The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced that it is awarding $600,000 in investigator grants over the next two years to researchers at Harvard affiliated institutions.
It is the completion of the second round of what the center calls its New Investigator Research Matching Grants. The first round, which totaled $3.1 million over three years was handed out in July 2008. The grants are handed out with the understanding that they will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the scientist’s individual research institution.
The center awarded $1.3 million in investigator grants to seven researchers in June, but had pushed these last three off until Wednesday’s meeting.
A list of the grantees:
Dr. Briana Burton (Harvard University) Total award: $200,000 over two years to study study the mechanisms used by bacteria to transport DNA across cell membranes
Dr. Matthius Marti (Harvard School of Public Health) Total award $200,000 over two years to identify compounds that inhibit the formation and development of malaria transmission stages
Dr. Tobias Ritter (Harvard University) Total award: $200,000 over two years to develop new pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.