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Tufts Collaborates Seed Grants Awarded for 2017-2018 Academic Year

The Offices of the Provost and Vice Provost for Research are pleased to announce the awardees of the 7th Round of the Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Program. Seed grants have been awarded for 21 new projects, joining the 127 previously awarded projects promoting interdisciplinary collaboration across Tufts University for years to come. We thank the many faculty and staff who submitted excellent proposals, not only making the grant decisions particularly challenging, but also indicating the widespread commitment to collaborative research across Tufts.

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Tufts Collaborates Seed Grants for 2017-2018 Academic Year:

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Tufts Prison Educational Initiative
Principal Investigator: Hilary Binda, School of Arts &Sciences
Collaborators: Carolyn Rubin and Jill Weinberg, , School of Medicine and School of Arts &Sciences
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Adolescent Opioids and Transgenerational Effects on Hypothalamic Transcription
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Byrnes, Cummings School
Collaborators: Donna Slonim, School of Engineering
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MGMT Promoter Methylation in Glioblastoma Multiforme
Principal Investigator: Brent Cochran, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Suriya Jeyapalan and Knarik Arkun, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center
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Accelerating Microbiome Research at Tufts
Principal Investigator: Jimmy Crott, HNRCA
Collaborators: Caroline Genco, John Leong, Kyong-Bum Lee, and Andrew Greenberg, School of Medicine, School of Engineering, HNRCA
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Improved Selective Hydrocarbon Dehydrogenation Catalysis using Microporous Metal Oxides
Principal Investigator: Prashant Deshlahra, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Leelavathi Annamalai, James Vlahakis, Charles Sykes, and Ryan Hannagan, School of Engineering, School of Arts &Sciences
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EduNet: A Low Cost Communication Infrastructure to Improve Education in Developing Countries
Principal Investigator: Fahad Dogar, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Jenny Aker, Fletcher School
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National Public Opinion Survey: Citizen Attitudes Towards the Pursuit of Gender Equality in US Foreign Policy
Principal Investigator: Richard Eichenberg, School of Arts &Sciences
Collaborators: Kei Kawashina-Ginsberg and Peter Levine, Tisch College
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Understanding Dietary Behaviors in Middle Childhood: The Role of Autonomy, Health Literacy, and Food Literacy
Principal Investigator: Sasha Fleary, School of Arts &Sciences
Collaborators: Jennifer Sacheck, Friedman School
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The Sights and Sounds of Power: The Perpetuation of Stereotyping in Children’s Animated Programming and its Effects
Principal Investigator: Calvin Gidney, School of Arts &Sciences
Collaborators: Julie Dubrow, Jennifer Burton, Paul Muentener, and Mary Casey, School of Arts &Sciences
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Role of Acyl CoA Synthetase 4 In Obesity Associated Colon Metabolism and Cancer
Principal Investigator: Andrew Greenberg, HNRCA
Collaborators: Phil Hinds and Jimmy Crott, School of Medicine, HNRCA
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Seeding a RIoT: A Tufts Center for Research on the Internet of Things (RIoT)
Principal Investigator: Soha Hassoun, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Alva Couch, Fahad Dogar, Lisa Freeman, Lisa Gualtieri, Sam Guyer, Usman Khan, Liping Liu, Megan Mueller and Chris Rogers, School of Engineering, Cummings School, School of Medicine
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Exosome-Based Biomarkers for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Principal Investigator: Andrew Hoffman, Cummings School
Collaborators: Leopoldo Correa, Sergei Li, Khalid Ismail and Tamar Roomian, School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
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A Scalable Multimedia Approach to Measure the Processing and Evaluation of New Health Information
Principal Investigator: Berri Jacque, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Karina Meiri, Susan Koch-Weser and Stephanie Tammen, School of Medicine
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Finding the Beat: Exploring the Neurobiology of Rhythm Perception in an Animal Model for Vocal Learning (the Songbird)
Principal Investigator: Mimi Kao, School of Arts &Sciences
Collaborators: Aniruddh Patel, School of Arts &Sciences
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3D Printed Models for Estimating Enhanced Permeability and Retention in Lung Tumors
Principal Investigator: Erica Kemmerling, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Qiaobing Xu, Laurence Brinckerhoff and Lori Pai, School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
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An Arts Space Countering the Negative Effects of Gentrification: An Interdisciplinary Study
Principal Investigator: Peter Levine, Tisch College
Collaborators: Carolyn Rubin, Noe Montez and Felicia Sullivan, School of Medicine, School of Arts &Sciences, Tisch College
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Animal-Assisted Interventions in Child Literacy
Principal Investigator: Deborah Linder, Cummings School
Collaborators: Melissa Orkin, School of Arts &Sciences
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Effect of Climate Change on Household Drinking Water Access in Sub-Saharan Africa
Principal Investigator: Amy Pickering, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Avery Cohn and Graham Jeffries, Fletcher
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Challenging Conceptions: Children Born of Wartime Rape and Sexual Exploitation
Principal Investigator: Kimberly Theidon, Fletcher
Collaborators: Dyan Mazurana, Friedman School
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Hybrid Engineered Cornea Model with Innervation and Integrated Electronics for Pain Modeling
Principal Investigator: Brian Timko, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Eric Miller, School of Engineering
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A New Therapy for Treating Diabetic Bone Fracture
Principal Investigator: Qisheng Tu, School of Arts &Sciences
Collaborators: Chunmei Li and Jake Chen, School of Engineering, School of Dental Medicine
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Tufts Collaborates Seed Grants for 2016-2017 Academic Year:

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Superhydrophobic Materials for Oil Water Separation by Electrospinning of Functional Polymers
Principal Investigator: Ayse Asatekin, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Peggy Cebe, School of Arts &Sciences
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Short Films for Digital Humanities Outreach
Principal Investigator: Marie-Claire Beaulieu, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators:Jennifer Burton, School of Arts & Sciences
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“Yard-Sale” Inequality: The Ethics and Economics of a New Mathematical Model of Wealth Distribution
Principal Investigator: Bruce Boghosian, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Erin Kelly and Sahar Parsa, School of Arts & Sciences
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Mind-Body Exercise and Nutrition for Fibromyalgia Management
Principal Investigator: Mei Chung, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Chenchen Wang and Lori Price, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center
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In Vivo Evaluation of Aortic Aneurysm Mechanical Properties
Principal Investigator: Luis Dorfmann, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Robert Peattie, Jonas Galper, Kent Yucel, Mark Iafrati and Payam Salehi, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center
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Attenuating Cell Death following Neonatal Brain Injury to Preserve Brain Function
Principal Investigator: Chris Dulla, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Alexei Degterev, School of Medicine
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A Novel Mobile Monitoring Platform for Measuring Urban Air Pollution
Principal Investigator: John Durant, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Al Robbat, School of Arts & Sciences; Doug Brugge, School of Medicine; Zinoviy Kataenko, School of Engineering
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The Relation of Cohabitation with Production Animals to Gut Microbiota and Stunting in Children
Principal Investigator: Janet Forrester, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Marieke Rosenbaum, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; Noel Solomons, Friedman School of Nutrition; Honorine Ward, Tufts Medical Center
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Laying the Groundwork for a Child Maltreatment Prevention Initiative: A Community-Based Mixed Methods Approach
Principal Investigator: Jessica Goldberg, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Rebecca Fauth, School of Arts & Sciences; Thomas Stopka, School of Medicine
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Enhancing Wound Healing through FGF Memory Suppression
Principal Investigator: Ira Herman, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Igor Prudosky, School of Medicine
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An Optogenetic, Behavioral RNAi Screen in C. elegans to Identify Conserved Genes that Regulate Glutamatergic Synapse Development from Worms to Mammals
Principal Investigator: Peter Juo, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Thomas Biederer, School of Medicine
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Molecular Approaches to Therapeutics against Diabetes and Obesity
Principal Investigator: Krishna Kumar, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Martin Beinborn and Maribel Rios, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center
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Combined Computational and Experimental Approach to Understand Lipid-Like Molecules for Intracellular Protein Delivery
Principal Investigator: Yu-Shan Lin, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Qiaobing Xu, School of Engineering
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A Cohort to Capture Behavior Change and Personalized Dietary Patterns
Principal Investigator: Nicola McKeown, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Collaborators: Sara Folta, Christina Economos and Christian Peters, Friedman School of Nutrition; Paul Jacques and Alice Lichtenstein, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; Remco Chang, School of Engineering
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Precision Mapping for Non-Communicable Diseases in USA Elderly
Principal Investigator: Elena Naumova, Friedman School of Nutrition
Collaborators: Dariush Mozaffarian, Friedman School of Nutrition; Linda Tickle-Degnen, Elizabeth Marfeo and Keren Ladin, School of Arts & Sciences; Remco Chang, School of Engineering; Melissa Cruz, School of Medicine
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Intestinal Pathogens in 3D Engineered Tissues
Principal Investigator: Wai-Leung Ng, School of Medicine
Collaborators: David Kaplan, School of Engineering; Joan Mecsas and Carol Kumamoto, School of Medicine
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Improving Literacy with a Novel Nutrition Supplement and Locally-Created Reading Material
Principal Investigator: Edward Saltzman, Friedman School of Nutrition
Collaborators: Stephanie Gottwald, Paul Muentener, Maryanne Wolf and Robin Kanarek, School of Arts & Sciences; Susan Roberts, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; Patrick Webb, Friedman School of Nutrition; Nina Schlossman, Global Food and Nutrition, Inc.
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Using Biological Measures to Predict Treatment Response in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Principal Investigator: Lisa Shin, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Shuchin Aeron, School of Engineering; Paul Summergrad, Tufts Medical Center
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An Examination of Psychological Stress and Memory in the Elderly
Principal Investigator: Ayanna Thomas, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Michael Romero and Amy Smith, School of Arts & Sciences
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Symbiotic Transport Mechanisms in Microbial Communities
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Wolfe, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Jeffrey Guasto, School of Engineering
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Tufts Collaborates Seed Grants for 2015-2016 Academic Year:

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Effects of MicroRNAs in Oral and Craniofacial Bone Regeneration

Jake Chen, Department of Biological Science Research, School of Dental Medicine
Qisheng Tu, Department of Biological Science Research, School of Dental Medicine;
Qiaobing Xu, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
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Establishing the Wildlife Tissue Bank at Tufts (WTBT)

Julie Ellis, Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Flo Tseng, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine;
David Lapointe, Research and Geospatial Technology Services, Tufts Technology Services;
Alicia Morris, Acquisitions/Cataloging and Metadata Services, Tisch Library
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Sperm MicroRNAs as Biomarkers for Susceptibility to Psychiatric Disorders across Generations

Larry Feig, Department of Developmental, Molecular and Cellular Biology, School of Medicine
Kelly Pagidas, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Tufts Medical Center
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Function and Regulation of V-ATPases in Dendritic Cells

Michael Forgac, Department of Developmental, Molecular and Cellular Biology, School of Medicine
Miguel Stadecker, Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology, School of Medicine
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Role of Caspases in the Life Cycle of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus

Marta Gaglia, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine
Alexei Degterev, Developmental, Molecular and Chemical Biology, School of Medicine
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Combining 3D Tissue Human Models and Novel Imaging Platforms to Understand Fibrotic Diseases

Jonathan Garlick, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, School of Dental Medicine
Irene Georgakoudi, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
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Structure of an Emerging Village Sign Language in Turkey

Ray Jackendoff, Department of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences
Ariel Cohen-Goldberg, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences;
Rabia Ergin, Cognitive Science PhD Program, School of Engineering/School of Arts and Sciences;
Naomi Caselli, Cognitive Science PhD Program, School of Engineering/School of Arts and Sciences
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Regulatory Solutions to Improving Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector: Exploring Effects in US and European Supplier Factories

Jette Steen Knudsen, Instruction, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Elizabeth Remick, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences;
Drusilla Brown, Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences
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Structure-Based Design of Inhibitors of JC Virus Replication

Joshua Kritzer, Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences
Peter Bullock, Department of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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Comparative Global Humanities

Lisa Lowe, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences
Kris Manjapra, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences;
Kamran Rastegar, Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature, School of Arts and Sciences;
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences;
Adlai Murdoch, Department of Romance Languages, School of Arts and Sciences
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Elucidating the Neural Circuitry of Drug Taking Behavior

Jamie Maguire, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine
Klaus Miczek, Department of Psychology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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The Role of the Gut-Brain Axis in Stress Hyporesponsiveness

Phyllis Mann, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Giovanni Widmer, Department of Molecular Biology of Protozoan Parasites, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
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Combination Regimen to Prevent Obesity-Promoted Colon Cancer: Animal Studies

Joel Mason, Vitamins and Carcinogen Laboratory, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Qiaobing Xu, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering;
Mohsen Meydani, Vascular Biology Laboratory, Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
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Development of a Novel Pig Model of Dengue Infection

Jean Mukherjee, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Diane Schmidt, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine;
Lee Gehrke, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School;
Irene Bosch, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School
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The Psychology of Acting (and Spectating) in Color: A Study of Race, Color and Culture in Performance

Monica White Ndounou, Department of Drama and Dance, Arts and Sciences
Keith Maddox, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences
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Assessing Exposures and Respiratory Health in Cambodian Asbestos Abatement Workers

Cora Roelofs, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Amy Chi, Tufts Medical Center
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Schistosome Surface Proteins as Vaccine Candidates

Patrick Skelly, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School Of Veterinary Medicine
David Kaplan, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
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Study of Significance of Self-Cleansing of Tooth Surface Polished Down to Nanoscale

Igor Sokolov, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
Gerard Kugel, Department of Research Administration, School of Dental Medicine;
Driss Zoukhri, Department of Research Administration, School of Dental Medicine;
Athena Papas, Department of General Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine;
Ronald Perry, Department of Research Administration, School of Dental Medicine
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Development of hADAM8 Camelid Antibodies for the Treatment of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Gail Sonenshein, Department of Developmental, Molecular and Cellular Biology, School of Medicine
Charles Shoemaker, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
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Transparent Flexible Graphene Electrode Array for Combined Electrical/Optical Monitoring of Neural Activity

Sameer Sonkusale, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering
Chris Dulla, Department of Neuroscience, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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Electrical Activity of Neuronal Networks Measured by Atomic Force Microscopy

Cristian Staii, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences
David Kaplan, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering;
Fiorenzo Omenetto, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering;
James Schwob, Department of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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Unlocking the Mystery of Ultra-Efficient Solar Cells under Concentration

Tom Vandervelde, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering
James Adler, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences;
Margaret Stevens, Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering;
David Emerson, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences
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Tufts Collaborates Seed Grants for 2014-2015 Academic Year:

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Fast by Design: Better Liquid Crystal Devices through Theory, Simulation and Experiment
Principal Investigator: Timothy Atherton
James Adler, Jeffrey Guasto, Chris Burke, David Emerson
Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering
Combining physical modeling, advanced numerical algorithms and high-speed microscopy imaging, this project aims to develop new design strategies for high performance liquid crystal devices

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Small Molecule Approaches for Promoting Cardiomyocyte Proliferation
Principal Investigator: Lauren Black
Michael Levin
Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering
The goal of this project is to determine small molecules that promote cardiomyocyte proliferation by altering resting membrane potential via modulation of specific ion channels

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Host-Parasite Interactions in Babesiosis
Principal Investigator: Athar Chishti
Edouard Vannier, Toshihiko Hanada
School of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
Human babesiosis is a malaria-like illness caused by the infection of erythrocytes by Babesia, and this project will use phage display technology to identify novel ligand-receptor interactions

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Characterization of the Schistosome Polyamine Importer
Principal Investigator: Akram Da’darah
Daniel Cox
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine
The goal of this project is to characterize a polyamine transporter, a potential therapeutic target for schistosomiasis, a major human parasitic disease

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Computational Population Model of Retinopathy of Prematurity
Principal Investigator: Olaf Dammann
Benjamin Hescott, Andrew Gallant, Ruan Durgham
School of Medicine, School of Engineering
The goal of this project is to develop a computational state transition population model of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) that we need to begin exploring inflammation-associated aspects of ROP etiology
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Clinical Validation of Coherent Hemodynamics Spectroscopy
Principal Investigator: Sergio Fantini
Daniel Weiner, Jana Kainerstorfer, Lily Chan
School of Engineering, Tufts Medical Center
The goal of this project is to build a diffuse correlation spectroscopy system for validation of coherent hemodynamics spectroscopy measurements of cerebral blood flow in hemodialysis patients
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Time Series Analysis of Multimodal Cardiovascular Data
Principal Investigator: Boris Hasselblatt
Michael Shapiro, Frederick Cobey, Stefan Ianchulev
Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine
The goal of this project is to develop mathematical algorithms and related software programs to analyze and quantify the complex dimension of cardiovascular signals such as blood pressure and heart rate
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Computational Analysis of Mechanical Forces in Epithelial Tissue Morphogenesis
Principal Investigator: Victor Hatini
Eric Miller, Brian Tracey
School of Medicine, School of Engineering
The goal of this project is to develop a computational image-based approach for quantitative analysis of tissue morphogenesis integrating measures of molecular and cellular dynamics
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Characterization of Novel Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for the Treatment of Neurological Disorders
Principal Investigator: Philip Haydon
John Iacomini
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine
The goal of this project is to examine how a novel class of drugs mediates anti-inflammatory effects in neurological diseases by targeting P2Y purinoreceptors
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Heart Health for African American Women: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Principal Investigators: Linda Hudson and Sara Folta
Peniel Joseph, Lionel McPherson
School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Arts and Science
The goal of this project is to gain enhanced understanding of cardiovascular disease risk factors among African American women, who have the highest CVD mortality rates among all U.S. adults
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Mapping Brain Circuit and Cellular Malfunction in Genetic Mouse Models of Autism
Principal Investigator: Michele Jacob
Leon Reijmers, Thomas Biederer, Antonella Pirone, Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Laura Schaevitz, Klaus Miczek
School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences
The goal of this project is to define convergent brain circuits and cell types that malfunction during autism-relevant behaviors in mouse models with human autism-linked gene deletions
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Guidance for Sustainable Diets
Principal Investigator: Hugh Joseph
Timothy Griffin, Christian Peters, Kate Clancy, Miriam Nelson, Julian Agyeman
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, School of Medicine
This project will create a Task Force to jumpstart a three-phase Guidance for Sustainable Diets policy initiative by compiling research, defining structural elements, and assembling a multi-disciplinary development committee
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A Novel Genetic Determinant of Susceptibility to Colonic Inflammation
Principal Investigator: John Leong
Edouard Vannier, Arlin Rogers
School of Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
The goal of this program is to test whether a risk locus for ulcerative colitis impairs acetylation of intestinal mucus and promotes the progression of experimental colitis
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The Peace and Conflict Archives at Tufts: Pilot Collection
Principal Investigator:  Dyan Mazurana
Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Eliot Wilczek, Patrick Florance, Christopher Barnett
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Technology Services
The goal of this project is to create a pilot model and test the viability of a permanent Tufts archive for primary research data on peace and conflict
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NDY1/KDM2B in Bladder Cancer
Principal Investigator:  Elizabeth McNiel
Philip Tsichlis
Cummings of School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
The goal of this project is to develop a comparative approach to investigate the role and potential targeting of a histone demethylase, NDY1/KDM2B, in bladder cancer
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Integrated Food Security Intervention to Improve Under-Five Malnutrition in Rural Kenya: Feasibility of Characterizing Intestinal Infections and Microbiome as Intermediary Markers in Rural Settings
Principal Investigator: Mkaya Mwamburi
Will Masters, Joanne Lindenmayer, Janey Forrester, Christine Wanke, Jeffrey Griffiths, Carol Pineda-Rubiano, Gretchen Volpe, Honorine Ward, Sisay Simano, Asrat Dibaba
School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, World Vision Kenya
The goal of this project is to develop integrated food security intervention to improve under-five malnutrition in rural Kenya and to test feasibility of characterizing intestinal infections and microbiome as intermediary markers in rural settings
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Predicting and Validating Host-Pathway Compatibility for Synthetic Biology Applications
Principal Investigator: Nikhil Nair
Soha Hassoun, Sara Amr, Venkatesh Gopinarayanan
School of Engineering
The goal of this project is to develop and validate computational design tools to aid rapid development and enhance success rates of synthetic biological systems for biochemical and biomedical applications
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Transgenerational Effects of Stress on the Inflammatory Response System
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Nephew
Gillian Beamer
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
This project represents an investigation of chronic social stress, an ethologically relevant stressor, in maternal rats and their offspring as a model for stress-related immune disorders
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Music Education to Enhance Reading (METER)
Principal Investigator: Aniruddh Patel
Maryanne Wolf, Ola Ozernov-Palchik, Tinsley Galyean
Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The project aims to develop a rhythm-based training app to enhance auditory skills necessary for literacy acquisition, for domestic and international deployment in underserved communities
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Spectral Reflection of the Canine Tapetum: Relating Form to Function
Principal Investigator: Chris Pirie
Fiorenzo Omenetto
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Engineering
This study aims to evaluate the reflective characteristics of the canine tapetum and its role on visual performance
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Evaluation of a Novel Crop-Based Extractant for the Remediation of Oil and Tar Impacted Soils and Sediments
Principal Investigator:  Al Robbat
Kurt Pennell, Douglas Matson, Christian Zeigler, Nicholas Wilton, Torsten Johnson
Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering
This work will support an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers who will study the effectiveness of a plant-based protein mixture for cleaning oil and tar contaminated soils and sediment
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Engaging Dental Hygienists to Deliver Methamphetamine Prevention Programming: Formative Research to Guide Intervention Development
Principal Investigator:  Margie Skeer
Jennifer Towers, Ronald Perry
School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine
The objective of this project is the development of a social marketing campaign to integrate dental hygienists in the prevention of methamphetamine use initiation among Idaho adolescents to reduce meth-related morbidity/mortality
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The Role of Colonic Progenitor Cells in the Pathogenesis of Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI)
Principal Investigator: Xingmin Sun
Andrew Hoffman, Saul Tzipori, Abraham Sonenshein
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine
The goal of this project is to test the hypothesis that C. difficile toxins can directly target colonic progenitor cells, thus disrupting epithelia renewal and contributing to intestinal diseases in C. difficile infection
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Conceptualizing Design in Human and Robot Factors Engineering
Principal Investigator: Holly Taylor
Matthias Scheutz, William Messner
Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering
This project explores similarities and differences between how engineers conceptualize design solutions for people to use compared to ones for robots to use
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Assessment of Effect of Air Pollution on Early Vascular Aging and Blood Pressure in the PURSE-HIS Cohort
Principal Investigator:  Mohan Thanikachalam
John Durant, Doug Brugge
Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering
The study will assess the effect of high ambient concentrations of particles with aerodynamic diameter <2.5 micrometers and the impact of risk modifiers on early vascular aging and blood pressure
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Novel Photo-Responsive Water Filtration Membranes
Principal Investigator:  Samuel Thomas
Ayse Asatekin
School of Engineering, Arts and Sciences
This project merges networks of nanochannels with photocontrolled zwitterionic polymers for new membranes with light-responsive pore size for selective filtration and anti-fouling applications
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Genomic Analysis of Muscle-Tendon Formation for Tissue Engineering
Principal Investigator: Barry Trimmer
Catherine Kuo, Michael Doire
Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering
The goal of this project is to develop an insect tissue-based model system for muscle-tendon formation by identifying key factors (mechanical, cellular and genetic) that control muscle attachment
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A Pilot Study Linking Abandoned Buildings and Animal Health
Principal Investigator: Christopher Whittier
Justin Hollander, Felicia Nutter
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Arts and Sciences
This project will study the impacts of abandoned buildings on the health of animals, and consequently the health of people and broader ecological systems
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Self-Adjuvanting Carbohydrate Antigen-Based Vaccine
Principal Investigator: Henry Wortis
Clay Bennett, Andrew Camilli, Alexander Poltorak
School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences
We will link a carbohydrate antigen to an adjuvant to create a conjugate that evokes high affinity protective antibody to Streptococcus pneumoniae without inducing inflammation
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Optical Reconstruction of the Collagen Landscape for Understanding Early Osteoarthritis
Principal Investigator:  Li Zeng
Irene Georgakoudi
School of Medicine, School of Engineering
The goal of this project is to investigate changes in collagen architecture in articular cartilage during early osteoarthritis development through Second Harmonic Generation Imaging
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Developing an Innovative Online Weight Management Program for Childhood Cancer Survivors
Principal Investigator:  Fang Fang Zhang
Ethan Danahy, Michael Kelly, Susan Meagher, Sara Folta, Susan Roberts, Christina Economos
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
This project aims to develop an innovative and effective online weight management program that meets the needs of the growing population of childhood cancer survivors
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Tufts Collaborates! Seed Grants for 2013-2014 Academic Year:

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Deciphering Membrane-Voltage Patterns that Determine Developmental Cell Fate

Dany Adams, Biology, Arts and Sciences
Eric Miller and Brian Tracey, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering

Characterize variations in cellular membrane voltage using fluorescent imaging and
computer-based image analysis methods to predict cell fate and developmental abnormalities
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Single-Cell Assays of Mycobacterial Metabolic State

Bree Aldridge, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine
Irene Georgakoudi, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Quantitatively describe the metabolic state of individual Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacilli
and relate these states to environmental conditions and stress response
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Inner Visions: A New Interactive Radiology Curriculum for Medical Students

Harprit Singh Bedi, Radiology, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center and
Benjamin Shapiro, Computer Science, School of Engineering

Joo Y. Cho and Salar Hakham, Radiology, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

Create radiology learning modules and initiate problem based learning conferences
to improve medical student radiology education
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Refugees, Water Scarcity, and Politics: Empowering Community-Based
Non-Governmental Organizations to Take Action

Amahl Bishara, Anthropology, Arts and Sciences
John Durant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering;
Robert H. (Rusty) Russell, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning,
School of Arts and Sciences; Annette Huber-Lee, Civil and Environmental
Engineering, School of Engineering

Investigate how refugee-led non-governmental organizations can act to improve
quality and quantity of water supply in their communities and analyze
political implications of such projects
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Beyond BRICS and Mortar: Comparing Urban Challenges in Emerging Economies

Ryan Centner, Sociology, Arts and Sciences
Weiping Wu, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, School of Arts and Sciences and
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Karen Jacobsen, Feinstein International Center,
Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Anna Hardman, Economics, Arts and Sciences;
Partha Ghosh, Engineering, Gordon Institute

Build a cross-case research dialogue for lessons about urban challenges in Brazil, Russia,
India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and other emerging economies
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Better Health Decisions through Interactive Bayes Reasoning Visualizations

Remco Chang, Computer Science, School of Engineering
Holly Taylor, Psychology, Arts and Sciences; Paul Han, Medicine, School of Medicine;
Lane Harrison, Computer Science, School of Engineering

Use interactive visualization to assist patients in making more informed health-related
decisions by helping them understand probabilistic (Bayesian) statistics
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Host-Microbiome Interactions Altering mRNA and Metabolomic Profiles in
Colonic Carcinogenesis

Jimmy Crott, Vitamins and Carcinogen Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA
Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Lakshmanan Iyer, Neuroscience, School of Medicine; Sang Woon Choi, Vitamins and
Carcinogen Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging;
Laurence Parnell, Nutritional Genomics Policy, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition
Research Center on Aging

Integrate microbiome, transcriptome and metabolic data to gain a better understanding of
how obesity promotes colorectal cancer
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Understanding and Harnessing the Inherent Diversity within Repetitive Proteins

Stephen Fuchs, Biology, Arts and Sciences
Lenore Cowen and Andrew Gallant, Computer Science, School of Engineering

Explore the mechanisms that underlie repetitive protein diversity to improve understanding of
organismal adaptation and drive development of novel protein function
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Constructing a 3-D In Vitro Model Containing a Bio-Mimetic Membrane
as a Substrate for Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Derived from
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell

Behzad Gerami-Naini, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology,
School of Dental Medicine

Sheldon Rowan, Laboratory of Nutrition and Vision Research, Jean Mayer USDA
Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; David Kaplan, Biomedical Engineering,
School of Engineering

Engineer eye tissue for regenerative cell therapy using patient-matched stem cells
grown on a modified silk substrate
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Investigations into a Collaboration and Assessment Environment
for the Great Diseases Curriculum

Daniel Hannon, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
Karina Meiri, Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences;
Katherine Malanson, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences;
Leslie Schneider, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach;
Akash Gupta, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

Develop, test, and evaluate a cyberlearning collaboration and assessment environment for
bioscience teaching and learning with urban youth using the Great Diseases curriculum.
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Urban Policy in Shrinking Neighborhoods: Assessing and Addressing
Child and Family Well-Being

Justin Hollander, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Arts and Sciences
Tama Leventhal, Child Development, Arts and Sciences

Examine the local policy process with respect to child and family well-being in three
neighborhoods of a post-industrial shrinking city of Bedford, MA
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The Role of Cdk6 in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Miaofen Hu, Medicine, School of Medicine and Molecular Oncology Research Institute,
Tufts Medical Center

Richard Van Etten, Medicine, School of Medicine and Hematology/Oncology, Tufts Medical Center

Using a mouse model, determine if CDK6 is required for BCR-ABL1-mediated
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia formation
_________________________________________________________________________

Robust and Adaptive Planning Methods: Tools for Urban Water Utilities
Facing an Uncertain Future

Shafiqul Islam, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
Kent Portney, Political Science, Arts and Sciences

Investigate the planning and decisions making, critical constraints and available tools for
adaptation of water utilities to inform development of novel decision support methods
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Studying Shiga Toxin-Mediated Disease Using a Three-Dimensional
Renal Tubule Organ Model

Dakshina Jandhyala, Microbiology, School of Medicine
David Kaplan and Teresa DesRochers, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Use a bioengineered human renal tissue model to understand the kinetics and
mechanism of Shiga-toxin mediated renal injury
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Investigate the Role of Kinesin KIF13 Family Motors in Regulating Glutamate
Receptor Trafficking and Function in the Mammalian Nervous System

Peter Juo, Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Athar Chishti, Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine;
Larry Feig, Biochemistry, School of Medicine

Multidisciplinary investigation of kinesin motors KIF13A and KIF13B in regulating mammalian
glutamate neurotransmitter receptor trafficking, synaptic transmission and behavior
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Health of Boston’s Chinatown: A Health Needs Assessment

Susan Koch-Weser, Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Carolyn Rubin, Medicine, School of Medicine; Doug Brugge, Public Health and Community Medicine,
School of Medicine; Jean Wu, American Studies, Arts and Sciences; Shirley Mark, Tisch College;
Laurel Leslie, Medicine, School of Medicine

Using a community collaborative process, a community health needs assessment survey
will be conducted to collect data currently lacking for Chinatown
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Developing Wireless Sensors for Nutrition Monitoring

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
Susan Roberts, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Utilize a novel technique for nutrient monitoring that uses radio frequency identification sensors
in a wireless, conformal, biocompatible format
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Work-Related Asthma in Barn Cats

Elizabeth Rozanski, Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Melissa Mazan and Daniela Bedenice and Emily McCobb, Clinical Sciences,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
; Jean Mukherjee, Infectious Disease and
Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Determine if cats that are housed in a barn have an allergic/asthmatic phenotype
more commonly than free-roaming cats.
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Autofluorescence Imaging of Peritoneal Cancer Metastases

Thomas Schnelldorfer, Surgery, School of Medicine
Irene Georgakoudi, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering; Roger Jenkins, Surgery,
School of Medicine and Transplantation, Lahey Clinic; Valena Soto-Wright, Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine and Gynecology, Lahey Clinic

Determine differences in autofluorescence properties between healthy peritoneal tissue and
peritoneal metastases within cancer patients to guide in the design of an image-enhanced
staging laparoscopy system
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Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Study of Changes in Physical Characteristics of
the Cell Surface during Malignant Transformation

Igor Sokolov, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
Brian Bond, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

Test potential method for early detection of cervical cancer on cells collected in the way
done in the existing cancer prescreening tests (liquid cytology)
_________________________________________________________________________

Biomechanics of Tissue Organization in Breast Development and Cancer
Ana Soto, Anatomy, School of Medicine

Carlos Sonnenschein, Anatomy, School of Medicine; Irene Georgakoudi and
Mark Cronin-Golomb, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Test the hypotheses that low rigidity and isotropy determine the appearance of spherical
structures (acini) and high rigidity and anisotropy determine cylindrical structures (ducts)
_________________________________________________________________________

Combining an Effective Clostridium Difficile Recombinant Vaccine, Developed in Grafton,
with Silk Microneedles, a Novel Vaccine Delivery System Developed in Medford

Jennifer Steele, Infectious Disease and Global Health,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Bruce Panilaitis, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering; Hyeun Bum Kim,
Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Develop a collaborative research approach between groups at the Vet School and
School of Engineering to develop a noninvasive effective vaccine against C. difficile
_________________________________________________________________________

Novel Chimeric Vaccine against Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI)

Xingmin Sun, Infectious Disease and Global Health,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Saul Tzipori, Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine;
Qiaobing Xu, Biomedical Engineering; Gary Ostroff, UMass Medical School

Develop an oral/mucosal vaccine against Clostridium difficile infection by combining a novel
multi-component chimera with novel micro and nanoparticle based delivery technologies
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Novel Artifact Suppression Techniques for Ultrasonography of the Gastrointestinal Wall

Brian Tracey, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering
Oliver H.J. Taeymans, Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine;
Joseph F. Polak, Radiology, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center;
Dominique G. Penninck, Section of Diagnostic Imaging; Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Experimentally demonstrate the feasibility of improving gastrointestinal ultrasound imaging
in humans and animals by using adaptive beam-forming to suppress imaging artifacts
_________________________________________________________________________

Establishing Transgenic Zebrafish to Model Voltage and Ion Level Changes
during Craniofacial Development

Pamela Yelick, Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics, School of Dental Medicine
Michael Levin, Biology, Arts and Sciences

Establish transgenic zebrafish models to improve our knowledge and understanding of
the role of bioelectric signaling in vertebrate development and disease
_________________________________________________________________________

Combining Near Infrared Fluorescence Imaging and MicroCT Technology for
Real-Time Detection of Joint Damage in Osteoarthritis

Li Zeng, Anatomy, School of Medicine and Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Eric Miller, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering;
Timothy McAlindon and Jeffrey Driban, Rheumatology, Tufts Medical Center

Evaluate the efficacy of combining near infrared fluorescence imaging and microCT technologies
to detect cartilage destruction activities in the intact human joint
_________________________________________________________________________

Tufts Collaborates! Seed Grants for 2012-2013 Academic Year:

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Therapeutic Mechanisms and Molecules in the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

John Castellot, Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine
Amy Yee, Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Eric Paulson, Biochemistry,
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences; Radiation Oncology, Tufts Medical Center,
Lisa Jane Jacobsen, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts Medical Center,
Brad Quade, Mark Hornstein and Cynthia Morton, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Calpain-1 Inhibition for the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease

Athar Chishti, Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Johannes Wolf, Pediatrics, School of Medicine;
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Tufts Medical Center

_________________________________________________________________________

Does Weight Loss Surgery and Probiotic Supplementation Lead to a Lean Gut Microbiota?

Shira Doron, Geographic Medicine and Infectious Disease, School of Medicine
Julie Kim, Surgery/Weight and Wellness, School of Medicine; Laura Snydman,
David Snydman, Debra Poutsiaka, Cheleste Thorpe and Honorine Ward,
Geographic Medicine and Infectious Disease, School of Medicine

_________________________________________________________________________

An Inquiry into the Historical and Ideological Roots of Development and Humanitarianism

David Ekbladh, History, Arts and Sciences
Heather Curtis, Religion, Arts and Sciences;
Peter Uvin, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

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Crystallization Trials on the Vacuolar ATPase

Michael Forgac, Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Andrew Bohm, Biochemistry, School of Medicine
________________________________________________________________________

Exploring Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition through

Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational Modeling

Phillip Holcomb, Psychology, Arts and Sciences
Matthias Scheutz, Computer Science, Arts and Sciences; School of Engineering,
Katherine Midgley, Psychology, Arts and Sciences;
José Mazzotti, Romance Languages, Arts and Sciences

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Tufts Computation Biology Initiative

Lakshmanan Iyer, Neuroscience, School of Medicine
Gavin Schnitzler, Medicine, School of Medicine; Molecular Cardiology Research Institute,
Tufts Medical Center, Gordon Huggins, Medicine, School of Medicine;
Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Sackler School of
Graduate Biomedical Sciences; Peter Castaldi, Medicine,
School of Medicine; Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

_________________________________________________________________________

Silk Bioploymers: A Novel Vocal Fold Augmentation Material

Gary Leisk, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
David Kaplan, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering;
Thomas Carroll, Otolaryngology, School of Medicine

_________________________________________________________________________

Impact of Age and Vitamin E on Streptococcus Pneumoniae Colonization

John Leong, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine
Simin Meydani, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging;
Nutrition and Immunology, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman
School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Andrew Camilli, Molecular Biology and Microbiology,
School of Medicine

_________________________________________________________________________

The Timing of mRNA Polyadenylation in Lymphoma Development

Kevin Mills, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences; Jackson Laboratory
Claire Moore, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences;
Joel Graber, Jackson Laboratory

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Impact of Climate Variability on Tea Quality

Colin Orians, Biology, Arts and Sciences
Albert Robbat, Chemistry, Arts and Sciences;
Timothy Griffin, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy;
David Small, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering;
Selena Ahmed, Biology, Arts and Sciences

_________________________________________________________________________

Is Animation an Effective Learning Tool? Implications for Teaching
STEM and the Determinants of Health among Urban Minority Middle School Students

Flavia Perea, Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Linda Sprague-Martinez, Community Health, Arts and Sciences;
Edmond Bowers, Child Development, Arts and Sciences;
Brian Gravel, Education, Arts and Sciences

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Intervention to Reduce Excess Weight Gain in Obese Pregnant Women

Susan Roberts, Energy Metabolism, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Sarbattama Sen, Immunology, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging,
Errol Norwitz, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts Medical Center;
Diana Bianchi, Mother Infant Research Institute, Tufts Medical Center;
John Griffith, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

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LEGO Robots: Catalyzing Social Communication in Children with Autism

Chris Rogers, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering;
Education, Arts and Sciences

Roula Choueiri, Pediatrics, School of Medicine;
Dan Hannon, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

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Schistosome Carbonic Anhydrase Crystal Structure

Patrick Skelly, Biomedical Science, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Andrew Bohm, Biochemistry, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
_________________________________________________________________________

Microscope-On-Chip for High Throughput Screening of

Stem Cell-Laden Hydrogels for Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration

Sameer Sonkusale, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering
Qiaobing Xu, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering;
Pamela Yelick, Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics, Dental School,
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

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Dissection Risk and Manipulation Therapy in the Cervical Spine (DRAMaTICS)

David Thaler, Neurology, School of Medicine; Tufts Medical Center
Edward Feldmann, Neurology, School of Medicine; Tufts Medical Center,
Karen Switkowski, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute,
Leonard D’Avoilio, Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School,
Mai Nguyen-Huynh, Neurology, University of California San Francisco;
Paul Dougherty, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester

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Interactions between Pharmaceuticals and Microbes in the Environment:

Population Dynamics, Enzyme Regulation and Contaminant Degradation
Giovanni Widmer, Biomedical Sciences,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Andrew Ramsburg and John Durant, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
School of Engineering

_________________________________________________________________________

Tufts Collaborates! Seed Grants for 2011-2012 Academic Year:

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Media Aesthetics

Daniel Abramson, Art and Art History, Arts and Sciences
Peter Probst, Art and Art History, Arts and Sciences; Charles Inouye and
Hosea Hirata, German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures, Arts and Sciences;
Joseph Auner and David Locke, Music, Arts and Sciences;
Barbara Grossman, Drama and Dance, Arts and Sciences

_________________________________________________________________________

NuBiotics: A Novel Class of Antimicrobial Compounds

Donna Akiyoshi, Infectious Disease and Global Health,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Stuart Levy and Bonnie Marshall, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, School of Medicine
_________________________________________________________________________

Function and Mechanisms of Dab2 in Promoting Squamous Cell
Carcinoma Tumor Cell Migration and Invasion

Addy Alt-Holland, Endodontics, School of Dental Medicine
James Baleja, Biochemistry, School of Medicine
_________________________________________________________________________

Advancing Disaster Research with Geospatial New Media

Laurie Gaskins Baise, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
Remco Chang, Computer Science, School of Engineering;
Peter Walker, Feinstein International Center, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy;
Patrick Webb, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy;
Barbara Parmenter, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, School of Medicine;
Patrick Florance and Rosalind Sewell, University Information Technology

_________________________________________________________________________

Transgenerational Effects of Adolescent Morphine Exposure on
Oxycodone Self-Administration

Elizabeth Byrnes, Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Klaus Miczek, Psychology, Arts and Sciences
_________________________________________________________________________

Visualizing the Circulation of Ideas across Language, Culture and Space:
How Researchers in the Middle East Read Greek and Invented the West

Gregory Crane, Classics, Arts and Sciences
Remco Chang, Computer Science, School of Engineering;
Kenneth Garden, Religion, Arts and Sciences;
Malik Mufti, Political Science, Arts and Sciences;
Kamran Rastegar, and Mingquan Wang, German, Russian,
and Asian Languages and Literatures

_________________________________________________________________________

Role of GCK in Obesity Associated Inflammation and Insulin Resistance

Andrew Greenberg, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
John Kyriakis, Medicine, School of Medicine
_________________________________________________________________________

Development of an Oral Reservoir Targeted Vaccine for Lyme Disease

Linden Hu, Medicine, School of Medicine
Qiaobing Xu, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
_________________________________________________________________________

Islam on the Indian Ocean Rim

Ayesha Jalal, History, Arts and Sciences
Kris Manjapra, History, Arts and Sciences;
Vali Nasr, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy;
Sugata Bose, Harvard University

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Probabilistic Modeling of Cell State Transitions in Cancer

Daniel Jay, Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Kyongbum Lee, Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering;
Donna Slonim, Computer Science, School of Engineering

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New Materials for Energy Related Applications

Georgios Kyriakou, Chemistry, Arts and Sciences
Charles Sykes, Chemistry, Arts and Sciences;
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering

_________________________________________________________________________

Regulation of Engineered Stem Cell Differentiation by
Mechanically Defined Culture Systems

Catherine Kuo, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
Jonathan Garlick, Maxillofacial Pathology, School of Dental Medicine
_________________________________________________________________________

University-Municipal Partnerships for Children’s School Success:
Evolving SomerPromise by Bringing Systems Together through Integrated Data

Christine McWayne, Child Development, Arts and Sciences
Jayanthi Mistry and Jonathan Zaff, Child Development, Arts and Sciences;
Doug Brugge, Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine;
Laurel Leslie, Medicine, School of Medicine;
Stephanie Hirsch, City of Somerville

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Data Processing in a Dense Wireless Sensor Network for
Structural Health Monitoring

Babak Moaveni, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
School of Engineering

Usman Khan, Electrical and Computer Engineering,
School of Engineering

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A Framework for Water and Health Partnerships

Elena Naumova, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
Richard Hooper, Paul Kirshen and Richard Vogel, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
School of Engineering; Honorine Ward, Medicine, School of Medicine;
Jeffrey Griffiths, Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine

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Photolysis-Enabled Color Tuning of Novel Fluorene Copolymers for
Energy Efficient Solid State Lighting and Display Applications

Matthew Panzer, Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering
Samuel Thomas, Chemistry, Arts and Sciences
_________________________________________________________________________

The Effects of Low Frequency Magnetic Fields on
Neurotransmitter Exocytosis in Real Time

Emmanuel Pothos, Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Sameer Sonkusale, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering;
Alexei Degterev, Biochemistry, School of Medicine

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Growth and Electrical Activity of Neurons on Patterned Au/Graphene Substrates

Cristian Staii, Physics and Astronomy, Arts and Sciences
Sameer Sonkusale, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering;
David Kaplan, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

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Development of Bacillus subtilis Spore Vaccines Expressing
Enterovirus 71 VP1 or H5N1/H1N1 Hemagglutinin

Saul Tzipori, Infectious Disease and Global Health,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Abraham Sonenshein and Yi Guan, Microbiology, School of Medicine;
Xu Bingling, Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine;
Donna Akiyoshi, Infectious Disease and Global Health,
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

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