The Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center congratulates our colleague Christopher Mason, PhD, on winning a prestigious Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Mason led an exciting and provocative study in 2015 to develop a “PathoMap” of the microbes found in the New York City subway system. This latest grant, which provides $100,000 in funding for its first phase, will enable scientists to develop similar maps of 54 international cities. Such maps would have enormous potential to help public health efforts, monitoring of diseases, and city planning.
Dr. Mason has served as a mentor in the CTSC’s Clinical and Translational Education Program (CTEP) and in 2012 was co-Principal Investigator on a CTSC seed-funding grant for the project “A Combined Metabolomics and Genomics Approach to Vancomycin Resistance in Enterococcus faecium.”
The CTSC is thrilled by the success of Dr. Mason’s lab and excited to see how his work will evolve our understanding of our surroundings and disease.
To learn more about Dr. Mason’s Grand Challenges Explorations project, visit here.