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Summer 2022 Seed Grant Award Winners

Below are the winners of the Summer 2022 Seed Grant Program competition. Faculty were asked to submit an abstract and brief proposal, including a timeline that demonstrated how this seed funding would help to develop a highly competitive proposal for extramural funding. Fourty-eight applications were received from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine,  the School of Nursing, and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. The following projects were selected for funding with an award start date of August 15, 2022.


Nurit Ballas, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology: The molecular and cellular aberrations in human astrocytes derived from female RTT patient iPSCs

Elizabeth Boon, Department of Chemistry: NO/NosP signaling as an early warning system for NO detoxification in P. aeruginosa

Rezaul Chowdhury, Department of Computer Science: Efficient Algorithms and a Compiler for Parallel Nonlinear Stencil Computations

Sean Clouston, Department of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine, and Terry Button, Department of Biomedical Engineering: Artificial Intelligence-Based Lifestyle Intervention to Maintain Health in Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment and High Blood Pressure

Grigori Enikolopov, Department of Anesthesiology, Natalia Peunova, Department of Anesthesiology and Center for Developmental Genetics, and Dimitris Samaras, Department of Computer Science: Evaluating cilia motion coordination using machine learning 

Bettina Fries, Department of Medicine, and Gabor Balaszi, Department of Biomedical Engineering: Investigation of in vivo derived Candida glabrata population

Shubham JainAnshul Gandhi, and Samir Das, Department of Computer Science: Enabling Live Video Analytics for Mobile Cameras

Ali Khosronejad, Department of Civil Engineering, and Dimitris Samaras, Department of Computer Science: Data-driven physics-based reduced-order models for effective design of offshore wind farms

Qingyun Li, Department of Geosciences, and Xinwei Mao, Department of Civil Engineering: Characterization of Microbial Induced Carbonate Precipitates formed through Denitrification

Fang Luo and Ji Liu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, David Gu, Department of Computer Science, and Shikui Chen, Department of Mechanical Engineering: Multifaceted Math Integration Platform for Energy Network Innovation

Erich Mackow, Department of Microbiology and Immunology: Developing Reverse Genetic Systems for Powassan Virus and Hantavirus

Ryan Parsons, Department of Psychology: Neural circuit activity underlying sex differences in fear expression

Troy Rasbury, Department of Geosciences, and Vitaly Citovisky, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology: Boron Transport Mechanisms in Plants

Russell Rozensky and Lisa M. Endee, School of Health Professions, and Christine DeLorenzo, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Stony Brook University Evaluation of Sleep, Depression, Fatigue among Stony Brook Students

Emre Salman and Milutin Stanacevic, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Energy-Efficient Design Methodologies for ReRAM-based Deep Neural Network Accelerators on the Edge

Esther Speer, Department of Pediatrics, and Sandeep Mallipattu, Department of Medicine: Novel therapeutic approach in a murine model of neonatal sepsis-induced acute kidney injury

Adrianus Van Der Velden, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Charles Vorkas, Department of Medicine: Role of Inflammatory Monocytes in the Granulomatous Response to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Lonnie WollmuthMarkus Riessland, and Joshua Plotkin, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior: Impact of genetic risk factors for Parkinson's Disease on the membrane properties of human stem cell-derived dopamine neurons

Anil Yazici, Department of Civil Engineering, Donovan Finn, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and Clara Tran, Stony Brook University Libraries: Transforming Libraries into Community Resilience Hubs: A Pilot Project in New York's Long Island Region