-- Mechanisms of human reproduction:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Dr. Guo-Zhang Zhu, an associate professor of biology at Marshall University, a two-year $148,800 grant. His research focuses on the molecular basis of fertilization and early embryonic development. The findings will help scientists understand the mechanisms of cell differentiation and development, and may offer insights into the causes of infertility in men.
-- Skin repair technology:
The Chemical Alliance Zone’s Chemicals and Materials (CAM) Commercialization Fund awarded $20,000 to support the commercialization of a technology to repair skin injuries such as burns. The technique uses nanotechnology to create miniscule fiber scaffolds to be used as skin grafts. The research team was led by Dr. Jingwei Xie of the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (MIIR). To reach market, the researchers will need to produce device prototypes and samples, market to potential customers and conduct patent analysis. CAM Commercialization Fund assists researchers, entrepreneurs, startup companies and small-to-medium firms with the commercialization of technology and products related to the chemicals and materials sectors in West Virginia. Funds are provided through a grant to TechConnect West Virginia from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The Chemical Alliance Zone administers the CAM program with
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