WMU Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund (FRACAS). “Engineering of Catalytic Site into a Self-Assembling Bacterial
Protein”. Award Amount: $10,000 Role: Principal Investigator.
President’s Innovation Fund proposal competition. “To Establish a
Center for Nano-Enabled Instrumentation and Nanofabrication.”
Proposal was selected as one of seven finalists and was funded on
Feb. 15, 2006 for $383,000. PI: Dr. Subra Muralidharan. Co-PIs: Dr.
Nora Berrah, Dr. Sherine Obare, Dr. Brian Tripp, Dr. Dongil Lee, Dr.
Computing Plan (DCP) Equipment Fund. Awarded 3 Apple G4 iBook
laptop computers and one Hewlett-Packard laser printer for use in
the BIOS 6250 Molecular Biology Laboratory course. Laptops may also
be used in other lecture courses for molecular graphics
demonstrations, website searches and other computer exercises. Role:
2004-2006 W. M.
Keck Foundation. “Fundamental Investigation of The Role of Line
Tension in Nanotechnology.” Award amount: $500,000 + $500,000 in WMU
matching funds. PI: Dr. Subra Muralidharan. Co-PIs: Dr. Brian Tripp,
Dr. Karim Essani, Dr. Yirong Mo and Dr. Dongil Lee.
WMU – DCP Equipment Fund. “Proposal to the 2003 DCP Equipment Fund
to Establish a Computational Chemistry Lab (CCL)” . Award amount:
$17,000. six Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC computers with installed
software including Gaussian03, GaussView, ChemOffice and MS Office
for development of a new Computational Modeling and Simulation Lab
intended to provide computational modeling tools for training and
research use by graduate students in the Depts. of Chemistry and
Biological Sciences. PI: Dr. Yirong Mo. Co-PI: Dr. Brian Tripp.
2002-2003 Society of
Biomolecular Screening Small Grant. “Development of an Academic HTS
Methods Laboratory Course at Western Michigan University”. Award
Amount: $18,000. Funds were used to develop a new High Throughput
Screening Experimental Methods laboratory course as part of graduate
curriculum of the Molecular Biotechnology High-Throughput Screening
Master’s Program at Western Michigan University. This course was
designed to use carbonic anhydrase as model enzyme to screen a
library of compounds for potential inhibitors. Role: Principal
2002-2005 National Science Foundation 0139204 “Research
Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Environmental Signal
Transduction” This WMU project supported summer internships at
Western Michigan University for undergraduate students without
opportunities for a research experience at their undergraduate
institution. My role as one of 18 Faculty Mentors during the term of
the grant was to provide a research project that involved the use of
molecular biology and protein chemistry methods. Principal
Investigators: Dr. Susan Stapleton and Dr. Stephen Malcolm. Role:
Participating Faculty Mentor (1 of 18).
Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund (FRACAS).
“Engineering of Novel Enzymes via High Throughput Methodologies”.
Award Amount: $10,000. Role: Principal Investigator.