Duina receives NSF Grant

Andrea DuinaCONWAY, Ark. (Feb. 22, 2010) – Andrea Duina, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Hendrix College, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to support his genetic research at the college. Duina’s award totals $473,089 for research to be conducted over a three-year period.

Duina, who teaches Cell Biology, Advanced Cell Biology, Advanced Genetics and Concepts in Biology at Hendrix, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1998. He has been an assistant professor at Hendrix since 2004 following his postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Genetics.

Duina’s research interests involve basic molecular mechanisms that regulate genes in living cells. Specifically, Duina’s project is titled “Investigation of the mechanisms that regulate interactions between the transcription elongation factor Spt16 and chromatin.” The research focuses on elucidating some of the basic mechanisms involved in regulating how genes are expressed in cells.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense...” With an annual budget of approximately $6.06 billion, the NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Hendrix, founded in 1876, is a selective, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college emphasizing experiential learning in a demanding yet supportive environment. The college is featured in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 371 colleges, was identified as the nation’s top “Up and Coming” liberal arts college for 2010 by U.S. News and World Report, and is ranked among 44 “Best Buy” colleges by the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.