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Internal Funding

Funding is available for BioSci faculty and researchers through various on-campus entities and from the School of Biological Sciences.

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2021-2022 Awards (updated quarterly)

The School of Biological Sciences received the following new and renewal awards with start dates during FY 2021-2022.

PI Co-investigators or Fellowship recipient Title Department Sponsor
Allison, Steven Collaborative Research: NSFDEB-NERC: Tropical deadwood carbon fluxes: Improving carbon models by incorporating termites and microbes EEB NSF REPS supplement
Briscoe, Adriana Mechanisms of Color Vision: Genomics, Physiology and Behavior EEB NSF REPS supplement
Daley, Monica Schwaner, Marie Predicting muscle force during in vivo hopping and jumping in Kangaroo Rats EEB Graduate Women In Science Fellowship
Edinger, Aimee Finicle, Brendan Targeting intracellular trafficking for cancer therapy DCB NIH NCI F99/K00
Eom, Dae Seok Signaling at a distance mediated by vesicles on novel cellular protrusions DCB NIH NIGMS R35
Gandhi, Sunil Wheeler, Damian (Translucence Biosystems) Rapid Evaluation of Neuronal Activity in the Intact Whole-Brain at Single Cell Resolution NBB NIH NIMH R44
German, Donovan Gut Microbes and Diet:Testing Phylosymbiosis in Closely-Related Prickleback Fishes with Different Diets EEB American Physiological Society
Gonen, Shane Breaking barriers in CryoEM through computational protein design MBB NIH NIGMS R35
Green, Kim Henningfield, Caden Selective targeting and treatment of plaque associated microglia in a mouse model of Alzheimer's Disease NBB NIH NIA F31
Grill, Joshua Head, Elizabeth Training in Translational ADRD Neuroscience (TITAN) NBB NIH NIA T32
Kong, Mei Using dietary glutamine supplementation for melanoma prevention and targeted therapy MBB NIH NCI R01
LaFerla, Frank Deciphering the role of interleukin-18 as a driver of tau pathology in Alzheimers disease NBB NIH NIA R01
Lee, Grace How transposable elements drive genome evolution through epigenetic mechanisms EEB NIH NIGMS R35
Martiny, Adam With University of Maryland (Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies [CISESS]) CISESS: Bio-GO-SHIP - A global analysis of large-scale changes to ocean plankton systems EEB National Oceanographic Partnership Program
Martiny, Jennifer BEE: Testing a phylogenetic trait framework for soil microbiomes EEB NSF BIO DEB
Parsons, Michael Tucker, Tori Uncovering the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Driving B-cell Neogenesis During Regeneration DCB NIH NIDDK F31
Ranz, Jose Dissecting the phenotypic and functional consequences of sexual selection on sperm competition through a species-specific multigene family EEB NSF BIO MCB
Ribbe, Marcus Hu, Yilin Light-driven activation of small molecules by nitrogenase hybrids MBB DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences
Sato, Brian Lo, Stanley (UCSD); Eroy-Reveles, Aura (UCSC); Buswell, Natascha (UCI); Wilton, Mike (UCSB) The AGEP University of California Alliance: A Model to Advance Equitable Hiring of Teaching-Focused Faculty in STEM MBB NSF EHR HRD
Sun, Sha Elucidating the molecular basis of lncRNA evolution for mammalian dosage compensation DCB NIH NIGMS R01
Tenner, Andrea Influence of C5a-C5aR1 signaling on synaptic pruning in Alzheimer's disease MBB The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation
Thompson, Leslie Integrated RM, cryoET and transcriptomics to characterize FTD derived i-neurons NBB Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Thompson, Leslie Subcellular RNA dynamics in HD NBB Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Yassa, Michael Chappel-Farley, Miranda Neurobiological mechanisms of sleep and exercise effects on memory in older adults at risk for Alzheimer's disease NBB NIH NIA F31

2020-2021 Awards (updated quarterly)

PI Co-investigators or Fellowship recipient Title Department Sponsor
Allison, Steven Christine Hawkes (North Carolina State University) Sarah Evans (Michigan State University) Collaborative Research: Microbes, memory, and moisture: leveraging DroughtNet to predict how microbial moisture responses will impact carbon cycling EEB NSF BIO DEB
Allison, Steven Integrating Microbial Evolution into a Biogeochemical Model to Predict Soil Response to Drought EEB Universite de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Azizi, Eman Subcontract with Duke University Evolutionary mechanics of impulsive biological systems: guiding scalable synthetic design EEB DOD STEM Development Office
Barry, Rachael Antibiotic Sensitivity and Metabolism: A Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience Module MBB Association for Biology Laboratory Education, Inc.
Blumberg, Bruce Toshihiro Shioda (Harvard University) Interactions between prenatal obesogen exposure and Total Western diet lead to a transgenerational thrifty phenotype: functional and epigenomic analysis of effects in fat and liver DevCell NIH NIEHS R01
Blurton-Jones, Mathew Transcriptomic and lipidomic analysis of heterozygous and homozygous TREM2 R47H human iPSC-derived microglia in chimeric AD mice NBB Brightfocus Foundation
Blurton-Jones, Mathew Examining MS4A-targeting antibodies NBB Denali Therapeutics, Inc.
Blurton-Jones, Mathew Using Epigenetics to characterize the regulation of cellular states in microglia that contribute to Alzheimer's disease pathology NBB Alzheimers Association
Blurton-Jones, Mathew Transplantation of iPSC-derived microglia for the treatment of hereditary diffuse leukodystrophy with spheroids (HDLS) NBB CIRM Quest - Discovery Stage Research Projects
Cho, Ken Maternal transcription factors shaping early embryonic chromatin landscape DevCell NIH NIGMS R35
Chrastil, Elizabeth Craig Stark Jeffrey Krichmar Mary Hegarty (UCSB) NCS-FO: Advantages of varying navigational abilities in humans and robots NBB NSF CISE IIS
Cramer, Karina Forrest Weghorst Mechanisms of non-apoptotic caspase-3 regulation of auditory brainstem development NBB NIH NIDCD F31
Daley, Monica Kiisa Nishikawa (Northern Arizona University) Collaborative Research: Deconstructing the contributions of muscle intrinsic mechanics to the control of locomotion using a novel Muscle Avatar approach EEB NSF BIO IOS
Daley, Monica Cross-disciplinary innovations in organismal biology through mathematical and physical modeling EEB NSF BIO IOS
Daley, Monica Kiisa Nishikawa (Northern Arizona University) BII Design: Integrative Movement Sciences Institute (IMSI) EEB NSF BIO DBI
Edinger, Aimee Lara Brendan Finicle Targeting endolysosomal trafficking to increase delivery of antisense oligonucleotides to tumors DevCell NIH NCI F31
Faiola, Celia Aerosol Chemistry of Complex Plant Volatile Systems EEB NSF GEO AGS
Fowler, Christie Yasmine Sherafat Role of the Nicotinic Receptor Modulator Lynx1 in Nicotine Dependence NBB NIH NIDA F31
Fowler, Christie Long-term Effects of Adolescent E-Cigarette Vapor on Drug Intake and Therapeutic Response NBB UCOP Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program
Fowler, Christie Subcontract with NIDA Development of GPR3 probes as a novel target for nicotine cessation NBB RTI International
Frank, Steven OPUS: CRS: Comparative life history of microbes EEB NSF BIO DEB
Frostig, Ron Uncaging neurovascular plasticity NBB NIH NINDS R21
Fruman, David Mechanism and clinical application of statin/venetoclax combinations in blood cancer MBB DOD US Army Medical Research
Gaut, Brandon Valeria Saldívar (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Landscape genomics of Xylella fastidiosa in Mexico and Southern California EEB UC MEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Grants
German, Donovan Gut Microbes and Diet EEB American Physiological Society
Gonen, Shane Subcontract with MIT SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid (N) Binding to COX-2 Promoter MBB DOD
Gonen, Shane Subcontract with UCLA Native toxin/toxin-receptor interactions for enhanced chemical and biological defense MBB Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DOD)
Green, Kim Evaluation of dendrimer conjugated CSF1R inhibitors on the progression of Alzheimers disease pathology NBB Ashvattha Therapeutics
Halbrook, Christopher Disrupting macrophage metabolism to reduce immunosuppression and enhance therapy in pancreatic cancer MBB NIH NCI R00
Halbrook, Christopher Targeting Asparagine Metabolism in Pancreatic Cancer MBB National Pancreas Foundation
Hu, Yilin Probing a novel reaction mechanism of nitrogenase with dynamic active-site rearrangements MBB NIH NIGMS R01
Hughes, Christopher Subcontract with University of South Florida Molecular basis for defective pericycte-endothelial cell interactions regulation vascular formation MBB NIH NHLBI R01
Hughes, Christopher Leslie Thompson A Vascularized Micro-Organ platform for the study of Brain-BBB-Blood interaction MBB NIH NHLBI R61
Kong, Mei Using dietary glutamine supplementation for melanoma prevention and targeted therapy MBB NIH NCI R01
LaFerla, Frank NF kB as a driver of neurotoxic astrocytes in Alzheimers disease NBB NIH NIA R21
Lamb, Joleah Scaling a new cost-effective intervention tool to restore and future-proof coastal kelp forests EEB UC Sea Grant College Program
Lander, Arthur Qing Nie Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology DevCell NIH NIBIB T32
Lane, Thomas Assess effect of blocking CRAC signaling affects host defense and disease in response to murine coronavirus infection of the CNS NBB Vivreon Bioscience, LLC
Lodoen, Melissa Stephanie Orchanian Regulation of Monocyte Entry to the Brain During Neuroinflammation MBB NIH NINDS F31
Lodoen, Melissa Role of caspase-8 in innate immunity to infection MBB NIH NIAID R21
Long, Anthony Alan Barbour Genetic architecture of host response to tickborne disease in Peromyscus leucopus EEB NIH NIAID R01
Lur, Gyorgy Cortical mechanisms of stress-induced cognitive impairment NBB NIH NIMH R01
Mahler, Stephen Sophia Levis Effects of Early Life Adversity on Opioid Addiction Vulnerability NBB NIH NIDA F30
Mahler, Stephen Mitchell Farrell Ventral Pallidum Circuits in Motivation, Risky Decision Making, and Opioid Addiction NBB NIH NINDS F31
Martiny, Adam Linking adaptive evolution of marine cyanobacteria with global ocean biogeochemistry EEB Simons Foundation
McHenry, Matthew Eva Kanso (USC) RAISE: Collective neuromechanical control in the locomotion of sea stars EEB NSF BIO IOS
McNaughton, Bruce Maksim Bazhenov (UCSD) CRCNS: Neural computations underlying sequence memory consolidation in sleep NBB NIH NIMH R01
Mcnaughton, Bruce The laminar organization of 'index' versus 'attribute' coding in neocortex NBB NIH NINDS R01
Messaoudi Powers, Ilhem Sloan Lewis Impact of Chronic Alcohol Consumption on the Functional and Epigenetic Landscapes of Monocytes and Their Progenitors MBB NIH NIAAA F31
Messaoudi Powers, Ilhem Impact of chronic alcohol consumption on the functional and epigenetic landscapes of monocytes and their progenitors MBB NIH NIAAA R01
Metherate, Raju K. Razak (UCR), M. Silver (UCB), & F. Zeng Using nicotine to reverse age-related auditory processing deficits NBB NIH NIA R01
Mooney, Kailen Plant herbivore defense syndromes mediated by canopy structural complexity EEB NSF BIO DEB
Plikus, Maksim Qixuan Wang (UCR) Collaborative Research: Multi-scale modeling and experimental study of hair follicle growth control mechanisms and stem cell lineage dynamics DevCell NSF MPS DMS
Plikus, Maksim Regeneration in Skin Wounds via Reactivation of Epigenetic Plasticity by Myofibroblasts DevCell The Leo Foundation
Pratt, Jessica Rossella Santagata Philip Collins Transfer to Teaching: Accelerated STEM Teacher Preparation from Community College to Credentialing EEB NSF EHR DUE
Rodriguez Verdugo, Alejandra Connections Across Borders: microbial communities at the interface between ecology and evolution EEB Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Sato, Brian Subcontract with CSU Dominguez Hills A Hybrid Approach for Authentic Scientific Inquiry for Biology Undergraduates MBB California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Sato, Brian Inclusive Excellence 3 MBB Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Schilling, Thomas Qing Nie MODULUS:RoL: Uncovering Roles of Cell Fate Decisions in Migrating Neural Crest Cells DevCell NSF BIO MCB
Schilling, Thomas Qing Nie Dissecting single cell dynamics that coordinate neural crest migration and diversification DevCell NIH NIDCR R01
Suetterlin, Christine Ming Tan Primary cilia loss and cell cycle re-entry in Chlamydia-infected cells DevCell NIH NIAID R01
Swarup, Vivek Oligodendrocyte heterogeneity in Alzheimer' s disease NBB NIH NIA RF1
Thompson, Leslie Robert Spitale Longitudinal full-length, single molecule RNA analysis in neurodegenerative NBB Chan Zuckerberg Inititaive
Walsh, Craig Hyperion multi-parameter high-dimensional imaging mass cytometry platform MBB NIH OD S10
Wang, Wenqi Harnessing the Hippo signaling pathway to counteract chemoresistance DevCell Tower Cancer Research Foundation
Wang, Wenqi Dissecting the role of Hippo signaling in platinum-based chemotherapy DevCell NIH NIEHS R21
Whiteson, Katrine Phages against Stenotrophomonas maltophilia as alternatives to antibiotics MBB Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Wood, Marcelo Training Program in Substance Use and Use Disorders NBB NIH NIDA T32
Wood, Marcelo Gary Lynch Epigenetic mechanisms in the medial habenula governing drug-seeking behavior NBB NIH NIDA R01
Wood, Marcelo Ashley Keiser Determining how the epigenome serves as the interface between exercise and facilitated memory formation in the adult and aging female and male brain NBB NIH NIA F32
Yassa, Michael Sandra Gattas Neocortical-Hippocampal Circuits Underlying Pattern Separation in Humans NBB NIH NIA F30
Wiles, Travis Connecting the Spatiotemporal Organization of Gut Bacterial Communities to the Emergence and Spread of Antibiotic Resistance MB&B NIH NIAID DP2