Leah Chase awarded NSF Mid-Career Advancement grant

Dr. Leah Chase, Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Neuroscience, received a National Science Foundation Mid-Career Advancement Award for $269,281 to advance her research program focused on the acute regulation of the cystine/glutamate exchanger, System xc-. The project, MCA Pilot PUI: Use of advanced mass spectrometry techniques to study the regulation of the membrane transporter, System xc-, will lead to significant advancements in our fundamental understanding of the mechanism by which oxidants rapidly upregulate System xc-, a transport system that is required for the synthesis of glutathione, an endogenous antioxidant.

The NSF Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the mid-career stage to substantively enhance and advance their research program and career trajectory. The MCA program provides protected time, resources, and the means to gain new skills through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than the candidate’s home institution. As part of her research, Dr. Chase will be collaborating with Dr. Stephanie Cologna, Associate Professor, Associate Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (STEM) at the University of Illinois, Chicago, facilitating a new connection between Hope and UIC.

Well done Leah and congratulations on your award!

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