UWL professor receives large grant from National Institutes of Health

UWL professor receives large grant

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A professor at UW-La Crosse is getting a large grant to conduct what could be life-saving research.

Biology professor Scott Cooper was recently awarded a nearly $340,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. As part of his study, Cooper is taking a look at the effect of hibernation on blood clotting in squirrels.

By figuring out which proteins and cells keep a squirrel's blood from clotting, he hopes to find similar proteins in humans that could prevent or break down clots that can cause heart attacks or strokes.

Cooper is also offering between 20 and 30 undergrad students a chance to work on what could be groundbreaking research.

"Each year I usually have one or two papers published, and we'll have 8 to 10 students as co-authors on the paper. So the work that they're doing, if they get a figure that we can put into a paper, they're a co-author on the paper, so I think that's a really good thing for an undergraduate," said Cooper.

He says a handful of students have been working on the research over the summer but work will ramp up once classes begin after Labor Day.

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