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Dr. Albert Korir

Drury chemistry professor awarded grant for biomedical research

For Immediate Release: May 5

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 5, 2010 — Drury Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Albert Korir has received a $35,000 Cottrell College Science Award grant.

Dr. Korir will use the award for summer and regular research involving undergraduate science majors at Drury. They will work to develop and improve methods of studying complex sugars such as heparin. The heparin molecules can have significant importance in biomedical studies, and this research could potentially lead to the design of new drugs.

Preliminary studies related to this research have been underway at Drury for some time, but this grant will enable Dr. Korir and his students to broaden their scientific investigations, and accelerate the research beginning this summer. “Undergraduate students here at Drury will conduct all the research related to the proposal under my guidance,” Korir says. “This will provide them with the unique opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge to solve practical scientific problems.”

Cottrell College Science Awards support high quality research through early career grants to individuals or teams of faculty. The prime criterion of a proposed research project is to add to fundamental scientific knowledge and develop a long term viable program capable of attracting future support from other agencies.

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