Bassler and Wühr receive Transformative Equipment Fund Awards

Written by
Office of the Dean for Research, Catherine Zandonella, Princeton University
Jan. 24, 2023

Six new grants to enable Princeton researchers to acquire state-of-the-art equipment or replace aging scientific instruments have been awarded through the Provost and Dean for Research Transformative Equipment Initiative. The funding aims to enhance and revitalize the ability of researchers to conduct new investigations and address frontier questions across the sciences and engineering.

“This investment in research equipment illustrates the University’s commitment to enable the exploration of big questions and new research directions,” said Dean for Research Pablo G. Debenedetti, Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering. “These machines will provide new, exquisitely detailed insights on the world around us, with the potential to benefit human health and lead to the development of new materials and technologies that can improve our lives and protect our planet.”

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, submitted a winning proposal for a multi-photon microscope system enabling researchers to visualize very small structures deep within living tissues or organisms.

Martin Wühr, assistant professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, submitted a winning proposal for a state-of-the-art mass spectrometer that will address the need for increased experimental throughput and improved data accuracy, precision and sensitivity.

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