CSU researchers get $2.7M to study cells and share their work with kids

Professors at Colorado State University have been awarded a $2.7 million grant by the National Science Foundation to help train graduate students in cell-research techniques and to share their scientific knowledge with local school teachers, CSU said Monday.

The graduate students at the Fort Collins campus “will test new theories about how cells behave using advanced engineering methods in microelectronics and electrochemistry,” CSU said in a statement.

That NSF-funded work will be led by CSU engineering professor Tom Chen, the grant’s principal investigator, joined by Stuart Tobet, a biomedical sciences professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Michael De Miranda, an engineering education professor in the College of Applied Human Sciences.

De Miranda will also work with the graduate students on sharing their research with K-12 teachers in the Poudre, Thompson Valley, Greeley and Weld RE-9 school districts in northeastern Colorado.

A goal of the grant is to help build enthusiasm among primary and secondary students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the “STEM” disciplines” — at a time when fewer young people are entering into such careers, CSU officials said.