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UTEP’s Dr. Suman Sirimulla, professor of Medicinal Chemistry, is working on a cure for COVID-19 from his lab. (Photo: Mark Lambie / El Paso Times)

The University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso recently announced a series of new initiatives to strengthen collaboration and expand health research involving faculty at both universities.

These efforts will leverage the success of joint projects that have already taken place, including some that address the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also the direct product of a commitment made several months ago by both institutions to make it easier for our researchers and students to work together.

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One important component of this new phase of our partnership