The funding has been divided among various FIU departments and schools. The Florida Department of Health has awarded $2 million to FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine to explore how Zika crosses the blood brain barrier to kill brain cells. The same agency awarded $200,000 to FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute to augment research related to mosquito genetics. The institute also received $1.2 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to participate in a multi-university collaborative that aims to fight the transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika.
This research is especially relevant in South Florida, which has been hit hard by Zika due to its warm, humid climate.