Weeks, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, was tapped for a EUREKA (Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) Award, which funds transformative research projects with potential to have a significant impact on many areas of science.
The award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the NIH, is worth approximately $1.2 million over four years.
“Because many serious human illnesses involve RNA components — including the RNA genomes of viruses like HIV and Hepatitis C — the potential impact of this project is exceptionally wide-ranging,” Weeks said.
Previously, Weeks and his lab created the first-ever model of an entire HIV-1 genome, a discovery that has widespread implications for understanding how viruses like HIV infect humans.
Weeks is a member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Read more about Weeks’ research at http://www.unc.edu/spotlight/CCM3_021046.