Yale Researchers Awarded Gates Foundation Grants To Improve Health in Developing Countries

Two Yale researchers were among 81 recipients of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants to explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries.

Two Yale researchers were among 81 recipients of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants to explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries.

The Yale recipients are David Spiegel, assistant professor of chemistry, and Craig Crews, professor of chemistry, pharmacology and molecular, cellular and developmental biology.

They are among the researchers in 17 countries who will each receive a $100,000 grant through the foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. The projects focus on novel approaches to prevent and treat infectious diseases, such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrheal diseases.

Spiegel is pursuing novel ways to combat antibiotic resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae. Crews is pursuing drugs that will prevent HIV from forming functional viral particles.

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