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Busch Biomedical Grant Awardees

Congratulations 2021 Awardees!

On behalf of Rutgers University and President Holloway, we want to congratulate our 2021 Awardees for their relentless pursuit of academic excellence and their vigorous biomedical research that is shaping the future biomedical community.

2021 Busch Biomedical Grant Awardees

Paul Breslin

School: Environmental and Biological Sciences
Department: Nutritional Sciences
Unit: New Brunswick
Primary Appointment Title: Professor
Project Title: Brain Reward from Oral Metabolic Signaling of Carbohydrates: Implications for Sugar Reduction

Rick Cohen

School: Engineering
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Unit: New Brunswick
Primary Appointment Title: Assistant Research Professor
Project Title: Affinity Bio-Filtration of SARS-CoV-2 with Size Optimized Electrospun Nylon Fibers Coated with a Mutant Red Algae Lectin Trimer based on Griffithsin Produced in Nicotiana benthamiana

Morgan James

School: RWJMS​​​​​​​
Department: Psychiatry​​​​​​​
Unit: RBHS​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Assistant Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Sleep dysregulation in cocaine addiction: The orexin system as a therapeutic target

Jason Kaelber

School: Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Unit: New Brunswick​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Assistant Research Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: In situ 3D imaging of the adeno-associated virus journey to genome release

Yong Kim

School: RWJMS​​​​​​​
Department: Neurosurgery​​​​​​​
Unit: RBHS​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Associate Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Alteration of neuronal programming by a novel coding variant of WAVE1 associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Suneel Kumar

School: Engineering​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Biomedical Engineering​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Unit: New Brunswick​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Assistant Research Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Development of a Slow Drug Delivery Wound Dressing for Pressure Ulcer Healing

Guillaume Lamoureux

School: Arts and Sciences Camden​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Chemistry​​​​​​​
Unit: Camden​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Associate Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: New machine learning approaches to overcome the “low-data” challenge of predicting protein-protein interactions in vivo

Kiran Madura

School: RWJMS​​​​​​​
Department: Pharmacology​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Unit: RBHS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Characterizing an export-mediated mechanism for the degradation of nuclear proteins

David Margolis

School: School of Arts and Sciences​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Cell Biology and Neuroscience​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Unit: New Brunswick​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Associate Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Auditory motor integration dynamics in the tail of the striatum

Hiroko Nobuta

School: RWJMS​​​​​​​
Department: Neuroscience and Cell Biology​​​​​​​
Unit: RBHS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Assistant professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Spatial Transcriptomic and Electrophysiological Approaches to Understand Neuron-Oligodendrocyte Communication in Human Synaptic Development

Vasileios Petrou

School: NJMS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics​​​​​​​
Unit: RBHS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Assistant Professor and Chancellor Scholar​​​​​​​
Project Title: Structural Studies of the Orphan Glutamate Receptor GluD2

Loredana Quadro

School: Environmental and Biological Sciences​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Food Science​​​​​​​
Unit: New Brunswick​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Asparaginase-associated vitamin A deficiency: causes and consequences

Derek Sant'Angelo

School: RWJMS​​​​​​​
Department: Child Health Institute Pediatrics/Pharmacology
Unit: RBHS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Fetal derived T cells and the onset of labor

Gleb Shumyatsky

School: School of Arts and Sciences​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Genetics
Unit: New Brunswick​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Professor​​​​​​​
Project Title: Dissecting neural circuits of maternal care

Dorothy Vatner

School: NJMS​​​​​​​
Department: Cell Biology & Molecular Medicine​​​​​​​
Unit: RBHS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Ledyard Pfund Professor​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Project Title: The role of brown adipose tissue and microbiota in mediating healthful aging and improved exercise performance

Juan Pablo Zanin

School: School of Arts Sciences Newark​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Department: Biological Sciences​​​​​​​
Unit: Newark​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Primary Appointment Title: Research Associate​​​​​​​
Project Title: Associative learning in the cerebellum: impact of the imbalance between context and event representations