$1.2M NIH Grant Backs UIC, Malcolm X College Biomedical Research Program

The University of Illinois Chicago and Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, have teamed up for a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support undergraduate students training in biomedical research during the last two years of their studies.

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate grant will provide two-year traineeships annually to four underrepresented students who transfer to UIC from Malcolm X or one of the other City Colleges of Chicago.

While the students complete their work in a UIC undergraduate degree program, they will also participate as biomedical researchers on projects involving cancer biology and/or population health studies. The program has already identified more than 20 potential mentors for the students from multiple UIC colleges and the cancer center.


UIC project co-principal investigators:

Dr. Paul Grippo, associate professor of medicine, associate director of career enhancement and education at the University of Illinois Cancer Center

Dr. Donald Wink, professor of chemistry


Malcolm X College project co-principal investigators:

Dr. Peter Grudzien, assistant professor of biology

Dr. Minxiu Wang, assistant professor of biology