NCCU nets federal money for security research

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

The U.S. departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security gave grants totaling more than $500,000 to North Carolina Central University to battle foodborne illness outbreaks, weather events and other threats.

The Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) and Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development at NCCU received the funding for health and safety research.

Liju Yang, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at BRITE, is working on better methods of isolating disease-causing microorganisms in food. Her research focuses on E. coli, salmonella and listeria. The grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture was one of only two received by historically black colleges or universities.

The homeland security institute got $100,000 to continue work in training for emergency management and security preparedness, especially in rural and underserved areas. The institute was founded nine years ago as part of the criminal justice department in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

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