Research Wire: March 2017

Rohit V. Pappu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is part of an international team of scientists that received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to uncover the molecular logic and organization of specialized micrometer-sized structures in cells. Their work will focus on uncovering the organization of membraneless organelles and the selective permeability of biomolecules into these organelles. Read more on the engineering site.

Marcus Foston, assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, received a five-year, $250,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Herman Frasch Fund for Chemical Research. Foston is working to design a new type of catalyst that turns wasted plant material into a product that can be used for renewable chemical and material production. Learn more on the engineering site.

Ebony B. Carter, MD, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the School of Medicine, has received a career development award from the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The grant will fund a randomized trial comparing group prenatal care to traditional/individual care for women with Type 2 and gestational diabetes.

Jenine Harris, associate professor at the Brown School, has received a $171,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a program aimed at encouraging and facilitating use of open science to advance public health practice and policy by sharing statistical source code. Open-access statistical code is one strategy to develop open and accessible research and to speed the translation of data to findings.

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