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Funding Update: Sep 30, 2011

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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.

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