Blanton S. Tolbert takes a picture of a DNA gel in his lab.
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Blanton S. Tolbert takes a picture of a DNA gel in his lab. (SUBMITTED)
Former Greenwood resident Blanton S. Tolbert is one of a dozen recipients of a new grant from amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
Tolbert, an assistant professor of chemistry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of CWRU’s Center for AIDS Research, is the recipient of a $180,000 grant to continue work analyzing latent-state HIV.
Tolbert’s research involves how HIV takes over the body’s cells to replicate and what it does in its dormant state after replicating and moving into healthy cells.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Tolbert has a seven-person laboratory and his work is in collaboration with the laboratory of Jonathan Karn, a professor and chairman of molecular biology and microbiology at Case Western.
According to the Philanthropy News Digest, Tolbert's is one of grants totaling $2 million from amfAR supporting efforts to find a broadly-applicable cure for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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