Recent Research Funding

Our faculty secure major research grants from various National Institutes of Health as well as private sources.

Bogdan Beirowski, MD, PhD

  • Deciphering metabolic support of axons by LKB1 signaling in Schwann cells. Bogdan Beirowski (Principal Investigator). Muscular Dystrophy Association. $300,000. 8/1/2018-7/1/2021.
  • Elucidating the trophic support of long axons by metabolic signaling in oligodendrocytes. Bogdan Beirowski (Principal Investigator). NINDS. $1,929,160. 2/1/2020-12/1/2024.

Michael Buck, PhD

  • Oral microbiome and periodontitis: a prospective study in postmenopausal women. Michael Buck (Co-Investigator), Yijun Sun (Co-Investigator). NIH. $4,000,000. 7/1/2014-7/1/2019.

D. Fernando Estrada, PhD

  • Structural regulation in mitochondrial vitamin-D and vitamin-A metabolizing cytochromes P450. D. Fernando Estrada (Principal Investigator). National Institute of General Medical Sciences. $1,987,200. 9/1/2019-8/1/2024.

M. Laura Feltri, MD

  • Laminin receptors and signals in Schwann cells. M. Laura Feltri (Principal Investigator). NIH-NINDS. $1,729,962. 7/1/2003-3/1/2019.
  • The peripheral nervous system: a window over Krabbe disease. M. Laura Feltri (Principal Investigator). NIH-NINDS. $2,074,062. 2/1/2019-1/1/2024.
  • The prohibitin family and their function in myelination and axonal health. M. Laura Feltri (Principal Investigator). NIH-NINDS. $1,704,880. 12/1/2016-11/1/2021.

Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha, PhD

  • Regulation and Consequences of Ets1 Downregulation in B Cells. Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha (Co-Investigator). NIH. 4/1/2016-3/1/2021.
  • Understanding the Pathway Regulated by the Lupus Susceptibility Gene Ets1. Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha (Co-Investigator). Lupus Research Alliance. 1/1/2016-12/1/2018.

Michael Garrick, PhD

  • Divalent Metal-ion Transporter 1 as a Therapeutic Target to Optimize Intestinal Iron Transport. Michael Garrick (Co-Investigator). NIH. $594,000. 8/1/2016-5/1/2021.

Marc Halfon, PhD

  • ABI Sustaining: The REDfly database of transcriptional regulatory elements. Marc Halfon (Principal Investigator). NSF. $446,544. 9/1/2018-8/1/2021.
  • Mechanisms of Gene Regulatory Network Evolution. Marc Halfon (Principal Investigator). NSF. $1,106,456. 9/1/2019-8/1/2023.
  • REDfly: The regulatory element database for Drosophila and other insects. Marc Halfon (Principal Investigator). NIGMS. $1,221,000. 1/1/2016-12/1/2019.
  • Regulatory Element Discovery in Sequenced Insect Species. Marc Halfon (Principal Investigator). USDA. $445,911. 6/1/2019-5/1/2023.

Daniel Kosman, PhD

  • Ferroportin and APP: Regulation of Iron Trafficking at the Blood-Brain Barrier. Daniel Kosman (Principal Investigator). NIDDS. $1,955,930. 8/1/2017-6/1/2022.

Mark O‘Brian, PhD

  • Bacterial adaptation to iron stress. Mark O‘Brian (Principal Investigator). National Institutes of Health. $1,271,904. 5/1/2017-3/1/2021.

Yungki Park, PhD

  • Transcription mechanism of Myrf for central nervous system myelination. Yungki Park (Principal Investigator). NIH/NINDS. $1,839,820. 9/1/2015-6/1/2021.
  • Identifying oligodendrocyte enhancers that govern the expression of Olig1/2. Yungki Park (Principal Investigator). NIH/NINDS. $438,625. 7/1/2019-6/1/2021.
  • Systematic discovery of critical oligodendrocyte transcription factors by a CRISPRi screen. Yungki Park (Principal Investigator). NIH/NINDS. $438,625. 12/1/2019-11/1/2021.

Gabriela Popescu, PhD

  • Permeation Mechanisms in NMDA receptors. Gabriela Popescu (Principal Investigator). NIH/NINDS/R01. $1,373,000. 3/1/2016-2/1/2022.
  • Gating Mechanism of NMDA receptors. Gabriela Popescu (Principal Investigator). NIH/NINDS/R01. 4/1/2019-4/1/2024.

Christine Schaner Tooley, PhD

  • Deciphering the Code of N-terminal Post-translational Modification. Christine Schaner Tooley (Principal Investigator). NIGMS. $1,504,140. 9/1/2015-6/1/2020.
  • HNRNPA2B1 as a reader of RNA methylation in breast cancer. Christine Schaner Tooley (Co-Principal Investigator). NCI. $356,370. 4/1/2018-3/1/2020.

Jennifer Surtees, PhD

  • Genomic identification of pathways affectd by altered dNTP metabolism(ACS RSG-14-235-01). Jennifer Surtees (Principal Investigator). American Cancer Society. $792,000. 1/1/2015-12/1/2018.

Mark Sutton, PhD

  • Coordination of High Fidelity Replication with Mutagenic Translesion Synthesis. Mark Sutton (Principal Investigator). NIH/GMS. $1,414,219. 2/1/2019-11/1/2022.
  • Purification and Initial Biochemical Analysis of the P. aeruginosa ImuABC Error-Prone DNA Polymerase. Mark Sutton (Principal Investigator). NIH, NIAID. $155,335. 2/1/2020-1/1/2022.

Mary Taub, PhD

  • Regulation of the Kidney Cancer Epigenome by Oncometabolite L-2-Hydroxyglutarate. Mary Taub (Co-Investigator). National Cancer Institute. 6/1/2016-5/1/2021.