Funded Research

Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Leveraging deep learning to extract flooding extent from remote sensing imagery

We will build a deep learning classification technique on a temporal sequence of geo-registered remote sensing images to extract the dynamics of flooding extent during extreme weather events.
Civil Engineering; Fresh Water Studies; Computational Engineering; Geographic Information Sciences; data science
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Nexus of Climate Change, Urban Infrastructure, Transportation and Health

Our goal is to establish the nexus among climate change, urban infrastructure, transportation and health using cross section study based on real time data as well as historical data.
Civil Engineering; Public Health; Climate; Urban Studies
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Ethnography and Ethics: Explorations in Ethical Studies

This project will explore the possibilities for ethnographic approaches to ethical studies.
Social and Cultural (Anthropology); Ethics and Political Philosophy; Ethics
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Proof of Concept: Hit Alert Optics System

Injuries due to motor vehicle accidents have been reduced due to sensor technology. Inspired by this success story, sensor technology may be used to alert athletes of impending injury-causing forces.
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Mattering in Healthcare Professionals

We propose to hold serial in-depth interviews with healthcare clinicians to explore work experiences, relationships with colleagues & patients, and a sense of mattering as it relates to well-being.
Nursing; Interpersonal/Small Group Communication; Organizational Communication; Health Psychology; Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Medicine and Health (Sociology)
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

The Promise and Pitfalls of Negative Carbon Emissions – A Regional Case Study of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

To limit future climate change, global climate models increasingly rely on unproven negative carbon emission technologies - we will develop models to assess their potential at regional scales.
Economics; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Agricultural and Resource Economics; Physical and Environmental Geography
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

An engineered probiotic for diabetic health

The team is utilizing a synthetic biology approach to engineer a probiotic that can convert dietary glucose to glycogen to minimize or control insulin spikes in diabetic models.
Pharmacology; Synthetic Biology; Diabetes
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Understanding infectious disease among home healthcare patients with a history of opioid use disorder

The study will help understand the prevalence and cost of infectious diseases among home healthcare patients with opioid use disorder history postdischarge from a hospital with a venous access device.
Public Health; Immunology and Infectious Disease; Epidemiology
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Inducing Estrogen Receptors in ER-Negative Cancer Patients to Improve Outcomes

We will determine molecular pathways that allow expression of estrogen receptors (ER) in ER negative cells by performing a whole genome analysis on a rare patient with ER negative breast tissue.
Cancer Biology; Cell Biology; Oncology (Cancer); Molecular Genetics
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Big data approaches for analyzing genomic intervals

Genomic interval data is frequently siloed, making it difficult to do cross-database analysis. In this project, we will develop data models and distributed computing techniques to improve analysis.
Computational Biology; Genomics; Bioinformatics; Data Storage Systems; data science
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Effects of perturbation of mRNA export pathways on neuron function

This project will explore the effect of CRISPR/Cas9 mediated mutations in the NXF1 gene on the outgrowth and function of primary hippocampal and cortical neurons in culture systems.
Molecular Biology; Neuroscience and Neurobiology
Trio Funded
Funded // 2018–2019 Funding Round

Compassionate Schools Project Charlottesville

We will partner with Charlottesville City Schools to pilot a mindfulness-based health curriculum, develop and test a protocol to examine student health outcomes, and pursue funding for a larger study.
Public Health; Education; Resilience; Mental Health
Trio Funded