The Biology Department at Cal State Long Beach has received a $150,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to help establish a molecular biology program. The university intends to use the grant to purchase equipment for a laboratory, which will be named the W.M. Keck Foundation Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory.
The university has hired molecular biology scientists Lisa Klig and Editte Gharakhanian for the program. Klig has a master's and doctorate in genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Her primary interest is in the regulation of genes using DNA technology. Gharakhanian has focused on the application of proteins to subcellular organisms. She earned a doctorate in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from UCLA.
The W.M. Keck Foundation's focus is to provide grants to universities and colleges, primarily in the fields of science, engineering and medical research. The foundation was established in 1954 by the late William M. Keck, founder of Superior Oil Co.