Fifteen NYU and Poly Faculty Collaborations Awarded Research Funding

NYU Provost David McLaughlin and Poly Provost Erich Kunhardt today announced the first 15 research collaborations between NYU and NYU-Poly faculty to receive “seed” funding from a special competitive research pool established as part of the affiliation between the two institutions. The grants are meant to strengthen collaborations between the schools and serve as a platform for seeking future extramural funding.

The projects - which collectively received over $800,000 - were chosen from among 38 proposals on the basis of the quality of the proposed science. They include research on a device to prevent epileptic seizures, an exploration of how the structure of proteins changes in response to forces and environment, and new approaches to security and privacy in today’s technologically-drive world, among others.

The collaboration grants come on the heels of two major external grants to projects involving NYU and NYU-Poly faculty: the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, funded with $7.2 million from the National Science Foundation, and the Games for Learning Institute, which received $1.5 million in funding from Microsoft Research.

Provost McLaughlin said, “When NYU started down this path with Poly, this was just the outcome I envisioned: a burst of inspiration that allowed our scholars to pursue novel areas of research with new colleagues. I am very proud of these grantees, and I offer them my congratulations on their outstanding proposals. And I would like to thank everyone for their work in creating and selecting these ambitious and excellent proposals.”

The selected faculty projects are:

  • Jasna Brujic (NYU physics)/ Jin Montclare (Poly chem. & bio. eng.): Single molecule force spectroscopy of fluorinated proteins
  • James Canary (NYU chem.)/ Rastislav Levicky (Poly chem. & bio. eng.): Nucleotide-Directed Materials Assembly
  • Paulo Coelho (NYU Dental - biomaterials)/ Nikhil Gupta (Poly mech. & aero. eng.): Blast and Impact Loading of Bones and Tissues: Deformation and Damage Mechanisms
  • Yevgeniy Dodis (NYU computer sci.)/ Nitesh Saxena (Poly computer & info sci.): Fault-Tolerant User-Centric Security Services Exploiting Social Networks
  • Jorge Ghiso (NYU Medicine - path. & psych.)/ Jin Ryoun Kim (Poly chem. & bio. eng.): Peptide design for modulation and detection of brain amyloid aggregation and toxicity
  • Anindya Ghose (NYU Stern - info. sys.)/ Keith W. Ross (Poly computer sci. & eng.): The Economics of User-Generated Content in Online Social Media
  • David Grier (NYU physics)/ Stephen Arnold (Poly micropart/photophysics): Nanoparticle Dynamics in the Whispering Gallery Mode Carousel
  • Xiangpeng Kong (NYU Medicine - biochem)/ Richard A. Gross (Poly chem. & bio. sci.): Structural characterization and structure-based engineering of cutinases
  • Yann LeCun (NYU computer sci.)/ Dariusz Czarkowski (Poly elec. & comp. eng.): Equipment Failure Prediction with Machine Learning Methods
  • Nandor Ludvig (NYU Medicine - neuro.)/ H. Jonathan Chao (Poly elec. & comp. eng.): Novel medical device for preventing epileptic seizures
  • Helen Nissenbaum (NYU culture & comm..)/ Nasir Memon (Poly computer sci & eng.): CenteR for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP)
  • Charles S. Peskin (NYU math)/ Zhong-Ping Jiang (Poly elec. & comp. eng.): Physiological control mechanisms
  • Robert Rowe (NYU music)/ Carl Skelton (Poly humanities & soc. sci.): Emotive Association in Multimedia
  • Daniel Sodickson (NYU Medicine - radiology)/ Yao Wang (Poly elec. & comp. eng.): Rapid Volumetric Imaging of Cardiac Perfusion With Compressive Sensing & Parallel MRI
  • Hans-Georg Wisniewski (NYU Medicine - microbio.)/ Mary K. Cowman (Poly chem. & bio. sci.): Biocompatible Materials Containing Stable Complexes of TSG-6 and HA

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