USciences Researchers Awarded More than $3M in Grants and Contracts for 2018

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on March 28, 2019

Researchers and investigators from throughout University of the Sciences’ three colleges were awarded $3.4 million in grant and contract funding in 2018 to support their ongoing investigations and support student involvement in research and training.

The grant funding was awarded from private foundations as well as state and federal sponsors including the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, the Spencer Foundation, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Notable grants include:

  • Shivendra Sahi, PhD, chair of the department of biological sciences who was awarded  $456,959 from the National Science Foundation;
  • Zhihong Wang, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry who was awarded $413,150 from the National Institutes of Health;
  • Bin Chen, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, who was awarded $356,250  from the National Institutes of Health;
  • Roberto Ramos, PhD, associate professor of physics who was awarded $100,000 from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation;
  • Margaret Pearce, PhD, assistant professor of biological sciences who was awarded $100,000 from the Pittsburgh Foundation;
  • Zachary Klase, PhD, assistant professor of biological sciences who was awarded $99,217 from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust;
  • Gregory Thielman, professor of physical therapy who was awarded $57,063  from the NIH REACT Center for fund research into rehabilitation for patients post-stroke;
  • Vinaya Rajan, PhD, assistant professor of psychology who was awarded $48,620 from the Spencer Foundation;
  • Christopher Janetopoulos, PhD, and Kenneth Myers, PhD, associate professors of biological sciences who were awarded $22,390 from the Pennsylvania Department of Health;
  • Ashley de Marchena, PhD, assistant professor of psychology who was awarded $10,000 from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.

Research and project funding helps to support faculty as they work to advance their respective fields, but also provides an opportunity for education as students have the ability to gain a hands-on experience in various research areas as early as their first year.

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