Gifts & Grants

September 2, 2015

Daniel Pilch, professor of pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $392,654. The project, titled Development of New Antibiotics Against Multidrug-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Pilch here.

Ann Bagchi, instructor in the School of Nursing, and William Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor in the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $264,500. The project, titled People Living with HIV Stigma Index, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Health Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services. Learn more about Bagchi here and Holzemer here.

Thomas Hegyi, professor and vice chair of pediatrics, program director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program of the Division of Neonatology, and medical director of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Center of New Jersey; and Barbara Ostfeld, professor of pediatrics and program director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $221,000 from the New Jersey Department of Health to advance the mission of the SIDS Center of New Jersey. Learn more about Hegyi here and Ostfeld here.

Sean Mitchell, professor of anthropology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $135,878 over three years. The project, titled Social Mobility, Poverty Reduction, and Democracy in an Emerging Middle Class, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Mitchell here.

Grace Brannigan, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project, titled Effects of Cholesterol and Lipid Sorting on Aggregation of Nicotinic Acetycholine Receptors, is being supported by Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Learn more about Brannigan here.

August 26, 2015

George Carman, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Food Science, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; chief scientific officer of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health; and director of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,067,434 over five years. This is the second installment of a 10-year MERIT award. The project, titled Phospholipid Metabolism and Membrane Function, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Learn more about Carman here.   

Nan Gao, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $792,000. The project, titled Raft Cdc42-Driven Colon Tumor Progression, is being supported by the American Cancer Society. Learn more about Gao here.   

Federico Sesti,  associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000 over three years. The project, titled Oxidation of KCNB1 Channels in Aging CNS, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. The co-PIs are RWJMS colleagues Janet Alder, associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology; Zhiping Pang, assistant professor of neuroscience and cell biology at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey; and Smita Thakker-Varia, associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology. Learn more about Sesti here, Alder here, Pang here, and Thakker-Varia here.    

Judith Surkis, associate professor in the Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $175,000. The project, titled Sawyer Seminar- Ethical Subjects: Laws, Moralities, Histories, is being supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more about Surkis here.  

Alexey Ryazanov, professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the recipient of a $100,000 subcontract from Longevica Pharmaceuticals Inc. The project, titled Use of EF2K Inhibitors to Inhibit Tumor Growth and Sensitize Cancer Cells to Existing Chemotherapy Treatment, is being supported by National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Ryazanov here.    

Tyler Hoffman, professor and chair in the Department of English, Camden College of Arts and Sciences; director of the Civic Scholars Program; and associate director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $7,500. The project, titled RU-C Civic Scholars/Bonner Leader Program Grant 2014-2015, is being supported by the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. Learn more about Hoffman here

August 12, 2015

Elisa Shernoffassistant professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,497,281. The project, titled Interactive Virtual Training for Early Career Teachers in High Poverty Schools, is being supported by the Institute of Education Sciences. Learn more about Shernoff here.     

Narayan Mandayam, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and associate director in the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1 million over three years. The project, titled A Software Defined Framework for Opportunistic Networking and Spectrum Management, is being supported by the Office of Naval Research in collaboration with Naval Research Laboratory. Ivan Seskar, associate director of information technology in WINLAB, is the co-principal investigator. Learn more about Mandayam here and Seskar here.   

Deborah Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics and executive director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $545,919. The project, titled University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, is being supported by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Learn more about Spitalnik here.

Vineet Chitravanshi, assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $540,000 over three years. The project, titled Traumatic Brain Injury: Functional Alterations in the Brain Cardiovascular Regulatory Areas, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission for Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Chitravanshi here.

Wilma Friedman, professor of cellular neurobiology in the Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000 over three years. The project, titled Strategies for Neuroprotection from Seizure-Induced Neuronal Loss, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Friedman here.

Paul Copeland, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,825. The project, titled Functional Analysis of SBP2 and Selenocysteine Incorporation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Copeland here.  

Jill Friedman, associate dean for pro bono and public interest programs, and Pamela Mertsock-Wolfe, associate director for pro bono and public interest programs, at Rutgers Law School, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $6,750. The project, titled Rutgers School of LawCamden Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project, is being supported by the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. The project was approved prior to the recently announced merger of the two Rutgers law schools into one unified Rutgers Law School. Learn more about Friedman here and Mertsock-Wolfe here.  

July 29, 2015

Kim Fenesy, senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.75 million over five years. The project, titled Special Population Interprofessional Care Experiences, will place dental students at community-based health clinics in Newark to work with patients and students from other health care fields. The project is being supported by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Learn more about the project here.

Howard Kipen, professor of environmental and occupational medicine and director of clinical research and occupational medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $999,975 over three years. The project, titled Climate Change, Indoor Ozone, and Vascular Function, is being supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about Kipen here.  

Rebecca Wright, professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled DIMACS/Simons Collaboration in Cryptography, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here

Kelly Dittmar, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, and scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Women Representing in an Era of Party Polarization, is being supported by the Hunt Alternatives Fund. Learn more about Dittmar here.  

Joseph Marcotrigiano, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Ronald G. Nahass, clinical professor of medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $374,709. The project, Clinical, Laboratory, and Molecular Characterization of Presumed HCV Network in Young Suburban New Jersey Heroin Users, is being supported by the Merck Investigators Studies Program. Learn more about Marcotrigiano here and about Nahass here.

Denise Rodgers, vice chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000 over four years. The project, titled Believe in a Healthy Newark, is being supported by New Jersey Health Initiatives, a statewide grant-making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant supports community-focused coalitions to promote long-term solutions for healthier living. Learn more about Rodgers here.

July 15, 2015

Andrea Norberg, executive director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center (FXB), School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $6 million over four years. The project, titled AIDS Education and Training Center National Coordinating Resource Center, is being supported by the HIV/AIDS Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. FXB has served as the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) National Resource Center since 2002. This new period of funding includes opportunities to develop a national HIV curriculum and to support practice transformation in HIV clinics nationwide. The AETC team includes: John Nelson, program director; Deborah Storm, director of evaluation; Renée Powell, program manager; and Judy Collins, program coordinator. Partners include the University of California San Francisco Center for HIV Information, University of Washington, and International Antiviral Society–USA. Learn more about FXB here.

Hong Li, director, Center for Advanced Proteomics Research and associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, and Peter Lobel, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are principal investigators of a four-year award totaling $2,544,000. The project, titled Rutgers Mass Spectrometry Center for Integrative Neuroscience Research, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health and its National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Learn more about Li here and Lobel here.

Roseanne Dobkin, associate professor of psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $675,331 over three years. The project, titled Improving Access to Depression Care in Parkinson’s Disease: A Telehealth Approach, is being supported by a Therapeutic Pipeline Program research grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Learn more about Dobkin here.

Myong Jeong, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, and the Rutgers Center for Operations Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $283,901. The project, titled Multistage Quality Engineering with Multisource Functional Data, is being supported by Qatar University. Learn more about Jeong here.

Kelley Healey, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Perlin, Public Health Research Institute Center, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was selected as a 2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation board of directors. She received a grant award of $115,705 to support her research, Elucidating Multidrug Resistance in Fungal Pathogens. Learn more about Healey here.

Terri Kinzy, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the recipient of an award totaling $30,275. The project, titled Regulators of Translation Elongation Factor eEF1A, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Kinzy here

Jaimie Testai, senior management assistant in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $24,975. The project, titled Honors Research Selective Elective, is being supported by the ADEAGies Foundation. Learn more about the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine here.

Ellen Goodman, professor in the School of Law–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Formulating Legal Guidance for Digital Journalists, is being supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Goodman here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor in the Division of Nursing Science and assistant director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,500. The project, titled Understanding the Association between Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Patient Health Outcomes in Urban Settings: A Mixed Methods Study, is being supported by the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing. Learn more about Jadotte here.

July 1, 2015

Daniel Kadouri, associate professor in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $7.2 million. The project, which will examine the therapeutic potential of two types of predatory bacteria that kill germs that have developed a resistance to antibiotics, is being supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Pathogen Predators program. Learn more about Kadouri here

Roland Anglin, faculty fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.5 million. The project, titled New City of Learning Collaborative, is being supported by the Foundation for Newark’s Future. Learn more about Anglin here.   

Jing Li, distinguished professor in the 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 Developing Highly Luminescent Materials for Low-Cost and Energy-Efficient Lighting Applications, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Li here.     

Radhika Balakrishnan, professor and director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled General Core Support for Violence Against Women and Women's Rights, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Balakrishnan here.   

Benjamin Horton, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University­­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $255,430. The project, titled Collaborative Research: Sea Level Variability During the Common Era, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Horton here

Yiannis Sakellaridis, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $172,527. The project, titled Foundations of the Relative Langlands Program, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Sakellaridis here

Taja-Nia Henderson, associate professor in the School of Law, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $16,800. The project, titled Framing Treason: Disqualification, Memory, and Reconciliation in Reconstruction-Era America, is being supported by The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Learn more about Henderson here.   

June 24, 2015

Karen Schindler, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,755,395 over five years. The project, titled Control of Mammalian Meiosis I through Protein Kinase Signaling, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Schindler here

William Hallman, professor and chair of the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences,Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled Food Nanotechnology: Expanding the Parameters of Consumer Acceptance, is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Hallman here

Waheed Bajwa, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mark Pierce, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $359,986 over three years. The project, titled Signal Processing–Optics Co-Design for In Vivo Optical Biopsy, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bajwa here and Pierce here.

Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,745. The project, titled Climate Impact Projections for U.S. Fisheries, is being supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Learn more about Pinsky here.    

Leslie Kennedy, professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $137,044. The project, titled Geospatial Predictive Policing Grant, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Kennedy here.  

Victoria Chase, clinical associate professor and chair for Clinical Programs, School of Law–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $55,000. The project, titled Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project, is being supported by the New Jersey Office of Victim Witness Advocacy. Learn more about Chase here.

June 17, 2015

Kenneth Karamichael, senior associate director in the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) and director of the Transitional Education and Employment Management (TEEM) Gateway, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,122,000. The project, titled New Agriculture for a New Generation: Recharging Greek Youth to Revitalize the Agriculture and Food Sector of the Greek Economy, is being supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Learn more about OCPE here and TEEM Gateway here.

Hani Nassif, professor of civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project, titled Field Monitoring of Concrete Bridge Deck Reconstruction and Modeling of Eastbound Traffic for the Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension, is being supported by Greenman-Pedersen Inc. Learn more about Nassif here.

Sue Shapses, professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and acting chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $521,201. The project, titled Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitor and Satiety, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Shapses here.

Christopher Obropta, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and extension specialist in water resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $489,156. The project, titled Green Infrastructure for the City of Perth Amboy, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about Obropta here.

Felesia Bowen, assistant professor, director of the Center for Urban Youth and Families, and François-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $175,000 over two years. The project, titled Supporting Youth in their Communities: Fostering Collaboration and a Network of Support for New Jersey Youth Award, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. Learn more about Bowen here.

Benedetto Piccoli, Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $105,063. The project, titled REU Site: Computational Biology Summer Program at Rutgers–Camden, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Piccoli here.

June 10, 2015

Eileen White, associate director for basic science at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and distinguished professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Bing Xia, associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and resident member of the Cancer Institute, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2.4 million. The project, titled Targeting Autophagy in Hereditary Breast Cancer, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about White here and Xia here.

Michael Verzi, assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a five-year award totaling $1,772,815. The project, titled Transcriptional Mechanisms of Tumor Suppression, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Verzi here

Wise Young, distinguished professor and Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, and founding director of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $592,568 over three years. The project, titled Myelin Debris-derived Lipid Accumulation Modulates the Function of Macrophages in Spinal Cord Injury, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Young here.

Leigh Ann Von Hagen, senior research specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center: Technical Assistance and Research Program, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Von Hagen here.  

Genese Marie Sodikoff, associate professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $219,900. The fellowship, titled Biodiversity Offsets and Zoonosis in Madagascar, is being supported by the New Directions Fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more about Sodikoff here.

David Bushek, associate professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, is the principal investigator—along with co-principal investigators Lisa Calvo, aquaculture program coordinator, and Tal Ben-Horin, postdoctoral researcher at the Haskin Lab—of an award totaling $190,421. The project, titled Minimizing Risks of Vibrio Bacteria in Farm-Raised Oysters Grown in Mid-Atlantic Intertidal Environments, is being supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more about Bushek here.

June 3, 2015

The Rutgers Ph.D. Training Program in Biotechnology has been renewed by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for a record sixth time (representing years 26 to 30 of the program). The five-year award, totaling $1,987,080, will provide 10 predoctoral fellowships annually. With matching university and industry support, the program will host 15 students each year. The program draws its students and faculty from biomedical engineering, chemical and biochemical engineering, chemistry and chemical biology, and 10 life sciences graduate programs. Along with a summer industry internship, students take three program-specific courses: Topics in Advanced Biotechnology, Bioengineering in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Science and Technology, led by experts from Rutgers and area companies. The program trains a select group of creative young leaders who are able to translate basic science discoveries into technology developments for the needs of industry, government, and society. Martin Yarmush and Anne Stock are the directors of the program. Learn more here.

John Farmer, university professor in the School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of a grant totaling $1.9 million over four years. The project, titled Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is being supported by the Defense Intelligence Agency. Learn more about Farmer here.   

Arash Hatefi, assistant professor of pharmaceutics in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling  $1,772,815 over five years. The project, titled A Nanotechnology Platform for Suicide Gene Therapy of Drug Resistant Recurring Ovarian Cancer, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health.  Learn more about Hatefi here.

Gaetano Montelione, distinguished professor and holder of the Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Chair in Cancer Biology in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and a resident member of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $426,250 over two years. The project, titled A Novel RNA Recognition Site on the Influenza B Virus NS1 Protein, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Montelione here.   

John Brennan, professor and chair in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $405,000 over three years. The project, titled Molecules and Clusters with Actinide-Chalcogen Bonds, is being  supported by the  National Science Foundation. Learn more about Brennan here. 

Desmond Lun, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University–Camden, and the Department of  Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,544. The project, titled Developing Tools for the Interpretation of Complex DNA Mixtures, is being supported by the  U.S. Department of Justice.  Learn more about Lun here.