POP Grants Recipients

Round Two Awardees


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

Round Three Awardees

Arash Kheradvar
Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering 
Feasibility Studies of a Bio-Inspired Transcatheter Atrioventricular (Mitral and Tricuspid) Valve Technology in Sheep

 

Michelle Khine
Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Department of Biomedical Engineering
ASPIRE: Asthma Sensing Predictive Intuitive Respiratory E-alert Monitor

 

Harrison Lin
School of Medicine: Department of Otolaryngology
Auditory Neural Prosthesis: the Next Generation Cochlear Implant

 

Hamid Moradi
School of Medicine: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Developing a Treatment to Improve Survival in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

 

Bruce Tromberg
Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering; Beckman Laser Institute
Laser Scanning Multiphoton Microscope (MPM) for in vivo Clinical Skin Imaging

 

Hamid Djalilian
School of Medicine: Department of Otolaryngology
Clinical Investigation of a New Direct Drive Micro Hearing Aid: A Clinical Trial

Michelle Digman
Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Department of Biomedical Engineering
An Imaging Device to Assess the Developmental Potential of Pre-implantation Embryos

 

Catherine Loudon
UCI School of Biological Sciences: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Physical Insecticides: Entrapment of Bed Bugs

 

Rongshen Jin
School of Medicine: Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Novel Anti-cancer Biologics Targeting Wnt Signaling Pathway

 

Maksim Plikus
UCI School of Biological Sciences: Department of Development and Cell Biology
Stimulation of Hair Growth by Senescent Cell-Derived Factors

 

Kumar Wickramasinghe
Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Rapid Diagnosis of Ocular Infections at Point-of-Care – Validation of Handheld ChAmpionSeq PCR Technology

Round Four Awardees

Mohammad Al Faruque, PhD
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Physical Layer Key Generation Protocol for Secure V2X Communication Architecture in the Era of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

 

Ralph Clayman, MD
School of Medicine
Development of a Novel Pressure Sensing Device to Determine the Force Applied During Ureteral Access Sheath Deployment

 

Enrico Gratton, PhD
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
A Particle-Sorting Device for the Separation, Isolation, and Enrichment of Particles at Ultra-Low Concentration

 

Abraham Lee, PhD
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
High-Efficiency Cell-Bead Encapsulation Platform for Droplet-based Genomic Screening

Chang Liu, PhD
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
A Platform Technology for the Rapid Evolution of Therapeutic Antibodies

 

Joseph Rinehart, MD
School of Medicine
Closed-Loop Vasopressor Infusions: Peripheral Connectivity

 

Brian Wong, MD
School of Medicine
Electrochemical lysis of FAT (ELF)