Philip Skemer, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $167,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project titled “Theoretical and experimental investigation of grain damage and the formation of plate boundaries.”
Kimberly Parker, assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering, received $110,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for her proposal “Behavior of Enzymes at the Interfaces of Minerals and Non-Aqueous Liquids.” A primary scientific goal of Parker’s research group is to understand the behavior of biomacromolecules like nucleic acids and proteins in environmental and energy systems.
Jessica Wagenseil, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the McKelvey School of Engineering, will study how change in the structure of the aorta’s wall may contribute to progression of an aneurysm with a three-year, $300,000 Transformational Project Award from the American Heart Association.
Genetics and other factors may cause the aorta, the body’s largest artery, to widen or expand, leading to weakness in its walls. This weakness may lead to a thoracic aortic aneurysm, or a rupture causing extensive damage and bleeding. Read more on the engineering website.
Ari Stern, associate professor of mathematics and statistics in Arts & Sciences, received a $212,640 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Hybrid finite element methods for geometric partial differential equations.”
Several faculty members in Arts & Sciences have received new or renewal grants recently from NASA for their research. Among them are:
- Bradley Jolliff, the Scott Rudolph Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, $539,932 from NASA/University of New Mexico to support his work with the University of New Mexico’s Consortium for the Advanced Analysis of Apollo Samples.
- David Fike, professor of earth and planetary sciences, $70,338 from NASA’s Ames Research Center for a project titled “Abiotic and biological sulfate reduction in serpentinizing systems.”
Mayssa Mokalled, assistant professor of developmental biology at the School of Medicine, received a one-year, $40,000 grant from the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology for her project titled “Mechanisms of adult neurogenesis during spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish.”
Willem Dickhoff, professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, received a $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his work on Green’s functions and the nuclear many-body problem.
Jeffrey Miner, professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the School of Medicine, and Jonathan Barnes, assistant professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciencees, received a total of $375,000 over three years in funding from the Children’s Discovery Institute Interdisciplinary Research Initiative for their project titled “Innovative Drug Delivery Strategies to Treat Pediatric Kidney Disease.” This research will help improve personalized treatment of pediatric kidney disease.
Andrew Malone, MBBCh, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the School of Medicine, received a five-year, $822,279 NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development grant for research titled “Single Cell Analysis of Kidney Transplant Antibody Mediated Rejection.” Read more on the Division of Nephrology’s website.
James Buckley, professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, received a $667,954 award from NASA for the development of a novel imaging calorimeter for gamma-ray and cosmic-ray studies.
Elizabeth S. Haswell, professor of biology, and Anders E. Carlsson, professor of physics, both in Arts & Sciences, received a $954,779 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project titled “Pollen: A model system for computational and experimental study of plant biomechanics at the cellular scale.”