Galway scientist receives $750,000 from Facebook founder

By: December 3, 2020
Dr Kerry Thompson galway money from Zuckerberg

A scientist at NUI Galway has received over $750,000 in funding to “radically expand microscopy training” for scientists in Ireland.

The money was awarded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy founded by Dr Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Dr Kerry Thompson (above), a researcher in anatomy at NUI Galway’s School of Medicine and Centre for Microscopy and Imaging, will use the funding to support accelerated learning and research in biological sciences.

“We use microscopy to visualise, measure and analyse the biological processes that underlie health and disease,” she says.

“There are hundreds of scientific roles that require specially trained microscopists and imaging scientists. One example is accelerated drug discovery which was used for the development of COVID vaccines – it would not have been possible without imaging experts.”

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