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New COVID-19-related Research Funds for Northwestern, Tel Aviv University Collaborations

McCormick’s Kimberly Gray among recipients of McCormick Global Initiatives and Weinberg College’s Israel Innovation Project award seed money

Kimberly Gray, professor and Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Family Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern Engineering, is among the recipients of an initiative offering seed money for collaborative research between Northwestern University and Tel Aviv University (TAU) on COVID-19-related projects. 

Kimberly Gray

Gray will work with Hadas Mamane, associate professor in TAU’s School of Mechanical Engineering, on the proposal, “Anti-COVID-19 High-touch Surfaces Using Photocatalytic Transparent Films.” The project will receive $50,000. 

Additionally, “Drivers of Differential COVID-19 Spread and Response to Interventions in Minority Populations,” also will receive $50,000. That proposal is a collaboration among Jaline Gerardin, assistant professor of preventative medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, along with TAU’s Daniel Nevo, senior lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences, and Uri Obolski, ​senior lecturer, School of Public Health and the Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences.

The one-time awards were part of a collaborative project between the McCormick School of Engineering’s Global Initiatives office, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences’s Israel Innovation Project, and TAU’s newly established Center for Combating Pandemics.

Northwestern funding is provided through the generosity of the Crown Family Fund for Engineering and Science Collaborations with Israel, which prioritizes joint research, educational, and exchange efforts like this between McCormick, Weinberg and Israel, while TAU funds the winners from that institution.