National Science Foundation awards Marshall University $930,000 grant for research equipment

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a Marshall University scientist a $930,000 grant to purchase a high-end microscope system for use by researchers and students in a broad range of studies.

The grant to Dr. Michael Norton, director of the Molecular and Biological Imaging Center in the university’s Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, was funded competitively through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

According to Norton, not only will the confocal/multiphoton system replace a 13-year-old microscope, it also will provide entirely new capabilities, greatly enhancing the services the center can make available to members of the university’s research community.

“Over the past several years, Marshall has been strategically working to improve its research programs and facilities, and this new instrumentation is a big leap forward for our imaging center,” he said. “I’m pleased the NSF chose to fund our proposal and look forward to working with my colleagues to enhance their research.”

Norton said the new equipment will useful in projects from a variety of biological and biochemical fields, including neurobiology, genetics, physiology, molecular biology and bioengineering. He noted the microscope will also be used in a number of the university’s science outreach programs, including the Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Internship for Minority Students and the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, said the award is significant because in addition to providing faculty and students with access to state-of-the-art equipment, it also will help make the university’s core research facilities more competitive for the recruitment of future researchers.

“Every step we make toward improving our research capabilities makes us increasingly competitive in our efforts to attract more top-notch scientists and students to Marshall,” he added. “Congratulations to Dr. Norton and his colleagues for their exemplary efforts to secure funding for this equipment.”


Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964

Related:  Marshall receives grant for microscope [WV Public Broadcasting, January 8, 2010]