NSF Grant Funds Research on Evolution of Social Cooperation


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NSF Grant Funds Research on Evolution of Social Cooperation
$697K Grant for Studying Cheating Behaviors in the Amoeba Dictyostelium Discoideum
http://www.nsm.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2016/0627-social-cooperation.php

Elizabeth Ostrowski, assistant professor of biology and biochemistry at the University of Houston, was awarded a four-year, $696,634 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the evolution of cheating behaviors.

She will conduct her research using the model organism Dictyostelium discoideum, Dicty for short, which is a soil amoeba. During times of famine, Dicty amoebae aggregate into a multicellular organism capable of moving, developing and releasing spores.

“My research asks how organisms can work together as a community, even when only some individuals stand to benefit from this cooperation,” said Ostrowski, who joined the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as a faculty member in 2011.