Funded Research

Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Defining and Promoting Effective School Leadership for Early Childhood Education

School leadership is central to school quality and student learning, but there is limited information in early childhood education (ECE). We will examine leadership qualities of ECE principals.
Public Policy; Early Childhood Education; Education Policy
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Genetically-Encoded Norepinephrine Sensors

Norepinephrine (NE) ubiquitously mediates cell-to-cell communication, yet NE transmission remains poorly understood. We aim to develop NE sensors to transform NE biological and translational research.
Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering; Neuroscience and Neurobiology; Molecular Genetics
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

The Impact of Weather and Climate on Hospital and Emergency Department Admissions in Virginia

In this project, we will examine the influence of long-term, seasonal, and daily weather and climate changes on hospital and emergency department admissions in Virginia health care facilities.
Systems Engineering; Environmental Health; Environmental Sciences
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Small molecule inhibitors of the CXXC domain, an epigenetic reader of DNA methylation

The CXXC domain functions as a reader of DNA methylation, binding to non-methylated CpGs. We will develop small molecule inhibitors and test effects on DNA methylation and growth of leukemia cells.
Medicinal-Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Modeling cerebral reperfusion injury using photoacoustic microscopy and oxygen-sensing nanoparticles

This project explores a novel non-invasive, dynamic imaging approach capable of quantifying functional changes in the brain following reperfusion after stroke.
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

A systems approach to understanding a neuronal circuit for detecting motion

Fruit fly larvae develop a simple learned visual recognition system to determine membership in cooperative feeding groups and we propose to study the underlying neural circuit.
Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Development of Smart Algorithm for Cardiac Device Discrimination of Arrhythmias to Deliver Personalized Therapy

This project aims to develop an algorithm for defibrillators to recognize arrhythmias from upper and lower chambers of the heart to customize device interventions.
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Quantitative MRI of body fat and risk of cardiometabolic diseases

Obesity and association with risk of cardiometabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes (T2D) and atherosclerosis.
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Genetic modification of dietary effects on nutrient distribution and metabolism

The aim of the project is to investigate effects of different diets on nutrient distribution and metabolism in key metabolic tissues and evaluate how individuals' genetic backgrounds modify effects.
Genetics and Genomics; Endocrinology; Systems and Integrative Physiology; Nutrition
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Civil War Era Readers and their Books in Virginia Libraries

Discovery of and research upon previously-unnoticed marginalia in 19th-century books on academic library shelves in Virginia; emphasis on reading and memory in the Civil War era.
History; American Studies; American Material Culture; Literature in English, North America (other than ethnic and minority); Literature in English, North America, ethnic and minority
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

The Changing Face of Race: New Black Immigrants in American Public Schools

This project explores the experiences of new black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean in US public schools as a window on contemporary processes of racialization in American public life.
Anthropology; Race and Ethnicity; Education
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Designing Urban Space for Access and Memory

This study examines imposed inequities of urban design and governance decisions—buildings, roads, spaces, transit, walls, fences, regulations--that thwart social, political, and economic integration.
Urban Studies and Planning
Trio Funded