Funding

Giorgio Ascoli Receives Funding from Dept. of Health & Human Services
Giorgio Ascoli of the Bioengineering Department received $1.7M from the Department of Health & Human Services for his project, “Generation and Description of Neuronal Morphology and Connectivity.”

Nitin Agrawal Receives Funding from NSF
Nitin Agrawal of the Bioengineering Department received $88K from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Cellular Biomanufacturing Workshop.”

Avrama Blackwell Receives Funding from Burroughs Welcome
Avrama Blackwell of the Bioengineering Department received $5K from the Burroughs Welcome Fund for her project, “The Role of the Dorsal Striatum During Short-term Motor Adaptation.”

Carolina Salvador-Morales Receives Funding from CIT
Carolina Salvador-Morales of the Bioengineering Department received $100K from the Center for Innovative Technology for her project, “A Multiplexing Photoacoustic Thernostic System for Treatment of Breast Cancer.”

Peter Paris, Cameron Nowzari, Jill Nelson, & Brian Mark Receive Funding from NSF
Peter Paris, Cameron Nowzari, Jill Nelson, & Brian Mark of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $100K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “EAGER: SC2: Efficient, Collaborative Spectrum Sharing through a Systems and Optimal Control Approach.”

Siddhartha Sikdar, Parag Chitnis, and Wil Joiner Receive Funding from NSF
Siddhartha Sikdar, Parag Chitnis, and Wil Joiner of the Bioengineering Department received $400K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “CPS:Synergy:Collaborative Research: Closed-loop Hybrid Exoskeleton utilizing Wearable Ultrasound Imaging Sensors for Measuring Fatigue.”

Nathalia Peixoto, Brenda Bannan, Carryl Baldwin, & Stephen Zaccaro Receive Funding from NSF
Nathalia Peixoto of the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering Departments, Brenda Bannan of the College of Education and Human Development, and Carryl Baldwin & Stephen Zaccaro of the Psychology Department received $200K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “Engineering Networked Devices for Multiteam Learning and Performance.”

Juan Cebral Receives Funding from the Mayo Clinic
Juan Cebral of the Department of Bioengineering received $115K from the Mayo Clinic for his project, “Computational and Biological Approach to Flow Decision” The initial period of performance is September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017 (first year of a 5-year NIH R01 project).

James Thompson (PI, Dept. of Psychology) and Siddhartha Sikdar (co-PI) Receive Funding from the NSF
James Thompson (PI, Dept. of Psychology) and Siddhartha Sikdar (co-PI) of the Department of Bioengineering received $1,648K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “MRI: Acquisition of a 3T MRI for Integrative Brain-Body Imaging.” The period of performance is September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2019.

Siddhartha Sikdar (PI), Parag Chitnis (Co-PI), and Wilsaan Joiner (Co-PI) Receive Funding from the DoD CDMRP
Siddhartha Sikdar (PI), Parag Chitnis (Co-PI), and Wilsaan Joiner (Co-PI) of the Department of Bioengineering received $995K from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for their project, “Intuitive Control of Upper-Extremity Prostheses Using Novel Ultrasonic Sensing of Residual Muscle Activity.”

Siddhartha Sikdar (PI), Parag Chitnis (Co-PI), and Wilsaan Joiner (Co-PI) Receive Funding from the NSF
Siddhartha Sikdar (PI), Parag Chitnis (Co-PI), and Wilsaan Joiner (Co-PI) of the Department of Bioengineering received $400K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “Closed-Loop Hybrid Exoskeleton utilizing Wearable Ultrasound Imaging Sensors for Measuring Fatigue.” The period of performance is January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.

Juan Cebral Receives Funding from the NIH
Juan Cebral of the Department of Bioengineering received $222K from the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Improved Evaluation of PCOM Aneurysms: Angio-Architecture, Hemodynamics, and Shape.” The period of performance is September 15, 2016 to August 31, 2017 (second year of a 2-year R21 project).

Nitin Agrawal Receives Funding from the NSF
Nitin Agrawal of the Department of Bioengineering received $300K from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Eager: Biomanufacturing: Liposome mediated targeted expansion and stimulation of CD8+ cytotoxic T-cells.” The period of performance is September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018.

Juan Cebral Receives Funding from University of Pittsburgh & NIH
Juan Cebral of the Department of Bioengineering received $183K from the University of Pittsburgh and the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Improving Cerebral Aneurysm Risk Assessment through Understanding Wall Vulnerability and Failure Modes.” The period of performance is July 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017 (first year of a 5-year R01 project).

Giorgio Ascoli Receives Funding from Burroughs-Wellcome
Giorgio Ascoli of the Bioengineering Department received $5K from Burroughs-Wellcome to kick-start a collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Lab on “Barcode sequencing of axonal projections to classify long-range cortical neurons”.

Vasiliki Ikonomidou, Andre Manitius, Monty Hayes, & Jill Nelson Receive Funding from Micron Technology
Vasiliki Ikonomidou of the Bioengineering Department, and Andre Manitius, Monty Hayes, & Jill Nelson of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department received $140K from Micron Technology Inc. for their project, “MicronTechnology/AcousticDiagnostic.”

Siddhartha Sikdar Receives Funding from Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Siddhartha Sikdar of the Bioengineering Department received $80K from the Department of Veterans Affairs for his project, “ACCOF(Asymptomatic Cartoid Stenosis: Cognitive Function and Plaque Correlates).”

Siddhartha Sikdar, Vasiliki Ikonomidou, & Huzefa Rangwala Receive Funding from Provost Siddhartha Sikdar, Vasiliki Ikonomidou, and Huzefa Rangwala are receiving funding for their 2016 Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives (MDRI) through the provost’s office at George Mason University.

Nitin Agrawal and Robert Cressman Receive Funding from NSF
Nitin Agrawal of the Bioengineering Deparment and Robert Kressman of the Krasnow Institute received $157K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “EAGER: An Integrated Multi-Sensing Platform for Real Time Hypoxia Studies.

Vasiliki Ikonomidou Receives $48,939 from Army Research Office (ARO)
Vasiliki Ikonomidou of the Bioengineering Department received $48,939 from the ARO for her project, “Information Processing and Fusion: Change Point Detection for Video-Based Stressor Identification” The period of performance is May 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Carolina Salvador Morales & Juan Cebral Receive $100,000 from Jeffress Trust
Carolina Salvador-Morales & Juan Cebral of the Bioengineering Department received $100K from the Jeffress Trust for their project, “Using Computational Modeling for the Design and Optimization of Novel Cancer Thernostics.” The period of performance is June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Wilsaan Joiner Receives $503,225 from NSF CAREER
Wilsaan Joiner of the Bioengineering Department received $503,225 for an NSR CAREER award for his project, “Probing the Neural Integration of Sensorimotor Signals for Limb Motor Coordination and Perception.” The period of performance is May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2021.

Nitin Agrawal Receives Mason Equipment Trust Fund (ETF) Award of $168K
Nitin Agrawal Receives Mason Equipment Trust Fund (ETF) Award of $168K. The award is for purchasing a laser direct write lithography system for his µ-SCALE Laboratory.

Juan Cebral and Michael Pritz Receive $407K from NIH
Juan Cebral of the Bioengineering Department and Michael Pritz of the Krasnow Institute received $407K from the National Institutes of Health for their project, “Improved Evaluation of PCOM Aneurysms: Angio-Architecture, Hemodynamics, and Shape.”

Nitin Agrawal and John Cressman Receive $150K from NSF
Nitin Agrawal of the Bioengineering Department and John Cressman of the College of Science received $150K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “An Integrated Biosensing Platform for Real-Time Hypoxia Studies.” The performance period is September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2017.

Parag Chitnis Receives $172,290 from Columbia University and the National Science Foundation
Parag Chitnis of the Bioengineering Department received $172,290 from Columbia University and the National Science Foundation for his project, “Ultrasound-Mediated Control of Implantable Microdevices made of Biocompatible Polymers.” The performance period is June 1, 2015 through May 30, 2018.

Houman Homayoun & Siddhartha Sikdar Receive $288K from NSF
Houman Homayoun of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and Siddhartha Sikdar of the Bioengineering Department received $288K from the National Science Foundation for their project, “CSR:Small:Collaborative Research: Heterogeneous Ultra Low Power Accelerator for Wearable Biomedical Computing.”

Amarda Shehu Receives $22K from NSF
Amarda Shehu of the Computer Science Department received $22K from the National Science Foundation for her project, “Travel Awards for 2015 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM-2015).”

Qi Wei Receives $20,000 from Northwestern University & NIH
Qi Wei of the Bioengineering Department received $20K from Northwestern University and the National Institutes of Health for her project, “The Neural Control of Internal Joint State Variables.” The performance period is September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015.

Juan Cebral Receives $201,000 from Mayo Clinic & NIH
Juan Cebral of the Bioengineering Department received $201K from the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Computational and Biological Approach to Flow Diversion.” The performance period is September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015.

Siddhartha Sikdar Receives $42,000 from the Department of Veterans Affairs
Siddhartha Sikdar of the Bioengineering Department received $42K from the Department of Veterans Affairs for his project, “Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis and Cognitive Correlates of Function (ACCOF).”

Parag Chitnis Receives $223,000 from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Parag Chitnis of the Department of Bioengineering receives $223,000 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for his project, “An All-Optical Photoacoustic Imaging System for the Eye.” The performance period is September 30, 2014 through August 31, 2016.

Vasiliki Ikonomidou and Margret Hjalmarson Receive $150,000 from the National Science Foundation
Vasiliki Ikonomidou of the Department of Bioengineering and Margret Hjalmarson of the College of Education & Human Development receive $150,000 from the National Science Foundation for their project, “Research Initiation Grant: Student-directed differentiated learning in college-level engineering education.” The performance period is September 1,2014 through August 31, 2016.

Nathalia Peixoto Receives $100,000 from the National Science Foundation
Nathalia Peixoto of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department receives $100K from the National Science Foundation for her project, “Bioimpedance of stimulating electrodes for the safe placement of retinal implants.” The performance period is June 2015 through June 2016.

Joseph Pancrazio of the Department of Bioengineering Receives $45,000 from Virginia Center on Aging
Joe Pancrazio of the Department of Bioengineering receives $45,000 from the Virginia Center on Aging for his project, “Analysis of Amyloid Beta Effects with Living Neuronal Networks.”

Siddartha Sikdar of the Department of Bioengineering and Huzefa Rangwala of the Department of Computer Science receive $995,055 from the National Science Foundation
Siddartha Sikdar of the Department of Bioengineering and Huzefa Rangwala of the Department of Computer Science receive $995,055 from the National Science Foundation for their project “Dexterous Control of Upper Extremity Prosthetics Using Sonomyography”. (2014-2018)

Nathalia Peixoto receives $50,000 grant from INOVA
Nathalia Peixoto of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and affiliate of the Bioengineering department receives $50,000 from INOVA for her project “Cortical Stimulation for Seizure Disruption in a Rodent Eplilepsy Model”.

Qi Wei and Siddhartha Sikdar Receive $100,000 from Jeffress Trust
Qi Wei and Siddhartha Sikdar of the Bioengineering Department receive $100,000 from the Jeffress Trust for their project, “A Novel Computational Model to Study Human Eye Movement Disorders.”

Qiliang Li (PI), Nathalia Peixoto (co-PI), Erhai Zhao (co-PI), Rob Cressman (co-PI), and Dimitrios Ioannou (co-PI) receive $251,950 from the NSF
Qiliang Li (PI) and Nathalia Peixoto (co-PI) from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, Erhai Zhao (co-PI) from the Physics, Astronomy and Computational Science Department, Rob Cressman (co-PI) from Krasnow, and Dimitrios Ioannou (co-PI) from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department receive $251,950 from the National Science Foundation for their project “MRI: Acquisition of Electron Beam Evaporation System for Multidisciplinary Research and Education.” The performance period is September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2013.

Joe Pancrazio (PI), Nathalia Peixoto (co-PI), and Robert Smith (co-PI), receive $604,712 from an anticipated total funding of $3.2 million from SSC/DOD
Joe Pancrazio (PI), chair of the Bioengineering department, Nathalia Peixoto, of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and Robert Smith, chair of the Psychology department, received $604,712 from an anticipated total funding of $3,234,626 from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific for his project “Biocompatibility of Advanced Materials for Brain Interfaces (BAMBI).” The period of performance is 11/14/2011 to 11/13/2013.

Nathalia Peixoto (PI) and Vasiliki Ikonomidou (Co-PI) receive $125K from NSF.
Nathalia Peixoto (PI) and Vasiliki Ikonomidou (Co-PI), of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, receive $125,000 from NSF for their project “GARDE:EQuaLS:Enhancing Quality of Life of Students through Senior Designs.” The period of performance is January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2016.

Siddhartha Sikdar receives $49K with a total anticipated funding of $194K from the Department of Veteran Affairs
Siddhartha Sikdar from the Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments receives $48,580.00 from the Department of Veteran Affairs for his project “Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: Cognitive Function and Plaque Correlates (ACCOF).” The anticipated funding is $194,392.00 and the period of performance is April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012.

Nathalia Peixoto (co-PI) is part of a $310K NSF-funded project
Nathalia Peixoto, of the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering Departments, is co-PI on the $309,971.00 NSF-funded project “Pattern-Steering in Nonlinear Dynamical Networks”. Dr. Timothy Sauer, Mathematical Sciences in COS, is the PI and Dr. John Cressman, Physics and Astronomy, Krasnow Institute, is another co-PI.The period of performance is September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2012.

Amarda Shehu receives $450K from NSF
Amarda Shehu, of the Department of Computer Science, receives $449,998.00 from the National Science Foundation for the project “AF: Small: A Unified Computational Framework to Enhance the Ab-initio Sampling of Native-like Protein Conformations.” The period of performance is September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2013.

Siddhartha Sikdar (PI) receives a $1.974 million R01 grant from NIH
Siddhartha Sikdar (PI), of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $1.974 million R01 grant from NIH (the first in the school) for the project “Pathogenesis and Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Myofascial Trigger Points”. Other investigators on the grant are Prof. William Rosenberger, Chair of the Department of Statistics, Dr. Lynn Gerber (CHHS), Dr. Nadine Kabbani (COS), and Dr. Saleet Jafri (COS). The period of performance is 04/01/2010 – 03/31/2014.

Huzefa Rangwala receives funding from the NIH
Huzefa Rangwala, of the Department of Computer Science and affiliate of the Department of Bioengineering obtained funding from the NIH as co-PI for the project “Systems Biology Approach to Identifying Biomarkers for Alcoholic Liver Disease”. The PI is Prof. Patrick M. Gillevet of the College of Science’s MicroBiome Analysis Center. The total amount funded is $972,966 and the period of performance is 9/30/09 – 8/31/10.

Siddhartha Sikdar receives an NSF CAREER award
Siddhartha Sikdar of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department receives a $400,000 NSF CAREER award for the project “An Integrated Systems Approach to Understanding Complex Muscle Disorders.” The period of performance is May 1 , 2010 to April 30, 2015.This is the tenth NSF CAREER award received by faculty in our school.

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