Feldheim awarded Gates grant

By Staff


Dan Feldheim, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, was one of 10 researchers and entities that were awarded grants by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health program.

The grant enables Feldheim and his collaborators to develop new modified DNA reagents to detect certain tuberculosis biomarkers, according to the Gates Foundation.  In 2010, Feldheim was awarded foundation funds to explore how small molecule-coated gold nanocrystals could be tailored to circumvent many viral and bacterial evolutionary drug resistance mechanisms.

Grand Challenges in Global Health grants totaled nearly $7.7 million, with the foundation contributing $7.3 million and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research contributing $374,493, officials for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said.