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NIH Awards $6.3 Million to Illinois Tech’s BioCAT Facility for Biomedical Research

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $6.3 million to continue to operate Illinois Tech’s Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT) facility for biomedical research at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. This is one of the largest grants for any research at Illinois Tech.

Led by Thomas Irving, chair and professor of biology and a biophysics researcher, BioCAT is one of the foremost facilities in the world for basic, applied, or translational research using synchrotron radiation that may be relevant to medical advances. Illinois Tech’s position as operator of the facility gives university faculty and students access to one of the most powerful X-ray beam sources in the world to do basic biomedical research on non-crystalline biological materials. In addition, BioCAT serves a national and international community of scientists—including researchers from many universities across the country and around the world, as well as pharmaceutical companies such as AbbVie and Novartis.