Gifts & Grants

May 27, 2015

Patrick Sinko, distinguished professor of pharmaceutics and Parke-Davis Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.6 million over three years. The project, titled Anti-HIV Colorectal Nanocarrier-based Foams for Mucosal Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Sinko here.

Daniel Murnick, professor of physics, College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant totaling $703,354. The project is titled Development of a Laser-Based Benchtop Radiocarbon Analyzer. Learn more about Murnick here

Jon Carnegie, executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $496,291. The project, titled NJTIP Travel Training for Northern New Jersey, is being supported by NJTransit. Learn more about Carnegie here

Evelyn Okeke, a second-year doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Kiran Madura, professor of pharmacology in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been selected to receive a highly competitive five-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award includes a grant of $138,000. Learn more about the Department of Pharmacology here.

Two post-doctoral fellows in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School received two-year fellowships with grants of $100,000 each from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Hanlin Tao, who works in the laboratory of Shengkan Jin, associate professor of pharmacology, will study Preventing and Treating Metastic Pancreatic Cancer by Targeting Cell Metabolism. Learn more about the Department of Pharmacology here. Miao Chen, who works in the laboratory of Marc Gartenberg, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will study The tRNA Supply Chain: Coupling tRNA Synthesis with Nuclear Export of tRNAs at Nuclear Pore Complexes. Learn more about the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology here.

Akhil Sharma, assistant professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship for Creative Arts/Fiction totaling $50,000. The project is titled Cosmopolitan. Learn more about Sharma here

May 20, 2015

David Sleat, associate professor, biochemistry and molecular biology, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM), Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of a $437,250 grant over two years. The project, titled Biomarker Discovery for Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, is being funded by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about CABM here.

Mitra Neshatfar, research specialist at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $87,882. The project, titled Data Analysis for Safety Programs, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Learn more about Neshatfar here.

Peter Lobel, professor, biochemistry and molecular biology, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an $86,655 grant. The project, titled Lysosomal Proteome of Eight-month-old PGRN Knockout Mice is being supported by Forum Pharmaceuticals. Learn more about Lobel here.

David Mulvihill, resident physician in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Radiation Oncology, has received the ASCO 2015 Young Investigator Award and a $50,000 grant from the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The project is titled Childhood Radiation Exposure from Interventional Cardiology Procedures and Subsequent Cancer Risk. Learn more about the Department of Radiation Oncology here.

Beryl Satter, professor in the Department of History, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship for Humanities/U.S. History totaling $50,000. The project is titled ShoreBank, Development, and the Fight Against Black Economic Marginalization. Learn more about Satter here.

May 13, 2015

Marsha Bates, research professor, associate director of the Center of Alcohol Studies, and director of the center’s Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory, and Jennifer Buckman, associate research professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2,668,008 over five years. The project, titled In the Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Triggers, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Bates here and Buckman here.

Samuel Bunting, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $351,543. The project, titled Control of Commitment Steps in Mammalian Homologous Recombination, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Bunting here.

Mauricio Delgado, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $54,194. The project, titled Parsing Reward: Identifying Distinct Neural Pathways for Specific Reward Properties, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Delgado here.

Jean Patrick Antoine, assistant dean for enrichment programs at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Antoine here.

Karen D’Alonzo, associate professor and associate dean for nursing science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $8,000. The project, titled A Bio-Behavioral Study of Allostatic Load and Coping Styles among Oaxacan Immigrants, is being supported by the Centers for Global Advancement and Global Affairs. Learn more about D’Alonzo here.

May 6, 2015

Debra Laskin, distinguished professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2.6 million over five years. The project, titled Activated Macrophages in Ozone Toxicology, is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and involves collaboration with scientists at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: Howard Kipen, Jeffrey Laskin, and Cliff Weisel. Read more about Laskin here

Donna Van Alst, assistant research professor and director of research at the Institute for Families, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $221,695. The project, titled Community Engagement and Recovery, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Van Alst here.

Jeanne Herb, associate director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,750. The project, titled Building Lasting Solutions to Support a Culture of Health in New Brunswick, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Herb here.

Mary Curran, associate dean for local-global partnerships, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,000. The project, titled STARTALK Rutgers Chinese Teacher Leadership Program 2015, is being supported by the National Security Agency. Learn more about Curran here.

Lauren Krivo, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $51,847. The project, titled EAGER: Developing an Application for Assessing Respondent Experiences of Their Surroundings in Real Time, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Krivo here.

Suzanne Willard, associate dean for global health, clinical professor, and director of the HIV Care Specialty track, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Preparing Nurses for a Global Future, is being supported by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. Learn more about Willard here.

April 29, 2015

Lee Cronk, professor in the Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,955,924. The project, titled Generous by Nature: Need-Based Transfers and the Origins of Human Cooperation, is being supported by The John Templeton Foundation. Learn more about Cronk here.

Maurice Elias, professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,062,307. The project, titled Enhancing Student Purpose with the Middle School Ambassador Program, is being supported by The John Templeton Foundation. Learn more about Elias here

Pernille Hemmer, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $439,998 over five years. The project, titled CAREER: Applications of Bayesian Inference to Human Memory and Decision, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Hemmer here.

John Wilkin, professor and director of the Graduate Program in Oceanography, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $386,691. The project, titled A Model-Based Synthesis of Mid Atlantic Bight Pioneer Array Data to Infer Across-Shelf Fluxes, Frontal Variability, and Characteristics of the Array, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wilkin here.

Arend-Jan Both, associate extension specialist in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $252,452. The project, titled Optimizing Protected Culture Environments for Berry Crops, is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Both here

April 22, 2015

Marsha Bates, research professor, associate director of the Center of Alcohol Studies, and director of the center’s Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,668,008 over five years. The project, titled In the Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Triggers, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Bates here.

Melchi Michel, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $424,834. The project, titled Visual Memory Mechanisms in Transsaccadic Integration and Overt Search, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Michel here.

Kay Bidle, associate 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 $223,677 over three years. The project, titled Quantifying Competing Loss Rates of Viral Lysis and Microzooplankton Grazing on Emiliania Huxleyi Mortality, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bidle here.

Louis Tuthill, assistant professor of criminal justice, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $32,739. The project, titled Community Policing Crime Analysis, Technical Assistance and Consultation, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more about Tuthill here.

Gwendolyn Harris, executive director of the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $32,000 over two years. The project, titled School-Based Youth Services Counseling, is being supported by the Camden Board of Education. Learn more about Harris here

April 15, 2015

Laszlo Zaborszky, distinguished professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,318,806 over five years. The project, titled Afferent Regulation of Cholinergic Forebrain Neurons, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Zaborszky here.

Cheryl Dreyfus, professor and chair in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $607,160 over three years. The project, titled The Role of Glial Cell-Derived Factors in a Cuprizone Model of Multiple Sclerosis, is being supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Learn more about Dreyfus here.

Kathleen Marrs, assistant director of workforce development and grants in the Office of Continuing Professional Education, Rutgers' New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $350,400. The project, titled Rutgers Financial Services Partners, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Learn more about Marrs here.

Bin Tian, professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $227,250. The project, titled Illumina NextSeq500 DNA Sequencing System, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Tian here

Vivek Singh, assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $117,102. The project, titled Cyberbullying Detection Using Content and Social Network Analysis, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Singh here

April 8, 2015

Ilya Raskin, distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,091,981 over five years. The project, titled Health Promoting Effects of High-Polyphenol Foods, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Raskin here.

Charles Brown, senior research specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project, titled New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Brown here.

Santosh Nagarakatte, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $545,000 over five years. The project, titled Semantics, Abstractions and Tools for a Pragmatic Verified LLVM Compiler, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Nagarakatte here.

Yana Bromberg, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Analysis of Variation for Association with Disease, is being supported by the PhRMA Foundation. Learn more about Bromberg here

April 1, 2015

Ivan Rodero, associate research professor at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $171,257. The project, titled Exploring Advanced Cyber-Infrastructure Co-Design for Big Data Analytics, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Rodero here.

Ronald Quincy, professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative, is being supported by the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about Quincy here.

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director, and Maria Torchia LoGrippo, part-time lecturer, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are co-principal investigators of a two-year, $100,000 grant to the New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC). The grant will support NJAC’s Seamless Academic Progression Pilot Project, which aims to boost the number of bachelor’s-prepared nurses in the state and strengthen data collection efforts related to the nursing workforce. LoGrippo is director of the project, and Cadmus is co-lead for the NJAC. The grant, augmented by $50,000 in matching funds raised by NJAC, is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. Learn more about Cadmus here and about LoGrippo here.

Tracey Shors, distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,915. The project, titled Sexual Conspecific Aggressive Response, is being supported by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Learn more about Shors 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 Acetylcholine Receptors, is being supported by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Learn more about Brannigan here.

Jinglin Fu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project, titled An Enzyme-Powered Nanomotor Propelled by Chemical Fuels, is being supported by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Learn more about Fu here.

March 25, 2015

Joel Cantor, distinguished professor of public policy and director of the Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3 million. The project, titled New Jersey State Healthcare Innovation Project, is being supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Learn more about Cantor here.

Patrick Szary, associate director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.5 million. The project, titled Pavement Support Program, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Szary here.

Dimitris Metaxas, distinguished professor of computer science and director of the Computational Biomedicine Imaging and Modeling Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $780,800 over three years. The project, titled Dynamic Integration of Motion and Neural Data to Capture Human Behavior, is being supported by the Department of Defense. Learn more about Metaxas here.

Ruth Anne Koenick, director of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,315. The project, titled Screaming to Prevent Violence, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Koenick here.

Elizabeth Torres, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $18,000. The project, titled High-Resolution Instrumentation in Capturing Subtle Natural Behaviors Unseen by Human Visual Observation to Treat Sensory Processing Disorders, is being supported by The Wallace Foundation. Learn more about Torres here.

Thomas Gianfagna, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,300. The project, titled Innovative Packaging Technologies to Enhance the Quality of Fresh Cut Flowers, is being supported by the American Floral Endowment. Learn more about Gianfagna here.