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Team of Tuskegee University experts receive grant from Genentech

May 03, 2023

Contact: Brittney Dabney, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

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A multidisciplinary team from Tuskegee University has received a $100,000 grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to support the assessment of a research and teaching partnership in engineering between Tuskegee and Columbia University.

The grant, “Education Focused Giving - Graduate and Post-Graduate,” will provide additional resources to support graduate and post-graduate students pursuing STEM fields at Tuskegee University.

The project will be led by principal investigators Dr. Shahryar Jafarinejad, assistant professor of the Chemical Engineering Department and Tuskegee University faculty senate member, and Dr. Chris Boyce, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University.

“The project seeks to study the collaboration of the HBCU-Ivy League University as well as its educational and STEM research efforts,” said Jafarinejad. “The funds will be used to pay a portion of the tuition fees for a Tuskegee University graduate student who works on a collaborative research project between Tuskegee University and Columbia University," he continued.

Dr. Maria Calhoun, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tuskegee University, and Dr. Mandoye Ndoye, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tuskegee University, and Dr. John Thomas Vaughan, professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia University, served as the co-principal investigators.

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, is a biotechnology company dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. For more information:

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