Awards Posts

July 7th, 2020

Dr. Zhenpeng Qin’s Alternative Diagnostic Research Receives Funding

The Congressional Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) has awarded Dr. Zhenpeng Qin $293,492 for his research on Ultrasensitive and Rapid Diagnosis of Influenza by Digital Nanobubbles on a Microwell Array Platform. The proposed project will provide a new diagnostic method for emerging viral infections and will significantly change the current practice of infectious disease diagnosis …read more

July 1st, 2020

Dr. Li Zhang Receives Grant for Lung Cancer Research

Dr. Li Zhang, professor of Biological Sciences in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was awarded $900,000 from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for her research on Optimizing Therapeutic Strategies Against Lung Cancer Using Multimodality Imaging. Dr. Zhang’s project goal is to illuminate the mechanisms by which the new drugs …read more

June 25th, 2020

Dr. Zheng’s High-Contrast Imaging Research Lands $900,000 Grant

Dr. Jie Zheng, professor of chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was awarded $900,000 from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for his research on Advance CT And Fluorescence Imaging Of Kidney Cancers With Glutathione-mediated Contrast Enhancements. Dr. Zheng’s goal is to advance both CT and fluorescence imaging of …read more

June 2nd, 2020

NSF Funds Dr. Valladares’ Space Science Project

The National Science Foundation (NSF), supported by the Geospace Facility’s Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments (DASI), funded Dr. Cesar Valladares’ research on DASI Track 2: Low-latitude Ionospheric Sensor Network (LISN) Investigations of Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs) and Plasma Irregularities. The nearly $900,000 project seeks to provide the operations and maintenance of the LISN. His research …read more

May 21st, 2020

Dr. Price Secures Research Funding From NIH

Dr. Ted Price was awarded nearly $800 thousand from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University to study extracellular mechanisms regulating synaptic functions and pain plasticity. His research aims to determine the mechanism mediating the EphB-NDMAR interaction, characterize molecules and other tools to disrupt this interaction, and determine whether preventing …read more

May 19th, 2020

Dr. Bryan Black’s Alternative to Opioid-Based Pain Management is Funded by NIH

Congratulations to Dr. Bryan Black for his National Institute of Health (NIH) award for hiPSC-based DRG Tissue Mimics on Multi-well Microelectrode Arrays as a Tissue Chip Model of Acute and Chronic Nociception. The project seeks to develop an innovative 3D tissue-chip model of acute and chronic pain using human-derived sensory neurons, immunoreactive support cells, and …read more

May 5th, 2020

NIH Grants Dr. Morcos $1.8 Million for Research

Dr. Faruck Morcos received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research on Characterizing the Effects of Protein and RNA Variability in Molecular Function and Interactions. The project’s goal is to quantify and uncover the spectrum of functional biomolecular variability sculpted by evolutionary processes. This will help Dr. Morcos …read more

May 4th, 2020

Spring 2020 Seed Grant Winners

The Office of Research’s seed grant initiatives provide funding for faculty across various disciplines. The University’s award from the State of Texas National Research University Fund (NRUF) has helped us afford these internal funding opportunities. Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Seed Program for Interdisciplinary Research (SPIRe) The Marriage of Two-Dimensional Materials and Topological Insulators $100,000 …read more

April 22nd, 2020

Dr. D’Arcy Receives Nearly $2 million from NIH

Dr. Sheena D’Arcy received a $1.9 million award from the National Institute of Health (NIH) for her Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Regulation of Local Chromatin Structure project. Her research will focus on the quantification of nucleosome dynamics and the molecular basis of its regulation. The proposed work will impact translational studies motivated to develop anti-fungal …read more

April 10th, 2020

Engineer Awarded Young Investigator Award from ONR

Dr. Jie Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Zhang is one of this year’s recipients of the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Young Investigator Award for his research on deep learning-based reliability and resilience enhancement of future navy ships and their integration …read more