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2016 Discovery Grants Projects

The 12 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2016 are listed below. 


  • Implementation of Polyglycidol Prodrugs and Nanosponges for the Dual Delivery of Doxorubicin and Formaldehyde - Eva Harth and Carmelo Rizzo (Chemistry)
  • Novel Mechanisms of Initiating Cardiovascular Signaling - Tina Iverson (Pharmacology) and Vsevolod Gurevich (SOM-BS)
  • Thermo-Responsive Atmospheric Water Collector - Shihong Lin (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Multi-scale Modeling of Electrochemical Flow Capacitors for Grid-Scale Energy Storage - Haoxiang Luo (Mechanical Engineering) and Peter Cummings (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
  • Powder X-Ray Diffractometer - Janet Macdonald (Chemistry)
  • A Psychometric Approach to Legal Decision-Making - Rene Marois (Psychology) and Ed Cheng (Law School)
  • Honey Bee Circadian Clocks and their Perturbation by Neuroexcitatory Pesticides - Douglas McMahon and Kendal Broadie (Biological Sciences)
  • Exploring the Role of Glucose Cycling in Diabetes and Cardiac Function - Richard O'Brien (Molecular Physiology & Biophysics) and Jamey Young (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) 
  • Mechanical Modulation of the Electrochemical Performance of Battery Materials - Cary Pint (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Identification and Structural Elucidation of Human Allergen Epitopes - Ben Spiller (Pharmacology) and Scott Smith (SOM-C)
  • Development of the First Cell-type and Subcellular Domain-Selective Fluorescent Thallium Sensors for Basic and Drug Discovery Research of Potassium Channels  - Charles Weaver (Pharmacology) and Gary Sulikowski (Chemistry)
  • No Holding Back: A Novel, Wearable Exoskeleton to Reduce Low Back Pain and Injury Risk - Karl Zelik (Mechanical Engineering) and Aaron Yang (SOM-C)