LETHBRIDGE: A University of Lethbridge researcher has gotten a significant boost in support, as Alberta Innovates Technology Futures named him Innovates Centre of Research Excellence Chair of Bioengineering.
As part of that Doctor Hans Joachim Wieden and his team will receive a $2-million investment over five years for their research into engineering biological systems.
Wieden went over just how much the funding will mean for his work, "It will allow us to increase the number of students that are working in that field, it will allow us to have more to recruit outstanding post-doctoral fellows that will help to develop the research initiative and help to train the students. It's a growth injection, I mean we're essentially doubling the size of what's going on right now in synthetic biology."
A big part of Wieden's work is focussed on developing new antibiotics, to fight diseases that have built up a resistance to the current drugs being used against them.
It doesn't stop there either, as Wieden outlined another major area of his research, "One of the bio-molecule machines I'm personally working on is the ribosome. What it does is work like a big assembler factory, it takes molecules and you can program it and based on that program it will build a new molecule."