3 million to unlock the secrets of miniscule algae cells which have the remarkable capability to produce silica – the essential constituent of glass. It really is hoped the findings from the extensive research could lead to the next era of medical imaging tools. Motivated by the diatoms, a kind of algae dubbed ‘Nature’s nanotechnologists’, Dr Paul Curnow from the University’s College of Biochemistry offers been awarded the prestigious European Study Council -funded grant to understand how diatom cells manipulate silica to coating themselves within an intricate external sheath of clear glass.The SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership, among only 12 applications funded through NCI's In depth Partnerships for the Advancement of Wellness Equity, will support 30 joint studies, research education programs for undergraduate college students of underrepresented racial and ethnic groupings who are studying malignancy and cancer disparities in addition to collaborations with community companions, students and researchers. There are needs not being addressed in malignancy education, care and prevention among Hispanics, said Maria Elena Martinez, PhD, UC San Diego School of Medication professor of family medicine and public health and Moores Cancer Center's principal investigator on the SDSU/UCSD cancers partnership.