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Kaufman Foundation awards research grants to schools, including Pitt, CMU

| Thursday, July 24, 2014, 10:30 p.m.

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation announced on Thursday the recipients of its 2014 research grants.

The foundation said it received more than 240 applications from more than 30 universities across the state, compared with 170 applications in 2013.

Awards went to researchers from six schools, including the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Tzahi Cohen-Karni, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at CMU; Nathan Clark, assistant professor of computational and systems biology at Pitt; and David Pekker, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Pitt, each will receive grants of $150,000 over the next two years.

These research teams will receive grants of $300,000 over two years:

• Alison Barth, associate professor of biological sciences, and Marcel Bruchez, associate professor of biological sciences and chemistry, both of CMU

• Alexander Deiters, professor of chemistry, and Michael Tsang, associate professor of developmental biology, both of Pitt

• Anna Balazs, distinguished professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at Pitt, working with Ayusman Sen, distinguished professor of chemistry at Penn State

The Pittsburgh-based foundation provides funding for research in chemistry, biology and physics at research universities in Pennsylvania.

Charles Kaufman was a chemical engineer who invested well and amassed most of his wealth after retirement. He died in 2010 at 97.

Corinne Kennedy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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