Department of Defense’s Research and Educational Program for
Historically Black Colleges and Universities and
Minority-Serving Institutions, the Army Research Office awarded
a three-year grant to Cal State L.A. in January 2012 to focus on
research and student training in the discovery of antibacterial
compounds from natural product sources.
Dr. Howard Xu,
the principal investigator, and his lab members (including
students) will collaborate
with University of Michigan's Prof. David H. Sherman, former director
Center for Chemical Genomics, and scientists there to
explore diverse marine natural products resources in discovery
of novel antibacterial compounds with activities preferentially
for multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii.
Additionally, this grant also awards DoD
BioDefense Scholarships to highly qualified and motivated
graduate and undergraduate students to engage in
multidisciplinary antibiotic drug discovery research. These
scholars will receive stipends,
summer internships and support to travel to collaborators' site
and/or scientific conferences. Furthermore, the grant
provides funding to promote national defense relevant research,
student training and collaborations at Cal State L.A., to update
and modify curriculum and to enhance outreach activities.