POP Grants Recipients

Round 6 Awardees

Dan Cooper, MD
School of Medicine
A Novel Noninvasive Method to Assess Asthma Inhaler Compliance and Lung Function Through Aerosol Detection in the Exhaled Breath in Children and Adults

Gamal Ghoniem, MD
School of Medicine
DENERA: DEtrusor NErve Radiofrequency Ablation: Pre-clinical Study on Safety

Michelle Khine, PhD
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Non-Invasive Continuous Blood Pressure Band-Aid© Sensor

Regina Ragan, PhD
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Culture-free Diagnostics for Antibiotic Stewardship

Round 5 Awardees

John Chaput, PhD
School of Physical Sciences
P(V) Reagents for the Scalable Synthesis of Natural and Modified Nucleoside Triphosphates




Albert Siryaporn, PhD
School of Physical Sciences & School of Biological Sciences
Benchmarking of a Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy Device for Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (FLIM-AST) of Clinical Samples

Brett Sanders, PhD
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Product Market Fit of Flood Hazard Data in the Facilities Maintenance Industry

Round 4 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)

Round 3 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 2 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 1 Awardees

Jeffrey Krichmar
Professor of cognitive sciences
Technology: an interactive robotic device used as therapy for children with developmental disorders



Kumar Wickramasinghe
Nicolaos G. and Sue Curtis Alexopoulos Presidential Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Henry Samueli Endowed Chair, Professor of electrical engineering & computer science, Professor of biomedical engineering, Professor of chemical engineering and material science
Technology: a smartphone-controlled rapid DNA test


Aimee Edinger
Associate professor of developmental & cell biology
Technology: anti-cancer therapeutics

Elliot Botvinick
Associate professor of biomedical engineering, Associate professor of Surgery, Associate Professor of Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, Associate Professor of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, Associate Professor of chemical engineering and materials sciences
Technology: an integrated diagnostic device for acute middle-ear infection and a continuous analyte sensor device to improve healthcare (two projects funded)


Anand Ganesan
Associate professor of dermatology, Joint appointee biological chemistry
Technology: small-molecule drugs to inhibit growth of early-stage melanomas.


Kenneth Shea
Distinguished professor of chemistry

Technology: a therapeutic bandage for treating venom-induced tissue necrosis.