Washington State University's School for Global Animal Health has received a $26 million gift from Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Inc.
Previously, the school had received a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The school focuses on detection of emerging diseases, development and deployment of vaccines, and control of disease transmission from animals to humans. Researchers with the school study pathogens such as Anaplasma marginale, the most common pathogen of cattle worldwide.
In June 2010, the school began construction on a $35 million research building. The Gates grant partially funded construction of the building, and the school will use part of the gift from Allen to complete the matching portion of the construction funding.
The school has eight research scientists, 12 affiliated faculty who hold joint positions in other WSU departments, and five adjunct faculty at institutions outside the United States. The Allen gift will help the school add more than 20 research scientists at WSU and increase the number of graduate students to more than 100.
The Allen gift also will allow the school to move ahead with plans to establish research programs and other projects in Africa.
In recognition of the Allen gift, the school has become the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, and the new building will be the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health.