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ODU Awards Professors Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Seed Funding

By Sarah Huddle

Two Old Dominion University research teams were recently awarded $42,000 apiece for interdisciplinary research through the Multidisciplinary Biomedical Research Seed Funding grant.

The grant was established by a consortium of ODU's biomedical research leadership, including Gymama Slaughter, director of the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, and the deans from the Colleges of Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, Sciences and the Graduate School.

The grant, open to tenured and tenure-track professors, seeks to encourage and support multidisciplinary biomedical research through a competitive, intramural funding opportunity.

A multidisciplinary, collaborative team including Siqi Guo, research associate professor at the Reidy Center; Chunqi Jiang, associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Robert Bruno and Patrick Sachs, associate professors in medical diagnostic and translational sciences; and Lifang Yang, instructor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, will investigate the synergistic effect between nano-pulse treatment and cold plasma-produced reactive plasma species and its potential for cancer treatment.

Grant recipients James Lee, a tenured faculty member of chemistry and biochemistry,

and Thomas Vernier, research professor at the Reidy Center will collaborate to perform preliminary testing of a novel protonic action potential equation to determine how action potential signals conduct through a neuronal cell from our brain to hands. This research may ultimately help answer how the human memory process works.

More information on the grant can be found here.

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