The University of Arizona

Internal Funding Recipients

The following provides a list of past recipients of all Research, Discovery & Innovation internal funding opportunities.

Faculty Seed Grant

2016

      • Elizabeth Baldwin, School of Government & Public Policy, Stakeholder influence in U.S. state clean energy policy
      • Heidi Brown, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Assessment of vector-control impact on emerging mosquito-borne viruses
      • Daniel Combs, Pediatrics, Neurocognition and endothelial function in children with CHD and SDB
      • Leah Durán, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Supporting bilingual children's literacy learning
      • Neng Fan, Systems & Industrial Engineering, Sustainable manufacturing under green quality assurance with onsite renewable integration
      • Stefanie Herrmann, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Potential of local knowledge to fill data gap for scientific understanding of land degradation
      • Bonnie Hurwitz, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Mapping microbial diversity in the sea
      • May Khanna, Pharmacology, Profiling RNA binding landscape of EXOSC3 in neurodegeneration
      • Matthew Mars, Agricultural Education, Assessing the entrepreneurial leadership capacities of extension educators
      • Shenfeng Qiu, Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine-PHX, Functional and gentic dissection of prefrontal circuits mediating depression
      • Eduardo Rozo, Physics, Using large scale structure to improve photometric redshifts
      • Manojkumar Saranathan, Medical Imaging, Thalamic imaging and segmentation for deep brain stimulation surgery
      • Oliver Schilke, Management and Organizations, The contingent role of cultural power distance on trust
      • John Streicher, Pharmacology, Identification of a novel target for cannabinoid anti-cancer effects
      • Tsu-Te Judith Su, College of Optical Sciences, Label-free, highly-specific, single, small molecule detection using frequency-locked microtoroid optical resonators
      • Jonathan Tullis, Educational Psychology, Social metacognition: how we predict others' memories
      • Marc Verhougstraete, Community Environment & Policy, A novel approach to quantify climate changes effects on drinking water quality

2015

  • Mahmoud Azaz, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Acquisition of Arabic tense by English natives: An Integrated model
  • Jacob Bricca, School of Theatre, Film & Television, The Boy In The Box: A Documentary Film
  • Julio Cárdenas-Rodríguez, Biomedical Engineering & Medical Imaging, Imaging of bacterial infection by CEST MRI
  • Goggy Davidowitz, Entomology, The hot and cold of linking diet to environmental change
  • Erika Eggers, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, Mechanisms of light adaptation in the retina
  • Margaret Evans, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Forecasting Future Tree Growth using Tree Rings and Diameter Data
  • Wei-Hsuan Lo-Ciganic, Pharmacy Practice and Science, Using Machine Learning to Identify Factors Associated With Prescription Opioid Misuse in a large state Medicaid Program
  • Wendy Moore,  Entomology, Microbiome Discovery and its Influence on Beetle-Ant Symbiosis
  • Guo-Yue Niu, Hydrology and Water Resources, The Impacts of Managed Floods on Restoration of the Colorado River Delta Ecosystems – A Case Study of Predicting and Optimizing the Fate of a Coupled Human-Natural Ecosystem
  • Mohammad Poursina, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Design and Analysis of Robotic Platform for the Intelligent Lower Extremity Rehabilitation of Diabetic Patients
  • Clare Robinson, Architecture, Preserving the Mid-century Subdivision: the case of Pueblo Gardens
  • Robin Samlan, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, High-Speed Endoscopy of Aging Voice
  • Monica Schmidt, Plant Sciences, Elucidation of a novel mechanism for oil/protein regulation in soybean
  • Valerie Trouet, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Paleoclimate potential of old Widdringtonia cedarbergensis trees in South Africa
  • Jun Wang, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Exploring θ-defensin mimetics as “virological penicillin”

2014

  • Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Impact Assessment of Critical Professional Development for Indigenous K-8 Educators
  • Michael Barker, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Developing a predictive genomic framework to understand the outcomes of hybridization
  • Jennifer Bea, Nutritional Sciences, Novel use for spine scans to fuel health outcomes research
  • Mark Beilstein, School of Plant Sciences, Telomerase Evolution in Plants
  • Ross Buchan, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Single molecule RNA detection in live yeast cells
  • Pascale Charest, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ras proteins activate TORC2 to promote cancer cell metastasis.
  • David Christianson, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Climate effects on herbivores via spatio-temporal variation in primary productivity
  • Benedict J. Colombi, American Indian Studies Program, Indigenous Google-Mapping on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
  • Donald Falk, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Can climate and wildfire interact to trigger ecosystem tipping points?
  • Christopher Hamilton, Planetary Sciences / Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing of Active Volcanic Processes
  • Irada Ibrahim-zada, Surgery, Beta1-adrenoreceptor antagonism in sepsis: Potential therapeutic benefits and associated prognostic serum biomarkers
  • Ozan Jaquette, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, The effect of state appropriations to community colleges on tuition price, student success, and market share
  • Clinton Jokerst, Medical Imaging, Using Cross-Sectional Imaging to Estimate Lean Body Mass
  • Bellal Joseph, Surgery, Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, Critical Care, and Burns, Reducing Secondary Brain Injury with Remote Ischemic Conditioning
  • Jill Koyama, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, A School District’s Role in Supporting and Educating Refugees
  • Julie E. Miller, Neuroscience, A Role For Synaptotagmin IV in Birdsong and Human Speech?

2013

  • Jennifer Eli, Mathematics, A Collaborative Model for Secondary Mathematics Pre-Service Teacher Preparation
  • Raphael Sagarin, Biosphere 2, Improving the Science of Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of California
  • David BaltrusPlant Sciences, Fitness Costs of Horizontal Gene Transfer: Generality and Mechanism
  • Timothy Bolger, Molecular and Cellular Biology Control of Gene Expression by the DEAD-Box RNA Helicase Dpb1
  • Rongguang Liang, Optical Sciences3D Endoscope for Endonasal Surgery
  • Nicholas Breitborde, PsychiatryDoes familial handedness predict the course of psychotic disorders?
  • Jon Njardarson, Chemistry and BiochemistryChemical Synthesis and Evaluation of New Mosquito Oviposition Attractants
  • Jesse Little, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, A Pitching Mechanism for Novel Unsteady Aerodynamics Research
  • Jessica Summers, Teaching Learning and Sociocultural StudiesSelf-Determination and Teen Pregnancy
  • Michele Walsh, Family and Consumer SciencesThe Construct of Kindness: Measuring Kindness in Youth
  • Rebecca Viscusi, Surgery, Pharmacogenomics of ER-positive breast cancer
  • Mingwu Wang, Ophthalmology, Regulation of NHE8 Expression in Dry Eye Disease
  • Yi Zeng, Pediatrics, Improving the Outcome of Haploidentical BMT with Activated Th1 cells
  • Eric Weterings, Radiation OncologyA novel radiation-enhancing drug for cancer treatment

2012

  • Lydia Bell, Educational Policy Studies, First Year College Transitions for Competitive High School Student-Athletes
  • Katrina Dlugosch, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Understanding and Managing Plant Invasions Through Ecological Genomics
  • Karen D'Souza, Basic medical Sciences, Novel regulators of Stretch Induced REsistnce to Myofibroblast Apoptosis
  • George Hishaw, Neurology, Effects if Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on the Aging Brain
  • Jui-cheng Hsieh, Basic Medical Sciences, The Role of p53 Responsive Elements in HSV-1 Infection
  • Jennifer Jenkins, English, American Indian Film Gallery
  • Mrinalini Kala, Research Administration, Affect of NKG2D Antibody on NK Cell Function
  • Stephen Klotz, Medicine, Assessing the Telemedicine as a Viable Strategy for HIV Care on Arizona's American Indian Reservations
  • Kimberly McDermott, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, How do Primary Cilia Regulate mammary Gland Development
  • David Raichlen, Anthropology, Aerobic Exercise and the Evolution of Human Longevity
  • Patrick Ronaldson, Pharmacology, Nuclear Receptor Regulation iof Blood-to-CNS Opiod Delivery
  • Megan Smithey, Immunobiology, Identifying Common Mechanisms Underlying Age-Related Impaired Immunity to infections
  • Frans Tax, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Regulation of Signaling in Plant Vascular Development
  • Sara Tolbert, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Exploring the Science Teaching Practices of Te Kotahitanga Teachers
  • Elisa Tomat, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Iron Chelators for Redox Directed Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Lianyang Zhang, Civil Enginerring and Engineering Mechanics, Biopolymer Enhanced Geopolymer Cementitious Material

2011

  • Kacey Ernst, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Why Aren’t Insecticide Treated Nets Being Used to Control Malaria
  • Leah Fabiano-Smith, Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, Initial Consonant Deletion in Bilingual Speech: Difference or Disorder?
  • Hanna Fares, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Regulators of Lysosome Biogenesis
  • Faten Ghosn, School of Government & Public Policy, Getting to the Table & Getting to Yes: A New Outlook on Negotiations
  • David Gramling, German Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis, Bioethics, and Race: A Qualitative Inquiry
  • Kathryn Matthias, Pharmacy Practice and Science, Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Penicillin Dosing During Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Rebecca Mosher, Plant Sciences, Small RNA during Brassica Hybridization
  • Tracey Osborne, School of Geography and Development, Evaluating Finance Mechanisms in Continually Managed Tropical Forests in Mexico: Lessons for REDD
  • Kelly Reynolds, Environmental Health Sciences, Lab-On-A-Chip Flow Cytometer for the Detection of Enteroviruses
  • Sujata Sarkar, Medicine, Elucidation of Auto-Antigen Specific Inflammatory Responses in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lisanne Skyler, School of Theatre, Television, and Film, BRILLO BOX, a Documentary Film Directed by Lisanne Skyler
  • Beth Weinstein, Architecture, The Collaborative Legacy
  • Noah Whiteman, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, How Do Mustard-Oils Extend Human Lifespan?
  • Stephen Wilson, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Neural Correlates of Recovery from Vascular Aphasia
  • Guang Yao, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Single-Cell Experimental Platform for Cancer Systems Biology
  • Hussine Yassine, Medicine, The HDL Proteome in Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

2010

  • Melissa Barnett, Family Studies and Human Development, Raising Children Together
  • Lee Cranmer, Clinical Medicine, Mechanisms of Melanoma Metastasis
  • Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez, Women’s Studies, Yaqui Deportation Database
  • Nobuko Hongu, Nutritional Sciences, Advancing Dietary Assessment Methods through Technology: Mobile Phone Food Pictures
  • Jennifer Jenkins, College of Humanities, Digitizing Western Ways Nitrate Moving Image Collection
  • John Kyndt, Biochemistry/Molecular Biophysics, Optimizing Algae for Competitive Fuel Production
  • Shirley (Kurc) Papuga, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Water Resource Adaptation Strategies in Developing Countries:  Climate Change Realities
  • Elizabeth Scott, Landscape Architecture, Post-Occupancy Assessment of Sustainable Development Strategies in Community Design
  • Jiaqi Shi, Surgery, A Novel Invasive Pancreatic Cancer Mouse Model
  • Armin Sorooshian, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The Nature and Impact of Aerosols in the Southwestern USA
  • Joseph Tabor, Public Health, Developing Direct Plating Method for Coccidioides spp.
  • David Velenovsky, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Auditory Processing in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Fushi Wen, Department of Surgery, Extracellular DNA in the Detection of Pancreatic Cancer
  • Ekanayake Wijeratne, Office of Arid Lands Studies, Screening of Sonoran Desert-Plant Associated with Microbial Extracts for their Anti-Allergenic Activities
  • Lianyang Zhang, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Beneficial and Sustainable Reuse of Mine Tailings through Geopolymerization

2009

  • Mary Alt, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Factors that Influence Word Learning in Bilingual Children
  • Craig Aspinwall, Chemistry, New Radiochemical Detector for Biomedical Applications
  • Gayle DeDe, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Effects of Aging on Sentence Comprehension
  • Greg Dussor, Pharmacology, Brain Imaging in a Novel Rat Model of Migraine
  • Patricia Gonzalez, Mexican American Studies, Preservation and Adaptation of Indigenous/Mexican Traditional Medicine
  • Matt Goode, School of Natural Resources, Tail-Tale Signs: Isotope Analyses of Rattlesnake Rattles Reveal Environmental Change
  • Brian LeRoy, Physics, Imaging Local Electronic Properties of Graphene
  • Shari Meyerson, Surgery, The Effect of Thoracoscopic Lobectomy on Delivery of Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Michelle Perfect, Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, Glucose Regulation and Sleep Architecture in Pediatric Type I Diabetes
  • Ricardo Sanfelice, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Robust Coordinated Control of Groups of Heterogeneous Autonomous
  • Robert Schon, Classics, The Archaeology of Culture Contact in Northwest Sicily
  • Lisanne Skyler, School of Media Arts, Capture the Flag
  • Eric Snyder, Pharmacy Practice and Science, Quantification of Exhaled Condensate Using Brochoalveolar Lavage in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Virinchipuram Viswanathan, Veterinary Science and Microbiology, Role of Host Cell Survival in Enteropathogenic Escherichia Coli Pathogenesis
  • James Watson, Arizona State Museum, Dating Anthropogenic Landscapes with Terrestrial Gastropods and Human Skeletons
  • Russell Witte, Radiology, Thermoacoustic Imaging and Spectroscopy for Breast Cancer Detection

2008

  • E. Fiona Bailey, Physiology, Sleep, Breathing, and Menopause
  • Roger Barthelson, Plant Sciences, Regulation of the Expression of Plant Genes Related to Stress
  • Alfredo Berardo, Political Science, Policy Networks and Management of Water Quality in America
  • Michael Brescia, Arizona State Museum, Implications of Spanish Property Law for Hispanic and Indian Communities of the Southwest
  • Andrew Carnie, Linguistics, Ultrasonic Analysis of Tense Sonorant Consonants in Scottish Gaelic
  • Chih Chin Chou- Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, Social Support and Acculturative Stress Among Chinese International Students
  • Alex Cronin, Physics, Nano-Scale Energy Sensor
  • Melissa Curran, Family and Consumer Sciences, The Transition to Parenthood for Unmarried, Cohabiting Couples
  • Paul Kapp, Geosciences, Sandblasting in Central Asia and Tectonic and Climatic Implications
  • Julie Lang, Surgical Oncology, Effect of Pregnancy History on the Presence of Breast Stem Cells
  • Linda Lumsden, Journalism, Comrades: Visions and Values of the Early American Radical Press, 1900-1920
  • Michelle McMahon, Plant Sciences, Barcoding the Plants of Arizona: Geographically-Based Biodiversity Informatics
  • Moe Momayez, Mining and Geological Engineering, Alternate Energy Source for Sustainable Development
  • Theodore Price, Pharmacology, Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors as Novel Analgesics for Neuropathic Pain
  • Iliana Reyes, Language, Reading, and Culture, Teacher's Perspectives on Literacy Practices by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children
  • Michael Riehle, Entomology, Insulin Signaling as a Drive Mechanism for Mosquito Population Replacement
  • Margaret Tome, Pathology, Manganese Prophyrins in Lymphoma Cell Growth and Drug Response
  • Koen Visscher, Physics, A Novel Dual-Reporter System for Translational Recoding
  • Daniela Zarnescu, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Fragile X Syndrome: A Gene Discovery Approach in Drosophila

2007

  • Ali Akoglu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Reconfigurable Compressed Sensing Tools
  • Anne Arnold, Plant Sciences, Bacterial Endosymbionts: Hidden Masterminds of Plant-Fungus Interactions?
  • Sara Dionne, Valley Fever Center for Excellence, Interaction of Dendritic Cells and Coccidioides Arthroconidia
  • Becky Farley, Physiology, Dual Task Assessment to Detect Motor Impairments in Early Parkinson Disease
  • Melissa Goldsmith, Nursing, Creating a Deaf-Friendly Stop-Smoking Online Intervention
  • Melissa Halpern, Pediatrics, Interleukin 18 in the Pathogenesis of Neonatal Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Franko Kueppers, Optical Sciences, Massive Parallel Optical Clock Processing for Future Ultra-High-Capacity Communication Networks
  • David Kurjiaka, Physiology, Hypertension: Role of Gap Junction Communication in the Resistance Vasculature
  • Jungmee Lee, Speech and Hearing, Mechanisms of Auditory Temporal Processing for Speech: Implications for Dyslexia
  • Ravishankar Palanivelu, Plant Sciences, Pollen Tube Signaling Network in Arabidopsis Flowers
  • Pavao-Zuckerman, Arizona State Museum and Anthropology, Integrating Isotopic Analyses and Historical Archaeology at 18th-Century Missions
  • Alexander Pavlov, Planetary Sciences, Interstellar Dust Clouds as a Trigger of the Snowball Glaciations
  • Pavel Polynkin, Optical Sciences, Compact Ultraviolet Fiber-Laser Source at 355nm for Flow Cytometry
  • James Tanyi, Radiation Oncology, Radiotherapy Dosimetry in the Presence of Hip Prostheses
  • Jason Vollen, Architecture, Emerging Materials Technology: Ceramic/Composite Building Panel
  • Dale Woolridge, Emergency Medicine, Polamine Acetyl Derivatives as Biomarkers of Urinary Tract Infections
  • Leisy Wyman, Language, Reading, and Culture, Accountability Negotiated: Transforming School, Transforming Indigenous Youth in Southwestern Alaska