UH researchers receive a hefty grant for microbiome research

UH researchers receive a hefty grant for microbiome research
Researchers will examine the role of microbiomes in the ecosystem. (Source: UH Manoa)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A group of UH Manoa researchers have received a $10.4 million grant to study microbiomes.

The five-year grant comes from the National Institutes of Health, and will be awarded to five university researchers.

They’re hoping to study the community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses that live practically everywhere as well as examine their impact on human health.

Their findings may lead to ways to better manage ecosystems and other issues.

“As a Native Hawaiian for me, this grant is super exciting, because it totally aligns with my traditional ideals of management from mauka to makai, and assessing all the different layers of management and how that influences the whole system from microbes all the way up to people,” Kiana Frank, Pacific Biosciences Research Center assistant professor said.

As a part of the grant, videos in both English and Hawaiian will accompany the research findings, adding value to the Native Pacific Islander community.

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