Grants Boost All Recipients

April 2019

Name Department Title
Rodrigo Fernandez-Valdivia Pathology O-Glucose Control of Notch Signaling in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Jian Wang Pathology Role of serine catabolism in age-related metabolic disease
Guojun Wu Oncology Transcriptional Regulation of Breast Cancer Progression and Metastasis by FOXQ1


November 2018

Name Department Title
Kang Chen Obstetrics and Gynecology Maternal Immunoglobulin D as a Fetal Immune Education Cue Against Neonatal Respiratory Infection and Allergy
Ming-Cheng Cheng Electrical and Computer Wearable and Transparent Bioelectronics for Diagnosis and Treatment of Ophthalmology Diseases
David Kessel Pharmacology Enhancing PDT potency and chemotherapeutic efficacy in ovarian cancer using lipid anchored nanoformulations of BPD
Stephen Krawetz Obstetrics and Gynecology Sperm RNA Elements as Markers of Health
Lobelia Samavati Internal Medicine Development of a Novel T7 Phage Technology to Discover Biomarkers for Respiratory Diseases
Gen Sheng Wu Oncology Developing a Novel Strategy to Improve Platinum-based Chemotherapies in Ovarian Cancer
Xiaohung Zhang Oncology Role of Deubiquitinase USP10 in Oncogenesis

April 2018

Name Department Title
Ladislau Kovari Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology Development of Protease Inhibitor for Norovirus Infection
Mohammadreza Nasiriavanaki Biomedical Engineering Small nanoparticle Aggregation-enhanced Radiomics of Tumors (SMART) OCT imaging
Izabela Podgorski Pharmacology Activated Osteomacs and Taxane Resistance in Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Therapeutic Implications


November 2017

Name Department Title
Todd Leff Pathology Does Glycine Catabolism play a role in Age-Related Metabolic Disease?
Francesca Luca Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics Functional genomic analysis of host response to the gut microbiome
Michael Tainsky Oncology Evaluation of Rare Germline ATM Gene Variants in Hereditary Ovarian Cancer Families
Elizabeth Towner Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences Adapting and Beta-Testing an mHealth Intervention to Enhance Caregiver Motivation for Reducing Sugar- Sweetened Beverage Intake in Overweight and Obese Preschoolers from Low-Income Backgrounds
Yongli Zhang Civil and Environmental Engineering INFEWS/T3: Algae-based Sustainable Urban Reclamation Ecosystem (aSURE) _ An Integrated Approach to Sustaining Food-Energy-Water Supply


April 2017

Name  Department Title
Athar Ansari Biological Sciences An Investigation into the intron-mediated regulation of transcription by the looped gene architecture
Nerissa Viola-Villegas Oncology Delinieating Functional Anti-tumor Immunity via Image- Guided PET


November 2016

Name Department Title
Robert Atkins Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Diagnostic and therapeutic potential of RNA-mediated communication among subpopulations of pathogenic fungi
Catalina Kopetz Psychology Mechanisms Underlying Intermittent Compared to Daily Smoking
Shane Perrine Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Enhancing VA Merit Award to study treatment in PTSD and alcoholism
Ren Zhang Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics A boost to an R01 proposal to study the hepatotoxicity of methotrexate


July 2016

Name Department Title
Mustapha Kandouz Pathology Regulation of Autophagy by Direct Cell-Cell nteractions during Breast Cancer Progression
Moh Malek Health Care Sciences Transgenerational maternal effect: Aerobic exercise impact on progeny skeletal muscle health
Sidhartha Tan Pediatrics Non-apoptotic cell death in fetal brain injury
Yong Xu Electrical and Computer Engineering Unobtrusive home physiological and activity monitoring enabled by ultrasensitive motion sensors
Zhengping Yi Pharmaceutical Sciences Widespread Insulin Resistance in Tyrosine Phosphorylation in Type 2 Diabetes


March 2016

Name Department Title
Fei Chen Pharmaceutical Sciences Arsenic‐Induced JNK‐STAT3 Signaling and Metabolic Shift in Tumor‐Initiating Cells
Husam Abu-Soud Obstetrics and Gynecology Arginase II regulation of functional oocyte aging
Margaret Campbell Nursing Feasibility testing of a hospice family caregiver intervention to improve patient dyspnea care
Zhifeng Kou Biomedical Engineering and Radiology Connectome Scale Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury and Neural Plasticity
Seong Ho Kim Oncology Bayesian Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Identification for SPME-GC/GCMS
Douglas Ruden Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Multigenerational Epigenomics of Gestational Exposure to Obesogens in the Mouse


November 2015

Name Department Title
Carmen Giurgescu Nursing Refining and Pilot Testing an Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Pregnant Black Women
Menq-Jer Lee Pathology Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor subtype 3/CD44 signaling in trans endothelial invasion of human lung adenocarcinomas
Bonnie Sloane Pharmacology Pathomimetic Avatars for Optimizing T Cell Immunotherapy Against Breast Cancer
Moriah Thomason Pediatrics The neural connectome in utero predicts preschooler's ability and brain activity
Zeng-Quan Yang Oncology Molecular mechanisms and therapeutic potential of the histone-modifying oncogene SETDB1 in human cancer


July 2015

Name  Department Title
Sandro da Rocha Chemical Engineering Organelle-targeting Dendrimer Nanoconstrcuts and their Aerosol Formulation for Lng Cancer Therapy
Xuequn Chen Physiology Proinsulin ER export and beta cell ER homeostasis in health
Malik Huttemann Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics Limiting brain reperfusion injury by controlling mitochondrial function
Li Li Internal Medicine Actin Cytoskeleton-Regulated Smooth Muscle Inflammation in Atherogenesis.
Raymond Mattingly Pharmacology Sprouty4 to Guide Potential Treatment Decisions for Aggressive Versus Indolent DCIS
Guojun Wu Oncology Functional Role and Mechanism of I-Branching Beta -1, 6 –NAcetylglucosaminyl transfer in Breast Cancer Metastasis
Olivia Merkel Pharmaceutical Sciences Targeted siRNA Delivery to Activated Tcells as Anti-Inflammatory Asthma Therapy


March 2015

Name Department Title
Diane Cabelof Nutrition and Food Science Arsenic inhibits repair of folate-dependent DNA damage through a ribonucleotide-initiated mechanism
David Gorski Surgery Repurposing riluzole as a treatment for triple negative breast cancer
Chunying Li Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Chemokine Signaling in EPC Angiogenesis: A Role of Lysine Methylation
Melody Neely Immunology and Microbiology Functional Analysis of GBS CpsA protein
Mary kat Pflum Chemistry Identification of HDAC substrates using Trapping Mutants


December 2014

Name Department Title
Peter Hoffmann Physics and Astronomy Computational and Experimental Studies of Nanoconfirmed Liquids
Stephen Krawetz Obstretrics and Gynecology and Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics RNA Dynamics Mediating Paternal Nuclear Architecture
Menq-Jer Lee Pathology Signaling of Sphingosine-1-phosphate Receptor Subtype 3 in Lung Carcinoma
Naftali Raz IOG Age Differences and Stability of Noninvasive Indices of Brain Energy Metabolism and Myelin
Paul Stemmer, Barbara Pieper IEHS, Nursing Protein and Cytokine Indicators of Wound Healing Trajectory
Yong Xu Electrical and Computer Engineering Toward chronically stable 3D multi-functional neural probes
Zhengping Yi Pharmaceutical Sciences Serine/Threonine Protein Phosphatase 1 in Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes


July 2014

Name Department Title
Matthew Allen Chemistry Synthetic Control of Heterobimetallic Lanthanide Complexes
G. Andres Cisneros Chemistry Ammonia/ammonium transport and transamidation mechanism of bacterial AdT
Stephen DiCarlo Physiology Pathogenesis of NaCl-Dependent Hypertension
Rodrigo Fernandez-Valdivia Pathology Breast tumor suppression by Notch signaling obliteration
Russell Finley Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics DroID, a Comprehensive Gene and Protein Interactions Database


March 2014

Name Department Title
Stephen DiCarlo Physiology Vagal plasticity after cord injury exacerbates post-infarct cardiac remodeling
Hyeong-Ren Kim, Daniel Bonfil Pathology, Urology Prostate carcinoma-produced PDGF signaling in bone metastasis and racial disparity
Todd Leff Pathology Metabolic effects of Pb
Mary Kay Pflum Chemistry Identification of Histone Deacetylase Substrates using trapping mutants
Malathy Shekhar, Harini Sundararaghavan Oncology, Biomedical Engineering Tissue engineered 3D models of breast cancer metastatic disposition and biology
Stanley Terlecky Pharmacology Peroxisome Targeted Protein Biologic for Treatment of a Single Enzyme Deficiency
Gen Sheng Wu Oncology A novel role for MKP-1 in regulation of Authophagy
Zeng-Quan Yang Oncology Molecular Mechanisms and therapeutic potential of the histone-modifying oncogene KDM4C in castration-resistant prostate cancer
Zhe Yang Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Structural Insights into Deregulated Epigenetic Mechanisms and DNA Demathylation in Bone Marrow Failure Disease


November 2013

Name Department Title
Athar Ansari Biological Sciences Role of gene looping in intron-mediated regulation of transcription
Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng Electrical and Computer Engineering In-situ Characterize the Formation and Aging of Solid-Electrolyte Interphase Using Nanomechanics
Alexander Gow Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics Neurodegeneration associated with metabolic stress in oligodendrocytes
Mark Haacke Radiology and Biomedical Engineering The Role of Vascular Damage and Reduced Perfusion in Traumatic Brain Injury
Gilda Hillman Radiation Oncology Soy Modulation of Inflammatory Responses Induced by Lung Cancer Radiotherapy
Menq-Jer Lee Pathology Signaling of Shingosine-1-phosphate Receptor Subtype 3 in Lung Carinoma
Peter Lichtenberg Institute of Gerontology Improving the Assessment of Financial Exploitation
Olivia Merkel Pharmaceutical Sciences Targeted siRNA delivery to activated T cells as novel asthma therapy
Susil Putatunda Chemical Engineering Synthesis of Superconducting Thin films of Magnesium diboride by Electroless Plating Process
Youming Xie Oncology Contranslational protein degradation