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HHMI Awards $10M to Promote Interdisciplinary Biomedical Education; Genomics to Play Role

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (GenomeWeb News) - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has set aside $10 million as part of an effort to increase interdisciplinary graduate education, the institute said today.

 

HHMI has partnered with the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering  and awarded 10 $1 million grants to  programs that support both physical and biomedical sciences, including nanotechnology, computational biology, and genomics.

 

According to HHMI, the recipients of the awards are Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Universityof California, Irvine, the Universityof California, San Diego, the Universityof California, San Francisco, the Universityof Chicago, the Universityof New Mexico, and the Universityof Pennsylvania.

The Scan

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