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Grant Announcements

Rutgers researchers are making a meaningful difference in the world. Check back often for the latest announcement of faculty grants and awards. Please noteGrants can only be announced on this page once an award account has been established. 

Updated July 29, 2020

Principal Investigators: Barth Grant & Qian Cai
Affiliation: Professor and Chair Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Associate Professor Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Award Amount: $1,396,785
Project Title: Defining the Function of RME-8 in Endosomal Regulation During Health and Disease
Research Sponsor: National Institutes of Health 
Learn more about Barth Grant; learn more about Qian Cai

Principal Investigator: Oscar Schofield
Affiliation: Distinguished Professor, Chair Depart. of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University’s Center of Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL), School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Award Amount: $1,134,426
Project Title: LTER Palmer, Antarctica (PAL): Land-Shelf-Ocean Connectivity, Ecosystem Resilience and Transformation in a Sea-Ice Influenced Pelagic Ecosystem
Research Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Alok K. Choudhary
Affiliation: Research Scientist II, Public Health Research Institute (PHRI)
Award Amount: $70,000
Project Title: Functional characterization of Mce1A targeting protective antibodies induced in TB infection
Research Sponsor: New Jersey Health Foundation and PHRI
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Principal Investigator: Milagros Nores
Affiliation: Co-Director for Research & Associate Research Professor NIEER
Award Amount: $450,000
Project Title: Paths to Play Competency (PPLAY) - Mapping Teacher’s Journey to Inform Professional Development
Research Sponsor: The Lego Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Edward ‘Eddy’ Arnold
Affiliation: Board of Governors and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine
Award Amount: $709,970
Project Title: Evolving understanding of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase structure, function, and inhibition
Research Sponsor: NIH-NIAID
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Principal Investigator: Loren Runnels
Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Award Amount: $35,000
Project Title: Composition of Human TRPM7 Channels Regulating Neuronal Cell Death
Research Sponsor: New Jersey Health Foundation
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Principal Investigator: George M. Carman
Affiliation:  Board of Governors Professor & Distinguished Professor | Department of Food Science Director, Rutgers Center for Lipid Research, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, & Health, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Award Amount: $3,199,424
Project Title: Regulation and Role of Phosphatidate Phosphatase in Lipid Metabolism
Research Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
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Principal Investigator: Carolyn Suzuki
Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School
Award Amount: $1,275,664
Project Title: Mitochondrial metabolism and the Lon-PDH axis
Research Sponsor: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
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Principal Investigator: Norrinda Hayat
Affiliation: Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Award Amount: $40,000
Project Title: Newark Eviction Court Transparency Project
Research Sponsor: School of Law
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Principal Investigator: Jason Yang
Affiliation: Assistant Professor and Chancellor Scholar,Department of Microbiology,Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Award Amount: $747,000
Project Title: Effects of Host Metabolic Variation on Antibiotic Susceptibility
Research Sponsor: National Institute of General Medical Sciences
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Principal Investigator: Zhihua Kang
Affiliation: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Award Amount: $100,000
Project Title: Exploring the role of BRCA2-MCM10 interaction in DNA replication and tumorigenesis after DNA damage
Research Sponsor: New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research
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Principal Investigator: Felix Muchomba
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Social Work
Award Amount: $250,000
Project Title: Maternal Health Atlas of New Jersey
Research Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Virgil Muresan
Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, New Jersey Medical School
Award Amount: $35,000
Project Title: A Neuronal Cell Culture Model for Alzheimer’s Disease
Research Sponsor: Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
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Principal Investigator: Grigor Sargsyan
Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences
Award Amount: $280,000
Project Title: Descriptive Inner Model Theory
Research Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Sandra Hill
Affiliation: Executive Director/CEO, Eric B. Chandler Health Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Award Amount: $74,433
Project Title: Coronavirus Supplemental Funding for Health Centers
Research Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Principal Investigators: Stephanie Cronenberg & Brandon Williams
Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education Director of Clinical Experience and Practice, & Assistant Professor of Choral Music and Choral music education, Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Award Amount: $10,000
Project Title: Standing in the Gap: Middle Level Music Learning in the United States
Research Sponsor: National Association for Music Education
Learn more about Cronenberg; Learn more about Williams 

Principal Investigator: Hee-Sook Kim
Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School
Award Amount: $429,729
Project Title: Regulators of VSG allelic exclusion and switching in Trypanosoma bruce
Research Sponsor: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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Principal Investigator: Cecilia Feeley
Affiliation: Transportation Autism Project Manager, Center for Advance Infrastructure and Transportation
Award Amount: $25,000
Project Title: GET Me to Work - A User-Friendly Guide to Facilitate Successful Employment Travel
Research Sponsor: Kessler Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Kristen McQuinn
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences
Award Amount: $116,458
Project Title: Calibrating the Tip of the Red Giant Branch Distance Indicator in the Near-Infrared
Research Sponsor: Space Telescope Science Institute
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Principal Investigator: Michael L.Lahr
Affiliation: Research Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy and Director, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™)
Award Amount: $46,800
Project Title: Update to the 2012 Study: The New Jersey Apartment Industry Economic Contribution and Sector Profile 
Research Sponsor: New Jersey Apartment Association, Inc.
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Principal Investigator: Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer
Affiliation: Extension Specialist in Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Award Amount: $49,865
Project Title: Long-term suppression of turfgrass insect pests with native persistent entomopathogenic nematodes
Research Sponsor: O.J. Noer Foundation through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and US Golf Association
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Principal Investigator: Nikhat Parveen
Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School
Award Amount: $100,000
Project Title: TechAdvance - Evaluation and expansion of multiplex assay for babesiosis and anaplasmosis for donated blood testing
Research Sponsor - Office of Research and Economic Development
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Principal Investigator: Aaron Bernstein
Affiliation: Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences
Award Amount: $551,486
Project Title: NSF Career - Sublinear Graph Algorithms: New Insights for Foundational Problems
Research Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Michelle F. Brill
Affiliation: Associate Professor Agricultural Experiment Station
Award Amount: $2,150
Project Title: American Heart Association Funding for FCHS SNAP-Ed Heart Smart Program
Research Sponsor: American Heart Association
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Principal Investigator: Abraham Pinter
Affiliation: Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School
Award Amount: $1,074,244
Project Title: Improved sensitivity of LAM detection using reagents selected from phage/yeast recombinant antibody libraries
Research Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Principal Investigator: David Alland
Affiliation: Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, New Jersey Medical School
Award Amount: $3,676,183
Project Title: Simple and rapid POC detection of fungemia
Research Sponsor: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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Principal Investigator: Jedediah H. Pixley
Affiliation: Assistant Professor Department of Physics and Astronomy
Award Amount: $615,274
Project Title: CAREER: The Fate of Topology in Disordered Three-Dimensional Materials
Research Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Huizhou Fan
Affiliation: Professor Department of Pharmacology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Award Amount:  $35,000
Project Title: Development of Novel Selective Antichlamydial Leads
Research SponsorOffice of Research and Economic Development
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Principal Investigator: Arash Hatefi
Affiliation: Associate Professor Department of Pharmaceutics, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Award Amount:  $35,000
Project Title: Stem Cell-assisted Natural Killer Cell-based Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy
Research SponsorOffice of Research and Economic Development
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Principal Investigator: Michael G. Dunn
Affiliation: Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
Award Amount: $4,420,187
Project Title: Preclinical Development of a Novel Medical Device for Total Meniscus Reconstruction
Research Sponsor: United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity
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Principal Investigator: Pierre C. Bellec
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, School of Arts and Sciences
Award Amount: $400,000
Project Title: CAREER: Post-Differentiation Inference
Research Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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To view Grant Announcements from previous issues, see Archive