On September 16th, 2021 the F.M. Kirby Foundation donated $115,000 to support chemistry research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor John E. Moses’ laboratory. Moses is a leader in click chemistry and how to synthesize new molecules useful for drugs, biological tools, and material science. Click chemistry uses a unique type of reaction that fuses or “clicks” molecules together in an efficient and environmentally safe way.
The F.M. Kirby Foundation is a non-profit that invests in the future of communities. They support a broad range of organizations in education, health, environmental conservation, arts and humanities, religion, public affairs, and human services. The Foundation has donated a total of $1.3 million to CSHL since 2006. In 2020, the Foundation donated $115,000 to the Moses laboratory to purchase and install a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machine. The NMR machine helps the lab decipher the structure of the novel chemicals they synthesize.