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UMass Lowell Awarded $1M

By From the Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- UMass Lowell has been awarded a pair of state matching grants totaling $1.05 million to fund research and new faculty for life sciences studies.

The grants, announced yesterday come from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center board, which was created by the Legislature in 2006 to strengthen the state's life sciences sector.

Grants issued to UMass Lowell include:

* A three-year, $750,000 New Faculty Grant to fund a professor in chemical engineering who will work and teach at the Massachusetts Biomanufacturing Center. The center works with manufacturers and equipment suppliers in the biotechnology industry.

* A $300,000 New Investigator Award, also for three years, issued to Assistant Professor Xingwei Wang of the university's chemical engineering department for research. Wang is researching miniature bio-sensing probes to detect viruses such as influenza and tuberculosis.

UMass Lowell was one of just four universities -- along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University and UMass Amherst -- to receive more than one grant from the board.