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Four Engineering Faculty Receive Research Enhancement Grants

April 28, 2004

Four faculty members in the College of Engineering have received grants from the Office of the Vice President for Research. The grants are part of the Research Enhancement Program (REP) and are given specifically for the support of research and professional creative activity. REP grants may be used for capital research equipment, maintenance and operations moneys, research travel, salary for graduate research assistants, wages for hourly employees and summer salary for faculty.

The recipients, their projects and awards are:

Dr. Jean Gao, Computer Science and Engineering – “DNA Microarray Analysis for Breast Cancer Class Discovery.” Gao is developing a pattern analysis of gene expression microarray data that will improve the category definition of breast cancer and will provide early diagnosis and more specific treatment to patients. Funding will support a research assistant.

Dr. Seong Jin Koh, Materials Science and Engineering – “Controlled Placement of Carbon Nanotubes for the Fabrication of an Integrated Circuit of Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistors.” Koh, combining CMOS technology and wet chemistry, will develop a new technique that can control the placement of individual carbon nanotubes on a silicon wafer. Funding will support a research assistant and equipment.

Dr. Nikola Stojanovic, Computer Science and Engineering – “Algorithms for Studying the Regulatory Patterns in Genomic Sequences.” Stojanovic is designing new methods for the characterization of the regulatory modules of duplicated, co-expressed and diverged genes, and study the relationship of these modules on selected groups of genes. Funding will support a research assistant.

Dr. Karel Zuzak, Biomedical Engineering – “Applying Hyper-spectral Imaging to Prevent Blindness.” Zuzak is interested in imaging vasculature changes within the retina for detecting surrogate markers indicating the onset of diabetic retinopathy. Results should help guide clinicians in initiating treatment and monitoring the progress of treatment in order to prevent blindness, a debilitating complications of diabetes. Funding will support a research assistant and surgical and pathological costs.