Research expenditures from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation have increased 65 percent over the last six years at the University of Georgia.
This unprecedented growth is driven by investments in facilities and faculty who are finding solutions to some of the world’s most urgent problems through pioneering research.
Renowned Parkinson’s disease researcher Anumantha Kanthasamy recently joined the University of Georgia as the inaugural John. H. Isakson Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Parkinson’s research. As part of a major investment in brain research by the university, Kanthasamy will establish a new research center for brain sciences. He will also lead a faculty cluster hire to recruit interdisciplinary researchers in areas such as neuroscience, epigenetics, pharmacology, neurotoxicology, and bioinformatics.
Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineering professor in UGA’s College of Engineering, is internationally recognized for her work to reduce plastic waste. Her research has spurred governments, industry and nonprofit organizations to protect ocean wildlife and ecosystem health by reducing plastic waste generation and expanding waste management infrastructure. Jambeck’s research group and thousands of community members recently logged more than 75,000 pieces of trash throughout the Mississippi River Basin as part of a project to reduce waste along America’s most essential inland waterway.
Research conducted by Robin Buell, the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Crop Genomics at the University of Georgia, has led to wide-ranging breakthroughs across a variety of fields, including medicine, farming and energy production. Her research has laid the foundation to boost worldwide food supplies through improving crop yields and plant heartiness, increase the biofuel potential of bioenergy crops, and harness the inherent power of plants to produce healing substances.