The College of Science is very proud of its faculty and their research initiatives. Here is a list of some of the latest grant recipients.

 

ALBERT-LÁSZLÓ BARABÁSI, PHYSICS

The Integrative Genomics of Acute Asthma Control, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, $115,000

 

JENNIFER BOWEN, MES

CAREER: Salt marsh restorations: a structured experiment for learning and teaching about salt marshes, microbial diversity, and ecosystem function, National Science Foundation, $337,103

 

JOHN ENGEN, CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL BIOLOGY

Hydrogen Exchange Mass Spectrometry, Waters Corporation, $59,616

 

RHEA ESKEW, PSYCHOLOGY

Cone Sensitivity to Temporal Changes in Color and Luminance and the Development of Myopia, National Institutes of Health, $33,481

 

ALAIN KARMA, PHYSICS

A Multi-Scale Approach to Cardiac Arrhythmia: from the Molecule to the Organ, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, $209,034

 

MARGARET KJELGAARD, BIOLOGY

Quantification of Predictive Motor Impairments in Individuals with ASD, National Institutes of Health, $255,987

 

ART KRAMER, PSYCHOLOGY

Investigating Gains in Neurocognition in an Intervention Trial of Exercise, National Institutes of Health, $1,054,500

 

SE-WOONG PARK, BIOLOGY

Quantification of Predictive Motor Impairments in Individuals with ASD, National Institutes of Health, $255,987

 

STEVEN SCYPHERS, MSC

Living shorelines: synthesizing the results of a decade of implementation in coastal Alabama, The National Academy, $75,729

 

PARWAN SINHA, BIOLOGY

Quantification of Predictive Motor Impairments in Individuals with ASD, National Institutes of Health, $255,987

 

DAGMAR STERNAD, BIOLOGY

Quantification of Predictive Motor Impairments in Individuals with ASD, National Institutes of Health, $255,987

NIH AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR$14K
Professor Craig Ferris, National Institutes of Health, August 2017

The National Institutes of Health has awarded psychology professor Craig Ferris $14,656 for his project, “Dietary Fat Ratio’s Influence on Adolescent Depression: A Nonhuman Primate Model.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR ALMOST $200K
Professor Mark Williams, National Science Foundation, March 2017

Physics professor Mark Williams received a $195,755 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Quantifying Single Molecule DNA-Ligand Interactions.”

 

MES PROFESSOR RECEIVES NEARLY $300K FROM NSF
Assistant Professor Kathleen Lotterhos, National Science Foundation, January 2017

Assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences Kathleen Lotterhos received a grant of $292,562 from the National Science Foundation for her project, “Collaborative Research: Does ocean acidification induce a methylation response that affects the fitness of the next generation in oysters?”

 

NSF AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $188K
Assistant Professor Paul Whitford, National Science Foundation, January 2017

The National Science Foundation has awarded assistant professor Paul Whitford $188,240 for his project, “CAREER: Disorder, tRNA Composition and Energy Transduction in the Ribosome.”

 

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR NAMED NSF CAREER AWARDEE
Assistant Professor Yunrong Chai, National Science Foundation, January 2017

Assistant professor of biology Yunrong Chai has been named a National Science Foundation CAREER awardee, which includes a $865,232 grant.

 

MES PROFESSOR AWARDED $13K
Assistant Professor Steven Scyphers, University of Southern Alabama, December 2016

Assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences Steven Scyphers has been awarded $13,000 from the University of Southern Alabama for his project, “Evaluating the Capacity of Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) to Reduce Coastal Storm Hazards.”

 

ARO AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR ALMOST $70,000
Associate Professor Dmitri Krioukov, Army Research Office, December 2016

The Army Research Office has awarded associate professor of physics Dmitri Krioukov $68,171 for his project, “Mathematical Sciences.”

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR RECEIVES HALF-MILLION DOLLAR NIH GRANT
Associate Professor Michael Pollastri, National Institutes of Health, December 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology Michael Pollastri $521,683.

 

PITT AWARDS GRANT TO CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR
Professor John R. Engen, University of Pittsburgh, December 2016

The University of Pittsburgh has awarded professor of chemistry and chemical biology John R. Engen $32,385.
NIH AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR $159K
Associate Professor Michael Pollastri, National Institutes of Health, December 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded associate professor of chemistry Michael Pollastri $159,953 for his project, “Lead Optimization of Agents Targeting Multiple Kinetoplastid Parasites.”

 

$216K AWARDED TO PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR
Professor David DeSteno, John Templeton Foundation, November 2016

Professor of psychology David DeSteno has been awarded $216,4000 by the John Templeton Foundation for his project, “Informal Science Education via Storytelling: Teaching Scientists and Philosophers How to Communicate with the Public.”

 

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES GRANT FROM CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
University Distinguished Professor Kim Lewis, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, November 2016

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has awarded $54,000 to University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis for his project, “Antibiotic Tolerance of Bacterial Pathogens in Cystic Fibrosis.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $50,000
Associate Professor Swastik Kar, National Science Foundation, November 2016

Associate professor of physics Swastik Kar has been awarded $50,000 by the National Science Foundation for his project, “I-Corps: Miniaturized ultra-sensitive ion detectors for radiation sensing and monitoring.”

 

GATE FOUNDATION AWARDS BIOLOGY PROFESSOR GRANT
University Distinguished Professor Kim Lewis, Gates Foundation, October 2016

The Gates Foundation has awarded University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis $63,180.

 

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR $66K
Professor George O’Doherty, Vanderbilt University, September 2016

Vanderbilt University awarded chemistry professor George O’Doherty $66,948 for his project, “Dual Action RSK Inhibitor: Targeting Metastasis and Providing Cardioprotection.”

 

MAYO CLINIC AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $100K
Professor Mark Williams, Mayo Clinic, September 2016

The Mayor Clinic award physics professor Mark Williams $107,690 for his project, “Enchancement of Cellular DNA Flexibility.”

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AWARDED MORE THAN $500K
College Distinguished Professor Sanjeev Mukerjee, Department of Energy, September 2016

College Distinguished Professor Sanjeev Mukerjee has been awarded $527,214 by the Department of Energy for his project, “Innovative Non-PGM Catalysts for High-Temperature PEMFCS.”

 

NIH AWARDS GRANT TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Robert Gray Dodge Professor and University Distinguished Professor Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, National Institutes of Health, September 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, a professor of physics and network science, $425,235.

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $1.7M BY NIH
Assistant Professor Meni Wanunu, National Institutes of Health, September 2016

Assistant professor of physics Meni Wanunu has been awarded $1,729,889 by the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Direct Picogram DNA and RNA sequencing using nanopore Zero-mode waveguides.”

 

PSYCHOLOGY POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER RECEIVES NIH GRANT
Postdoctoral Research Associate Concetta Alberti, National Institutes of Health, September 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $193,928 to Postdoctoral Research Associate Concetta Alberti of the Department of Psychology.

 

CHEMISTRY RESEARCHER RECEIVES $201K GRANT
Research Associate Professor Alexander Ivanov, Codiak Biosciences, September 2016

Codiak Biosciences has awarded Chemistry Research Associate Professor Alexander Ivanov $201,342.

 

NIH AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR $450K
Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor Olga Vitek, National Institutes of Health, September 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $452,435 to Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor Olga Vitek of the Department of Chemistry.

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES NSF GRANT
Matthews Distinguished University Professor Pran Nath, National Science Foundation, September 2016

The National Science Foundation has awarded Pran Nath, a Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Physics, $220,000.

 

NSF AWARDS $300K TO BIOLOGY PROFESSOR
College Distinguished Professor Slava Epstein, National Science Foundation, September 2016

Slava Epstein, a College Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology, has been awarded $300,000 by the National Science Foundation.

 

NIH AWARDS CHEMISTRY RESEARCHER $1.5M
Research Associate Professor Alexander Ivanov, National Institutes of Health, September 2016

Alexander Ivanov, a Research Associate Professor at Barnett Institute, has been awarded $1,532,569 by the National Institutes of Health.

 

ARO AWARDS GRANT TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Robert Gray Dodge Professor and University Distinguished Professor Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Army Research Office, September 2016

The Army Research Office has awarded Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, a professor of physics and network science, $3,140.

 

AIR FORCE GRANTS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $183K
Associate Professor Armen Stepanyants, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, September 2016

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has awarded $183,783 to associate professor of physics Armen Stepanyants.

 

NIH AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $83K
Assistant Professor Meni Wanunu, National Institutes of Health, September 2016

Assistant professor of physics Meni Wanunu has received a $83,916 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Recognition Tunneling for Single Molecule RNA Sequencing.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED MORE THAN $600K
Professor Srinivas Sridhar, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, September 2016

Professor of physics Srinivas Sridhar has been awarded $648,900 through Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

 

ISI FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor Alessandro Vespignani, Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, September 2016

Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor Alessandro Vespignani, a professor of physics and network science, has been awarded $80,000 by the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation.

 

IOWA STATE AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR $115K
Professor John R. Engen, IOWA STATE, September 2016

Iowa State has awarded professor of chemistry and chemical biology John R. Engen $115,875 for his project, “Structural Studies of a T Cell Specific Tyrosine Kinase.”

 

NSF AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR NEARLY $400K
Assistant Professor Leila Deravi, National Science Foundation, September 2016

The National Science Foundation has awarded assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology Leila Deravi $389,999.

 

MERCK AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR $50K
Professor John R. Engen, Merck, September 2016

MERCK has awarded professor of chemistry and chemical biology John R. Engen $50,000.

 

NIH AWARDS PROFESSOR $32K
Professor Dagmar Sternad, National Institutes of Health, September 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Dagmar Sternad, Professor of Biology, Electrical & Computer Engineering, $32,721.

 

PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES TWO GRANTs FROM U of ILLINOIS
Professor Charles Hillman, University of Illinois, September 2016

Professor of psychology Charles Hillman has been awarded $44,174 and $55,082 by the University of Illinois for his projects, “Effects of Hydration on the Brain, Cognition Memory and Achievement in Childhood” and “Enhancing Children’s Cognitive and Brain Health through Physical Activity Training.”

 

NSF AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $180K
Assistant Professor James Halverson, National Science Foundation, September 2016

Assistant professor of physics James Halverson was awarded a three-year grant totaling $179,999 by the National Science Foundation for his project, “Extended and Novel Particle Sectors in String Theory.”

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AWARDED ALMOST $75K
Professor John R. Engen, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, August 2016

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute awarded chemistry professor John R. Engen $74,487 for his project, “Dissecting and Targeting Deregulated Mitochondrial Apoptosis in Human Cancer.”

 

GENENTECH AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR $44K
Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor Olga Vitek, Genentech, August 2016

Olga Viteck, Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded $44,000 by Genentech.

 

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR AWARDED $2M
University Distinguished Professor Kim Lewis, National Institutes of Health, August 2016

The National Institutes of Health awarded University Distinguished Professor of Biology Kim Lewis $2,303,145.

 

ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR $41K
Assistant Professor Leila Deravi, Army Research Office, August 2016

The Army Research Office has awarded assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology Leila Deravi $41,999.

 

BWH AWARDS NETWORK SCIENCE PROFESSOR GRANT
Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor Albert-László Barabási, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, July 2016

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as awarded Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor Albert-László Barabási $115,000 for his project, “The Integrative Genomics of Acute Asthma Control.”

 

NIH AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR $67K
Professor John R. Engen, National Institutes of Health, July 2016

Professor of chemistry and chemical biology John R. Engen was awarded $67,980 by the National Institutes of Health.

 

$230,000 AWARDED TO NETWORK SCIENCE PROFESSOR
Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor Alessandro Vespignani, Fred Hutchinson Foundation, July 2016

Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor of network science Alessandro Vespignani has been awarded a combined $232,830 by the Fred Hutchinson Foundation to further support his research.

 

BRIDGE TO CALCULUS FUNDED BY BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Associate Professor Donald King, Boston Public Schools, June 2016

Boston Public Schools awarded associate professor of mathematics Donald King and his program Bridge to Calculus $30,000 to continue the program.

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AWARDED $25K TO STUDY MALARIA
Associate Professor Roman Manetsch, Medicines for Malaria Venture, June 2016

Associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology Roman Manetsch was awarded $24,218 by the Medicines for Malaria Venture.

 

NIH AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $56K
Associate Professor Emanuella Barberis, National Institutes of Health, June 2016

The National Institutes of Health has awarded associate professor of physics Emanuella Barberis $56,338.

 

MES PROFESSOR AWARDED CORAL REEF FOUNDATION GRANT
Associate Professor Steve Vollmer, Coral Reef Foundation, June 2016

Associate professor of marine and environmental sciences Steve Vollmer has been awarded $43,400 by the Coral Reef Foundation for his project, “The Next-Generation GenoTyping.”

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AWARDED NEARLY $500K
College Distinguished Professor Sanjeev Mukerjee, ARPA-e, May 2016

College Distinguished Professor Sanjeev Mukerjee has been awarded $479,700 by ARPA-e.

 

NIH AWARDS MES PROFESSOR GRANT
Associate Professor Jennifer Bowen, National Institutes of Health, March 2016

Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor Jennifer Bowen has been awarded a $46,864 grant for her project, “Collaborative Research: Ecosystem Evolution and Sustainability of Nutrient Enriched Coastal Salt Marshes.”

 

US-ISRAEL BINATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AWARDS MATH PROFESSOR
Assistant Professor Gabor Lippner, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, October 2015

Assistant professor of mathematics Gabor Lippner has been awarded $37,600 by the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation for his project, “Geometric, Analytic and Probabilistic Aspects of Harmonic functions on Graphs and Manifolds.”

 

MORE THAN A HALF MILLION TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR FROM AIR FORCE
Associate Professor Armen Stepanyants, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, September 2015

Physics professor Armen Stepanyants has received an award for $551,499 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for his project, “Principles of Robust Learning Derived from the Structure and Function of the Cortical Column.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED HALF A MILLION DOLLARS BY NIH
Assistant Professor Bryan Spring, National Institutes of Health, September 2015

The National Institutes of Health have awarded $558,923 to assistant professor pf physics Bryan Spring for his project, “Online Monitoring and Image-Guided Treatment of Chemoresistant Micrometastases.”

 

NSF AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR NEARLY $500K
Professor Srinivas Sridhar, National Science Foundation, October 2015

Professor of physics Srinivas Sridhar has been awarded $495,348 by the National Science Foundation for his project, “NRT-IGE: Nanomedicine Academy of Minority Serving Institutions.”

 

$1.8M TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR FROM NIH
Associate Professor Armen Stepanyants, National Institutes of Health, September 2015

Associate professor of physics Armen Stepanyants has been awarded $1,814,155 by the National Institutes of Health. This award will support his project, “Software for Automated Reconstruction of Structure & Dynamics of Neural Circuits.”
BIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES GRANT WORTH NEARLY $400K
Professor Gunther Zupanc, National Science Foundation, September 2015

Biology professor Gunther Zupanc has received a grant from the National Science Foundation for $389,043. It is to support his project, “A hybrid continuous-discrete three-dimensional model of spinal cord growth and repair in a regeneration-competent organism.”

 

NSF AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR MORE THAN $150K
Associate Professor Armen Stepanyants, National Science Foundation, September 2015

The National Science Foundation has awarded $167,554 to associate professor of physics Armen Stepanyants for his project, “Theory of robust learning based on the structure and function of the cortical column.”

 

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES $850K TO STUDY TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE
Professor Kim Lewis, Pazala, September 2015

Biology professor Kim Lewis has received a two-year grant of $850,000 to study the treatment of lyme disease.

 

ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION AWARDS $50K TO MATH PROFESSOR
Associate Professor Ting Zhou, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, September 2015

Ting Zhou, associate professor of math, has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. The award carries with it a grant of $50,000 for a two-year period. The grant supports her project, “Inverse Problems.” The Foundation writes that through these fellowships, it “seeks to identify and support early-career scientists on the faculties of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada who have demonstrated special creative ability in chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, or physics.” Dr. Zhou is one of 126 fellowship winners this year, selected form more than 800 nominees.

 

THE SIMONS FOUNDATION AWARDS $35K
Professor Alexandru Suciu, Simons Foundation, September 2015

Mathematics professor Alexandru Suciu has received a $35,000 grant from the Simons Foundation. The grant, which will be distributed over five years, is for his project, “Geometry and Topology of Cohomology Jump Loci.” The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

 

UPENN GRANTS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $385,000
Assistant Professor Meni Wanunu, University of Pennsylvania, August 2015

The University of Pennsylvania has awarded a grant of $385,000 to assistant professor of physics Meni Wanunu for his project, “EFRI 2-DARE: Two-dimensional nanopores with electro-optical control for next generation biotechnological applications.”

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AWARDS $390K TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Assistant Professor Adrian Feguin, U.S. Department of Energy, August 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded assistant professor of physics Adrian Feguin $390,000 for a three-year project period. The award is for his project, “Time-dependent phenomena in correlated materials.”

 

$1.3M AWARDED TO PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR
Associate Professor John Coley, National Science Foundation, August 2015

Associate professor of psychology John Coley is receiving a three-year, $1,383,544 award from the National Science Foundation. The award is for his project, “Investigating the influence of informal understandings about biology on formal learning of biological concepts.”

 

CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY PROFESSORS WORK TOGETHER, RECEIVE NIH GRANT
Associate Professors Erin Cram and Carolyn Lee-Parsons, National Science Foundation, August 2015

Associate professor of biology Erin Cram and associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology Carolyn Lee-Parsons have received an award from the National Science Foundation for $649,999 for their project, “Zinc Finger Transcription Factors: Regulators of Growth, Development, and Alkaloid Biosynthesis.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES $35K FROM NSF
Professor Srinivas Sridhar, National Science Foundation, July 2015

Physics professor Sri Sridhar has received a six-month, $35,000 grant from the National Science Foundation via a NeuroFieldz Inc. subaward. The award is for his project, “Novel Electric Field Encephalography Sensors for Real-Time Neuromonitoring.”

 

NSF AWARDS MATH PROFESSOR NEARLY $200K
Associate Professor Ting Zhou, National Science Foundation, July 2015

The National Science Foundation has announced a three-year, $188,798 award to associate professor of math Ting Zhou. The award is for her project, “Inverse Problems: Visibility and Invisibility.”

 

NIH AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $1.5M
Professor Mark Williams, National Institutes of Health, July 2015

The National Institutes of Health has announced an award for physics professor Mark Williams of $1,533,856 over four years. The award is for his project, “Single Molecule HIV-1 Replication Interactions.”

 

MATH PROFESSOR RECEIVES $300K NSF AWARD
Associate Professor Ivan Loseu, National Science Foundation, June 2015

Ivan Loseu, an associate professor of mathematics, has received a 3-year, $309,060 award from the National Science Foundation. The grant will support his project, “Representation theory of W-algebras, Rational Cherednik algebras and quantized quiver varieties.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES $5K
Associate Professor Latika Menon, Menon Labs, May 2015

Associate professor of physics Latika Menon has received an award totaling $4,635 from Menon Labs for her project, “Titania Nanotubes for High-Performance Filtration Applications.”

 

UCSD AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR MORE THAN $75,000
Associate Professor Dmitri Krioukov, University of California – San Diego, May 2015

Associate professor of physics Dmitri Krioukov received a $76,249.98 grant from the University of California – San Diego for his project, “Collaborative Research: Named Data Networking Next Phase (NDNNP).”

 

TWO BIOLOGY PROFESSORS SPEARHEADING RESEARCH PROJECT AT REU SITE
Associate Professors Wendy Smith and Rebeca Rosengaus, National Science Foundation, April 2015

The National Science Foundation has awarded $336,048 over three years to associate professors Wendy Smith and Rebeca Rosengaus for their project “Biological Inquire: from Molecules to Organisms.” The research is integrated with the newly formed REU site in the Department of Biology in the College of Science at Northeastern University.

 

NSF AWARDS MES PROFESSOR $300K
Associate Professor Justin Ries, National Science Foundation, April 2015

Justin Ries, a professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded $330,591 by the National Science Foundation. The grant will be used to continue his work on the project, “Collaborative Research: Development and application of a method using coralline algae to reconstruct past changes in pH and impacts on calcification.”

 

TWO-YEAR, $131K AWARD GIVEN TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Professor Srinivas Sridhar, Dana Farber Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, March 2015

Physics professor Srinivas Sridhar has received an award from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, for his project, “Gold nanoparticles as vascular disrupting agents in radiation therapy of NSCLC.” The two-year award is for a total of $131,325.

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AWARDED NSF CAREER AWARD
Assistant Professor Ke Zhang, National Science Foundation, March 2015

The National Science Foundation has awarded $525,000 over five years to Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ke Zhang for his project, “Supramolecular Polycondensation of Polymer Brushes via DNA Hybridization.” This CAREER award has been approved on scientific and technical merit.

 

MES PROFESSOR CONTINUES STATE OF FLORIDA GRANT AT NORTHEASTERN
Assistant Professor (Anne) Randall Hughes, State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, February 2015

The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection is transferring a $141,630 grant to Northeastern University for Assistant Professor Randall Hughes. Professor Hughes, who works at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, will use the grant to continue her work on the project, “The importance of fresh water inflow to the ecology and productivity of Apalachicola Bay.”

 

NSF AWARDS MSC PROFESSORS MORE THAN $700K
Professor Geoffrey Trussell and Assistant Professor Tarik Gouhier, National Science Foundation, February 2015

Professors at the Marine Science Center have received $715,201 from the National Science Foundation for their work. Professor Geoffrey Trussell and Assistant Professor Tarik Gouhier are working on a project titled, “Intertidal community assembly and dynamics: Integrating broad-scale regional variation in environmental forcing and benthic-pelagic coupling.” They are working with faculty from the University of Maine, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston on this project.

 

ASU AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $680K
Assistant Professor Meni Wanunu, Arizona State University, January 2015

Arizona State University has awarded assistant professor of physics Meni Wanunu $680,446 for his project, “Reading DNA sequence with a solid state tunnel junction.”

 

CHEMISTRY GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDED PRE DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN INFORMATICS
Caitlyn Mills, graduate student in Mary Jo Ondrechen’s lab, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, January 2015

Caitlyn Mills, a graduate student in Mary Jo Ondrechen’s lab, has been awarded a two-year, $40,000 Pre Doctoral Fellowship in Informatics. The award, given by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation. More about the fellowships can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

 

STRUCTURAL GENOMICS FOUNDATION AWARDS UP TO $521K TO CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR
Associate Professor Michael Pollastri, Structural Genomics Foundation, January 2015

Structural Genomics Foundation, with help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program, is helping to fund Associate Professor of Chemistry Michael Pollastri’s project, “Structure Guided Drug Discovery for Tuberculosis and Malaria.” The two-year agreement starts at $366,606 and could be increased to $521,466.

 

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY AWARDS PROFESSOR $110K
Assistant Professor Ke Zhang, American Chemical Society, January 2015

The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund has awarded $110,000 to Chemistry and Chemical Biology Assistant Professor Ke Zhang. In the excerpts from reviewer comments, Zhang’s excellent track record is acknowledged, and his proposal is said to “have a high chance of succeeding.”

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR RECEIVES MORE THAN $250K FROM NIH
Associate Professor Michael Pollastri, National Institutes of Health, November 2014

Associate Professor Michael Pollastri, of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, received a sub-contract from the University of Georgia on a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant is to fund the project, “Lead Optimization of Lapatinib Analogs for Human African Tripanosomiasis.” Pollastri’s funding is $269,362.

 

COLLABORATIVE PROJECT WITH PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR AWARDED $300K
Research Associate Professor Karen Quigley, National Science Foundation, November 2014

Associate research professor Karen Quigley is working with faculty at the University of Pittsburgh on the project, “Collaborative Research: Threat Perception Following Mass Violence Events.” Northeastern University has been awarded $305,177 by the National Science Foundation for continued work on the project.

 

PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES NEARLY $1M NIH GRANT
Professor Craig Ferris, Morgan State/National Institutes of Health, September 2014

Psychology professor Craig Ferris has received a four-year, $990,866 grant from Morgan State and the National Institutes of Health. This grant will be used for his project, ” A Student Centered, Entrepreneurship Development (ASCEND) Training Model to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Research.”

 

$500K AWARDED MES PROFESSOR BY NSF
Associate Professor Justin Ries, National Science Foundation, September 2014

Justin Ries, an associate professor of Marine Geology, has been awarded $500,000 by the National Science Foundation to purchase a laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS) for research in the marine, earth, and environmental sciences.

 

$1.25M FROM NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING TO PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR
Associate Professor Derek Isaacowitz, National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging, September 2014

Associate professor Derek Isaacowitz has been awarded $1,251,261 over five years by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging. The grant is for his project titled, “Emotion Regulation in Adulthood and Aging: Preference and Effectiveness.”

 

BIOLOGY CHAIR CONTINUES NIH GRANT AT NORTHEASTERN
Professor Jonathan Tilly, National Institutes of Health, August 2014

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health has transferred an award from Biology chair and professor Jonathan Tilly’s previous institution, Massachusetts General Hospital, to Northeastern University. The grant, which is in its third year and worth $144,276, is for his project, “Lineage tracing of germline stem cell differentiation in adult ovaries.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSORS AWARDED $170K
Professor Donald Heiman, National Science Foundation, July 2014

The National Science Foundation has awarded physics professor Donald Heiman $170,000 over two years for his project titled, “Half-Metallic Semiconducting Magnets with Gapless Dispersion and Antiferromagnetism.”

 

FIVE-YEAR, $1 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT AWARDED TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Professor Srinivas Sridhar, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, July 2014

The National Cancer Institute through the National Institutes of Health has awarded Physics professor Sri Sridhar a five-year grant worth $1,155,905. It will help fund the project, “CaNCURE: Cancer Nanomedicine Co-ops for Undergraduate Research Experiences.”

 

$1.6M AWARDED BY NIH TO BIOLOGY PROFESSOR
Assoc. Professor Erin Cram, National Institutes of Health, August 2014

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Associate Professor of Biology Erin Cram a four-year grant worth $1,622,250. It will help fund her project, “In Vivo analysis of Mechanotransduction.”

 

$304K AWARDED THE U.S. ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH AND MATERIEL COMMAND
Professor Sri Sridhar, May 2014 

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has awarded $304,025 over the next two years to Prof. Sri Sridhar for his grant titled “PARP Inhibitor Nanotherapy for Ovarian Cancer” from the Ovarian Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense. Prof. Sridhar will be collaborating with Dr. Daniela Dinulescu at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

 

$100K AWARDED BY INTERNATIONAL HEALTH GROUP FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING NATIONS
Professors Michael Pollastri and Richard Wamai, IZUMI Foundation, May 2014 

The IZUMI Foundation has awarded $100,000 over two years to the Integrated Initiative for Global Health, which is led by Professors Michael Pollastri and Richard Wamai. The IZUMI Foundation gives assistance to the world’s poorest people by supporting programs that improve health in developing countries. The Integrated Initiative for Global Health is focused on addressing the need for treatment of the world’s neglected diseases by combining a focus on developing new therapeutics and diagnostics with scholarship in public health policy and access to medicine.

 

DHHS/NIH AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR $4.5 MILLION
Professor Craig Ferris, Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, April 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development has awarded $4,555,974 over five years to psychology professor Craig Ferris for a project titled, “Developmental Consequences of Birth Interventions.”

 

PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR AWARDED NSF GRANT
Professor Rhea Eskew, National Science Foundation, February 2014

The National Science Foundation awarded a three-year, $478,354 grant to psychology professor Rhea Eskew. The award will support Eskew’s project titled, “Understanding Higher Order Color:  Beyond the Cardinal Mechanisms.”

 

NSF CAREER AWARD GRANTED TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Asst. Prof. Swastik Kar, National Science Foundation, January 2014

The National Science Foundation has given Swastik Kar, an assistant professor of physics, a $400,000 CAREER Award. The award is for four years, and will support Kar’s project titled, “Graphene-based Ultra-responsive Photo-sensing Devices.”

 

NSF AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR CAREER AWARD
Asst. Prof. Paul Whitford, National Science Foundation, January 2014

Paul Whitford, an assistant professor of physics, was awarded a CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation. The award spans four years and totals $953,963. Whitford’s project is titled, “Disorder, tRNA composition and energy transduction in the ribosome.”

 

PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES TWO-YEAR GRANT FROM NIH
Asst. Prof. Heather Brenhouse, National Institutes of Health, September 2013

Assistant professor of psychology Heather Brenhouse was awarded a two-year grant worth $417,814 for her project, “Targeting and preventing a mechanistic basis of risk after early life stress.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS FROM NSF
Matthews Distinguished University Professor Pran Nath, National Science Foundation, September 2013

Physics professor Pran Nath has received a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project titled, “Research in Elementary Particle Theory.”

 

NOAA AWARDS MES PROFESSOR $104K GRANT
Assoc. Prof. Justin Ries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), September 2013

Associate professor Justin Ries, of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded $104,575 by NOAA for work on his project, “Impact of global warming on Caribbean coral calcification.” Read more

 

MES PROFESSOR RECEIVES NSF GRANT
Assoc. Prof. Peter Rosen, Nation Science Foundation, September 2013

Peter Rosen, an associate professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded $43,079 by the National Science Foundation for his project, “Coastal SEES (Track I), Collaborative:   Sediment Supply in a Regime of Accelerated Coastal Erosion (SedS-RACE): Paleo-Perspectives, Anthropogenic Influences and Future Challenges.” This project is in collaboration with two proposals from the University of New Hampshire and Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.

 

PHYSICS CHAIR RECEIVES NSF GRANT
Prof. Paul Champion, National Science Foundation, September 2013

Professor and chair of the physics department Paul Champion has been awarded $636,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Scattering, Time Resolved Dynamics, and Electron-Nuclear coupling in Biomolecules.” Read more

 

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC GROUP AWARDS PYSICS PROFESSOR $88K
Prof. Alain Karma, U.S. Israel Binational Science Foundation, September 2013

The U.S. Israel Binational Science Foundation awarded Professor Alain Karma $88,202 for his project, “Dynamic Fracture Instabilities: Lengthscales, Nonlinearity and Dimensionality.” The group writes on its website that it “promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a wide area of basic and applied scientific fields, for peaceful and non-profit purposes.”

 

NIH AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR MORE THAN $100K
Prof. George O’Doherty, Luna Innovations Incorporated/National Institutes of Health, August 2013

Luna Innovations Incorporated, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, has awarded chemistry professor George O’Doherty $122,000 for his project,  “Development of RSK inhibitors as Novel Therapeutics for Yersinia pestis.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $1.25 MILLION
Prof. Alain Karma, National Institutes of Health, August 2013

The National Institutes of Health and Rhode Island Hospital have awarded physics professor Alain Karma $1,257,873 for his project, “A Multi-Scale Approach to Cardiac Arrhythmia: from the Molecule to the Organ.”

 

MASSACHUSETTS AGENCY GRANTS PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARD
Asst. Prof. Latika Menon, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, July 2013

The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, along with the University of Massachusetts, awarded assistant professor of physics Latika Menon a $40,000 award through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Catalyst Grant Award Program. The award will be used for her project, “Titania Nanotubes for High-Performance Filtration Applications.”

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RENEWS PHYSICS PROFESSOR’S AWARD
Prof. Alain Karma, Department of Energy, July 2013

The Department of Energy has renewed Professor Alain Karma’s award for three more years for a total of $438,000. This is to help fund his project titled, “Bridging Atomistic and Continuum Scales in Phase-Field Modeling of Polycrystalline Pattern Evolution.”

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AWARDS $750K TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Asst Prof. Toyoko Orimoto, Department of Energy, July 2013

Assistant Professor of Physics Toyoko Orimoto was awarded $750,000 by the Department of Energy for her project titled, “Search for the Higgs and Physics Beyond the Standard Model with the CMS Electromagnetic.” Read more

 

SEVERAL CHEMISTRY PROFESSORS INCLUDED IN NSF GRANT
National Science Foundation, July 2013 

Chemistry professor Carla Mattos is leading a team of several faculty members in the chemistry department that was awarded $300,000 for a project titled, “REU Site: Research Opportunities in Biological and Chemical Catalysis.” Along with Mattos, the team consists of Patricia (Pam) Mabrouk, Penny Beuning, John Engen, Graham Jones, George O’Doherty, May Jo Ondrechen, Oyindasola Oyelaran, Michael Pollastri, Eugene Smotkin, Ke Zhang, and Zhaohui Zhou.

 

NSF AWARDS COLLABORATIVE GRANT WITH CUNY
Prof. Sergey Kravchenko, National Science Foundation, July 2013

Professor Sergey Kravchenko has been awarded $200,000 by the National Science Foundation for his project, “Collaborative Research: Search for the Zero-Magnetic-Field Wigner Solid.” This project is in collaboration with Myriam Sarachik, of the The Research Foundation of CUNY.

In the abstract for the project, Kravchenko writes, “We plan to realize and investigate the long sought-after zero field Wigner crystal, thereby providing opportunities for studies in a heretofore unexplored region, and adding a deeper fundamental understanding of semiconductors – materials that are of great importance to our current technology.” Read more

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR GRANT
Assoc. Prof. Derek Isaacowitz, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, July 2013

The National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health, has awarded Associate Professor Derek Isaacowitz $422,075 over two years for his project titled, “Mobile Eye Tracking: Tool for Investigating Emotion Regulation Across Adulthood.” Read more

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSORS AWARDED $313K FOR PROTEIN RESEARCH
Profs. Mary Jo Ondrechen and Penny Beuning, National Science Foundation, July 2013

The National Science Foundation has awarded Chemistry and Chemical Biology professor Mary Jo Ondrechen and associate professor Penny Beuning $313,000 for their project titled, “Chemical Signatures for the Discovery of Protein Function.” The award is part of the NSF’s Chemistry of Life Processes Program.

Their work will “develop, implement, and verify a novel method for predicting the biochemical function of proteins,” according to the project’s abstract. Read more

 

NSF AWARDS BIOLOGY/MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES PROFESSOR $570K
Prof. William Detrich, National Science Foundation, June 2013

The National Science Foundation awarded biology and marine and environmental sciences professor William Detrich $570,301 for his project titled, “Protein Folding and Embryogenesis in Antarctic Fishes: A Comparative Approach to Environmental Stress.” Read more

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES $171K FROM NSF
Asst. Prof. Adrian Feiguin, National Science Foundation, May 2013 

Assistant Professor Adrian Feiguin successfully transferred a $171,704 grant from the National Science Foundation from the University of Wyoming to Northeastern University. The grant is to continue work on his project titled, “Transport and Non-Equilibrium Physics in Strongly Correlated Systems.” It is part of the NSF’s CAREER program. Read more

 

PhD STUDENT AWARDED $25K FELLOWSHIP
Paul Condon, PhD candidate, Mind and Body Institute, April 2013

The Mind and Life Institute has awarded PhD student Paul Condon a $25,000 fellowship. He will work with his mentor, David DeSteno, on their project “Contemplative Practice, Emotional Well-Being, and the Transformation of Hostility in the Lab and Real World.”

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $60K
Prof. Srinivas Sridhar, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, March 2013

The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity is funding physics professor Srinivas Sridhar’s project “Multi-Modal Imaging Nanoplatforms for Image-Guided Therapies” through the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.

 

NSF AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $181K BY WAY OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Prof. Emanuella Barberis, National Science Foundation, January 2013

The National Science Foundation has named Emanuella Barberis and Northeastern University a subawardee on a grant given to Princeton University. Associate Professor Barberis has been awarded $181,778.

 

MORE THAN $250K TO BIOLOGY PROFESSOR FROM NSF
Prof. Slava Epstein, National Science Foundation, January 2013

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $253,514 to biology professor Slava Epstein for his project “Functional and Molecular Analysis of Scout Cell Awakening.” Read more

 

NSF SUPPORTS MATH CONFERENCE WITH GRANT
Prof. Benjamin Webster, National Science Foundation, January 2013

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $41,110 to math professor Benjamin Webster in support of the “International Conference on Algebra, Combinatorics and Representation Theory.” Read more

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AWARDED NEARLY $270K
Prof. Carla Mattos, National Science Foundation, January 2013

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $264,954 to chemistry professor Carla Mattos for her project titled, “Mechanism of Intrinsic Hydrolysis in Small GTPases.” Read more

 

NIH AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR NEARLY $270K TO STUDY STEROIDS IN TEENS
Prof. Richard Melloni, National Institutes of Health, November 2012

Psychology professor Richard Melloni has been awarded $269,910 by the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Adolescent Anabolic Steroids, Vasopressin and Aggression.” From Melloni’s description of the project, “Considerable public attention has been focused on the issue of youth violence, particularly that associated with drug use. It is well documented that anabolic steroid use is associated with a higher incidence of aggression and violence, yet little is known about how these drugs produce the aggressive phenotype.” Read more

 

PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $182K TO STUDY DNA INTERACTIONS
Prof. Mark Williams, National Science Foundation, October 2012

Physics professor Mark Williams has been awarded $182,551 by the National Science Foundation for his project, “Quantifying Single Molecule DNA-ligand Interactions.” The goal of this project is to develop single molecule methods for the quantitative study of DNA interactions with small molecules and proteins and to use these methods to investigate specific biologically important systems. Read more

 

$50K TO CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR TO TEST ACIDS IN SOIL
Prof. Geoff Davies, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, October 2012

The board of trustees of the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation approved a grant of $50,000 for the National Soil Research Project led by chemistry professor Geoff Davies.

The project is testing soil samples to determine the amount of humic and fulvic acid present. These acids help retain water, act as pH buffers, improve soil texture and porosity, and regulate other soil functions. Read more

 

$50,000 FROM NSF I-CORPS AWARDED TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR 
Prof. Srinivas Sridhar, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, October 2012

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) has awarded physics professor Srinivas Sridhar $50,000 for his project “Roadmap to Commercialization for Electric Field Encephalography.”

I-Corps is described as, “a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects.” I-Corps combines established entrepreneurs and a targeted curriculum, and is a public-private partnership program that “teaches grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to student participants.”

Read more about Sridhar’s project here.

 

NSF INNOVATION CORPS AWARDS $50K TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Prof. Latika Menon, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, October 2012

Latika Menon, an associate professor in physics, was awarded $50,000 from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps. Her project is titled, “Titania Nanotubes and Related Materials for Diverse Applications.”

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is described as, “a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects.” I-Corps combines established entrepreneurs and a targeted curriculum, and is a public-private partnership program that “teaches grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to student participants.”

 

NIH AWARDS $1.1M TO CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR
Prof. John Engen, National Institutes of Health, September 2012

The National Institutes of Health awarded chemistry professor a four-year award of $1,182,160 for his project, “Extending the applications of hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry.”

 

$825K AWARDED TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Prof. Meni Wanunu, National Human Genome Research Institute, September 2012

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has awarded $825,000 to physics professor Meni Wanunu to work with Pacific Biosciences on DNA sequencing. Read more

 

NIH AWARDS BIOLOGY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR $95K
Prof. Veronica Godoy-Carter, National Institutes of Health, September 2012

National Institutes of Health has awarded $95,194 to biology assistant professor Veronica Godoy-Carter for her project, “Mechanisms to control the activity of low fidelity DNA polymerases.”

 

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES NEARLY $660K
Prof. Slava Epstein, National Science Foundation, September 2012

The National Science Foundation has awarded $659,976 to biology professor Slava Epstein for his project, “Collaborative Research: Direction and Mechanisms of Seasonal Change in Arctic Microbial Communities.” Read more

 

NSF AWARDS $388K IN COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
Profs. Carla Mattos, Penny J. Beuning, Mary Jo Ondrechen, and Lee Makowski, National Science Foundation, August 2012

The National Science Foundation has awarded chemistry professors Carla Mattos, Penny J. Beuning, Mary Jo Ondrechen, along with electrical and computer engineering professor Lee Makowski, $388,723 for their project “MRI: Acquisition of X-Ray protein crystallography equipment at Northeastern University.” Read more

 

NIH AWARDS 3-YEAR FELLOWSHIP
Ian Kleckner, National Institutes of Health, August 2012

Ian Kleckner, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology, has received a fellowship for three years from the National Institutes of Health. He will be working on his project, “The Role Of Interoceptive Awareness In Affect And Related Mental Faculties.”

 

CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR RECEIVES ARMY GRANT
Prof. Eugene Smotkin, Army, August 2012

The Army has awarded chemistry professor Eugene Smotkin $27,863 for his project “Elucidating the Ionomer Electrified-Metal Interface.”

 

NIH AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR $194K
Prof. Rebecca Shansky, National Institutes of Health, July 2012

Psychology professor Rebecca Shansky has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $194,375. It is designated for her project, “Sex Specific Neuroanatomical Markers Of Vulnerability In Animal Model Of PTSD.” Read more

 

MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $141K BY NSF
Prof. Valerio Toledano Laredo, National Science Foundation, July 2012

Mathematics professor Valerio Toledano Laredo has received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $141,372. It is designated for his project, “Casimir connections, Yangians and quantum loop algebras.” Read more

 

MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES $256K GRANT
Prof. Jonathan Weitsman, National Science Foundation, July 2012

The National Science Foundation has awarded $256,755 to Jonathan Weitsman, a professor in the mathematics department, for his project, “New Avenues in Symplectic Geometry and its Applications.” Read more

 

VISITING PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $798K
Prof. Oleg Batishchev, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development, July 2012

Visiting Research Professor Oleg Batishchev, physics, received a grant in the amount of $798,100 from Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD).

 

$503K AWARDED TO MARINE SCIENCE CENTER POST-DOCTORAL CANDIDATE
Steven Scyphers, National Science Foundation, July 2012

The National Science Foundation has awarded Steven Scyphers, a post-doctoral candidate at the Marine Science Center, a 3-year fellowship of $503,447 for his project, titled “Social-Ecological Resilience of Coastal Shoreline Ecosystems: Developing a Framework for Informed Decision-Making.” Read more

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AWARDS $300K TO COS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR
Prof. George A. O’Doherty, National Science Foundation, July 2012

The National Science Foundation has awarded chemistry professor George O’Doherty a $300,000 grant for his project titled “De Novo Asymmetric Synthesis of Natural and Unnatural Carbohydrate Motifs.” Read more

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AWARDS $309K TO EXPLORE NEW GENERATION OF EFFICIENT ELECTRONICS
Prof. Swastik Kar, Prof. Yung Joon Jung, 
National Science Foundation, May 2012

The National Science Foundation has awarded physics Professor Swastik Kar and mechanical and industrial engineering Professor Yung Joon Jung a $309,000 grant to explore a phenomenon they discovered that could afford a new generation of extremely efficient electronics. Read more

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM AWARDS $560K TO PROF. SRIDHAR, DANA-FARBER
Prof. Sri Sridhar, Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program, April 2012

The United States Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program awarded Physics professor Sri Sridhar’s interdisciplinary group a three-year $560,000 grant for his project titled “Nano-Coated Brachytherapy Spacers For Biological In Situ Image Guided Radio Therapy.” This project is a joint collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

According to Prof. Sridhar, a number of prostate cancer patients are treated with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. The method developed by Prof. Sridhar and the team at Dana-Farber could make the combination therapy less toxic and possible more effective at curing prostate cancer.
The grant will allow Prof. Sridhar’s team to pursue this work in preclinical trials. The proposal beat out more than 900 others for one of 60 grants focusing on prostate cancer research. Read more

 

NSF AWARDS $565K TO ONDRECHEN, BEUNING FOR ENZYME RESEARCH
Prof. Mary Jo Ondrechen, Prof. Penny Beuning, National Science Foundation, February 2012

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Professors Mary Jo Ondrechen and Penny Beuning were recently awarded a $565,418 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled “Understanding Extended Active Sites in Enzymes.”

This research examines how individual amino acids in a protein molecule that are not in direct contact with the reacting substrate molecule still participate in enzyme catalysis. The goals of this study are to validate that their computational method accurately predicts the role of individual amino acid residues in the reaction and to understand how remote residues participate in the catalytic process.

Results from this research will help in the development of cleaner industrial processes, sustainable methods for enzymatic biofuel synthesis and protein engineering for drug synthesis and delivery.

 

NSF AWARDS $24K FOR AUSLANDER CONFERENCE
Prof. Gordana Todorov, Prof. Alexander Martsinkovsky, and Prof. Kiyoshi Igusa, National Science Foundation, December 2011

The National Science Foundation awarded $24,000 to Gordana Todorov, Alexander Martsinkovsky and Kiyoshi Igusa in the Department of Mathematics for the Maurice Auslander International Conference.

The Auslander conference will be held on April 25, 2012 through April 30, 2012 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod. The year’s distinguished speaker will be Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz from the University of Toronto.

The conference is expected to attract visitors from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and Russia. The Distinguished Lectures are sponsored by Bernice Auslander, and the Conference is sponsored by National Science Foundation.

 

EMRI SIGNS 3-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH US ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY
Prof. Srinivas Sridhar and Prof. Swastik Kar, US Army Research Laboratory, December 2011

The Electronic Materials Research Institute at Northeastern University has signed a three-year cooperative research agreement with the United States Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, MD., to design graphene-based technology for use in low-cost infrared imaging applications for the military. The project is in collaboration with DARPA. Read more

 

NORTHEASTERN LEADS INTERNATIONAL TEAM IN $960K DEPT. OF ENERGY GRANT
Prof. Arun Bansil (COS), Department of Energy, October 2011

Northeastern University and College of Science professor Arun Bansil are leading an international research team recently awarded $960,000 by the Department of Energy to develop a new generation of theoretical tools to understand and model what happens when photons (light) are smashed into materials to obtain exotic new forms of matter.

The project includes 30 top-tier scientists from major universities and national labs such as Stanford, Berkeley and Princeton.
The research conducted with this grant is vital for fundamental science and impacts wide ranging applications to problems in energy, sustainability and the design of use-based materials with desirable properties.

 

UNDERSTANDING INTERDEPENDENT NETWORKS FOR REAL-WORLD APPLICATION
Prof. Alex Vespignani (COS) and Prof. David Lazer (CCIS), National Science Foundation, September 2011

Northeastern University professors Alex Vespignani (College of Science) and David Lazer (College of Computer and Information Sciences) have received $1.1 million of a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the complexity in natural, built and social systems. Vespignani and Lazer will be the first multidisciplinary group to study interdependent networks and develop new mathematical models and theories for these dynamic and ever-expanding systems. Vespignani and Lazer hope that information collected during this study will help address the consequences of disruptions and failures that could occur simultaneously in different critical infrastructures. This issue was recently addressed in a US Scientific Congressional Report. Boston University is also involved in this study.

 

DETECTING MINES WITH PROGRAMMABLE BACTERIA
Prof. Joseph Ayers, Biology Department & Marine Science Center, Office of Naval Research, August 2011

Northeastern University Prof. Joseph Ayers, working jointly with Boston University, Harvard Medical School and MIT, has been awarded a Multi-University Research Initiative grant from the Office of Naval Research to use principles of synthetic biology to create programmable bacteria that can operate as smart sensors to better detect agents of harm underwater. This research project will use Ayer’s already famous robotic lobsters as chaperones as well as directly interface them to microbiorobots– giving them the ability to “smell” explosive materials seeping from compromising underwater devices. This added sense is designed to help these robotic crustaceans detect, locate and destroy mines lurking on the ocean floor, without putting humans in harm’s way.

 

TRANSFORMING TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE LEARNING
Prof. David DeSteno, Psychology DepartmentNational Science Foundation, August 2011

Northeastern University College of Science psychology professor David DeSteno has just received a four-year, $925,000 National Science Foundation grant to design and evaluate social robots to enhance language learning among preschool-aged children. Paul Harris of the Harvard School of Education and Cynthia Breazeal of the MIT Media Lab are co-PI’s for this study.

 

MATH AND SCIENCE TALENT SCHOLARS
Prof. Don King and Prof. Bob Case, Mathematics Department, National Science Foundation, July 2011

Professors Bob Case and Don King have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help students with heavy financial need pursue degrees — and ultimately careers — in math and science. Read more