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UDRF grants: University of Delaware Research Foundation awards six projects

UDRF grants: University of Delaware Research Foundation awards six projects

 The University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF), a nonprofit organization supporting fundamental research in all fields of science at UD, has awarded six strategic initiative grants for collaborative research in the life and health sciences, energy and the environment -- areas emphasized in the University’s Path to Prominence. One of the awards went to a pair of DENIN-affiliated faculty.

Clara Chan, assistant professor of geological sciences, and Thomas Hanson, associate professor of marine biosciences, will explore how a single microbe can both synthesize and degrade a mineral. Their focus is Chlorobaculum tepidum, a bacterium that both forms and consumes globules of sulfur — the mineral that is responsible for the “Yellow” in Yellowstone National Park, is used as a slow-release fertilizer in agriculture, and is the desired end product for industrial processes to remediate toxic hydrogen sulfide. The researchers will work to identify the genes involved using advanced microscropy and proteomic techniques.