LeDuc Receives Gates Foundation Grant-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, December 5, 2011

LeDuc Receives Gates Foundation Grant

Mechanical Engineering's Phil LeDuc and Mary Beth Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering, have won an extremely competitive Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study how to alter a plant's cellular and molecular structures to optimize release of nutrients during digestion, in an effort to promote the healthy growth of infants and children in underdeveloped countries. Read more here
Read more about the Grand Challenge they will take on: Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children.

Update: A feature-article about this grant was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It contains more details about this research and also about a partnership with Phipps Conservatory. Mentioned also is the fact that this research will be the topic of a course that will feature an Iron Chef-type competition as a final project!