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Dec. 1, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

KU molecular biologist awarded K-INBRE Faculty Scholar Award

LAWRENCE -- Erik Lundquist, a University of Kansas assistant professor of molecular biosciences, is the latest recipient of the Kansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Scholar Award worth $10,000.

"Erik is an outstanding member of the Department of Molecular Biosciences," said Kathy Suprenant, professor of molecular biosciences and chair of the department. "We congratulate Erik on his recognition and his contributions to research."

Lundquist earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska and his doctorate in genetics from the University of Minnesota. He also pursued post-doctoral work in developmental neurobiology at the University of California-San Francisco before coming to KU in January 2000.

Lundquist's current research focus is developmental neurobiology and genetics, in which he studies nervous system formation, including brain development. He recently won a $1.3 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the genetics of nervous system development.

The K-INBRE Scholar Award recognizes mid-level faculty of distinction who are highly recruited by other institutions. The $10,000 award represents flexible funds that can be used for academic and scholarly expenses, such as travel to scientific meetings and the purchase of books, journals and personal computers. Nominees for the award must be assistant to associate professor level, have three years of service to the university and be working in cell or developmental biology.

Funds for the K-INBRE award come from an $18 million grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health to Joan Hunt, principal investigator and vice chancellor for research at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The funding is used to help establish a cooperative intercampus biomedical research program at nine campuses throughout Kansas.

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