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Assistant Professor of Chemistry Loening receives NIH grant

July 01, 2008

Niko Loening, assistant professor of chemistry:

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Niko Loening, assistant professor of chemistry, a $191,764 grant. This AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) program grant will support a research project aimed at discovering interesting peptides and proteins from the venom of the brown recluse spider and its relatives. The project will also characterize the structure and function of these peptides and venoms. Spider venom peptides and proteins are of interest for their potential use as therapeutic drugs and as tools for neurophysiology research.