$2 million grant revamps Chemical Screening Center

A new NIH grant will facilitate more efficient and accessible biomedical research

Erin Malsbury | UCSC.edu | July 12, 2021

The UCSC Chemical Screening Center’s Faculty Director Scott Lokey and Director of Operations Beverley Rabbitts review results of screening assays. (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)

A $1.9 million High-End Instrumentation Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will expedite research at the Chemical Screening Center at UC Santa Cruz.

The high-throughput screening facility helps scientists make discoveries about novel compounds. The center opened in 2007 and still has most of its original equipment. The new grant will pay for state-of-the-art instrumentation and automate more of the process.

“We’ve had a lot of exciting results,” said Scott Lokey, the Chemical Screening Center’s director and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz. “But then the instrumentation ran its course and aged beyond its useful lifetime.”

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