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o can be applied toward the new building, a priority in the $1.3 billion Campaign for Purdue."

For the moment, Kuhn said he was pleased with the award and excited about the possibilities it will provide.

"Structural biology offers the potential to unlock the secrets of viral attack, before which humanity continues to stand nearly helpless," he said. "Most of us in the structural group would like to be a part of discoveries that will change all that, and these grants could make that possible."

The teams are composed of faculty from Purdue's Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Medicinal Chemistry. While Kuhn is principal investigator, others on the teams for both grants include Purdue professors Michael Rossmann and Janet Smith. Other Purdue faculty associated with at least one of the grants include professors Timothy Baker, Mark Cushman and Carol Post; and associate professors David Sanders and Jue Chen. Professor James Strauss from the California Institute of Technology also is a member of the team involved with the larger grant.

Kuhn and most of the other grant awardees at Purdue are associated with the university's Markey Center for Structural Biology. The Markey Center consists of laboratories that use a combination of cryoelectron microscopy, crystallography and molecular biology to elucidate the processes of viral entry, replication and pathogenesis.


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Contact: Chad Boutin
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