GREENCASTLE - A three-year, $527,000 grant from the Buehler Family Foundation will establish the Buehler Biomedical Imaging Center at DePauw University. The school says the center will give students access to cutting-edge equipment as they study regeneration biology, wound healing and the neuroscience of addiction.

The foundation is led by A.C. Buehler, a 1978 graduate of DePauw. The center will be located in the F.W. Oilin Biological Sciences building and will be available to faculty and students conducting research in class or during the summer. It will also be open to participants in the university's Science Research Fellows Program.

DePauw says the grant will provide light and electron microscopes for research to be conducted at the center. The center will focus on four main areas: regeneration biology, the biology of inflammation, wound healing and repair, and the neuroscience of behavior and addiction. It will also support interdisciplinary projects with the departments of geosciences, physics and astronomy, and chemistry and biochemistry.

"The establishment of the Buehler Biomedical Imaging Center recognizes and supports the high-impact practice of faculty engaging students in original research -- a pillar of the DePauw experience," says Pascal Lafontant, an associate professor of biology at DePauw who will serve as the center’s principal investigator. "In the past decade, the expansion of DePauw’s research infrastructure and the enhancement of undergraduate research in our biology department have prepared students for success in graduate school and medical programs and have yielded a substantial number of student research presentations and national awards. Allowing our students to have hands-on access to this equipment will further enhance those opportunities."

The university says the cutting-edge technologies available at the center are typically found at major research institutions.

(Pictured left to right: Assistant Professor of Biology Melissa Petreaca, Associate Professor of Biology Pascal Lafontant, A.C. Buehler, and DePauw President Mark McCoy)