Grants from the National Science Foundation have grown steadily in recent years.
Research focuses on how T cells act as heat-seeking missiles to attack pathogens – but can also cause harm.
In winning two NSF grants, Professor of Chemistry George Shields and Associate Professor of Biology Jason Rawlings have secured nearly $720,000, which will benefit students at Furman and beyond.
In addition to Anderson's grant, biology professors obtain renewed funding to support undergraduate research projects and more.
Biology majors Mel Johar, Haley Konsek and Elias Wheibe win poster award amid competition from more senior investigators.
The accolades keep coming for the Furman biology department’s ground-breaking research into the chemical processes behind T-cell activation. Early in the summer, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) sent a video team to campus to document a procedure developed by biology professor Jason Rawlings ’96 that uses a flow cytometer to track the decondensation of T-cell chromatin. “It’s huge for Furman. It gets us on the map,” Rawlings said. “It shows Furman students are doing some top-end research.”