OMRF scientist Gary Gorbsky, Ph.D., will use the funds to pursue general research projects related to cell division.
OMRF officials brought more than 110 long-time donors together from across the state to celebrate their dedicated supporters at the annual Loyal Donor Society reception.
The new finding was published in the scientific journal eLife.
OMRF has received a $200,000 grant to grow its cancer research programs.
Fish, frogs and worms have become key players in the fight against disease.
Since 1946, OMRF has grown into an internationally recognized research institute.