Awards Posts

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

April 8th, 2020

NIH Awards Dr. Wig $2.9 Million To Continue Research on Socioeconomic Ties to Cognitive Decline

Dr. Gagandeep Wig, Associate Professor of Cognition and Neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institute of Health (NIH). The award will allow Dr. Wig and his team to continue their research on identifying mediators between an individual’s …read more

March 30th, 2020

NIH Funds Dr. Qin’s Brain Research

Congratutlations to Dr. Zhenpeng Qin for his recently funded research on the development of new photo-releasable neuropeptide nano-vesicles for studying modulation in the brain. With the $2.3 million NIH project, Dr. Qin and his team will develop a novel, potentially transformative technology to release neuropeptides at localized targets in real-time in awake animals.

March 4th, 2020

DARPA Funds Dr. Eric Kildebeck’s POLYMATH Research

Dr. Eric Kildebeck received a $1.6 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for his Polycraft Multi-user Anthropomorphic Testbed for Hybrid Systems (POLYMATH) project. The grant will examine using Polycraft World–a Minecraft modification that will enable multiple different Artificial Intelligence researchers to test algorithms in an open world. It will also observe …read more

November 19th, 2019

Collaborative Think Tank with Dr. Ronald Smaldone

Dr. Ronald Smaldone is an Associate Professor of Chemistry with a research interest in nanoporous polymers. Along with Co-PIs Dr. Mihaela Stefan and Dr. Jeremiah Gassensmith, the team received a grant to host a workshop of a team of scientists from UT Dallas, and other prestigious universities, to discuss major problems and potential solutions in …read more

November 6th, 2019

NSF Funds Dr. Amy Walker’s Efforts to Diversify STEM

Dr. Amy Walker received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her work with UT System’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Bridge-to-Doctorate (BD) program, through the University of Texas at Dallas . The $1 million award will support underrepresented minority (URM) students in completing doctoral degrees in STEM and will develop …read more

October 28th, 2019

Dr. Lawrence Reitzer, Defining Bacteria in UTIs

Dr. Lawrence Reitzer is a Professor in the department of Biological Sciences of the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at the University of Texas at Dallas. In collaboration with Dr. Philippe Zimmern of the urology department at the University of Texas Southwestern, Dr. Reitzer’s current research aims to understand and characterize the two major …read more

October 21st, 2019

NIH Funds Dr. Jonathan Ploski’s Research on Memories and Fear

The National Institute of Health awarded Dr. Jonathan Ploski of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences $1.5 million for his research on Pharmacologically Enhancing the Modification of Strong Modification Resistant Memories. Dr. Ploski’s research focuses on developing methods to therapeutically attenuate maladaptive emotional memories. Students in Dr. Ploski’s lab investigate methods to enhance the …read more