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Texas State Researchers Receive NIH Grants

Spotlight on Research

Texas State Researchers Receive NIH Grants


Dr. Rachell Booth - Associate Professor NIH Grants

Dr.Rachell Booth

Dr. Wendi David - Assistant Professor Research NIH Grants

Dr.Wendi David


Dr. Rachell Booth and Dr. Wendi David, both from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have been awarded an R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The proposed research will enhance understanding of one of the regulators of blood pressure, epithelial sodium channel or ENaC. The three-year award not only provides $275,000 of funding for their research. It is expected that this award, and those similar to it, will enhance our institutional effectiveness in garnering future NIH support.
The AREA program of the NIH was created with three main goals: 

  • Supporting meritorious research
  • Strengthening the research environment of the institution
  • Exposing students to research

The AREA program emphasizes hands-on, meritorious research with commendable results. The award will also help support a research environment that provides opportunities to Texas State students through the enhancement of their educational experiences and close mentor to mentee relationships. Students will benefit from these research experiences and hopefully feel encouraged to continue studies in the biomedical sciences.