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UD's Zhuang wins NSF Early Career Award for research on how cells bypass damaged DNA
Date:4/16/2010

ith particular emphasis on underrepresented minorities in chemistry and biology, through the virtual reality visualization system called the "CAVE" at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

"High-school students will be able to walk into the larger-than-life 3-D structures of the specialized DNA polymerases that we are studying to see the variations in geometry of the active site as well as the DNA binding groove. This will help them to understand how the remarkable polymerases tolerate damaged DNA," Zhuang says.

Key collaborators in Zhuang's outreach effort include Doug O'Neal, manager at Delaware Biotechnology Institute, and biology teacher Thomas Fleetwood and his students at the Charter School of Wilmington.

"I'm very excited and honored to receive this award," Zhuang says. "There are lots of things to accomplish in both the research and outreach programs, and we are looking forward to making progress on both ends. I also want to extend my thanks to my students and coworkers for their great effort and contribution. This would not have been possible without their hard work." There are currently five graduate students and one postdoctoral fellow working in Zhuang's laboratory.


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Contact: Tracey Bryant
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University of Delaware
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