NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust today announced it has awarded $2 million to the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to support research into synthetic biology.

The two-year grant will go toward instrumentation and core facilities. Huimin Zhao, a professor in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at UIUC, is the principal investigator on the grant, and Christopher Rao, an assistant professor in the same department at the university, is the co-principal investigator.

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