Gifts and Grants

October 26, 2016

Jeffrey Laskin, professor and chief, Division of Toxicology, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,400,000. The project, titled Rutgers University CounterACT Center of Excellence, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Laskin here.

Nancy Reichman, professor, neonatology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,166,852. The project, titled Effects of Maternal Employment on Adolescent Social and Health Behaviors, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Reichman here.

Daniel Horton, assistant professor, pediatrics, 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 Institutes of Health. Learn more about Horton here.

Kristen Powell, assistant research professor, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project, titled Opioid Overdose Prevention and NJAssessRX, is being supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Learn more about Powell here.

Alan Robock, distinguished professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $718,276. The project, titled Impacts of Climate Engineering Using Stratospheric Aerosols, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Robock here.

Shawna Hudson, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, and director, community research, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $344,804. The project, titled Extended Cancer Education for Longer-term Survivors (EXCELS) in Primary Care, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hudson here.

October 19, 2016

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director, and Sarah McMahon, associate professor and associate director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, School of Social Work, are the principal investigators of an award of $4,999,982. The project, titled Rutgers Research Consortium on Violence Against Women, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Postmus here and McMahon here.

Tracy Tran, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $599,716. The project, titled Novel Cell Autonomous and Non-cell Autonomous Mechanisms of Semaphorin-Neuropilin/Plexin Signaling Regulate Spinal Commissural Axon Pathfinding in the Mammalian CNS, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Tran here.

Francois Berthiaume, associate professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $442,327. The project, titled Multifunctional Nanoparticles Containing sRAGE Potentiated Bioactive Reptides for Wound Healing, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Berthiaume here.

Wenwei Hu, associate professor and resident member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $375,000. The project, titled Examining the Molecular Signaling of Chronic Stress in Promoting Breast Cancer, is being supported by Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Read more about Hu here.

Greg Camilli, professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,586. The project, titled Explaining the NAEP 2013-2015 Mathematics Decline, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Camilli here.

Les Kennedy, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,247. The project, titled Next Generation Risk Terrain Modeling Software: Development and Sustainability, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Kennedy here.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently awarded several internal grants as part of its American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Award. This year’s awardees were selected by an internal peer review process. Each will receive a $50,000 award consisting of $30,000 in grant funds and $20,000 in matching funds from the Rutgers University Foundation. The following Cancer Institute research members will focus on projects in their respective fields: Hossein Khiabanian: Data-driven Deep-sequencing Design to Detect Small Sub-clonal Prognostic Variants in Cancer; Jared Toettcher: Developing an Optogenetic Approach to Detect Signaling Alterations in Cancer; Subhajyoti De: Genomic Characterization of Structural Alteration Breakpoints in Cancer; and Brian Gonzalez: Development of an mHealth Post-Surgery Self-Management Tool.

October 12, 2016

Michael MacKenzie, associate professor, Department of Social Work and Pediatrics, School of Social Work, and Kerrie Ocasio, assistant research professor, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Promoting Adoption and Guardianship Stability in New Jersey, is being supported by the Administration for Children and Families. Learn more about MacKenzie here and Ocasio here.

Jeffrey Zahn, associate professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $593,792. The project, titled Multilayer Implantable Cortical Microelectrodes to Improve Recording Potential for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Zahn here.

Jeanne Herb, associate director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Richard Lathrop, director, Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, and professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $434,650. The project, titled Ocean Planning in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Learn more about Herb here and Lathrop here.

Steven Silverstein, director of research and director, Division of Schizophrenia Research, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $415,000. The project, titled Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for First-Episode Psychosis, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Silverstein here.

Gedi Mainelis, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $318,725. The project, Advanced Sampler for Measuring Exposure to Biological Aerosols, is being supported by DHHS-PHS-CDC-NIOSH. Read more about Mainelis here.

David Perlin, executive director and professor, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Better Understand and Combat Multidrug Resistant Fungal Infections, is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more about Perlin here.

October 5, 2016

Andrew Norris, distinguished professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Dynamic Elastic Media: Passive and Active Non-Reciprocal Theory, Experiment and Design, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Norris here.

Todd Clear, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $700,000. The project, titled Newark Community Street Team, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Read more about Clear here.

William Mabe, director of research and evaluation, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,085. The project, titled NJ P20W State Longitudinal Data Systems Project, is being supported by SNJ-Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Read more about Mabe here.

Mark Gluck, professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $582,800. The project, titled Pathways to Brain Health for African Americans: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study, is being supported by the National Institute on Aging. Learn more about Gluck here.

Christopher Obropta, extension specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Technical Support Program for Municipalities and Watershed Partners, is being supported by William Penn Foundation. Read more about Obropta here.

Radhika Balakrishnan, professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Core Support for Women's Rights and Economic Justice, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Read more about Balakrishnan here.

September 28, 2016

Manish Parashar, distinguished professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and founding director, Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4 million. The project, titled CIF21 DIBBs: EI: Virtual Data Collaboratory: A Regional Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Data Intensive Science, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Parashar here.

Robert Kopp, associate professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and associate director, Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3 million. The project, titled NSF Research Traineeship in Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Kopp here.

University Behavioral Health Care’s Child Division received a $2 million five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to create the Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery, a National Child Trauma Stress Network category III community service and treatment center, to provide evidence-based trauma-informed care services to New Jersey children with complex trauma and their families through training and consultation. New Jersey Children’s System of Care and Rutgers’ School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology will help train the existing and future workforce. The grant will be administered by principal investigator Diana Salvador and Kelly Moore, director. Learn more about Salvador here and Moore here.

Shishir Chundawat, assistant professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $449,678. The project, titled A Multiscale Approach to Characterizing Interfacial Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the Chundawat research group here.

Eunsung Junn, associate professor, Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Translational Regulation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Junn here.

Gary Brewer, professor and interim chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Martha Soto, associate professor, Department of Pathology, both at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were granted $298,210 in supplemental funds as part of a $413,517 bridging award to their initial $3.7 million K12 grant. The project, titled Biomedical Science Education Postdoctoral Training Program, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Learn more about Brewer here and Soto here.

Sandra Adams, executive director, Eric B. Chandler Health Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a $218,000 Health Center Quality Improvement grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in recognition of the center’s quality performance during CY2015. Read more about Adams here.

The Brodsky Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a $39,417 grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for general program support that will enable it to continue inviting artists-in-residency and engaging audiences in educational programming for the next three years. The center exposes high school to postgraduate students to the most current art practice and processes through classes, lectures, internships, school visits, and regular exhibitions.

September 21, 2016

Jeffrey Carson, Richard C. Reynolds Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and provost, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $16,138,638. The project, titled Myocardial Ischemia and Transfusion, is being supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Learn more about Carson here.

Elizabeth Bonawitz, assistant professor, Computational Cognitive Development Lab, Department of Psychology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $645,168. The project, titled Choosing to Learn: Investigating the Factors That Drive Preschoolers' Exploration, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bonawitz here.

William Mabe, director of research and evaluation, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,085. The project, titled NJ P20W State Longitudinal Data Systems Project, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Learn more about Mabe here.

John Pintar, professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Alexander Kusnecov, professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the co-investigators of an award totaling $426,224. The project, titled The Role of Orphanin/FQ in the Behavioral and Neuroinflammatory Response to Stress, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Pintar here and Kusnecov here.

Sharad Goyal, associate professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Radiation from Interventional Cardiology Procedures and Risk of Lung Cancer, is being supported by the American Lung Association. Learn more about Goyal here.

Davide Comoletti, assistant professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000. The project, titled Neuronal Cell Surface Molecules That Stimulate Myelination, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Comoletti here.

Dake Zhang, assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship totaling $70,000 to conduct research on the development of teaching fractions using number lines. The goal is to develop teaching skills around the use of visuals, especially visuals with abstract features, to build a path for strong achievement in mathematics for students with mathematics learning disabilities. Learn more about Zhang here

September 14, 2016

Matthew Neiditch, associate professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,910,286. The project, titled Molecular Mechanisms of Rgg Receptor Regulation by Pheromones and Inhibitors, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read more about Neiditch here.

Assimina Pelegri, professor and undergraduate program director, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,053. The project, titled Experimental and Computational Studies of Single High Performance Aramid Fiber Failure, is being supported by the Department of Defense. Learn more about Pelegri here.

Paul Jargowsky, professor and director, Center for Urban Research and Education, Rutgers University–Camden; Chris Wheeler, doctoral candidate, Rutgers–Camden; and Katrin Anacker, associate professor, George Mason University, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $218,378. The project, titled The Architecture of Segregation, is being supported by the National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences Program. Learn more about Jargowsky here.

Joel Freundlich, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and Department of Medicine, and member, Center for Emerging and Reemerging Pathogens, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $149,388. The project is developing a series of compounds for treating tuberculosis and is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Freundlich here.

Yuri 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 a one-year award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Clinical Predictive Value of Systematic Reviews with Meta-Analysis for Future Research on Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Demonstration Project Using the Case of Preventive Statin Therapy, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Jadotte here

September 7, 2016

Vijay Parashar, assistant professor, Center for Oral Infectious Diseases, School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a $1.6 million NIH Outstanding Investigator award. The funding, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, will support his research on bacterial signal transduction mechanisms. Learn more about Parashar here

Beth Leech, professor, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is one of several international coinvestigators of an award totaling $1.5 million. The project, titled Agendas and Interest Groups, is being supported by the European Research Council. Learn more about Leech here.

Janice Gobert, professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $865,705. The project, titled Testing the Effects of Real-Time Scaffolding of Science Inquiry Driven by Automated Performance Assessment, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gobert here.

Stephen Garofalini, distinguished professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $390,000. The project, titled Water Reorientation and Proton Transport at the Nanoconfined Water/Amorphous Oxide Interface, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Garofalini here.

Prosenjit Bagchi, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $383,491. The project, titled Network Hemodynamics: A Computational Study of Cellular Blood Flow and Particulate Transport in Microvascular Capillary Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bagchi here.

Kevin Chen, associate professor, Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $226,775. The project, titled RI: Small: Collaborative Research: New Directions in Spectral Learning with Applications to Comparative Epigenetics, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Chen here.

Anne Gregory, associate professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000. The project, titled Focused Classroom Coaching and Widespread Racial Equity in School Discipline, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Gregory here.

In funding to support a collaboration among Rutgers, Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI), and The Nature Conservancy, UCI received a $1.2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to continue development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, a state-of-the-art mapping and information site focused on ocean areas from New York through Virginia. The funding will support the work of a project research team that includes researchers from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

August 24, 2016

Patrick Clifford, professor and associate dean for research, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,512,581. The project, titled AUD Brief Interventions: Testing the Comparability Hypothesis and Purported MoBC, is being supported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Learn more about Clifford here.

Amariliz Rivera, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, and member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Mechanisms of Bidirectional Innate Licensing in Antifungal Immunity, is being supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Learn more about Rivera here.

Helen Berman, distinguished professor and Board of Governors Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $355,125. The project, titled Unified Data Resource for 3DEM, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Berman here.

Franklin Moon, professor and undergraduate director, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $162,141. The project, titled Bridge Superstructure Tolerance to Total and Differential Foundation Movements, is being supported by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Learn more about Moon here.

Husam Najm, associate professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and program codirector, Structures and Advanced Materials, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $161,143. The project, titled The Use of Porous Concrete for Sidewalk, is being supported by the Department of Transportation. Learn more about Najm here.

Cristi Palmer, ornamental horticulture program manager, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $121,435. The project, titled Enhanced Mitigation and Detection of Impatiens, Cucurbit, Hops, and Basil Downy Mildews, is being supported by the Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Palmer here.

August 10, 2016

Janice Mehnert, director, Phase I and Developmental Therapeutics Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and Ryan Sullivan, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, are coprincipal investigators of an award totaling $2,271,427. The project, titled Exploration of Combined Therapies that Target Cancer Pathways and Promote Cell Death, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Mehnert here.

Padmini Salgame, professor, Department of Medicine, and director, Graduate Medical Research, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $941,600. The project, titled Program in Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Salgame here.

Adana Llanos, assistant professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and member, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $691,800. The project, titled Adipokines, Adipokine Receptors, and Disparities in Breast Cancer Clinicopathological Features, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Llanos //cinj.rutgers.edu/researcher-profiles/index?profile=adana.llanos@rutgers.edu">here.

Li Cai, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Graduate Programs in Molecular Sciences, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Gsx1 in Spinal Cord Development and Injury-Induced Neurogenesis, is being supported by the Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Cai here.

Vishal Patel, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $249,152. The project, titled CIF: Small: Collaborative Research: Sparse and Low Rank Methods for Imbalanced and Heterogeneous Data, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Patel here.

Grace Agnew, associate university librarian for digital library systems, and Caryn Radick, digital archivist, are coprincipal investigators of a $186,204 National Digital Newspaper Program grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Rutgers University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives and Technical and Automated Services.

Karen Edelblum, assistant professor and chancellor scholar, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Center for Inflammation and Immunity, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Microbial Associated Molecular Pattern Regulation of γδ IEL/epithelial Interactions, is being supported by the Feldstein Medical Foundation. Learn more about Edelblum here.

Rutgers University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives received a $10,130 grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission to digitize and microfilm the Rutgers War Services Bureau collection. 

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