Gifts and Grants

May 17, 2017

Jaideep Vaidya, dean’s research professor, Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,072,401. The project, titled Secure and PrivAte Collaborative Environments (SPACES) for Biomedical Analytics, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Vaidya here.

Daniel Horton, assistant professor of pediatrics, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $949,430. The project, titled Drugs, Germs, and Joints: Antibiotics, Gut Microbiota, and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, is being supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Learn more about Horton here.

Andrey Grigoriev, professor, Department of Biology, Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling 35,000. The project, titled Using Artificial Intelligence to Identify Cancer Mutations, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Grigoriev here.

May 10, 2017

Stephen Vatner, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, and director, Cardiovascular Research Center, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,137,000. The project, titled Skeletal Muscle and Brown Adipose Mechanisms Mediating Cardiovascular Risk, is being supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Learn more about Vatner here.

Mingzhu Fang, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Altered NAD+-dependent Sirt1 as a Biomarker of Circadian Disruption by Shift Work, is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. This project will be conducted by Fang in collaboration with Howard Kipen, Pamela Ohman-Strickland, Helmut Zarbl, and Judith Graber, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Learn more about Fang here

Joachim Kohn, professor and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, and Antonio Merolli, visiting research scholar, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled Can Myelination Be Regulated by Patterned Electrical Impulses in Human Schwann Cells? is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials here. Learn more about Kohn and Merolli here.

William Kostis, assistant professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled An Advanced Decision Model for Estimation of Stroke Versus Bleeding Risk for Patients with and without Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Using Anticoagulants, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Kostis here.

May 3, 2017

Amrik Sahota, research professor, Division of Life Sciences, Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,878,846. The project, titled L-Cystine Diameds as Inhibitors of L-Cystine Stone Formation in Cystinuria, is being supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Learn more about Sahota here.

Amarilliz Rivera-Medina, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics and member, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,810,060. The project, titled Regulation of Antifungal Immunity by Monocyte Derived Dendritic Cells, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Rivera-Medina here.

Xiang Liu, assistant professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $296,584. The project, titled Restricted Speed Enforcement for PTC Systems, is being supported by the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Liu here.

Changlu Wang, associate extension specialist, Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Developing Aesthetic Injury Level for German Cockroach IPM, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Wang here.

April 26, 2017

Alan Robock, distinguished professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded a grant totaling $2,982,206 over three years. The project, titled Environmental and Human Impacts of Nuclear War, is being supported by The Open Philanthropy Project. Learn more about Robock here.

Gleb Shumyatsky, associate professor, Division of Life Sciences, Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,933,100. The project, titled Activity-Dependent Cellular and Molecular Events Regulation Memory, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Shumyatsky 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 $35,000. The project, titled Gene Therapy for Diastolic Heart Failure, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Oka here.

Brandi Blessett, assistant professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Intersectional Subjection and Law Enforcement: Examining Perceptions Held by LGBTQ People of Color in New Orleans, LA, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program. Learn more about Blessett here.

Will Power Retention Scholarship
The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the creation of the Will Power Retention Scholarship, thanks to a $25,000 pledge from Frank McClellan (RC ‘67). This scholarship will provide up to $2,500 for continuing students who have an outstanding term bill, with preference given to male students in their final year. The scholarship – named after a slave we know only as Will, who laid the foundation for the Old Queens Building – was a recommendation of the Rutgers Scarlet and Black Project.

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.

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