NIH Awards IIT’s BioCAT $4.3 Million

Researchers with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT) received $4.3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue to operate the BioCAT X-ray facility at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory: principal investigator Tomas Irving, professor of biology and physics; co-principal investigators Joseph Orgel, associate professor of biology and biomedical engineering; and Raul Barrea, associate research professor of physics. The mission of BioCAT is to develop and operate advanced facilities “for the study of the structure and dynamics of biological systems under non-crystalline conditions similar to their functional states in living tissues.” BioCAT is now in its seventeenth year of operation, and the NIH award is meant to provide funding for the facility for the next three years.