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UCI biomedical researchers get $1 million grant

The funds will be used to develop a new microscope that could help in cancer studies.

BY OC METRO STAFFPublished: March 28, 2011 12:32 PM

The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded three UC Irvine biomedical researchers a $1 million grant to develop a nanoscale imaging microscope that can observe single-cell migration in vivo. The equipment could help researchers involved in studying how cancer cells metastasize in humans.

"This will support the engineering of a novel microscope that could inform the development of future cancer therapies," said main grant beneficiary and principal investigator Enrico Gratton, professor of biomedical engineering and founder of UCI’s Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics.

Michelle Digman and J. Lawerence Marsh round out the research team.

The Los Angeles-based Keck Foundation was established in 1954 and supports science, engineering and medical research in the United States.