Funded Research

Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Studying performance of polarized 3He gas in polymer pellets, a first step towards spin-polarized thermonuclear fusion

The energy output of a fusion reactor can be increased by using spin-polarized fuels. We will study performance of polarized 3He gas in pellets as a possible method of fuel delivery for reactors.
Nuclear; Nuclear Engineering
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Tools and methods for the early detection, detoxification, and prevention of Huanglongbing (HLB) infection of Citrus and their integration into commercial production practices

The project aims to develop plant remediation therapies for Citrus huanglongbing (HLB) disease using novel bio-engineered enzymes to suppress Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infection.
Pathology; Genetics and Genomics; Plant Sciences
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Incentive Compatible Multi-Round Mechanism Design to Ensure Quality Data Generation from Users

This project will develop techniques to iteratively design mechanisms for the allocation of scarce resources in a repeated setting. The focus will be ensuring multi-round incentive compatibility.
Computer Sciences; Economics; Ethics
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Using Design Thinking to Reshape Interprofessional Curricula for Healthcare Trainees

This project consists of Architecture, Nursing, and Medicine faculty, utilizing an Empathic Design Thinking Approach to Develop an Interprofessional Curriculum for Health Care Trainees.
Nursing; Interpersonal/Small Group Communication; Cognition and Perception; Medicine and Health (Sociology); Education; Compassion
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Research Innovation: Ecosystem service valuation and market development to improve freshwater resource quality

This project will leverage emerging methods in aquatic ecology, hydrology, informatics and environmental economics to develop new knowledge and management methods for sustainable freshwater quality.
Environmental Engineering; Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology; Biogeochemistry (Earth Sciences); Environmental Sciences; Geographic Information Sciences
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Scalable Microfluidic Devices for Controlled Manufacturing of Micro-encapsulated Islets for Transplantation

Microfluidic approach to manufacturing controlled islet encapsulations for immunoprotection that can be scaled to produce large volumes of accurate capsules with desired properties
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Enhanced Spatially-Inclusive Mobility Approaches for Charlottesville’s Priority Populations and Communities

This project leverages current mobility resources while future proofing the transportation system to overcome spatial/transportation mismatch that affect vulnerable populations.
Public Health; Environmental Health (Public Health); Public Policy
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Single cell proteomics of the hypothalamus

Using mass cytometry (CyTOF), this project will identify unique mammalian hypothalamic cell types important for energy homeostasis.
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Next generation solar cell technology

Metal halide perovskites are poised to lead the next generation of solar cells. The 3C project will help seed funding opportunities to understand static and dynamic disorder effects.
Condensed Matter Physics; Engineering Science and Materials
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Role of innate immunity in impaired neurodevelopment during zika virus infection

We will study neuroprogenitors by intraventricular injection of ZIKV into fetus of pregnant mice. We will assess the inflammatory signaling with high-throughput protein kinase/phosphatase assay.
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Isolation and analysis of patient-derived malaria parasites

This project will generate new tools for the characterization of malaria parasites directly from the bloodstream of patients.
Parasitology
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Long-term Effects on Astronaut Bone Health after Space Flight

This study will collect and analyze the relevant data from the LSAH in order to evaluate the long-term health risks associated with space flight.
Biostatistics (Public Health); Biomechanics
Trio Funded