Our Center continues the tradition of excellence in research, student training and outreach for the benefit of society and the environment with over $10 million in 57 research grants and contracts, with the major portion coming from the primary national funding agencies. The diversity of our research interests is reflected in the range of funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense, and the US Department of Education.


National Science Foundation

Fang $260,000; 08/11 – 07/15
Purification Synthesis Peptides Using a Catching by Polymerization Approach

Fang, Shahbazian-Yassar, Yuan $200,000; 05/12 – 04/15
IDBR (EAGER): An AFM-Based Instrument for Monitoring DNA Synthesis in Real-Time

Frost $450,000; 08/14 – 07/17
Tunable Nitric Oxide Releasing Polymeric Materials

Heldt $104,633; 05/15 – 04/20
CAREER: Surface and Interparticle Forces for Improved Virus Removal

Heldt $274,736; 06/12 – 09-/15
Precipitation and Self-Interaction of Viruses by Preferential Hydration

Minerick, Raber, Bergstrom $206,000; 5/14 – 04/16
PFI:AIR – TT: Blood Typing Device without Reagents: Sensing Electrodes to Replace Optics

Tang, G, Wei $2,499,979; 06/14 – 05/17
Targeting MicroRNAs for Destruction in Crops by Short Tandem Target Mimic (STTM)


National Institues of Health

Carter $465,000; 09/14 – 08/17
Sleep Deprivation and Neural Cardiovascular Control in Postmenopausal Women

Chen $458,920; 12/14 – 11/17
ER Stress and Reduced SK Channel Function in PVN in Rats with High Salt Intake

Goldman, Frost $459,600; 05/12 - 04/15
Therapeutic Lymphatic Collecting Vessel Regeneration by Directed Fluid Flow

Goldman $42,684; 08/13 – 06/16
Small Diameter Blood Vessel

Fang $333,631; 02/14 – 01/17
Oligodeoxynucleotide Synthesis Using Protecting Groups and a Linker Cleavable Under Neutral Oxidative Conditions

Jiang, Kirkpatrick, Rajachar $452,780; 09/14 – 08/16
Virtual Breast Project: Improving Non-invasive Differentiation of Breast Tumors

Lee $344,459; 03/13 – 02/16
Biomimetic Tissue Adhesive with Mechanically Tough Hydrogel Support

Liu $338,552; 04/15 – 03/18
Ratiometric Near-infrared Fluorescent Probes for Lysosomal pH in Living Cells

Zhao $450,502; 07/13 – 06/16
Development of Off-the-shelf Completely Biological Small-diameter Blood Vessel with Human Stem Cells


United States Department of Agriculture

Busov $7,000; 10/14 – 09/15
McIntire Stennis: Regulation of Biomass Growth in Trees

Busov, Yordanov, Gailing $499,916; 05/12 – 04/16
USDA NIFA: Plant Growth and Development Program: Role of Laterial Organ Boundary transcription factors in regulation of wood formation in poplar

Deshpande, Wusirika $150,000; 02/14 - 01/16
Bioactive Components in Rice Callus Culture and Blueberry Extract as Anti-inflammatory Agents of the Gastrointestinal Tract

Gailing $7,000; 10/14 – 09/15
McIntire Stennis: Identification of Genes Involved in the Maintenance of Species Identity in North American Red Oaks

Wei $7,000; 10/14 – 09/15
McIntire Stennis: Genetics Manipulation of the Genes Controlling Tree Growth

Yuan, Wei $149,888; 04/12 – 04/16
Systemic Identification and Characaterization of Overlapping Sense/Antisense Gene Loci in Populus Genome



United States Department of Energy

Busov, Yordanov, Tuskan, Wellington and Sykes $1,100,000; 8/12 – 7/15
DOE Feedstock Genomics. Gene discovery. Functional Discovery and Characterization of Genes and Alleles Affecting Wood Biomass Yield and Quality in Poplar Using Activation Tagging and Association Analysis


The Gerber Foundation

Minerick $219,728; 06/12 – 07/15
Rapid Nutritional Analysis from Infant Tears


Huron Mountain Foundation

Gailing $3,000; 02/13 – 04/15
Genetic Structure of Pre-European Settlement Quercus rubra Forests II

Werner $2,000; 05/14 – 04/15
The Lepidoptera and Drosophilidae of the Huron Mountains


Michigan Technological University

Carter $61,000; 07/14 – 08/15
Cell Culture and Bio Imaging Core Facility: Promoting Life-Sciences Research at Michigan Tech

Durocher $31,600; 07/13 – 08/15
REF seed grant: The Effect of Diet or Exercise on Visceral Obesity, Neural Cardiovascular Reactivity and Arterial Stiffness in Obese Humans

Fang $19,000; 07/14 – 08/15
REF-TCG: Simple Methods for Synthetic Oligonucleotide and Peptide Purification

Tanasova $61,000; 07/14 – 08/15
Cell Culture and Bioimaging Core Facility

Tiwari $24,560; 07/14 – 08/15
Understanding the Role of Protein Aggregation in Cellular Toxicity

Yuan $15,000; 07/14 – 08/15
Genome-wide Analysis of Regulatory RNAs Associated with Wood Formation in Populus REF Mentor Grant: Evolutionary Ecology


North Carolina State University

Wei $50,758; 02/13 – 05/15
Construction of Gene Regulatory Networks of Wood Formation in Poplar


Penn State

Gailing $215,077; 04/11 – 06/15
TRPGR: Comparative Genomics of Environmental Stress Responses in North American Hardwoods


Radiological Society of North America

Jiang $8,427; 09/14 – 09/15
Development and Validation of Simulations and Phantoms Mimicking the Viscoelastic Properties of Human Liver


Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Datta $95,094; 09/12 – 08/15
Low-Cost Green Technology to Improve Water Quality in Mining-Impacted Ecosystems


The University of Chicago (passthrough Merck)

Carter $50,631; 04/14 – 12/15
Multi-Level Assessment of Physiologic Hyper-Arousal in Chronic Primary Insomnia: A Case Control Study


University of Michigan (MIIE)

Jiang, Wang, Bharti $44,500; 07/14 – 06/15
Translation of Automated Flow Analysis into Clinical Worklow


University of Wisconsin, Madison - NIH

Jiang $15,250; 07/13 – 04/15
Real-Time Ultrasonic Monitorinig of Tumor Ablation


Virginia Polytechnic & State University

Murthy $50,146; 04/11 – 03/15
Collaborative Research: Functional Characterization of Diphospho and Tripho-inositol Phosphates in Plants