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Brangwynne to Lead International Research Team on RNA/Protein Body Assembly

Clifford P. Brangwynne, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received a three-year Program Research Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), on “RNA Helicases in RNA/Protein Body Assembly and Function:  A Multi-scale Approach”.  The grant will support studies of sub-cellular compartments which consist of assemblies of RNA and proteins, and how they carry out their biological functions.  Brangwynne’s project team includes Christian Eckmann, who studies tissue development through mRNA regulatory networks at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (Dresden, Germany), and Su-A Myong, an expert on single-molecule and single-cell imaging at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Bioengineering.  HFSP, an international non-governmental non-profit association headquartered in France, provides research grants for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise to approach questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.  Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists from different disciplines to focus on problems in the life sciences.