Pilot Projects

Pilot Project 1

Title: Validation of bacterial condensins as drug targets
Pilot Project Leader: Valentin V. Rybenkov, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Pilot Project 2

Title: The role of glutamate in the initiation and maintenance of pleurisy
Pilot Project Leader: Kenneth E. Miller, Anatomy & Cell Biology


Pilot Project 3

Title: Azoreductase characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain FRD1, a cystic fibrosis isolate
Pilot Project Leader: Gilbert H. John, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics


Pilot Project 4

Title: Photoreceptors as a novel class of virulence factors in opportunistic pathogens
Pilot Project Leader: Wouter D. Hoff & Marianna Patrauchan, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Pilot Project 1

Title: Develop Single Domain Antibodies for Blocking Interleukin 17 Receptor Signaling
Pilot Project Leader: Junpeng Deng, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Pilot Project 2

Title: Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Intra- Species Interactions
Pilot Project Leader: Erika Lutter & Noha Youssef, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics


Pilot Project 3

Title: Nanotherapeutic Modulation of Autophagy for Treatment of Lung Pathogens
Pilot Project Leader: Ashish Ranjan, Department of Physiological Sciences


Pilot Project 4

Title: The Effect of “Avirulent” Rickettsial Infections on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Pathogenesis:Aerosol and Needle Inoculation
Pilot Project Leader: Edward Shaw, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Pilot Project 1

Title: Exploration of ClpP Activation to Treat Respiratory Infections in Cystic Fibrosis
Pilot Project Leader: Adam Duerfeldt, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Pilot Project 2

Title: Influenza-Host Protein Interactions Control Viral Infection and Pathogenesis
Pilot Project Leader: Shitao Li, Department of Physiological Sciences


Pilot Project 3

Title: β,β-carotene 9’,10’-oxygenase 2 (BCO2) in influenza virus pneumonia
Pilot Project Leader: Daniel Dingbo Lin, Department of Nutritional Sciences


Pilot Project 4

Title: Does PA0327 bind calcium and regulate Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence?
Pilot Project Leader: Marianna Patrauchan, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics


Pilot Project 5

Title: The role of angiogenic factors in the development if artheros clerosis during Chlamydia pneumoninae infection
Pilot Project Leader: Jennifer H. Shaw, Department of Integrative Biology

Pilot Project 1

Title: Plakophilin 2 Controls Polymerase Assembly of Influenza A Virus
Pilot Project Leader: Shitao Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences


Pilot Project 2

Title: Computational Modeling of Tuberculosis Granuloma Activation
Pilot Project Leader: Ashlee N. Ford Versypt, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Chemical Engineering 


Pilot Project 3

Title: Regulation of glucose transportation in the healthy and diabetic lung: novel targets
Pilot Project Leader: Veronique A. Lacombe, DVM, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences 


Pilot Project 4

Title: The role of cytomegalovirus in immunosenescene and influenza susceptibility
Pilot Project Leader: Dianne McFarlane, DVM, Ph.D., Ricks-Rapp Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences 


Pilot Project 5

Title: Phage-like Chromosomal Islands and Virulence in Pneumococci
Pilot Project Leader: William M. McShan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Pilot Project 6

Title: Ribosome Analysis of Pseudomonas Biofilms from Cystic Fibrosis Patient Strains
Pilot Project Leader: Kevin S. Wilson, Ph.D., Assisstant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Pilot Project 7

Title: Multi-scale Dosimetry Modeling of Influenza Virus-Laden Droplets through the Pulmonary Route
Pilot Project Leader: Yu Feng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering