UMass Amherst Engineer Receives Grant for Vaccine Research

Sarah Perry, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to make vaccines more accessible in developing countries.

The grant funds Dr. Perry’s research, which is focused on creating more stable vaccine formulas, for five years. Vaccine formulations need to be kept at very specific temperatures, which makes transporting them difficult. Dr. Perry’s research seeks to create formulas that are similar to the insides of cells, and therefore able to exist at room temperature. Transportation of these stable vaccines would be less costly, and vaccines can be more widely distributed.

“This CAREER project will pioneer a new approach to protein stabilization,” Dr. Perry said.

The New England Council commends Dr. Perry on her work to make vaccines more accessible worldwide. Read more here.

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