Gifts and Grants

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

September 23, 2015

Yana Bromberg, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Derek Gordon, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $1,475,896. The project, titled AVA, Dx: Analysis of Variation for Association with Disease, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Laura Elnitski, senior investigator of the Translational and Functional Genomics Branch and head of the Genomic Functional Analysis Section at the National Human Genome Research Institute, is a co-PI. Learn more about Bromberg here, Gordon here, and Elnitski here.

Martin Yarmush, distinguished professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $885,834, which will provide six full graduate fellowships per year for the next three years. The project, titled Precision and Personalized Medicine, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education program of Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). This marks the fourth time since 2003 that a GAANN award has been awarded to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Learn more about Yarmush here.

Andrey Grigoriev, professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $604,475 over three years. The project, titled ABI Innovation: Integrated Approach to Improve Detection of Genome Rearrangements, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Grigoriev here.

Deborah Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics and executive director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $384,382. The project, titled Exploring the Experiences of Diverse Families of Children Newly Diagnosed with ASD in New Jersey, is being supported by The Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. Learn more about Spitalnik here

Diane Adams, assistant 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 $75,000. The project, titled Determining Coral Susceptibility to Ocean Acidification through Functional Analysis of Biomineralization Genes, is being supported by the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Learn more about Adams here.

Gayathri Subramanian, assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project, titled Early Diagnosis, Risk Assessment and Cure for Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: A Translational Model, is supported by a Busch Biomedical Grant awarded by the Office of Research and Economic Development. Learn more about Subramanian here.

September 16, 2015

Fernando Muzzio, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $6 million. The project, titled Determination of Process Parameters for the Manufacture and RTR of Three Additional Property JnJ Produces in the Existing INSPIRE Line, is being supported by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Learn more about Muzzio here.

Oscar Schofield, 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 $929,919. The project, titled Polar Interdisciplinary Coordinated Education, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Schofield here.

Saman Zonouz, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a $576,000 award. The project, titled Dynamic Context-Aware Data Protection Through Virtual Micro Security-Perimeters in Smartphones and Wearable Devices, is being supported by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. Dario Pompili, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory, is the co-PI. Read more about Zonouz here and Pompili here.

Michael Lewis, distinguished professor in the Department of Pediatrics, director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development, and director of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Autism Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $398,319 over two years. The project, titled The Development of Early Markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder, is being supported by the New Jersey Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. Learn more about Lewis here.

Cheryl Holly, professor and associate dean, Entry to Baccalaureate Practice, and co-director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,997. The project, titled Redesigning Undergraduate Nursing Education to Prepare a Workforce in Population Concepts That Support Successful Aging, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Holly here

September 9, 2015

Bryce Nickels, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,224,500 over four years. The project, titled Systematic Analysis of Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions during Transcription, is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Nickels here.

Benjamin Glasser, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Characterization and Comparison of the Performance of Four Commercially Available Continuous Unit Operations for Future Process Development, is supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Glasser here.

Enrique Curchitser, associate 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 $489,735. The project, titled Development of a Very High-Resolution Regional Circulation Model of the Beaufort Sea near Nearshore Areas, is supported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement. Learn more about Curchitser here.

Cindy Sickora, associate professor and director of community programs, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $191,000. The project, titled Community Health Workers Supporting Women and Maternal Child Health, is supported by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Sickora here.

Nicole Cushman, executive director of Answer, a Rutgers-based nonprofit that trains school- and community- based sex educators, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000 over two years. The project, titled General Operating Support for Answer, is supported by the George Gund Foundation. Learn more about Cushman here.  

Meredith Schalick, clinical associate professor at Rutgers Law School based in Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,000. The project, titled Educational Advocacy for Foster Care Youth Involved with the First Star Rowan Academy, is supported by the Pascale Sykes Foundation. Learn more about Schalick here.

September 2, 2015

Daniel Pilch, professor of pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $392,654. The project, titled Development of New Antibiotics Against Multidrug-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Pilch here.

Ann Bagchi, instructor in the School of Nursing, and William Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor in the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $264,500. The project, titled People Living with HIV Stigma Index, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Health Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services. Learn more about Bagchi here and Holzemer here.

Thomas Hegyi, professor and vice chair of pediatrics, program director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program of the Division of Neonatology, and medical director of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Center of New Jersey; and Barbara Ostfeld, professor of pediatrics and program director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $221,000 from the New Jersey Department of Health to advance the mission of the SIDS Center of New Jersey. Learn more about Hegyi here and Ostfeld here.

Sean Mitchell, professor of anthropology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $135,878 over three years. The project, titled Social Mobility, Poverty Reduction, and Democracy in an Emerging Middle Class, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Mitchell 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 Acetycholine Receptors, is being supported by Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Learn more about Brannigan here.

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