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W. M. Keck Foundation
In a concrete bunker set upon bedrock on the Northern Arizona University campus lies an instrument delicate enough to manipulate a single molecule.
The atomic force microscope in the basement of the new Science and Health Building will be used to test a hypothesis developed by Kiisa Nishikawa, Regents’ Professor of Biological Sciences, which could shift the foundation of our understanding of muscle movement.
Samrat Dutta, a post-doctoral scholar on Nishikawa’s team, has already been putting in time on the AFM.… Read more
by Kiisa Nishikawa
Regents’ professor of biology, Northern Arizona University
Let’s begin with the obvious: Earning a $1 million award from the W. M. Keck Foundation is very exciting and prestigious. This award is a gateway to accelerate innovative discovery with tremendous impact.
This is a good opportunity, though, to be reminded of what it took to get here. During their site visit in March, program officers from the W. M. Keck Foundation told us the story of the… Read more
Devising a way to see something that has yet to be seen takes big ideas, teamwork and the support of those who understand the value of a calculated risk.
That confluence of forces has delivered a $1 million award from the W. M. Keck Foundation to a transdisciplinary research team at Northern Arizona University, which aims to transform current understanding about muscle contraction.
Led by Regents’ Professor Kiisa Nishikawa, a biologist, the group has been working for six years to… Read more