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Funding Update: NSF Grants Awarded to University of Texas; University of Washington; and More

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Recent NSF Awards in Proteomics and Protein Research

Title: Tunable Aptasensors for Analysis and Sorting of Living Cells
Principal Investigator: Arnold Vainrub
Sponsor: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Start/End Date: April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2015
Amount Awarded to Date: $225,000

Funds the development of aptamer-based biosensors and efforts to build regenerating biosensors capable of continuous in-line monitoring of target molecules. The awardees plan to use the sensors for the analysis and sorting of cells.


Title: Tunable Aptasensors for Analysis and Sorting of Living Cells
Principal Investigator: Alexander Revzin
Sponsor: University of California-Davis
Start/End Date: April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2015
Amount Awarded to Date: $225,000

Funds the development of aptamer-based biosensors and efforts to build regenerating biosensors capable of continuous in-line monitoring of target molecules. The awardees plan to use the sensors for the analysis and sorting of cells.


Title: Marine Biopolymers as Tracers of Major Biogeochemical Processes: Using Proteomics and Antibody-Sensor Technology
Principal Investigator: Monica Orellana
Sponsor: University of Washington
Start/End Date: March 15, 2012 – Feb. 28, 2014
Amount Awarded to Date: $299,802

Funds research into the proteins that compose dissolved organic matter in the ocean as a means to better understand the major biogeochemical processes of that environment. The project will focus specifically on the model protein RuBisCo, using multiple-reaction monitoring mass spectrometry and immunoassays.


Title: Elucidating the Symbiotic Signaling Pathway in Legumes
Principal Investigators: Douglas Cook; Brendan Riely
Sponsor: University of California-Davis
Start/End Date: March 15, 2012 – Feb. 28, 2013
Amount Awarded to Date: $152,998

Funds research to identify new genes and proteins underlying symbiotic nitrogen fixation in legumes to better understand the process by which legumes select efficient symbiotic bacteria from the soil.

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