Gifts and Grants

April 19, 2017

Michele Pavanello, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $648,875. The project, titled CAREER: CDS&E: Nonlocal and Periodic Density Embedding, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Pavanello here.

Francisco Artigas, associate research professor and director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $109,642. The project, titled Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Industrial and Agricultural Contaminants in the Raritan River, is being supported by the Mushett Family Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Artigas here.

Ronke Olabisi, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $24,997. The project, titled Tissue Engineering CURE to Recruit Women in STEM, is being supported by Engineering Information Foundation. Learn more about Olabisi here.

Lois Rockson, assistant professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received an American Dissertation Fellowship award totaling $20,000 from the American Association of University Women. Her research focuses on cancer screening among Garifuna women who have settled in urbanized spaces of the Bronx, N.Y. Learn more about Rockson here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $7,000. The project, titled Systematic Review & Guideline Development Training with the United States Preventive Services Task Force, is being supported by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Jadotte here.

April 12, 2017

Kyle Saitta, Ph.D. candidate, Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, School of Public Health, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $101,387. The project, titled Role of CHPG in Oligodendrocyte Regeneration, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Saitta here.

Diana Sanchez, associate professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $33,701. The project, titled Unacknowledged Identities: Biracial and Bicultural Identity and Health, is being supported by the Russell Sage Foundation. Learn more about Sanchez here.

Erin Vogel, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $24,950. The project, titled Coping with a Challenging Environment: Nutritional Immunology in Wild Bornean Orangutans, is being supported by the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation. Learn more about Vogel 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 $11,000. The project, titled Public Health Training in Zika Prevention and Control, is being supported by the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Jadotte here.

Suzanne Piotrowski, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $8,000 from the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs at Rutgers University. Piotrowski and Gregory Porumbescu, assistant professor, SPAA, Rutgers–Newark, will conduct collaborative research with the Utrecht School of Governance to determine the relationship between transparency and trust in government.

Rachel Emas, assistant teaching professor, and Jiahuan Lu, assistant professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, were each awarded a $1,000 grant from the Rutgers University Libraries' Open and Affordable Textbook Grant Taskforce to help provide free and reduced-cost textbooks to SPAA students. 

April 5, 2017

Bart Krekelberg, associate director and associate professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,550,000. The project, titled The Neural Basis of Neuromodulation by Transcranial Current Stimulation, is being supported by the Brain Initiative, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Krekelberg here.

Daniel Asen, assistant professor, Department of History, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $92,860. The project, titled Fingerprinting in Twentieth Century China from Racial, Political, and Scientific Perspectives, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Asen here.

Alessia Eramo, doctorate candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $16,000. The project, titled Treatment of Pathogens in Combined Sewer Overflows, is being supported by the Hudson River Foundation. Learn more about Eramo here.

March 29, 2017

Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $695,637. The project, titled Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Autism and Language Neural Stem Cells, is being supported by the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation. Learn more about DiCicco-Bloom here.

G. Marcela Rodriguez, 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 Iron Dependent Membrane Vesicle Production in M. Tuberculosis, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Rodriguez here.

John Hughes, distinguished professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $398,625. The project, titled On the Trail of the Most Massive Galaxy Clusters in the Observable Universe, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Hughes here.

The Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Innovation Grant totaling $5,000 from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators to be used to assess campus climate for sexual and interpersonal violence.

March 22, 2017

Teresa Wood, professor and Rena Warshow Endowed Chair in Multiple Sclerosis, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,564,936. The project, titled Pathways That Regulate Basal and Metastatic Phenotypes in Triple Negative Breast Cancers, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Wood here.

Hieronim Jakubowski, adjunct professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $154,000. The project, titled Homocysteine-Thiolactone in Prognostication of Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes, is being supported by the American Heart Association. Learn more about Jakubowski here.

Lev Borisov, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $154,000. The project, titled Mirror Symmetry and Related Topics, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Borisov here.

Xiaowei Wang, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $145,072. The project, titled Canonical Metrics on Kahler and Riemannian Manifolds and Their Modulis, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wang here.

March 8, 2017

Benjamin Samuels, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,937,500. The project, titled Molecular and Neural Circuitry Mechanisms Underlying Antidepressant Treatment Resistance, is being supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Samuels here.

Patrick Shafto, associate professor and Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $749,016. The project, titled Guiding Guided Learning: Developmental Educational and Computational Perspectives, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Shafto here.

Junichi Sadoshima, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $535,176. The project, titled Regulation of Myocardial Growth and Death by the Hippo Pathway, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sadoshima here.

Rafael Valentin, graduate assistant, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $94,976. The project, titled Developing a New High-Resolution Surveillance Protocol Using Molecular Methods for Detection of Exotic Agricultural Insect Pests That Can Pose a Threat to Crops, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Malin L. Pinsky, assistant professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $86,036. The project, titled Projecting and Communicating Changes in North American Marine Species Distributions, is being supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Pinsky here.

John Hughes, distinguished professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $82,005. The project, titled Measuring the Mass of El Gordo to Near the Viral Radius, is being supported by the Space Telescope Science Institute. Learn more about Hughes here.

March 1, 2017

Nilgun Tumer, distinguished professor, Department of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,182,115. The project, titled Inhibitors Targeting Ribosome Interactions of Ricin, is being supported by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Tumer here.

JeanMarie Hartman, associate professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Research for Targeting Regulatory Protections to Vulnerable Forests in the Delaware River Watershed, is being supported by the William Penn Foundation. Learn more about Hartman here.

Derek DeLia, research professor, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $249,697. The project, titled Evaluation Design and Implementation for the Transforming Complex Care (TCC) Initiative, is being supported by the Center for Health Strategy Inc. Learn more about DeLia here.

Shinichi Oka, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $154,000. The project, titled Sirt1 in Myocardial Metabolic Remodeling, is being supported by the American Heart Association. Learn more about Oka here.

Jonathan Eckstein, professor, Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $56,057. The project, titled Parallel Augmented Lagrangian Solution of Stochastic Optimization Problems, is being supported by Sandia National Laboratories. Learn more about Eckstein here.

Jillian Dietzold, postdoctoral fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Mechanisms of Enhanced Susceptibility to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Helminth Coinfected Hosts and How It Effects Tuberculosis Chemotherapy, is being supported by the Potts Memorial Foundation.

February 22, 2017

Chaoyang Xue, associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,710,934. The project, titled The Role of Inositol in Cryptococcus Biology and Pathogenesis, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Xue here.

Michael Yedidia, research professor, Center for State Health Policy, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $998,900. The project, titled Support for Promoting a Culture of Health in New Jersey Communities, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Yedidia here.

Fredric Wondisford, professor and chair, Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $311,241. The project, titled Transcriptional Coactivators and Hepatic Glucose Production, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Wondisford here.

Marilyn Sneiderman, professor of professional practice and director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled SMLR Center of Innovation in Work Organization for General Operations to Support Such Projects as: 1) Building the Bench Initiative; 2) Membership Building and Financial Sustainability; 3) Co-Enforcement; and 4) Bargaining for the Common Good, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Learn more about Sneiderman here.

Sabiha Hussain, program director, Department of Pediatrics, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $56,160. The project, titled Implementation of Outpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services: Pharmacist and/or Pharmacy Technician, is being supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Learn more about Hussain here.

Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $48,880. The project, titled Puerto Rico Supervisory Training Development Program, is being supported by the Casey Family Programs. Learn more about Munson here.

The Rutgers Raritan River Consortium awarded five $7,500 minigrants involving partnerships with Raritan stakeholders to support research by university faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers on Raritan River, basin, and bay resource issues, as follows:

  • Nicole Fahrenfeld, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Kristi MacDonald, Raritan Headwaters, for Controls on the Fate and Ecotoxicity of Microplastics in the Raritan River;
  • Olaf Jensen, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with NJDEP and New Jersey American Water Company, for Monitoring Fish Migration on the Raritan River: A Live Stream of Fish Ladder Passage;
  • Josh Kohut, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Robert Schuster, NJDEP Marine Water Monitoring Bureau, for 2017 Raritan River Water Quality Sampling: Introducing Rutgers Students to NJDEP Sampling and Quality Control Standards;
  • Max Häggblom, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and wastewater treatment plants discharging to the Raritan, for Anaerobic Biodegradability of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Raritan River Sediments; and
  • Beth Ravit, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Keith Cooper, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with New York/New Jersey Baykeeper, for Microplastic Pollution in the Raritan River.

February 15, 2017

Glenn Amatucci, research professor and director, Energy Storage Research Group, Department of Material Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,077,157. The project, titled Self-Forming Thin Interphases and Electrodes Enabling 3-D Structured High Energy Density Batteries, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Amatucci here.

Marco Zarbin, chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, New Jersey Medical School, and Raymond Birge, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Improving Cell-Based Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, is being supported by the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation. Learn more about Zarbin here and Birge here.

Junichi Sadoshima, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $350,639. The project titled Redox Regulation in Myocardial Disease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sadoshima here.

Bruce Baker, professor, Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration, Graduate School of Education (GSE), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The award names Robert Kim to a fellowship at GSE for the project, titled Leveraging School Finance Research to Increase Education Equity and Opportunity for All Students, and is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Baker here.

Gediminas Mainelis, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $161,306. The project, titled The Investigation in the Characteristics of Nanoparticle Release from Nano-Enabled Consumer Sprays (FP2395), is being supported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Learn more about Mainelis here.

Ping-Hsin Chen, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled An Office-Based Advocate and Specialist Intervention System for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, is being supported by the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Chen here.

February 8, 2017

Joel Cantor, distinguished professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and director, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,020,000. The project, titled Continuing Support for the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy to Serve New Jersey in Developing an Effective Health Policy, is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Cantor here

Stephen Vatner, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, and director, Cardiovascular Research Center, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $452,738. The project, titled Vascular Protection in Hibernating Woodchucks, is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Vatner here.

M. Maral Mouradian, William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology, and director, Center for Neurodegenerative and Neuroimmunologic Diseases, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $452,438. The project, titled Developing Novel RNA-Based Therapeutics for Parkinson’s Disease, is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Mouradian here.

Hernan Arango, research programmer, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $148,000. The project, titled A Terrain-Following Ocean Modeling System, is supported by the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Arango here.

Lyneir Richardson, instructor of professional practice and executive director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative, is supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Richardson here.

Federico Sesti, associate professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled A.C. Elegans Model Using Human Genes for High-Throughput Screening for Cystoskeletal Disturbances, is supported by the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps. Learn more about Sesti here.

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