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
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!