Departments of Biology and Physics Receive NSF-MRI Grant

USD Associate Professor of Biology Marjorie Patrick studies insects, fish and other animal species that can tolerate unusual water chemistry, such as acid pH or high salinity. A laser scanning confocal microscope “is essential in providing high-resolution, three-dimensional images to study the proteins involved in moving ions across the cells of organs such as fish gills that are important in maintaining ion and water balance for aquatic animals,” she said.

A $415,000 National Science Foundation grant, awarded late last month, will provide that capability. The funds will go toward toward purchasing a high-tech microscope. Other USD professors and their students will also be able to advance their work in physiology, biophysics, neurobiology and other topics with the award.  For more information, visit the Inside USD story.