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FOX 17 article and blog post). Since then, these powerful microscopes have been used to reveal the structure of two important molecules (read more here and here). VARI structural biologist also answered a long-standing question that could lead to more effective drugs with fewer side effects. More on that here. VARI scientists receive national recognition:With 2017 quickly coming to close, we’d like to reflect on all that’s been accomplished by rounding up some of this year’s most notable stories from the Institute. Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) installed world-class cryo-electron microscopes (cryo-EM): In March, the Institute officially opened its David Van Andel Advanced Cryo-Electron Microscopy Suite to enable discovery of the molecular basis of disease (read the
- Dr. Peter Jones, VARI’s chief scientific officer, was one of 228 new members elected to the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read the blog post.
- Dr. Jones also earned a seven-year, $7.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s R35 Outstanding Investigator Award program, which will support the development of epigenetic cancer drugs. Read the news release and blog post. His award was one of more than two dozen federal and philanthropic grants earned by VARI scientists in 2017.
- Dr. Stephen Baylin, Director’s Scholar in VARI’s Center of Epigenetics and co-head of Cancer Biology at Johns Hopkins University, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read the news release and blog post.
- Brett Holleman, Chief Development Officer
- Juan Du, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology
- Wei Lü, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology
- Tim Triche Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Epigenetics
- Gongpu Zhao, Ph.D., Cryo-EM Core Manager
- Corinne Esquibel, Ph.D., Confocal Microscopy and Quantitative Imaging Core Manager