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Funding Update: NSF Grants Awarded to University of Illinois, University of Washington


Recent NSF Awards in Proteomics and Protein Research

Title: Multimode Smartphone Biosensor
Principal Investigators: Brian Cunningham, Steven Lumetta
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Start/End Date: June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2016
Amount Awarded to Date: $600,000

Funds development of applications using the internal camera of a smartphone as a spectrometer and the internal LED as a light source for purposes including the low-cost, accessible detection of protein biomarkers for the nutritional status of children and the detection of HIV viral antibodies.

Title: Low-cost Silicon Photonic Biosensors for Enhanced Label-free Detection in Complex Media
Principal Investigators: Daniel Ratner
Sponsors: University of Washington
Start/End Date: June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2016
Amount Awarded to Date: $300,000

Funds an effort to move silicon photonic biosensor technology into clinical use by reducing the size and cost of the optical source while improving performance by combining silicon nanophotonic devices designed for use with inexpensive lasers and chemistries optimized for label-free detection in complex biological media.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.