June 27, 2017
Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, LLC (Torres) has provided a research grant in the amount of USD $50,000 to Howard University in Washington D.C. The grant was given to Drs. Sulman J. Rahmat and Irina Koretsky of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Biology at Howard University’s College of Medicine. The money will be used to conduct research to help understand the evolution of the neurovascular anatomy of vertebrates, in particular of true seals, over time. The project will help educate underserved minority undergraduate and graduate students at the historically black Howard University to stimulate increased STEM participation in the field of evolutionary biology.
The research team is led by Dr. Sulman Rahmat, Principal Investigator (P.I.) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy. Funds will be used to purchase required imaging software, laboratory and other technical equipment and a specialized digital microscope with 3D-measuring capabilities.
The study will be the basis for future international collaborative projects with scientists from France, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Japan and the U.S. and is expected to be published in peer-reviewed journals. The results of the study are expected to have future ramifications for medical research on human anatomy and specifically our brain and neurovascular functions.