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2017 CURE Awardees

March 20, 2017

Many thanks to the faculty and staff who participated in the 2017 Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) grant program competition.  After an internal call for proposals, a scientific review panel met on March 3, 2017, to evaluate the applications that were submitted.  The panel comprised faculty members from across the University.

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues below who will receive awards:

Advancement of First-in-Class Macrocyclic HIV-1 Inactivators for Therapeutics and Cure

Investigator:
Adel Ahmed, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Co-investigators:
Irwin Chaiken, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Elias El Haddad, PhD, Medicine, College of Medicine

Mechanisms of Olfactory Hypersensitivity in Fragile X Syndrome

Investigator:
Michael Akins, PhD, Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
Co-investigator:
Joris Beld, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine

Chronic Pain and Cardiovascular Disease

Investigator:
James Barrett, PhD, Neurology, College of Medicine
Co-investigators:
Huijuan Hu, PhD, Pharmacology & Physiology, College of Medicine
Harpreet Singh, PhD, MSc, Pharmacology & Physiology, College of Medicine
Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD, Pharmacology & Physiology, College of Medicine
Ricardo Cruciani, MD, PhD, Neurology, College of Medicine

How Bacteria Utilize Environmental Fatty Acids

Investigator:
Joris Beld, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine
Co-investigator:
Amy Ma, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine

A Novel In Vitro 3D Liver Sinusoid Model for Hepatitis B Virus Studies

Investigator:
Michael Bouchard, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Co-investigators:
Moses Noh, PhD, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics, College of Engineering
Laura Steel, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine

Novel Compositions for Treating or Preventing Age-Related Dermal and Epidermal Disorders

Investigator:
Christina Lee Chung, MD, Dermatology, College of Medicine
Co-investigators:
Christian Sell, PhD, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine
Ibiyonu Lawrence, MD, Medicine, College of Medicine

Analytics on Real-Time Biometrics from Passive Wearable Smart-Garments

Investigator:
Adam Fontecchio, PhD, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
Co-investigator:
William Mongan, Computer Science, College of Computing & Informatics

Effects of GSK-3β on the Prefrontal Dopamine System

Investigator:
Yan-Chun Li, PhD, Neurobiology & Anatomy, College of Medicine
Co-investigator:
Felice Elefant, PhD, Biology, College of Arts & Sciences

O-GlcNAc Regulation of Acetate Metabolism in Glioblastoma

Investigator:
Mauricio Reginato, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Co-investigators:
Christos Katsetos, MD, PhD, Pediatrics, College of Medicine
Nathaniel Snyder, PhD, MPH, A. J. Drexel Autism Institute

The Mechanisms of Visual and Decision Processes in Cancer Histopathology Interpretation

Investigator:
Mark Zarella, PhD, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine
Co-investigator:
David Breen, PhD, Computer Science, College of Computing & Informatics

Local Delivery of Minocycline and Glypican to Promote Protection and Repair After Spinal Cord Injury

Investigator:
Yinghui Zhong, PhD, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems
Co-investigator:
Veronica J. Tom, PhD, Neurobiology & Anatomy, College of Medicine