Jill Johnson Receives $1 Million NIH Grant

October 30, 2019


Jill Johnson from the Biological Sciences department was awarded a 1 million dollar NIH grant. The grant is the result of an IBEST-funded pilot project, and will allow her to further study the Hsp90 function.

Hsp90 is a global cellular regulator that controls the function of up to 15% of all cellular proteins, including many proteins that drive cancerous cell growth. Drugs that target Hsp90 block the function of cancer-causing proteins and stop tumor growth but are too toxic for general use. With this grant, Johnson and her collaborators hope to provide research that aids in the development of more selective and less toxic Hsp90-inhibiting drugs.

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