Concord University Receives $125,000 Research Grant

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 11 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University has received a $125,000 PUI Incubator Grant funded by the National Science Foundation and subawarded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research. The proposal, titled “Study of the Fluorescence from Quantum Dots Coupled with Gold Nanoparticles,” was developed by Dr. Timothy D. Corrigan, assistant professor of physics, to study ways of improving bioassays.

“Bioassays are frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies,” Dr. Corrigan said. “For example, a pharmaceutical company may test for the presence of antibodies to determine the effectiveness of a new drug.”

Preliminary work to develop the grant proposal was funded by Concord’s Research Trust Fund grant. Part of the research will utilize Concord’s electron microprobe laboratory.

Dr. Michael Norton of Marshall University is a collaborator on the project, and has been awarded an additional $13,000.


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