Research Office grant purchases new cell-imaging instrument

Friday, August 26, 2005

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas Office of Research awarded a grant of $438,382 to Associate Professor of Biology, Rebecca Dickstein, for a biological research project.

Placing first in an externally reviewed competition of 17 researchers, the project won UNT's internal competition to promote research that meets the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's definition of research and development.

The award will fund the acquisition of a multi-user confocal microscopy workstation. The spinning disk confocal microscope is an instrument that focuses laser light to a plane to get sharper images than are possible with traditional fluorescent microscopy.

"This instrument is essential to support current and planned projects in cell and developmental biology, neurosciences and physiology, including animal and plant studies," Dickstein said. "We consider this instrument our first acquisition for a biological imaging center."

According to Reata Busby, UNT associate vice president for research, one of the goals of the competition was to produce proposals worthy of future presentation for funding by federal agencies. Dickstein's proposal fit this criterion. Federal funding will now be pursued for other proposals in the competition.

Although Dickstein is the principal investigator of the winning project, she points to her colleagues' efforts.

"Without the team effort of associate professors of biology, including Douglas Root and Harris Schwark and assistant professors of biology Brian Ayre and Pamela Padilla, this award would not have been possible," Dickstein said.

For additional information about other biology professors involved in the project, contact Dickstein at beccad@unt.edu. For more information about UNT's excellence fund, contact Reata Busby at (940) 565-3940 or rbusby@unt.edu.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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