Gifts & Grants

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.

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.