Columbia CEO Tim Boyle donates $10 million to UO zebrafish research

Tim Boyle, University of Oregon alumnus and Columbia Sportswear CEO, donated $10 million for UO research that includes fish breeding and zebrafish genomics, the UO announced.

The Columbia Sporstwear CEO’s $10 million will bring and expand new equipment to the research. The gift will mainly fund the UO’s aquatic animal care facility, help acquire updated instruments, and expand facilities dedicated to genomics research.

Additionally, the donation will lead to immediate investments in high-powered microscopes and DNA-sequencing technologies. These tools will be used in collaboration with Oregon State, Portland State and Oregon Health & Science University, according to the report.

The gift marks the largest donation the university’s aquatic animal care facility has ever received.

Boyle’s aunt was a molecular biology researcher, while Boyle himself was a member of the UO Foundation of Board of Trustees. Both attended the UO in the early 1970s.

“Not everyone would make a gift to support the basic sciences in the way that Tim and Mary Boyle have done,” UO President Michael Schill said in the report. “We’re incredibly grateful.”

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