Month: August 2022

College of Math and Science Professors Receive Numerous Grants from OK-INBRE

Written by John Walkup, Director of Sponsored Programs

The Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) grant program is administered by the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center through a grant funded by the National Institute of Health to augment and strengthen Oklahoma’s biomedical research capacity and statewide research infrastructure. Recently, a number of professors from the College of Mathematics and Science have received OK-INBRE grants to further their own research in biomedicine.

Five biology professors within the College of Mathematics and Science recently received a total of $192,027 from OK-INBRE to fund biomedical research. Dr. Melville Vaughan will receive a Project Coordinator grant worth $68,207 to oversee coordination of colleges partnering in similar biomedical research and $49,651 in carryover funds to purchase supplies and equipment. OK-INBRE’s Mini-Grant program funded research proposals by Drs. Christopher Goodchild and Hari Kotturi. Dr. Goodchild will use his award of $28,636 to test whether alternative flame retardants impair vasculogenesis, while Dr. Kotturi will use his award of $31,533 to build a library of bacteriophages against multidrug-resistant strains of viruses that infect and kill host bacteria. Drs. Kotturi and Nikki Seagraves will receive $2,000 each to offset the costs of travel to present their research at national conferences. Dr. Christina Hendrickson will receive $10,000 to purchase supplies and equipment to investigate anti-cancer effects of dandelion.

Five professors from the Department of Engineering and Physics also received OK-INBRE grants totaling $116,038. Dr. Yuhao Jiang will receive $42,898 to investigate and optimize the fabrication of green-alga-powered biohybrid microswimmers and to quantitatively evaluate their applications toward localized active drug delivery. Drs. Benjamin Tayo, Gang Xu, Mohammad Hossan, and Morshed Khandaker each received $2,000 Travel Grants. Dr. Khandaker also received a $65,140 Collaboration Grant to design a tibial interlocking nail system for an engineered 3D printed large bone defect model.

The College would like to thank the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and its OK-INBRE program for supporting CMS faculty research that leads to transformative learning experiences for UCO students.

UCO Professors Receive Grants to Research Advances in Electrocardiograms, Cybersecurity, and Materials Science

Dr. Emily Hendryx from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics was just awarded a three-year, $410,515 grant from the National Institute of Health. Titled “Summarizing Cardiac Data: An Automated Approach for Identifying Representative Heartbeats in the Clinical Setting,” this project involves a collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital to ​apply applied mathematics and data science in removing noise and summarizing pediatric electrocardiogram data recorded at hospital bedsides. This project will provide a way to present a representation of a patient’s recent cardiac health history to clinicians and deliver clinical decision support toward improving patient outcomes. Co-advised by Dr. Tyler Cook from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, this project will also offer undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in innovative interdisciplinary research.

Dr. John Rhee from the Department of Computer Science received a $87,873 grant from Sandia National Laboratories as part of his effort to build better cybersecurity services for cloud-based software systems. Once completed, the tools developed in his project titled “TelScope: Discovering Blind Spots of Telemetry Diagnosability” will be used to reveal gaps between telemetry requirements and implemented telemetry collection for cloud services.

Dr. Morshed Khandaker from the Department of Engineering and Physics received an Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant for his project “Anti Corrosion Behavior of Mg and Zn nanoparticle incorporated nanofiber membrane.” This $5,000 award will be used to evaluate the structural efficacy of magnesium- and zinc-loaded nanofiber membrane coating on steel in reinforced concrete.

The College of Mathematics and Science would like to thank Sandia National Laboratories, Oklahoma EPSCoR, and the NIH — particularly the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Library of Medicine — for their generosity.