CBSD Awards New Pilot Projects and Project Investigators

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Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics (CBSD) recently awarded competitive pilot project funding to the following applicants:

  • Orion Berryman: Synthetic Anion Transporters Utilizing Hydrogen Bond Enhanced Halogen Bonds
  • Jesse Hay: Calcium Sensors for Vesicle Trafficking in the Early Secretory Pathway 
  • Tung-Chung Mou with co-project leader Chuck Thompson: Structural Mechanism and Functional Analysis of Vesicular Glutamate Transporter Isoform 2 (VGLUT2)
  • Jack Nunberg: Structural analysis of the Lassa virus (LASV) envelope glycoprotein
  • Ekaterina Voronina: Protein complex assembly between signalosome subunit CSN-5 and stem cell regulators FBF-1 and FBF-2

Applicants were required to describe a pilot-type research project that fits with the scientific theme of the CBSD and would provide preliminary data for a substantial extramural research project grant applications. To date, CBSD has awarded 27 pilot projects.

Additionally, Travis Hughes and Monica Serban recently were awarded two-year grants as CBSD-CoBRE project investigators. Hughes’ research area is structural definition of biased signaling in the nuclear receptor PPARγ. Serban’s research focus is the mechanistic investigation of hyaluronan-antioxidant conjugates in ear cells.

Like the pilot project competition, these projects were required to fall within the scientific theme of the CBSD. Additional CoBRE-specific review criteria included the likelihood of the project becoming competitive for independent R01, NSF Research Project or equivalent federal or foundation funding, as well as generating publishable results within two years of support.