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SEED Grants 2005

The Neurogentics of Impulsivity: Individual Differences within the Dopamine Transports (DAT) Gene aseesed with PET and fMRI

Turhan Canli
Department of Psychology, SBU

Nelly Alia-Klein
Medical Department, BNL

Joanna Fowler
Department of Chemistry, BNL

Mark Wagshul
Department of Radiology, SBU

Gene-Jack Wang
Medical Department, BNL

This proposal focuses on the emerging filed of genomic imaging, an integration of molecular genetics and neuroimaging, to study the common variations within genetic nucleotide sequences (polymorphisms) that are associated with individual differences in behavior.

Controlling Metal-Insulator Phase Transition with Electric Field: A Way to Faster Transistors and Optical Modulators

Michael Gurvitch
Department of Physics and Astronomy, SBU

Ivan Bozovic
Department of Materials Science, BNL

Serge Luryi
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, SBU

The goal of this proposal is to fabricate and characterize ultra-thin high quality films in BNL’s Molecular Beam Epitaxy system, and look for the field effect on metal-insulator phase transition (MIT) at Stony Brook. The proposal is highly motivated by the recent theoretical findings that indicate that the speed of switching in a field-controlled phase transition device is at least an order of magnitude higher than in field-effect transistor of similar geometry.

Synthesis of Moleculaes for Applications in Molecular Electronics and the Study of Their Electron Transfer and Surface Self-Assembly Properties

Andreas Mayr
Chemistry Department, SBU

John Miller
Chemistry Department, BNL

Benjamin Ocko
Physics Department, BNL

This proposal aims to establish new collaborations between SBU and BNL by preparing several specially designed series of “molecular wires” with systematically varied molecular constituents to be used in the development of extremely powerful neuromorphic memories.

Electronic Transport in Carbon Nanotubes

Emilio Mendez
Department of Physics and Astronomy, SBU

James Misewich
Department of Materials Science, BNL

The goal of this proposal is to study the electronic properties of carbon nanotubes; with the objective to fabricate metallic and semiconducting devices based on carbon nanotubes and to study their electronic properties, placing an emphasis on the fluctuations of the current, which ultimately limit the performance of electronic devices.

Biological Validation and Characterization of Consensus Glial-cell Derived Neurotropic Factor (GDNF) Peptides

Srinivas Pentyala
Department of Anesthesiology, SBU

John Glass
Medical Department, BNL

The primary objective of this proposal is to confirm algorithmic predictions that Glial-cell Derived Neurotropic Factor (GDNF) is a neuropeptide precursor protein. The GDNF-derived neuropeptides will be biologically characterized to the point that they can be evaluated in models of Parkinson’s Disease (PD).


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