The University of Arizona

Internal Funding Recipients

The following provides a list of past recipients of Research, Discovery & Innovation Research Advancement grants. Year indicates the Academic & Fiscal Year (July 1 to June 30) that the award was received. 

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Accelerate for Success
Start for Success
International Research & Program Development
Student Team Awards: Interdisciplinary Link and Industry Engagement
Faculty Seed Grant
Equipment Enhancement Fund
Core Facilities Pilot Project

Accelerate for Success

2018

      • Samuel Campos, Medicine-Tucson, Viral Inhibition of Cellular Senescence and Interferon Responses via Antagonism of the cGAS/STING Pathway
      • Eugene Chang, Medicine-Tucson, CLOSE SHAVE: Hybrid-reality Surgical Simulation
      • Rongguang Liang, Optical Sciences, IR laser-assisted additive manufacturing of precision glass optics
      • Raina Maier, Agriculture & Life Sciences, The Arid Soil Microbiome: Connecting Functional Health to Phylogenetic Diversity
      • Joanna Masel, Science, Transforming STEM education by engaging more research-oriented faculty
      • Luke McGuire, Science, From source to sink: identifying hot spots for debris flow hazards and soil carbon sequestration following wildfire
      • Julie Miller, Science, Identifying Gene Targets for Progressive Speech Deficits in Parkinson's Disease
      • Janko Nikolich-Zugich, Medicine-Tucson, UA Older Americans Independence Center (UA-OAIC)
      • Jon Njardarson, Science, Rational Design of novel PP1-selective Inhibitors
      • Robert Norwood, Optical Sciences, Sustainable Growth of the Cloud
      • Joyce Schroeder, Science, Mechanisms of Cancer Drug Resistance and Sensitivity in Breast Cancer Metastasis
      • Gayatri Vedantam, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Precision Healthcare: A Novel, Rapid Diagnostic Test for Clostridium difficile Infection that Addresses Unmet Treatment and Infection Control Needs
      • Anne Wertheimer, BIO5, Novel Antimicrobial Matrix Development and Validation

2017

      • Kobus Barnard, Science, Building capacity for inferring facial communication from video data
      • Greg Barron-Gafford, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Dryland Agrivoltaics: A Novel Ecosystems Approach to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
      • Steven Goldman, Medicine, Cardiotoxicity Assay Platform (CTAP)
      • Michael Hammer, Science, From Pathophysiology to Therapeutics in Childhood Epilepsy: A translational approach using an SCN8A mouse model and human induced pluripotent stem cells
      • Christopher Hulme, Pharmacy, Simultaneous targeting of both major Alzheimer’s pathologies through DYRK1A Inhibition.
      • Natalia Ignatenko, Medicine, Kallikrein-6 Activity Probe for Image-Guided Resection of Brain Tumor
      • Douglas A. Loy, Engineering, Lithe Integrative Additive Manufacturing (LIAM)
      • Laura Meredith, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Soil ecosystem genomics: novel methods to link microbial genes, communities, and function in the face of soil system complexity
      • Robert Norwood, Optical Sciences, Magneto-optic Polymer Magnetic Field Sensors
      • Linda Powers, Engineering, Real-Time On-Chip Processing and Encryption of Biomedical Images
      • Barry Pryor, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Advancing mycoculture for enhanced nutritional and nutraceutical resources
      • Magdalene So, Medicine, Model for persistent, asymptomatic colonization by commensal bacteria
      • S. Patricia Stock, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Bioprospecting of secondary metabolites from Photorhabdus bacteria and their application in pest management
      • Michelle Strout, Science, Bringing Science Up To Par by Automatically Parallelizing Scripting Languages
      • Peter Troch, Science, Revisioning landscape evolution: The role of pore-scale microbial life in landscape-scale hydro-bio-geochemical processes
      • Rod Wing, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Upgrading the 11-genome Oryza data package and de novo assembly of the O. granulata genome to help solve the 10-billion people question

Start for Success

2018

      • Joseph Blankinship, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Using Biochar to Sequester Carbon and Promote Sustainability in Arizona
      • Kerry Cooper, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Establishing a Model to Simulate Post-Infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome
      • Bellal Joseph, Medicine-Tucson, A Proposal Development Conference to Establish the First National Geriatric Trauma Research Center 
      • John Benjamin (Ben) McMahan, Institute of the Environment, Innovative Visualization & Analysis Tools for the North American Monsoon – Connecting Citizen Science Data and Observations for Research, Policy, and Decision Support
      • Martin Reimann, Eller, Cancer Prevention from a New Viewpoint: Why visits to the beach are like monetary losses but visits to the doctor are like monetary gains
      • Jekan Thangavelautham, Engineering, Large/Complex Support

2017

      • James Field, Engineering, Role of Manganese Oxide in the Halogenation of Natural Organic Matte
      • Matthew Mars, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Biological Ecosystem Analysis 
      • Barbara Mills, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Deep Time Perspectives on the Dynamics of Coupled Human and Natural Systems
      • Janet Roveda, Engineering, Stream Health Service to Growing Up in Place
      • Sonia Shiri, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Building a UA-wide Center for Language and Innovation
      • Larry Venable, Science, Thirty generations of climate change: adaptation and evolutionary drag in a long-term ecological study

International Research & Program Development

2018

      • Kevin Anchukaitis, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Stable and Radiogenic isotope approach to paleoclimate dynamics in Central America (Track 1)
      • Roman Lysecky, Engineering, Formal Models and Self-Adaptive Techniques to Automatically Mitigate Privacy and Security Threats in Life-Critical Systems (Track 1)
      • John Streicher, Medicine-Tucson, Determining the Side Effect Profile and Chronic Pain Efficacy of the MACE Series of Fluorinated Cyclic Biphalin Analogs (Track 1)
      • William Simmons, Social & Behavioral Sciences,  Curricular and Strategic Litigation Partnerships between the UA Online Graduate Program in Human Rights Practice and Two Russian-Language Universities (Track 2)
      • Carol Brochin, Education, Crossing Borders through Books/Cruzando fronteras con Libros (Track 3)
      • Christopher Cokinos, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Crafting the Long Tomorrow: Difficult Conversations Across Science and Humanities Boundaries As the Global Emergency Worsens (Track 3)
      • Margaret Evans, Tree Ring Laboratory, Jump-starting the continental-scale assimilation of tree-ring and forest inventory data for carbon cycle science (Track 3)
      • Katherine Snyder, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Integrating ecosystem services into development planning (IES) (Track 3)

2017

      • Chris Gniady, Science, CATS patient evaluation and monitoring after heart surgery
      • John Kemeny, Engineering, Transnational and Transdisciplinarity Research: Imaging in Mining Geomechanics
      • Henrietta Kralovec, UA South, Digital Border Dialogues: Identity, Interculturality and educational empowerment
      • Anna O'Leary, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Shared Populations: A Multi-Sited Research Collaboration with Mexico
      • Ramzi Touchan, Science, U.S.-Russia Dendrohydrology of Complex River Systems
      • Mary Voyatzis, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Paleomobility in the Late Bronze Age Peloponnese, Greece, as seen through the lens of the Sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion
      • Albert Welter, Humanities, The Hangzhou Region and the Chinese Creation of an East Asian Buddhism

Student Team Awards: Interdisciplinary Link and Industry Engagement

2018

      • Pierre Blanche, Optical Sciences, Volume Hologram for Non-Mechanical Beam Steering (Track 1)
      • Laird Close, Science, Developing The Ultimate Protoplanet Discovery Camera (Track 1)
      • Lloyd LaComb, Optical Sciences, Development of a portable fiber optic magnetoencephalography system for a use in unshielded environment (Track 1)
      • Zheshen Zhang, Engineering, Development of Quantum Covert Sensing Prototype (Track 2)
      • Xiushan Zhu, Optical Sciences, GHz Repetition Rate Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers at 2 micron (Track 1)

2017

      • Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, Optical Sciences, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Holographic Switch for Data Center
      • Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Optical Sciences, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Magnetic Gradiometer based on Ultra-high Verdet constant MO polymers
      • Andrew Gillette, Science, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Numerical Methods for Gravitational Wave Science
      • Chris Gniady, Science, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Patient evaluation pre and post heart surgery
      • Khanh Kieu, Optical Sciences, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, High Power Fiber-based Laser Sources in the Mid-Infrared
      • Daniel Kilper, Optical Sciences, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Optical Networks for 5G Wireless
      • Lloyd LaComb, Optical Sciences, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Development of a portable fiber optic magnetoencephalography system
      • Rongguang Liang, Optical Sciences, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Quantitative polarization and phase techniques for cell and tissue imaging
      • Pierre Lucas, Engineering, Track 2 - Industry Engagement, Industry-University Partnership on Infrared Fibers
      • Sumit Mazumdar, Science, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Enhanced Performance of Organic Solar Cells: Singlet Fission
      • Robert Norwood, Optical Sciences, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Magneto-optic Materials and Devices for Sensing
      • Michelle Perfect, Education, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Interdisciplinary Mentorship to Advance Pediatric Sleep Research in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes
      • Nasser Peyghambarian, Optical Sciences, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, All-Fiber Compact Multiphoton Endoscope for Early Cancer Diagnosis and Cancer Margin Determination during Surgery
      • Jeffrey Pyun, Science, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Mechanically Reinforced Composites from Chalcogenide Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Polymers (CHIPs) for Infrared Thermal Imaging
      • Erin Ratcliff, Engineering, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Creating High-Conductivity Plastic Electrodes for Ultralight-Weight Electronics
      • Janet Roveda, Engineering, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Subthreshold based VLSI Design for Low Power Iterative Graphical inference application
      • Shane Snyder, Engineering, Track 2 - Industry Engagement, Ceramic Membrane and Ozone for Water Reuse: Synergy for Fouling Control and Organic Contaminant Oxidation
      • Guang Yao, Science, Track 1 - Interdisciplinary Link, Heterogeneous cell invasion and colonization in metastatic breast cancer microenvironment

Faculty Seed Grant

2018

      • Craig Aspinwall, Science, Novel tissue graft platforms for in vivo evaluation of parathyroid function (Track 1)
      • Sama Alshaibi, Fine Arts, Unlawful Present (Track 2)
      • Jennifer Carlson, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Killed but Not Murdered: Negligent Homicide, Justifiable Homicide & the New Politics of Trauma (Track 2)
      • Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Religious Diversity and Shared Churches in Early Modern Europe (Track 2)
      • Phyllis Taoua, Humanities, Documenting African Freedom: Digital Archive and Film (Track 2)
      • Walter Betancourt, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Detection of waterborne adenoviruses by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry based magnetic immunoassay with gold nanoparticles labeling (Track 3)
      • Susan Brewer-Osorio, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Sealing the Peace Deal? Assessing the Disarmament and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in Colombia (Track 3)
      • David Christianson, Agriculture & Life Sciences, New Technologies for safe, effective, and informative wildlife surveys (Track 3)
      • Yong Ge, Eller, Mining Career, Education and Job Data to Bridge the Gap between Talent Demand and Supply (Track 3)
      • Thomas Gianetti, Science, Transition Metal Complexes Stabilized by Carbocation Based Ligands (Track 3)
      • Euan McLeod, Optical Sciences, 3D Assembly of Multi-Component Nanophotonic Materials and Devices (Track 3)
      • Erin Ratcliff, Engineering, Polymer/Ionic Liquid Interfaces for Energy Storage (Track 3)
      • Blaine Smith, Education, Examining Adolescents’ Spatial Thinking through Community-Based Multimodal StoryMaps (Track 3)
      • George Sutphin, Science, Pharmaceutical elevation of systemic 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid (3HAA) to treat age-associated disease (Track 3)
      • Koenraad Van Doorslaer, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Towards understanding viral dynamics associated with Sonoran Desert fauna (Track 3)

2017

      • Richard Amini, Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Track 3: Early Career, Transcranial Ultrasound in Traumatic Brain Injury
      • Jessica Braithwaite, Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Government & Public Policy, Track 1: International, The Anatomy of Resistance Campaigns
      • Pearce Paul Creasman, Science, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, Track 3: Early Career, Archaeological and Contemporary Perspectives on Climate Change, Urbanization, and their Effects on the Genetic Diversity of an Ecologically and Culturally Significant Tree
      • Courtney Crosson, Architecture Planning and Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Track 2: Arts Humanities & Culture, Rainwater as Historic Resource for Native Food Systems in Tucson’s Food Desert Communities
      • Christina Diaz, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Sociology, Track 3: Early Career, Declining Ethnic Distinction: Immigrants, Natives, and Changes in the American Mainstream
      • Katherine Ellingson, Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Track 3: Early Career, Results-oriented Antibiotic Stewardship in Long-term Care Facilities
      • Rachel Gallery, Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Track 1: International, Climate responses of soil microbiomes in high elevation tropical wetlands
      • Matthew Grilli, Science, Psychology, Track 3: Early Career, Detecting the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer's Disease: A Novel Cognitive Neuroscience Approach
      • Vasiliki Karanikola, Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Track 3: Early Career, Uranium and Arsenic removal through solar nanofiltration
      • Aneta Kielar, Science, Speech Language & Hearing Science, Track 3: Early Career, Neural Correlates of Grammatical Deficit in Stroke-Related Aphasia: Role of Word Sound and Meaning
      • Samy Missoum, Engineering, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Track 1: International, A New Generation of Materials for Shock and Vibration Mitigation based on Nonlinear Energy Sinks
      • Rebecca Mosher, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, Track 1: International, Brassica rapa transformation: building molecular tools for a new model plant
      • Yue Niu, Science, Mathematics, Track 3: Early Career, Normalization and Segmentation for Hi-C Data
      • Charlotte Pearson, Science, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research, Track 3: Early Career, Time capsules of climatic change: Bristlecone pine tree-ring isotopes and the 4.2 ka event
      • John Purdy, Medicine, Immunobiology, Track 3: Early Career, Cytomegalovirus and Zika Virus Hijacking of Host Lipid Metabolism
      • Armin Sorooshian, Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Track 3: Early Career, Understanding why some particles shrink in the air upon humidification
      • Shelley Staples, Social & Behavioral Sciences, English, Track 3: Early Career, Understanding writing development and identifying needs for second language STEM writers: from first year writing to engineering writing
      • Russell Toomey, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Family & Consumer Sciences, Track 2: Arts Humanities & Culture, Mapping Q: Examining the Effectiveness of an Arts-Based Suicide Prevention Program for SGM Youth
      • Koenraad Van Doorslaer, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Animal & Comparative Biomedical Science, Track 3: Early Career, Determine the role of recombination in Papillomavirus evolution
      • Robert Wilson, Science, Psychology, Track 3: Early Career, The Neural Substrates of Exploration and Exploitation
      • Junming Yin, Eller, Management Information Systems, Track 3: Early Career, Identifying Topic-specific Influential Users and Likely Adopters in Large Social Networks: A Scalable Machine Learning Approach
      • Katharine Zeiders, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Family & Consumer Sciences, Track 3: Early Career, Immigrant Families’ Stress During the 2016 Presidential Election

 Equipment Enhancement Fund

2018-2019

      • Pascale Charest, Science, Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Illumination Module Upgrade for the Spinning Disk Confocal Microscope to Enable High-Resolution Suface Imaging in the Keck Center
      • Nancy Horton, Science, Shared Avestin EmulsiFlex-C3 for Cell Lysis
      • Urs Utzinger, Engineering, Refurbishing of Titanium: Sapphire Laser for Advanced Intravital Microscope
      • Donata Vercelli, Medicine-Tucson, Enabling lung function measurements in experimental asthma models
      • Jean Wilson, Medicine-Tucson, Upgrades of Leica DMI6000 Microscope

2017-2018

      • Maryia Fedzechkina, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Eye movement tracking in language processing research
      • Nancy Horton, Science, Enhancments to the Life Science North Imaging Core
      • Anita Koshy, Medicine-Tucson, Expanding the imaging capabilities of the Marley core multiphoton microscope
      • Pierre Lucas, Engineering, Broadening the user base of the confocal Raman spectrometer in the Kuiper Facility
      • Ronald Lynch, Medicine-Tucson, Leica Bond RXm: Enhanced Tissue Staining Throughput and Efficiency for TACMASR
      • David Moore, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Understanding Global Carbon and Water Cycles: New florescence measurement capability to take advantage of forthcoming NASA missions
      • Marc Orbach, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Automated Fluorescence Digital Imaging System for Shared-User, Multi-Agent Keating BSL3 Laboratory
      • Wolfgang Peti, Science, Purchase of a shared Nanotemper Monolith.N115Pico Instrument
      • Barry Pryor, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Enhancing sterilization capacity for quality assurance in biosystems research
      • John Purdy, Medicine-Tucson, Tools to Maximize the Mass Spectrometry Facility's Omics Research
      • Protul Shrikant, Medicine-Tucson, Seahorse XFe 96 Analyzer for Developing Human Immune Monitoring Facility at UACC
      • Thomas Zega, Science, Enhancement of Sample Preparation and TEM Capabilities for the Kuiper Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility

Core Facilities Pilot Project

  • Scott Boitano, Medicine, Development of high-capacity cell signaling assays for drug discovery
  • Andrew Capaldi, Science, TORC1 Dependent Regulation of Amino Acid Metabolism
  • James Galligan, Pharmacy, Lactoylation of Lys Residues is a Novel Modification Regulated by SIRT2
  • Nancy Horton, Science, Discovery of Potent Inhibitors of NS1, the Main Replicative Protein of Human Parovirus B19
  • Martha Hunter, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Symbiosis visualized: Confocal microscopy training for insight into insect-bacterial symbioses
  • Jun Isoe, Science, Proteomic analysis of mosquito eggshell proteins
  • Aneta Kielar, Science, Development of Individualized Neuromodulation Protocol for Treatment of Language Deficits in Stroke Aphasia
  • Tally Largent-Milnes, Medicine, Optimizing detection of brain endocannabinoids by LC/MS
  • Laura Meredith, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Microbial community composition, gene content, and expression of the Biosphere 2 Tropical Rainforest soil and plant microbiomes
  • Helena Morrison, Nursing, Investigating the diversity of microglia forms and functions and relevance to brain region, sex and age
  • Lisa Nagy, Science, Mechanisms driving tissue elongation: Undergraduate involvment
  • Gregory Rogers, Medicine, Visualizing a new intracellular structure: the distal centriole cartwheel
  • Magdalene So, Medicine, CLASI-FISH as a tool to evaluate Neisseria community development in the gut
  • Malak Tfaily, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Quantifying biotic and abiotic controls on dissolved organic matter dynamics in watersheds
  • Thomas Tomasiak, Science, Life Sciences North Imaging Facility Workshop
  • Elisa Tomat, Science, Impact of iron sequestration on the toxicity of FDA-approved drugs in cancer cells presenting sustained NRF2 activation
  • Daniela Zarnescu, Science, Training new students to use confocal microscopes and SIM