Gifts & Grants

July 27, 2016

Cristine Delnevo, interim dean and professor, Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science, School of Public Health, and Michael Steinberg, professor and chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2,309,717. The project, titled Physicians’ Perceptions, Attitudes, and Communication of E-Cigarettes, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Delnevo here and Steinberg here.

Patrick Clifford, professor and associate dean for research, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $830,125. The project, titled MOBC Underlying Alcohol Treatment Research Assessment Reactivity, is being supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Learn more about Clifford here.

Alan Monheit, associate dean for academic affairs and professor, health economics, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $606,461. The project, titled Economic Shocks and Family Health Security, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Monheit here.

Patrice Maurel, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $426,250. The project, titled Choline Transporter-Like Proteins and the Regulation of Lipid Metabolism During Myelination, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read about Maurel here.

Mehmet Uzumcu, associate professor, Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $232,500. The project, titled Detrimental Effects on Female Reproduction of in Utero and Neonatal Exposure to Common Phthalates DEHP and Its Replacement DINP, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Uzumcu here.

W. Steven Barnett, Board of Governors Professor, Graduate School of Education, and director, National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $175,681. The project, titled New Jersey Preschool Quality Evaluation Study 20152016, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Barnett here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and assistant director of education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Physician Training Award in Cancer Prevention, is being supported by the American Cancer Society. Learn more about Jadotte here.

July 13, 2016

Scott Glenn, distinguished professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and codirector, Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3.1 million. The project, titled MARACOOS: Preparing for a Changing Mid-Atlantic, is being supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more about Glenn here.

Hal Salzman, professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,470,217. The project, titled Pathways to S&E Professions: Persistence and Career ChoiceWho Goes On? Who Doesn’t? And Why? is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Salzman here.

Chia-Yi Chiu, associate professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $731,165. The project, titled Cognitive Diagnosis in E-Learning: A Nonparametric Approach for Computerized Adaptive Testing, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Chiu here

Andrew Wyenandt, extension specialist in vegetable pathology, Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator with Jim Simon, professor, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology (SEBS), and Ramu Govindasamy, professor and chair, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, as co-principal investigators of an award totaling $563,852. The project, titled A Production System for High Value Crops at Risk From Downy Mildew, Integrating Detection, Breeding, Extension, and Education, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Wyenandt here, Simon here, and Govindasamy here.

Melissa Aronczyk, associate professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Bob Brulle, professor, Department of Culture and Communications, Drexel University, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $283,340. The project, titled The Role of Information and Influence Campaigns in Structuring Public Responses to U.S. Policy, 1988–2015, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Aronczyk here and Brulle here.

Mitchel A. Rosen, director, Training Center, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $252,367. The project, titled Ebola Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training, is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more about Rosen here.

June 29, 2016

Jerome Langer, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, and Beatrice Haimovich, associate professor, Department of Surgery, both Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2,365,247. The project, titled Rutgers Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Pipeline Program, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Langer here and Haimovich here.

Donald Winkleman, professor, Department of Pathology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,024,151. The project, titled Structural, Biochemical, and Mechanical Effects of Myosin Cardiomyopathy Mutations, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Winkleman here.

Olga Jarrín, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and associate faculty, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $746,998. The project, titled Comparative Effectiveness of Home Care Environments for Diverse Elders' Outcomes, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Jarrín here.

Diana Roopchand, assistant research professor, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $422,247. The project, titled Interactions of Dietary Polyphenols, Gut Microbiota and Intestinal Epithelium, is being supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Learn more about Roopchand here.

Samuel Gunderson, associate professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $339,125. The project, titled Application of U1 Adaptor Oligonucleaotides to Silence HTT-Truncated Expression in Vivo, is being supported by the CHDI Foundation. Learn more about Gunderson here.

Emmy Tiderington, assistant professor, School of Social Work, and associate faculty, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $171,823. The project, titled Moving on from Permanent Supportive Housing, is being supported by the Oak Foundation. Learn more about Tiderington here.

June 15, 2016

Paul Copeland, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and director of research development, Office of Research and Economic Development, and Joe Kramer, director of confocal core, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, RWJMS, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $428,558. The project, titled Development of a Zebrafish Model for Selenoprotein Synthesis and Function, is being supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Learn more about Copeland here and Kramer here.

Marc Steinberg, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $211,472. The project, titled Persistence Targeted Smoking Cessation in Schizophrenia (PTSC-S), is being supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Learn more about Steinberg here.

Joseph Marcotrigiano, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $38,750. The project, titled The Host Response to Hepatitis C Virus, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Marcotrigiano here.

Suzie Chen, professor, chemical biology, Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences, and Department of Chemical Biology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled GRM 1 Up-Regulated HIF-1 Alpha and Promotes Reductive Carboxylation in Melanoma, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Chen here.

Hilton Kaplan, research associate professor and associate director, New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled Regeneration of Decellularized, Allogeneic Composite Musculoskeletal Tissues, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Kaplan here.

Michael Verzi, assistant professor, Department of Genetics, Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled An Unappreciated Origin of Colorectal Cancer, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Verzi here.

June 1, 2016

Heather McKay, director, Education and Employment Research Center, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $325,000. The project, titled Evaluation of Bergen Community College’s First in the World Grant, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about McKay here.

Waheed Bajwa, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $275,710. The project, titled MANTIS: A Multimodel Imaging Suite to Enhance Army’s ISTAR Capabilities and Improve Soldiers’ Health, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more about Bajwa here.

Shannon Ayers, assistant research professor, National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Examining the Roles of Coaches and Professional Development Instructors in New York City’s Universal PreK Program, is being supported by the Foundation for Child Development. Learn more about Ayers here.

Nan Gao, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Vitamin D Protection on IBD and Inflammatory Neoplasia, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Learn more about Gao here.

David Robinson, professor, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the New Jersey state climatologist, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled EMPG New Jersey Weather Net Support, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. Learn more about Robinson here.

Michael Simmons, senior program manager, Joseph C. Cornwell Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Opportunity Youth Network, is being supported by the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Simmons here.

May 25, 2016

Liping Liu, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $354,459. The project, titled Multifunctional Soft Materials and Structures: Modeling, Design, and Validation, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more about Liu here.

Mimi Phan, assistant research professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $142,651. The project, titled Effects of Statins on Juvenile Learning, Memory, and Neuroestrogen, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Phan here.

Yarimar Bonilla, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $117,801. The project, titled Puerto Rico’s American Dream: An Anthropological Analysis of the Puerto Rican Statehood Movement, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Bonilla has received an additional award of $20,000 for the same project from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Learn more about Bonilla here.

Monica Driscoll, professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Genetic Dissection of Intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species, A Double-edged Sword in the Fight Against Cancer, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Learn more about Driscoll here.

Mary Curran, associate dean for local-global partnerships, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards, the first totaling $89,889, the second totaling $87,447. The projects, titled STARTALK Rutgers GSE Chinese Student Program 2016 and STARTALK Rutgers GSE Chinese Teacher Program 2016, respectively, are being supported by the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Learn more about Curran here.

Joseph Barone, dean and professor II, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $79,065. The project, titled Actelion Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Barone here.

May 18, 2016

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children; Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families; and Cassandra Simmel, associate professor, all at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the primary investigators of an award totaling $1,026,089. The project, titled Adoption Certification Program, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Postmus here, Munson here, and Simmel here

Christopher Obropta, associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and extension specialist in water resources, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $470,000. The project, titled New Technical Assistance Program for Combined Sewer Overflow Communities, is being supported by Surdna Foundation. Learn more about Obropta here.

Daniel Seidel, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled New Concepts for Multi-functional Asymmetric Catalysis, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Seidel here.

Long-Jun Wu, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $426,250. The project, titled Studying Microglial Function Using Cell Ablation Approaches, is being supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Learn more about Wu here.

Laleh Najafizadeh, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Leveraging Multi-Modal Multi-Layer Functional Networks for Future Generation BMIs, is being supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Learn more about Najafizadeh here.

Valerie Smith-Stephens, assistant dean for academic support services and director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Rising Junior Students in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program’s Pre-Clinical Program, is being supported by the Walter and Louise Sutcliffe Foundation. Learn more about Smith-Stephens here.

May 11, 2016

Joel Cantor, distinguished professor, Department of Public Policy, and director, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $849,262. The project, titled New Jersey Perspectives on Health and Well-Being Project, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Cantor here.

Charles Brown, adjunct professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and senior research specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Brown here.

Chirag Shah, assistant professor, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $490,973. The project, titled Online Q&A in STEM Education Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd, is being supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more about Shah here.

Melissa Aronczyk, assistant professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $283,340. The project, titled Collaborative Research: The Role of Information and Influence Campaigns in Structuring Public Responses to U.S. Policy, 19882015, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Aronczyk here.

Deborah Walker-McCall, associate dean of academic affairs and director, Academic Foundations Center, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $231,103. The project, titled Student Support Services, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Walker-McCall here.

James Abruzzo, instructor of management and global business and codirector, Institute of Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Transforming Urban Communities through Effective Leadership, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Abruzzo here.

May 4, 2016

Yuan-Xiang Tao, professor, vice chair of research, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,994,765. The project, titled Epigenetic Regulation of Neuropathic Pain: Role of DRG Histone Methyltransferase G9a, is being supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Learn more about Tao here.

Liang Chen, assistant professor, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Genomic Variation in Epidemic Carbapenem-Resistant K.Penumoniae, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Chen here.

Anne Nielsen, assistant extension specialist, Department of Entomology, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $299,953. The project, titled IPM-CPR: A Systems-Level Approach to Manage Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Conserve Beneficial Insects in Tree Fruit, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Nielsen here.

Sylvia Christakos, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $275,000. The project, titled The In Vivo Effect of Vitamin D on Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection Co-PIs, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Christakos here.

Jennifer Buckman, interim director, education and training division, and associate research professor, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $269,100. The project, titled 20152016 Rutgers Alcohol and Drug Counselor Education, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Buckman here.

Lawrence Gaspers, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $159,000. The project, titled Inositol-trisphosphate 3-kinase and Colorectal Cancer Cell Adhesion, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Gaspers here.

April 27, 2016

Kristjan Haule, professor of physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a four-year award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Center for Computational Design of Functional Correlated Materials and Theoretical Spectroscopy, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and Brookhaven National Labs. Learn more about Haule here.

Carolyn Suzuki, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Regulating mtDNA and mtRNA Dynamics by the Mitochondrial AAA+ Lon Protease, is being supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Learn more about Suzuki here.

Kwangwon Lee, associate professor, Department of Biology, and director of undergraduate biology, Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University–Camden, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $422,028. The project, titled Molecular Mechanism of Natural Variation and Adaptation of Circadian Clock, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Lee here.

Nicole Fahrenfeld, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $332,441. The project, titled Dynamics of Microbial Agents in Sewer Systems and Wet Weather Flow, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Fahrenfeld here.

Mark Siracusa, assistant professor, New Jersey Medical School, and chancellor scholar, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Innate Immune of Helminth-induced Inflammation, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases. Learn more about Siracusa here.

Tomasz Imielinski, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $37,386. The project, titled Emerging Frontiers of Science of Information, is being supported by the National Science Foundation and Purdue University. Learn more about Imielinski here.