Columbus Lab lands an NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award

We received an NIH MIRA to continue our research investigating the structure, dynamics, and function of bacterial pathogen membrane proteins that hijack cell function. NIH established this award “to increase the efficiency of NIGMS funding by providing investigators with greater stability and flexibility, thereby enhancing scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs.” The grant is for 5 years and the flexibility arises from the lack of specific aims allowing investigators to pursue directions as the opportunities arise.