MURRAY, Ky. — A Murray State University biology professor has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant (R01) for his work.

Dr. Alexey Arkov of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology and his colleague, Dr. Jeremy Lynch of the University of Illinois at Chicago, are principal investigators of the award-winning project, titled “Novel Insights From a Divergent Form of Germ Plasm.”

According to the NIH, the R01 grant is designed to support health-related research and development, and can cover the cost of equipment, publications, travel and much more.

“This is the first NIH R01 grant awarded to a Murray State principal investigator and one among very few R01 awards received by a PI from a Kentucky regional university,” Arkov said. “I am very honored to be a recipient of this grant.”

The grant award will promote biomedical teaching and research, focusing on the study of novel important cellular components assembled from RNA and protein molecules that play a crucial role in cell biology and development.

In addition, this award will support undergraduate or postbaccalaureate students and a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Biological Sciences at Murray State.

Arkov received his Ph.D from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network.

Photo: Pictured is Dr. Alexey Arkov, a Murray State University biology professor that has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant (R01) for his work.

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