Intramural Funding Opportunities

FY2015 Intramural Grants Program

The Division of Research and Innovation is pleased to announce its grantees for the Intramural Grants Program for Fiscal Year 2015. This program is designed to advance and accelerate the research programs of UNTHSC faculty members and doctoral students. These intramural grants support pilot studies, data collection, data analyses and other research activities that will likely result in extramural grant support, enable the development of external partnerships, and/or enhance the commercial potential of UNT Health Science Center discoveries.

Faculty Research Pilot Grants were awarded to the following Principal Investigators:

  • Video-Observed Therapy as a Means to Deliver Cost-Effective, Patient-Centered Latent Tuberculosis Treatment.Erin Carlson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy
  • Ultrasound as an Alternative Therapeutic Option for Lupus. Keisa W. Mathis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy
  • The Role of Posterior Tibial Slope in Achieving Physiological Patellofemoral Kinematics and Cruciate Strain in Cruciate Retaining vs. Constraining Implant Designs. Russell Wagner, MD, Associate Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Effects of Acute Muscle Fatigue on Postural Control in Persons with Parkinson Disease. Evan Papa, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Potential Therapeutic Benefits of Remote Ischemic Preconditioning vs. Occlusive Exercise – An Acute Study.Caroline Rickards, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy
  • A Novel Approach for Providing Neighborhood Level and Personalized Air Quality Data. David Sterling, PhD, CIH, Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
  • Glycomic and Transcriptomic Alterations at Single-Cell Level During Senescence. Yu-Chieh (Jack) Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Inhibition of HIF-1α Downregulates Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition without Undermining Cell Survival in Hypoxic Lens Epithelial Cells Patrick R. Cammarata, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Immunology
  • Redox Status of HMGB1 Mediates Immunity to Listeria Monocytogenes. Rance Berg, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Immunology
  • A Novel Prodrug Approach to Deliver TRH into the Brain. Katalin Prokai, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • A Novel Approach to Target Survivin Gene Expression in Medulloblastoma. Umesh T. Sankpal, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Epigenetic Regulation of Glaucoma-Associated Factors in the Trabecular Meshwork. Weiming Mao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Immunology

Faculty Research Pilot Grants were also awarded to the collaborative projects between the Autonomous University of State of Mexico (UAEM) and UNTHSC for the following Principal Investigators from UNTHSC:

  • Delivery of Radioactive Imaging Agents by Reconstituted High Density Lipoproteins (rHDL). Validation of the rHDL/Drug Delivery Model by Nuclear Molecular Imaging. Andras G. Lacko, PhD, Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy
  • Hydrogel-Polymer Nanocomposite-Based Targeted Delivery for Pancreatic Cancer Therapy. Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics

Doctoral Student Bridge Grants were awarded to the following PhD students and their mentors:

  • Store-operated Ca2+ entry and Renal Protection in Diabetic Nephropathy. Sarika Chaudhari, Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy, Dr. Rong Ma, Mentor.
  • Thymic Involution Perturbs Negative Selection Leading to Autoreactive T Cells That Induce Chronic Age-related Inflammation, Brandon Coder, Department of Cell Biology and Immunology, Dr. Dong-Ming Su, Mentor.
  • Quantitative Proteomic Investigation of Estrogenic Endocrine-Disrupting Effects in the Rat Uterus, Fatima Sahyouni, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Dr. Laszlo Prokai, Mentor.
  • ASIC Modulators that Influence GABA-A rho-1 Receptor Activity, Heather Snell, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Dr. Eric B. Gonzales, Mentor.
  • “Untitled”, Amruta S. Agharkar, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Dr. Eric B. Gonzales, Mentor.
  • Novel Organic Fluorophores for Biomedical Applications, Rahul Chib, Department of Cell Biology and Immunology,Dr. Zygmunt Gryczynski, Mentor.
  • Mechanisms by which Estradiol (E2) Suppress Neuronal Cox-2 Expression, Winfred Stacey, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Dr. Rosalie Uht, Mentor.
  • Glucocorticoid Receptor Mediated Regulation of CHR Gene, Shreyas Bhave, Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Dr. Rosalie Uht, Mentor.

Questions or Inquiries should be directed to:

Aurelio Rodriguez
Research Funding Development Manager
Office: CBH-207
Phone: 817-735-7649
Aurelio.Rodriguez@unthsc.edu