Gifts & Grants

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.

March 18, 2015

Ali Maher, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4,512,507. The project, titled Utilization of Pneumatic Flow Tube Mixing Technique, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Maher here.

Jessica Ware, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $817,595. The project, titled Social Networking: Understanding Sociality and Symbiosis, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Ware here.

Véronique Dartois, associate professor at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an instrument grant totaling $417,944. The instrument, A Maldiltq Orbitrap XL Mass Spectrometer for Bioimaging, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dartois here.

Harish Swaminathan, doctoral candidate at the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $34,999. The project, titled Computational Methods for the Interpretation of Forensic DNA Samples, is being supported by the United States Department of Justice. Learn more about Swaminathan here.

Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $22,000. The project, titled Quantifying the Impact of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs on the School Readiness, is being supported by the Center for American Progress. Learn more about Barnett here.

March 11, 2015

Annie Beuve, professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, and Hong Li, director of the Center for Advanced Proteomics Research and associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, both at New Jersey Medical School, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $1,646,228 over four years. The project, titled NO Signaling by a Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase-Thioredoxin Transnitrosation Complex, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Beuve here and Li here.

Eugene Murphy, assistant vice president for global and international affairs in the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $678,881. The project, titled Research and Innovation Fellowship Program, is being supported by the United States Agency for International Development. Learn more about Murphy here

Tina Eliassi-Rad, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,000. The project, titled Adaptive Mapping for Network Characterization, is being supported by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Learn more about Eliassi-Rad here.

Hooman Parvardeh, program manager at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator on a corporate contract totaling $34,600. The project, titled Work on the Eastbound Chesapeake Bay Bridge, is being supported by Transportation Infrastructure Systems Inc. Learn more about Parvardeh here.

Nicholas DePinto, faculty member at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Dentures for Seniors Program, is being supported by Delta Dental. Learn more here

March 4, 2015

Daniel Fine, professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology and director of the Center for Oral Infectious Diseases, School of Dental Medicine, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3.2 million. The project, titled Early Markers of Aggressive Periodontitis, is being supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Learn more about Fine here.

Anushua Sinha, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project, titled Maternal Pertussis Immunization Cost Effectiveness Analysis, is being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn more about Sinha 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 $139,990 over two years. The project, titled Genetic Monitoring to Improve Fish Stock Assessments, is being supported by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Learn more about Pinsky here.  

Stephanie DiPetrillo, senior research specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of awards totaling $75,000. The projects, titled NJ Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter and NJDOT.org, are supported by New Jersey Transit. Learn more about DiPetrillo here

Jessica Francis, research fellow at the National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,000. The project, titled Summit Full Day Kindergarten Evaluation, is being supported by the Schumann Fund for New Jersey. Learn more about Francis here.

February 25, 2015

Les Michelson, scientific staff at Rutgers' Office of Information Technology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.7 million. The project, titled Supercomputing: Rutgers' Catalyst for Discovery at the Frontiers of Medicine, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dr. Michelson here

Henry Hsia, assistant professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is principal investigator on a $130,250 grant from LifeCell. His project is titled Impact of Acellular Dermal Matrix on Post-Surgical Wound Fluid Biomarkers. Learn more about Professor Hsia here.

Melissa Just, associate university librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Rutgers University Libraries, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $82,593. Her project, titled Network Funding for Statewide Library Services, is being supported by the New Jersey State Library. Learn more about Ms. Just here.

Liliane Windsor, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,000. Her project, titled ICI New Jersey, is being supported by Columbia University. Learn more about Professor Windsor here.

José Camacho, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $21,779. His project, titled Bilingual Morphology at the Crossroads: New Directions in the Study of Word Structure, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Camacho here.

February 18, 2015

Walter Zahorodny, assistant professor of pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project, titled Research on Autism, Spectrum Disorders and Child Developmental Disorders in New Jersey, is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Professor Zahorodny here.

Drew Gitomer, Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in Education, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Classroom Artifacts Are Indicators of Quality in STEM Education, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gitomer here.

Ashaki Rouff, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesNewark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,064. The project, titled Controls on Struvite Neogenesis and Reactivity in Engineered and Geochemical Systems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Rouff here.

Lee Jussim, professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000. The project, titled Maximizing Scientific Integrity, is being supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jussim here.

Faith Belanger, associate 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 $90,000 over three years. The project, titled Understanding Endophyte-Mediated Dollar Spot Resistance in Red Fescue, is being supported by the United States Golf Association. Learn more about Professor Belanger here

February 11, 2015

Qizhong Guo, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2.72 million over two years. The project, titled Strengthening Marshes Creek Through Green and Grey Infrastructure, is being supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Learn more about Professor Guo here.  

John Kettle, professor and director of the Intellectual Property Law Clinic, School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Intellectual Property Law Clinic, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Kettle here.

Cynthia Blitz, executive director of the Center for Effective School Practices and research professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $504,000. The project, titled Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, is in partnership with ICF International and is being supported by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Director Blitz here.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Service Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $210,000. The project, titled YES Institute Tutoring Program, is being supported by the LEAP Academy Charter School. Learn more about Professor Bonilla-Santiago here.

Suzie Chen, professor of chemical biology in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and James Goydos, associate professor of surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Cancer Institute of New Jersey, are principal investigators of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Melanoma Metastasis, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Professor Chen here and Professor Goydos here.

Michelle Infante-Casella, agricultural agent at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $42,605. The project, titled On-Farm Direct Marketing SWOT Analysis, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Ms. Infante-Casella here.