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Funding Update: NSF Grants Awarded to Boston University, Wright State, and More

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Recent NSF Awards in Proteomics and Protein Research

Title: Intrinsic Oscillations in Supramolecular Assemblies: Novel Ultra-High Sensitivity Protein and Virus Detection
Principal Investigators: Elliott Brown, Peter Ortoleva, Edgar Mendoza
Sponsor: Wright State University
Start/End Date: Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2016
Amount Awarded to Date: $625,500

Funds an effort to study biological systems displaying autonomous oscillations with study aims including identification of autonomous oscillations in virus-like particles and the development of methods for detection of proteins and virus-like particles.


Title: Multiplexed Diagnostic Platform for Rapid Diagnostics
Principal Investigator: David Freedman
Sponsor: Boston University
Start/End Date: Oct. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Amount Awarded to Date: $50,000

Funds an effort to develop a diagnostic platform based on interferometric reflectance imaging for the detection of proteins and nucleic acids at the single molecule level in whole blood and serum.


Title: Acquisition of a High Resolution LC-MS/MS System for Research and Education
Principal Investigators: Christopher Mulligan, Rachel Bowden, Michael Byrns, T. Mitchell, Brian Brennan
Sponsor: Illinois State University
Start/End Date: Sept. 15, 2013 – Aug. 31, 2016
Amount Awarded to Date: $399,981

Funds acquisition of an LC-MS/MS mass spectrometer for purposes including study of enzyme phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase, molecular mechanisms regulating cytoskeleton organization in plant cells, and roles of microtubule-associated proteins in plant cell expansion.


Title: Acquisition of a MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer
Principal Investigator: Mark Grinstaff
Sponsor: Boston University
Start/End Date: Sept. 15, 2013 – Aug. 31, 2016
Amount Awarded to Date: $115,423

Funds the acquisition of a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer for applications including the study of inhibitors and activators of protein-protein interactions.

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Through a Little Spit

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Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.