UC Merced Update

Leadership Gift Will Support Stem Cell Research Facility



Photograph: Trevor P. Hirst


As respected leaders in California, Edward and Jeanne Kashian have helped build the foundation of the first research university of the 21st century through their roles as founding UC Merced Foundation trustee and diplomat, respectively, and by providing critical support to develop the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library.

With their recent $100,000 gift to name the Ed and Jeanne Kashian Microscopy Room, the Kashians will further assist the university by providing much-needed funding to purchase of highly specialized instruments to be used in the UC Merced Stem Cell Instrumentation Foundry.

The Ed and Jeanne Kashian Microscopy Room will be an auxiliary room to the Foundry and will allow associated research to take place on site.

The gift will support UC Merced’s ability to develop an outstanding stem cell program and will have significant impact in improving our understanding of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neural degeneration, immune rejection and infectious diseases through stem cell biology.