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UC Irvine News Brief: Biomedical researchers awarded $1 million Keck Foundation grant

The funds will be used to develop a nanoscale imaging microscope capable of observing single-cell migration in vivo, which could provide new insight into how cancer cells metastasize in humans.

March 21, 2011

A trio of UCI biomedical researchers are the recipients of a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The funds will be used to develop a nanoscale imaging microscope capable of observing single-cell migration in vivo, which could provide new insight into how cancer cells metastasize in humans. The grant went to principal investigator Enrico Gratton, biomedical engineering professor and founder of UCI’s Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, and co-investigators Michelle Digman and J. Lawrence Marsh. “This will support the engineering of a novel microscope that could inform the development of future cancer therapies,” said Gratton. The Keck Foundation’s grant making is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in medical research, science, engineering and undergraduate education.