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ChBE junior receives NIH grant for biomedical research in Gao lab

With Jeffrey Vanegas, Gao aims to develop a powerful CRISPR toolbox for high throughput discovery of novel bioactive small molecular drugs.

Jeffrey Vanegas

Jeffrey Vanegas, a junior in chemical and biomolecular engineering (ChBE), has received a two-year, $26,777 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct biomedical research in the lab of Xue “Sherry” Gao, the Ted N. Law Assistant Professor of ChBE.

The grant, aimed at under-represented minorities to enhance diversity in health-related research, is administered by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

“With Jeffrey, we aim to develop a powerful CRISPR toolbox for high throughput discovery of novel bioactive small molecular drugs,” Gao said. “NIH will support his research in my lab and we hope to further prepare for his graduate school applications.”