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Funding Update: Sep 30, 2011


Recent NSF Awards in Proteomics and Protein Research

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Principal Investigator: Erin Bertrand
Sponsor: Erin Bertrand
Start/End Date: Jan. 15, 2012 – Dec. 31, 2013
Amount Awarded to Date: $138,540

Funds work to identify protein biomarkers for vitamin B12 stress in vitro in Antarctic phytoplankton, which the researchers will then use to investigate B12 stress in field situations.

Title: Scalable Nanomanufacturing of Nanowire-Base Sensing Systems from Integrating Flow-Guided Assembly and Synthesis
Principal Investigator: Shengnian Wang
Sponsor: Louisiana Tech University
Start/End Date: Dec. 1, 2011 – Nov. 30, 2014
Amount Awarded to Date: $299,380

Covers an effort to develop a scalable nanomanufacturing process for producing well aligned and patterned nanowire electronic systems that can be used for biosensing. The researchers will build metallic and conductive polymer nanowire field emission transistors and nanojunction thermopiles and use them for DNA and protein detection.

Title: Controlling Enzyme Structure and Activity with Light Illumination
Principal Investigator: Ted Lee
Sponsor: University of Southern California
Start/End Date: Oct. 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012
Amount Awarded to Date: $3,260

Funds research into the use of light-responsive surfactants to induce protein unfolding or association in order to cause and characterize changes in protein conformation.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.