POP Grants Round 2 Awardees

Congratulations to our Round 2 recipients of the POP Grants funding program! More than 35 proposals were submitted and reviewed by domain experts and industry advisers. We received many high quality proposals and after much consideration, we awarded six UCI professors with the POP Grants. The recipients and their projects are described below.



Aileen Anderson

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Title: C3a neutralization to target cancer stem cells and glioblastoma

An approach using C3a neutralizing antibodies for glioblastoma treatment



Christopher Hughes

Professor & Chair, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry School of Biological Sciences

Title: A vascularized tissue platform for personalized anti-cancer drug screening

Commercial development of a vascularized tissue platform for drug screening



Tibor Juhasz 

Professor for the Henry Samuel School of Engineering and the School of Medicine

Title: Two photon, non linear corneal cross linking for treatment of low refractive errors

Development of a device based off optical photodynamic therapy for vision correction applications



Mark Madou 

Chancellor’s Professor for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering; Joint Appointee for Chancellor’s Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Chemical Sciences

Title: (Hummingbird) Rapid uropathogens identification and antibiotic susceptibility test for point of care applications

A cell phone and tablet compatible point-of-care system for bacterial and antibody detection




Athina Markopoulou

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Title: AntMonitor for mobile data transparency and privacy

A software tool to intercept network traffic in and out of a mobile device




Weian Zhao

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Joint Appointee Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Title: Digital detection of pathogens in unprocessed blood using one-step blood droplet PCR

Prototype development of a one-step droplet device for amplification of nucleic acids