TMC News

BSD Pilot Awards Support Microbiome Research on Campus

Earlier this summer, the BSD announced pilot research funding to support new federal grant applications in anticipation of increased NIH and NSF budgets in the coming year. The pilot funds were meant to assist preparation for the most competitive proposals through helping to generate preliminary data and facilitate collaborations amongst faculty. It's hoped the BSD can help by committing resources to the most promising ideas. Such support is vital through allowing the pursuit of new projects and new technologies, enabling discoveries and expand research possibilities. Of 80 proposals received this year, 23 proposals were approved for funding, ranging from $25,000 for individual R01-equivalent proposals to $50,000 for collaborative projects, for a total of $841,736. Congratulations to all recipients, particularly those awarded funding to pursue microbiome related research, including TMC director Cathy Pfister and affiliates Sam Light, Anindita Basu, Mark Mimee and Yanchun Li :

  • Catherine Pfister (Ecology & Evolution), Sam Light (Microbiology), “Developing a host-microbiome system for kelp forests”
  • Sam Light, Mark Mimee (Microbiology), “Re-engineering microbial resource competition strategies to enable colonization in the gut microbiome”
  • Sampriti Mukherjee, Heng-Chi Lee (Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology), “Investigate the role of microbiome in modulating host-pathogen interactions in an animal model”
  • Yanchun Li (Medicine), “Gut microbial metabolites and metabolic control of intestinal epithelial regeneration”
  • Arjun Raman (Pathology), Seppe Kuehn (Ecology and Evolution), “A statistical approach for engineering synthetic microbial communities”
  • Anindita Basu (Medicine), Supratik Guha (Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering), “Hybrid Microfluidic Platform with Silicon Nano-tips for Microbial Cell”