Columbia University Receives Additional $1,000,000 Grand Challenges Grant for Innovative Global Health Research

Szabolcs Márka, Associate Professor of Physics is a recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations Phase II award. Out of more than 18,000 innovative ideas submitted 340 received Phase I support. Based on Phase I research results, five promising projects had received Phase II support of 1,000,000 dollars each.
Dr. Márka and his team applied their experience in astrophysics and instrumentation to discover innovative ways to advance mosquito vector-control. Optical barriers could efficiently mitigate malaria transmission when placed in an environment where malaria  is widespread and could lead to novel solutions, complementary to traditional malaria defenses.

“The Grand Challenges Explorations projects receiving this new funding have been scientifically successful in their initial research and show great potential,” said Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program. “Our hope is that one day these projects will lead to breakthroughs that could save millions of lives in developing countries.”

Grand Challenges Explorations is a five-year, $100 million initiative of the Gates Foundation to promote innovation in global health. Proposals are reviewed and selected by a committee of foundation staff and external experts.

Professor Szabolcs Marka Featured on The Record

Professor Szabolcs Marka was featured on the December 28th issue of Columbia University publication The Record.

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