Tetrad Awards Announced

March 6, 2024


The MSU Office of Research and Innovation has announced the awardees for the inaugural Tetrad interdisciplinary research funding program.

Good news! Of the 40 research awards, College of Human Medicine faculty are involved in 58% of the projects and represent about 28% of the total MSU faculty involved in these projects.

The Tetrad Initiative, launched in Fall 2023, was designed to foster new cross-unit and cross-college collaborations among faculty who have not worked together before, resulting in projects that create opportunities for extramural support of unique research programs. Researchers, at any rank, found collaborators from outside of their own unit to form a team of three investigators and completed the application process in January 2024.

The program received strong demand and due to the number of applications, a lottery system was used to select the awards.

College of Human Medicine faculty appointments are in bold text.

Title Principal Investigators
Art as Medicine: Creativity and Health Humanities during Covid-19
  • Blalock, Emiko - Family Medicine
  • Phillips, Natalie - English
  • Shipley, Morgan - Arts and Humanities Health Pathway
Assessment of a common CFC syndrome mouse model to uncover biological underpinnings of autism
  • Vogt, Daniel - Pediatrics and Human Development
  • Gordon, Marcia - Translational Neuroscience
  • Arguello, Amy - Psychology
Creation of a humanized liver transporter mouse model
  • Mallett, Christiane - Radiology
  • Upham, Brad - Pediatrics and Human Development
  • Wagner, James - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation
Developing a Comprehensive Risk Stratification Model of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections that Integrates Clinical Data with Quantitative Computer Vision Analysis and Machine Learning: A Pilot Project
  • Reynolds, Joshua - Emergency Medicine
  • Reeves, Mathew - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Boddeti, Vishnu - Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical and optical monitoring and manipulation of neuronal activity followed by AI-assisted data analyses: application to autism mouse models
  • Pozzo-Miller, Lucas - Pediatrics and Human Development
  • Wang, Hongbing - Physiology
  • Purcell, Erin - IQ
Environmental Justice in the Workplace
  • Rosenman, Kenneth - Medicine
  • Brookins, Kwesi - University Outreach and Engagement
  • Chang, Chu-Hsiang - Future of Work
Establishing a novel zebrafish model for Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery
  • Lamp, Jared - Translational Neuroscience
  • Kuo, Min - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chung-Davidson, Yu-Wen - Fisheries and Wildlife
Examining the role of affect on language processing in young typically developing children and children with a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Thompson, Barbara - Pediatrics and Human Development
  • Jones, Nicole - Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health
  • Venker, Courtney - Communicative Sciences and Disorder
Hepatic OATPs as an imaging reporter protein for gene therapy
  • Li, Xiaopeng - Pediatrics and Human Development
  • Shapiro, Erik - Radiology
  • Amalfitano, Andrea - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Identify key terms in history gathering and physical examination based on a standard format for structuring medical notes: Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan notes using Large Language Models
  • Wang, Ling - Environmental Medicine
  • Xing, Yue - Statistics and Probability
  • Shin, Namsoo - CREATE
Impact of Air Pollution and Social Determinants of Health on Older African American Cognitive Health in Rural Louisiana
  • Scheel, Norman - Radiology
  • Morishita, Masako - Family Medicine
  • Anderson-Carpenter, Kaston - Psychology
Impaired microglial efferocytosis of Lewy body-containing neurons: Implications for Parkinson’s disease
  • Sortwell, Caryl - Translational Neuroscience
  • Giri, Shailendra - HFHS
  • Smith, Bryan - IQ
Metabolomic and Metallomic Analysis of Human Heart Organoid Development
  • Hong, Bong Jin - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Bazil, Jason - Physiology
  • Aguirre, Aitor - IQ
Mitigating the debilitating effects of chemotherapy with a prune-rich diet
  • Gallo, Kathleen - Physiology
  • Dorrance, Anne - Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Abela, George - Medicine
MRI detection of tumors using novel anti-ZIP4 monoclonal antibodies
  • Xiao, Hua - Physiology
  • Hu, Jian - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Qian, Chunqi - Radiology
Novel links between early changes in blood clotting factors and acetaminophen overdose-induced liver damage
  • Riley, Bradley - Emergency Medicine
  • Jobe, Shawn - Pediatrics and Human Development
  • Luyendyk, James - Pharmacology and Toxicology
Pathways to Health, Mental Health, and Financial Well-being: Interdisciplinary Partnerships to Understand the Interactive Roles of Family Processes and Economic Factors in the Context of Structural Inequality
  • Smart, Mieka - Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health
  • Smith, Emilie - Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ortquist, Jinnifer - MSU Extension
Patient Derived Xenograft Models for Development of New Methods for Pancreatic Cancer Imaging and Treatment
  • Qu, Linda - Surgery
  • Sempere, Lorenzo - Radiology
  • Huang, Xuefei - Chemistry
Physiological and pathological targeting of a DNA mutator in B lymphocytes
  • Yu, Kefei - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • He, Jin - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Huang, Wen - Animal Science
Risk Modeling for Older Drivers: Applying Edge AI and IoT in Cognition-aware, Continuous Driving Skill Analysis
  • Chen, Honglei - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Cao, Zhichao - Computer Science and Engineering
  • Sun, Fei - Social Work
Role of Zinc in sperm motility and function
  • O'Halloran, Thomas - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Ahn, Soo Hyun - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation
  • Balbach, Melanie - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sauna Therapy for Black Americans with High Blood Pressure
  • Paneth, Nigel - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Currie, Katharine - Kinesiology
  • Fink, Gregory - Pharmacology and Toxicology
Understanding gene-environment interactions in neurodevelopment using a global, multicohort study
  • Knickmeyer, Rebecca - Pediatrics and Human Development
  • Sadler, Dick - Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health
  • Cui, Yuehua - Statistics and Probability

Learn more about the Tetrad Initiative