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.