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Faculty members awarded grant for cutting-edge research equipment

Daniel Shin, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Sarah Lui, PhD, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, were recently awarded a $58,880 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Funds from the grant will purchase an ultra-high performance liquid chromatograph (UHPLC) instrument, used to identify and quantify individual components in complex material.

Installing the equipment on-campus will give students access to advanced technology that is currently used in the pharmaceutical industry.

“The UHPLC increases the speed and sensitivity of drug analysis which will enhance our students’ training and research opportunities.” Shin said.

Both undergraduate and graduate students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program will receive hands-on training with the new instrument.

“We would like to thank Dr. Holmes for his assistance with the grant. We wouldn’t have been able to submit the proposal without his contribution,” Shin said.

Shin and his colleagues plan to install the UHPLC instrument by the end of semester.  The instrument would then be available for classes beginning in the fall semester of 2012.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is a private, non-profit corporation supported by the N.C. General Assembly. Its mission is to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business, education and strategic policy statewide.

Photo: Daniel Shin, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Sarah Lui, PhD, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, in the lab at Campbell University where the new instrument will be installed this spring.