August 17, 2020

Dr. Moin secures prestigious R50 grant from the National Cancer Institute

Kamiar Moin, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and director of the Microscopy, Imaging and Cytometry Resources Core at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, has secured a five-year, $1.5 million R50 grant from the National Cancer Institute. 

R50 grants, also known as NCI Research Specialist Awards, encourage the development of stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists who want to pursue research within the context of an existing cancer research program, but not necessarily serve as independent investigators, according to the NCI website.

Dr. Moin established the MICR in 1994 as the Confocal Imaging Core and provided what was then the most current expertise and innovative technology in fluorescent microscopy, confocal microscopy and related techniques used to study normal and cancerous cells.

He has expanded and significantly upgraded the MICR numerous times, culminating in the current multimodal imaging and flow cytometry service center, which detects and measures the physical and chemical characteristics of cancer cells, with more than 4,000 square feet of space and 22 capital instruments.

Dr. Moin’s mission through MICR is to support and enhance peer-reviewed funded research activities of WSU’s and KCI’s scientific community whose members’ research requires advanced cytometry, as well as cellular, tissue and animal imaging and analysis. To fulfill this mission, Dr. Moin and his colleagues provide expertise in analytical methods development, technology development and validation, and imaging and cytometry study design.

This MICR core also provides collaboration and consultation for grant proposals and publications; provides and maintains state-of-the-art advanced instrumentation in flow cytometry, microscopy and imaging; promotes opportunities for intra- and inter-programmatic interaction among scientific members; minimizes costs and effort for investigators while increasing efficiency; and provides educational and training opportunities in microscopy, imaging and flow cytometry.

Dr. Moin is a nationally- and internationally-recognized expert and leader in imaging and cytometry. He has served on 18 National Institutes of Health study sections and has conducted numerous presentations and workshops. He has more than 30 years of experience and over two decades of facility core management and administrative skills.

The grant number is CA251068-01.

Courtesy of Karmanos Cancer Institute