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THREE-YEAR GRANT: Brody professor awarded $300,000 to study protein she discovered

(June 30, 2014)   —   An East Carolina University researcher has been awarded a $300,000 grant to study a cellular protein long overlooked by scientists.

Dr. Ann Sperry, associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Brody School of Medicine, received the three-year Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health. She will use the funding to study how a certain protein affects the functions of a cell’s centrosome – the structure within a cell that regulates vital processes like cell division and development.