CLARIFICATION: The original version of this article was not clear enough representing Joseph Graves position in the North Carolina A&T and Duke University partnership. Graves is leading the program at N.C. A&T. The story has been updated to reflect these changes.
A partnership for success
North Carolina A&T and Duke University partnered to receive a $3 million National Science Foundation grant this week for graduate students interested in microbiome research.
The grant’s eventual goal is a five-year intensive microbiome program that bridges the gap between different scientific fields. Students will meet over the summer and before classes start in the fall. During the school year, they will be placed in ongoing research teams, which will lead the them to their final dissertations.
Joseph Graves, professor and associate dean for research at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at N.C. A&T and University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will spearhead the program at N.C. A&T.
"The idea behind this training grant is to provide students with the new interdisciplinary tools that are necessary to really understand how microbiomes work,” Graves said.
He said the project will address the problem of graduate students lacking necessary skills in the new generation of tools and analysis that microbiology requires.
The disciplines that will participate in the program include microbiology, computer science and molecular biology.
“You'll have students who come from microbiology, but then they won’t understand the mathematical and statistical reasoning behind designing next generation experiments,” Graves said.
The program will also recruit traditionally underrepresented students.