Gifts and Grants

December 2, 2015

Joachim Kohn, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,713,034 over two years. The project, titled IND Filing for Intravenous cP12 and Pre-IND Studies of Intravenous and Topical cNP5 for Limiting Burn Injury Progression, is being supported by U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. Learn more about Kohn here.

Jessie Yanxiang Guo, researcher at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $628,884. Her research into the role of a cell survival mechanism known as autophagy in lung cancer to provide a new treatment strategy is being supported by National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Guo here.

Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor in the Office of Civic Engagement, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,998. The project, titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Education. Learn more about Watson here.

Devajyoti Deka, assistant director of research at 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 $255,410. The project, titled Analysis of Local Bus Markets, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Deka here.

Rebecca Wright, professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; Thu Nguyen, professor and associate chair in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick; Elaine Zundl, assistant dean for the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering and research director for the Center for Women and Work, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and Jane Stout, director of the Computer Research Association’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $249,999. The project, titled Computer Science Living-Learning Community for Women at Rutgers, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here, Nguyen here, Zundl here, and Stout here.

Mohsen Jafari, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and program director for the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation’s Information Management Group, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Analytics for Energy Policy, is being supported by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. Learn more about Jafari here.

November 25, 2015

Herbert Hinkle, adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School based in Camden and a 1974 graduate of the school, and his wife, Patricia Hinkle, a 1978 Douglass College alumna, have bequeathed $2 million to Rutgers Law School. The gift will create an endowment to provide scholarships for law students and stipends for those engaged in public interest work. Read the full story here.

Ah-Ng Tony Kong, distinguished professor, Glaxo Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics, and director of graduate programs in pharmaceutical science, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $663,003. The project, titled Epigenetic Mechanisms of Indole-3-Carbinol/Diindolylmethane and Triterpenoids in Prevention of Prostate Inflammation and Related Disease, is being supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Learn more about Kong here.

Kostas Bekris, 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 $600,000 over three years. The project, titled Robust Planning for Dynamic Tensegrity Structures, is being supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn more about Bekris here.

Alexander Gates, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $339,532 over three years. The project, titled Dynamic Urban Environmental Systems and Sustainability in Newark, New Jersey, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gates here.

Michelle Van Noy, assistant teaching professor and associate director of the Education and Employment Research Center, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $271,249. The project, titled Richland College TAACCCT Grant Evaluation, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more about Van Noy here

Marco Gruteser, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $261,157. The project, titled Enhancements and Protocol Revisions for the DSRC Simulator, is being supported by the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership. Learn more about Gruteser here.

November 18, 2015

Jay Tischfield, CEO and founder of RUCDR Infinite Biologics and the Duncan and Nancy Macmillan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $6,034,323 over five years. With the new grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), RUCDR will take over management of the NINDS stem cell repository. Read more here. Learn more about Tischfield here

Nancy Wolff, professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Bloustein Center for Survey Research, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $568,463. The project, titled New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Planning Institute, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Learn more about Wolff here.

Sean O'Malley, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $523,827. The project, titled Acquisition of a Femtosecond Laser System to Enable Multiphoton Polymerization, Optical Injection, and Laser Ablation in Liquids Research, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about O’Malley here.

Grace Lu-Yao, professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $269,640 over three years. The project, titled Building Race-Specific Models for Disease Progression and Health-Related Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients, is being supported by a Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Health Disparity Research Award. Jennifer Cullen Meyer, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Uniformed Services University and director of epidemiologic research at the Center for Prostate Disease Research, is a co-PI. Learn more about Lu-Yao here.

Peter Jin, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,480. The project, titled Planning, Evaluating, and Pilot Testing Emerging Intelligent Transportation Systems Technologies: Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Connected Vehicles (CV), is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Jin here.

William Welsh, director of cheminformatics at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Norman H. Edelman professor of bioinformatics in the Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Richard Howells, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Discovery of Novel Therapeutics for Multiple Myeloma and Melanoma, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Welsh here and Howells here.

November 11, 2015

Vikas Nanda, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and member of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Paul Falkowski, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; the Bennett L. Smith Professor of Business and Natural Resources in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; and director of the Rutgers Energy Institute, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $1.6 million over three years. The project, titled The Design and Construction of Life's Transistors, is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Learn more about Nanda here and Falkowski here.

Bruce Haffty, professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and associate director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Novel Molecular Targets in Combination with Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer, is being supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Learn more about Haffty here.

German Drazer, associate professor, and Gerardo Callegari, assistant research professor, both in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and each a member of the Engineering Research Center for Structured Particulate Organic Systems, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $200,001. The project, titled Collaborative Research: Understanding the Effect of Powder Properties and Processing Conditions on the Performance of Pharmaceutical Tablets, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Drazer here and Callegari here.

Konstantin Mischaikow, distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $125,000. The project, titled Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering: Characterizing Dynamics of Particle-based Systems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Mischaikow here.

James Abruzzo, instructor and codirector of the Institute of Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,000. The project, titled Emerging Leaders Program and Capacity Building Series, is being supported by the Victoria Foundation. Learn more about Abruzzo here.

November 4, 2015

Weida Wu, associate professor, and Sean Oh, assistant professor, both in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled 2-DARE: Engineering Novel Topological Interface States in 2D Chalcogenide Heterostructures, is being supported by a National Science Foundation Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Award. Shengbai Zhang of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Peter Armitage of Johns Hopkins University are co-PIs. Learn more about Wu here and Oh here.

Thomas Tsakalakos, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled Origins of Low Electric Field Assisted Sintering of Ceramics, is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Tsakalakos here.

Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $240,000. The project, titled The Beneficial Effect of DMF in Multiple Sclerosis May Involve the Development of Regulatory Macrophages/Microglia, is being supported by Biogen. Learn more about Dhib-Jalbut here.

Gary Taghon, 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 $161,540. The project, titled Monitoring Effects of Thin-Layer Placement on Marsh Benthic Infauna and Sediment Properties, is being supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Learn more about Taghon here.

Naa Oyo Kwate, associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and in the Department of Africana Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $142,172. The project, titled The City as Health Policy, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Kwate here.

Lee Slater, Henry Rutgers Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled New Geophysical Techniques Are Needed to Help Characterize the Hydrogeologic Properties Controlling Field-scale Flow and Transport in Diverse Geologic Environments, is being supported by the U.S. Geological Survey. Learn more about Slater here.

October 28, 2015

Jeffrey Carson, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Richard C. Reynolds Professor of Medicine, and director of the Center for Innovations in Bloodless Surgery and Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $740,535 over two years. The project, titled Does Plasma Reduce Bleeding in Patients Undergoing Invasive Procedures, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Carson here.

Robert O'Hagan, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000 over three years. The project, titled Enhancement of Cytoskeletal Dynamics and Motor Transport by Manipulation of Post-Translational Microtubule Glutamylation to Maximize Neuroregeneration, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about the Department of Genetics here.

Jenny Carleo, agricultural and resource management agent, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $460,170. The project, titled Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive, New Farmer, is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Carleo here. Co-PIs are Robin Brumfield, Jeff Heckman, Dan Kluchinski, Meredith Melendez, Pete Nitzsche, Nick Polanin, Kenesha Reynolds-Allie, Rick VanVranken, and Andy Wyenandt.

Laura Byham-Gray, professor and director of the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Program, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $416,888. The project, titled Patient-Centered Approach to Exploring Protein-Energy Wasting in Dialysis, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Byham-Gray here.

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $284,184. The project, titled Cybermanufacturing: Advanced Modeling and Information Management in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Ierapetritou here.

Perumalsamy Balaguru, distinguished professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $213,862. The project, titled Evaluation of Different Paint Systems for Over-Coating Existing Structural Steel, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Balaguru here.

Nabil Adam, vice provost for research and collaborations, Rutgers University–Newark, and distinguished professor in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $187,905. The project, titled Composition and Management of e-Government Processes in the Cloud of Public Services, is being supported by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Learn more about Adam here.

October 21, 2015

Cheryl Dreyfus, professor and chair in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,739,065 over five years. The project, titled The Role of Neurotrophins in Oligodendrocyte Function, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dreyfus here.

Ashutosh Goel, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $404,323 over four years. The project, titled Understanding Composition-Structure-Chemical Durability Relationships in Multi-component Oxide Glasses: Influence of Mixed Network Former Effect, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Goel here.

Bin Tian, professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, and Chi Wei Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $397,500. The project, titled Alternative Cleavage and Polyadenylation in Trophoblast Differentiation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Tian here and Lu here.

Alexander Neimark, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Theoretical Foundations of Interaction Nanoparticle Chromatography, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Neimark here.

Harry Crane, assistant professor in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $278,205. The project, titled Statistical Models and Methods for Dynamic Complex Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Crane here.

October 14, 2015

Gabriel Kotliar, professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $12 million over four years. The project, titled Center for Computational Design of Functional Strongly Correlated Materials and Theoretical Spectroscopy, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Kristjan Haule, professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is a co-PI. Learn more about Kotliar here and Haule here.

Martha Cotter, 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 $738,195 over three years. The project, titled Fellowships for Doctoral Study in Chemistry, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Cotter here.

Nancy Woychik, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $548,706. The project, titled M. Tuberculosis MazF Toxins: Target Identification and Stress Adaptation, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Woychik here

Sharon Manne, professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, and Laurie Kirstein, assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology, both at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $404,089. The project, titled Facilitating Informed Decisions for Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Manne //www.cinj.org/researcher-profiles/index?profile=mannesl@cinj.rutgers.edu">here and Kirstein here.

Bart Krekelberg, professor and associate director of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, and associate director of the Brain Imaging Center, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $208,805. The project, titled MRI: Acquisition of a High-Density EEG/TCS Device for the Observation and Modulation of Brain Activity, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Krekelberg here

Susan Caplan, assistant professor in the Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $12,000. The project, titled Interactive Voice Response to Improve Depression Treatment Outcomes Among Dominican Primary Care Patients, is being supported by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Learn more about Caplan here.

October 7, 2015

XiangLin Tan, assistant professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, and assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $852,705 over five years. The project, titled Repurposing Metformin and Aspirin for Prostate Cancer Prevention and Control, is being supported by a career development award from the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Tan //cinj.rutgers.edu/researcher-profiles/index?profile=tanxi@cinj.rutgers.edu">here.

Justin Drake, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $450,000 to support two projects over three years. One project, titled Elucidating Kinase Activation Pathways in Advanced Prostate Cancer, is being supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. The second project, titled Phosphoproteomic Assessment of Therapeutic Kinases for Personalized Therapy in Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer, is being supported by the Department of Defense. Learn more about Drake here.

Pierre-Olivier Polack, assistant professor in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,000 over three years. The project, titled Modulation of Visual Cortical Processing by Attention, is being supported by the Whitehall Foundation. Learn more about Polack here.

Karen D'Alonzo, associate dean and associate professor in the Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $86,682 over three years. The project, titled A Community Academic Partnership to Prevent Obesity in Mexican-American Immigrant Families, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Jayme Santiago, vice president of New Brunswick Tomorrow, is a co-PI. Learn more about D’Alonzo here and New Brunswick Tomorrow here.

Nancy Kranich, special projects research librarian at Archibald S. Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, is being supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The cash grant will support programming, including film screenings, exhibitions, book discussions, and performances about Latino history and culture both at Rutgers and at public libraries in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark. Learn more about Kranich here.

September 30, 2015

Nina Colabelli, director of the Child Health Program (CHP) at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $31,516,000. The project, continuing funding for the CHP’s innovative services for children and youth who have been removed from their birth families and placed under care of the state, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Child Protection and Permanency. Learn more about the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center here.

Andrea Gallavotti, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $976,300 over five years. The project, titled Characterizing the Role of Transcriptional Repression in Maize Development and Domestication, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gallavotti here.

Manish Parashar, distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $314,574. The project, titled BIGDATA: Collaborative Research: IA: F: Fractured Subsurface Characterization Using High Performance Computing and Guided by Big Data, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Parashar here.

Saul Weiner, professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled Histological Evaluation of Soft Tissue Attachment to a Nanofiber-Coated Implant, is supported by Stevens Institute of Technology. Learn more about Weiner here.

Raul Cabrera, associate professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and extension specialist in nursery production and management at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Evaluation of Integrated Nutrient Diagnosis Techniques to Enhance Productivity and Quality in Greenhouse Rose Crops, is being supported by the Joseph H. Hill Memorial Foundation. Learn more about Cabrera here. Learn more about Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center here.

Susan Caplan, assistant professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was selected to receive the 2015 Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant. The $12,000 grant will support her project, titled Interactive Voice Response to Improve Depression Treatment Outcomes among Dominican Primary-care Patients. Learn more about Caplan here

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