OUWB’s first wet lab opens on campus of Oakland University

From left, Farzane Sivandzade, Salvatore Mancuso, Luca Cucullo, Ph.D., Snehal Raut, Ph.D., and Aditya Bhalerao, make up the team of researchers in OUWB's first research wet lab. (Photo by Andrew Dietderich)
From left, Farzane Sivandzade, Salvatore Mancuso, Luca Cucullo, Ph.D., Snehal Raut, Ph.D., and Aditya Bhalerao, make up the team of researchers in OUWB’s first research wet lab. (Photo by Andrew Dietderich)

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s first wet lab has opened — a big step in furthering the school’s commitment to increasing its research endeavors.

Located in Oakland University’s Dodge Hall, the lab — valued at more than $450,000 — is led by Luca Cucullo, Ph.D., an OUWB professor primarily serving on a research track.

Cucullo joined OUWB in September, 2020. Along with 20-plus years of research experience, Cucullo brought a number of significant projects for which he serves as principal investigator.

The projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and specifically by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the Food and Drug Administration.

With the exception of the basic infrastructure, the new lab has been set up with pieces of equipment Cucullo bought with NIH funding, and those acquired through startup funding.

It all serves as a big step in the evolution of OUWB.

“Once a medical school establishes itself with scholarly activity, wet labs are basically the next step,” says Cucullo. “You cannot move forward without that.”

(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB InMedicine site here.)

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