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Price Family Foundation gift will create groundbreaking structural biology institute
Date:1/30/2014

A $3 million gift from the Price Family Foundation to the University of Oklahoma and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will create the first ever anaerobic structural biology program in the United States. The OU-Einstein Research Consortium will be dedicated to advancing groundbreaking research with biomedical relevance in an unexplored area and will establish an Institute of Structural Biology in the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center on OU's Research Campus.

"This gift from the Michael Price family will put OU researchers in a leading role in this important area of research dealing with the impact of protein," said OU President David L. Boren. "It will further our partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in this area. Already OU has received a $9.7 million NIH grant in a related area. We are very grateful to the Price family, and I plan to recommend to the Regents that the center be named the Price Family Foundation Institute of Structural Biology to honor their gift."

Michael Price is an OU alumnus and generous donor to both OU and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The Price Family Foundation Institute will build on the expertise of an already established structural biology community led by OU Professor Ann West, who will direct the Institute. West was instrumental in the successful award of a $9.7 million National Institutes of Health CoBRE grant to establish a center for structural biology. As a result, the area of structural biology research and the number of structural biologists have grown significantly in the state.

OU and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine bring specialized but complementary areas of expertise to the collaboration. OU specializes in small-to-large molecule X-ray analysis, while the Albert Einstein College of Medicine hosts a world-class NIH-funded large-scale structural genomics center. Collectively, the two research teams will target som
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Contact: Jana Smith
jana.smith@ou.edu
405-325-1322
University of Oklahoma
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