Our People: Nine ASCB Members Among Awardees of Nearly $8 Million for Single Cell Research by NIH

A hepatocyte, the most abundant type of cell in the human liver. Image by Donna Stolz

A hepatocyte, the most abundant type of cell in the human liver. Image by Donna Stolz

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Tuesday grant awards totaling nearly $8 million for research towards understanding the workings of single cells. The grants are supported by the NIH Common Fund’s Single Cell Analysis Program whose goal is to learn about the cell-to-cell variation that exists within a population of cells. By understanding the normal versus abnormal heterogeneity that exists within healthy and diseased groups of cells, it may be possible to target diseases at the cellular level and develop personalized medicine. A total of 25 grants were awarded, and nine of those grants were developed by ASCB members, listed below.

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Christina Szalinski is a science writer with a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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