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UNCW researchers receive $330,000 grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a pair of UNCW chemistry researchers with a three-year, $330,000 grant to fund their studies that could enhance scientific knowledge of the inner workings of cells. (Source: WECT) The National Science Foundation has awarded a pair of UNCW chemistry researchers with a three-year, $330,000 grant to fund their studies that could enhance scientific knowledge of the inner workings of cells. (Source: WECT)
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The National Science Foundation has awarded a pair of UNCW chemistry researchers with a three-year, $330,000 grant to fund their studies that could enhance scientific knowledge of the inner workings of cells.

UNCW's Hee-Seung Lee and Rob Hancock are developing new sensors that emit light when attached to specific ions. They are particularly interested in molecules that light up in the presence of copper and zinc.

According to the university, "the research could help scientists see how metals work inside living cells, which may lead to a better understanding of their role in diseases."

According to Hancock, the ability to watch how copper and zinc, which have been linked to Alzheimer's, interact with living cells is important in developing ways to manage the disease.

“This grant is evidence of the high-quality research being done by UNCW faculty and students and affirms that the NSF recognizes the significant role this research could play in the advancement of science,” said Aswani Volety, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “It is always rewarding to highlight the accomplishments of our faculty.”

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