcher Kailash Patra, Ph.D.; Joseph Vinetz, M.D., a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease; and Philip Felgner, Ph.D., professor and director of Protein Microarry Laboratory, UC Irvine.

A second grant goes to Vinetz along with Catriona Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine and director for stem cell research with postdoctoral fellow Jennifer Black, M.D., at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, and Inder M. Verma, Ph.D., professor, Irwin Mark Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science and American Cancer Society professor at the Salk Institute.