Research Funding

September 29, 2022

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September

  • Katharine Currie, PhD, Department of Kinesiology, with Supratik Rayamajhi, MD, and George Abela, MD, Department of Medicine, were awarded $686,011 from the NIH for “Chrono-exercise is Medicine: Improving Blood Pressure and Vascular Function through Chronotherapy” (Sept 2022 - Aug 2023).
  • Ryan Thomas, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was awarded $81,550 through the annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Grant (June 2026).
  • Dylan Finneran, PhD, Department of Translational Neuroscience, was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alzheimer's Association of $174,033 for “Cell type-specific induction of cellular senescence in Alzheimer's Disease” (Sept 2022 - Aug 2025).

August

  • Stacey Missmer, ScD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was awarded $2,152,487 from the US Department of the Army for “Defining Endometriosis Physiologic Sub-Phenotypes and Subsequent Cancer and Comorbidities Risk Through Discovery of Novel Genetic Variants” (Aug 2022 - Aug 2025).
  • Ulrich Duffner, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was awarded $39,340 from the Helen DeVos Children’s Foundation for “Pediatric BMT Biobank” to establish a biorepository of longitudinally collected blood specimens from pediatric bone marrow transplant patients (Aug 2022 - Aug 2025).
  • Cara Poland, MD, MEd, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, and co-researcher Dawn Goldstein, PhD, RN, were awarded $1,337,280 from the NIH for Increasing Minority Physician and APRN Clinician-scientist Research Training To Equalize Addiction Medicine (IMPACT TEAM) (Aug 2022 - June 2027).
  • Scott Counts, PhD, Department of Translational Neuroscience, was awarded $529,872 from the National Institute of Health for “Novel Reengineered Microbiome-based Biologic Therapy to Treat Cognitive and Behavioral Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias” (Aug 2022 - July 2027).
  • Margaret Caulfield, PhD, Kathy Steece Collier, PhD, and Caryle Szarowicz, Department of Translational Neuroscience, were awarded $399,632 from U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity / Department of Defense for “Mechanisms of Enhanced Neuroregeneration Associated with the Common Human Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Val66Met” (Aug 2022 - July 2024).
  • Marcia Gordon, PhD, Department of Translational Neuroscience, was awarded a Henry Ford affiliation grant of $55,000 for “Enhancing the Therapeutic Gain of Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer by Reducing Cellular Senescence” (Sept 2022 - Aug 2023).

July

  • Joe Patterson, PhD, Department of Translational Neuroscience, received the Pearl J. Aldrich Faculty Research Award. He was awarded $20,000 from the Pearl J. Aldrich Endowment in Aging Related Research and Education for his project “Assessment of glycolysis in a synucleinopathy model of Parkinson’s disease in aged rats" (July 2022 - June 2023).
  • Chunqi Qian, PhD, Department of Radiology, was awarded $500,000 by the National Science Foundation for "CAREER: Developing a compact wireless multi-modal detector array for remote sensing and imaging" (July 2022 - June 2027).

June

  • Nick Kanaan, PhD, Department of Translational Neuroscience, was awarded $154,759 by Inhibikase Therapeutics Inc. for his study “Generation of Novel pY39 α-Synuclein Monoclonal Antibodies”(June 2022 - May 2023).

April

  • Masako Morishita, PhD, Department of Family Medicine, was awarded $669,264 by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for "Reducing lead dust exposure and childhood blood lead levels in older housing in Michigan" (April 2022 - April 2025). 

March

  • Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was awarded $367,068 by Comanche BioPharma for "S-Flt siRNA Therapy for Pre-eclampsia" (March 2022 - February 2023).
  • Caryl E. Sortwell, PhD, and co-investigators Joe Patterson, PhD, Kathy Steece-Collier, PhD, and Matthew Benskey, PhD, Department of Translational Neuroscience, were awarded $419,527 by Takeda for “Synucleinopathy Triggered NLRP3 Inflammasome” (March 2022 - March 2023).
  • Anna Moore, PhD, Precision Health Program, was awarded $420,000 by the National Cancer Institute for “Novel Prostate cancer therapy based on m-aconitase inhibition” (March 2022 - February 2024).

February

  • Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD, Department of Radiology, was awarded $2,767,629 by the NIH for "A Nanostructured Skin Patch to Heal Chronic Wounds" (February 2022 - January 2027).
  • Jae Wook Jeong, PhD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was awarded $2,867,991 by the NIH to study the role of cholesterol biosynthesis in metastatic and recurrent endometrial cancer (February 2022 - January 2027).
  • Rodlescia Sneed, PhD, MPH, Division of Public Health, was awarded $50,000 by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation for "HEALTH (Harnessing Education and Lifestyle Change for Health) for Returning Citizens: A Feasibility Study."

January

  • Kenneth Rosenman, PhD, Department of Medicine, was awarded $75,000 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for "Enhancement of Occupational/Environmental Medicine" (Janurary 2022 - September 2022).
  • Amy Custack, PhD, Department of Medicine, was awarded $135,750 by the Stephanie H. & David A. Spina Family Foundation for "Expansion of In-Person and Virtual Healthy Cooking Programs for Youth in Flint, Michigan" (Janurary 2022 - December 2022). 
  • Kenneth Rosenman, PhD, Department of Medicine, was awarded $100,000 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for "Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance" (Janurary 2022 - September 2022).
  • Cara Poland, MD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was awarded $24,128 by the University of Michigan for "Pilot for Treatment of Post-partum Women" (January 2022 - September  2022)
  • Cara Poland, MD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was awarded $189,035 by the University of Michigan for the Michigan Opioid Collaborative (January 2022 - December 2022)
  • Genna Moldovan, graduate student in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was awarded $38,023 by the NIH for “Cytoskeletal regulation of the Hippo and Notch1 signaling pathways in endometrial stromal cell decidualization and endometriosis” (January 2022 - December 2023).
  • Yong Song, PhD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was awarded $23,528 by the Society of Endometriosis and Uterine Disorders for “Regulation of Endometriotic Lesion Development by E-proteins” (January 2022 - December 2024).

2021

  • Lorenzo F. Sempere, PhD, Department of Radiology, was awarded $2.8M by the National Cancer Institute for “Image-Guided Intraductal Ablative Procedure for Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer” (December 2021 - November 2026).
  • Andre Bachmann, PhD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was awarded $27,720 by the MSU-Molecular Discovery Group to study ODC inhibitors for the treatment of MYC- and MYCN-driven cancers (November 2021 - October 2022).
  • Andre Bachmann, PhD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was awarded $50,000 by the MSU Discretionary Funding Initiative to study the targeting eIF5A hypusination for the treatment of endometrial cancer (November 2021 - May 2023).
  • Cara Poland, MD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, was awarded $114,165 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for “Substance Use Disorder Demonstration” (October 2021 - September 2022).
  • Anna Moore, PhD, Precision Health Program, was awarded $7,966,972 by the NIH for the Large Animal Facility for Imaging and Image-guided Therapies at MSU (September 2021 - May 2026).
  • Michael Roland Williams, PhD, Department of Pediatrics & Human Development, was awarded $2.3M from NIH Mental Health to study the development of a small tag for the anterograde delivery of cargos (September 2021 - September 2024).
  • Xiaopeng Li, PhD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was awarded $553,359 per year for four years by the NIH to study how loss of CFTR leads to host defense defects in CF small airway epithelia, and whether viral vector-mediated delivery of CFTR cDNA to CF smal (August 2021 - July 2025).
  • Jeffrey P. MacKeigan, PhD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was awarded $402,400 by the National Cancer Institute for “Therapeutic Potential of Targeting DNA Repair Deficiency in TSC- investigate the therapeutic potential of drugs targeting both germline DNA damage repair mutations and somatic mutations” (July 2021 - June 2023).
  • Anna Moore, PhD, Precision Health Program, was awarded $3,515,167 by the NIH for “anti-miR-10b Nanodrug for Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastasis: Study in Companion Animals” (July 2021 - June 2026)
  • Ryan Thomas, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, was awarded the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Grant of $79,150 (July 2021 - June 2022).

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