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Funding Update: NSF Grants Awarded to PhasiQ, Purdue


Recent NSF Awards in Proteomics and Protein Research

Title: Crosstalk-Free Multiplexed Immunoassay of Plasma Biomarkers
Principal Investigator: Arlyne Simon
Sponsor: PhasiQ
Start/End Date: July 1, 2013 – Dec. 31, 2013
Amount Awarded to Date: $149,715

Funds research into a device that can detect protein biomarkers in biological fluids via immunoassays while eliminating false positive signals from nonspecific binding. Also funds development of an initial test panel of protein markers for cardiovascular disease management and drug development.

Title: Gas-Phase Ion Chemistry of Peptide Radical Ions and Applications in Protein Characterization
Principal Investigator: Yu Xia
Sponsor: Purdue University
Start/End Date: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Amount Awarded to Date: $248,982

Funds research into new mass spectrometry methods and instrumentation for creating peptide radical ions in gas-phase and analyzing their chemical properties.

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