Research Awards


May 2nd, 2018 – Andrea Soranno, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a Knight ADRC Pilot Grant award from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) for his work entitled “Conformational analysis of ApoE and its role in AD mechanism”.

April 9th, 2018 – Jim Janetka, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Co-Founder of ProteXase Therapeutics, Inc., along with Lidija Klampfer, PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ProteXase Therapeutics, Inc., received a one-year SBIR grant award from the National Cancer Institute for their research entitled “Targeting Hepatocyte Growth Factor with Protease Inhibitors in Lung Cancer”.

April 2nd, 2018 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a five-year grant award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his work entitled “Regulation of cardiac power output in health and disease”.

March 26th, 2018 – Andrea Soranno, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a two year Extramural Award from the Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation, Inc. for his work entitled “Structural plasticity of ApoE and its role in AD”.

February 27th, 2018 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a two year, Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research grant award from the March of Dimes for his work entitled “Understanding Congenital Heart Disease from the Ground Up”.

February 26th, 2018 – Weikai Li, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, along with Jayne S. Weiss, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, LSU Health Sciences Center received a new two year, grant award from the National Eye Institute for his research entitled “Structural basis of Schnyder corneal dystrophy”.

January 26th, 2018 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, along with Kory Lavine, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Christopher M. Sturgeon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, received a 2018 Center of Regenerative Medicine (CRM) seed grant for their work entitled “Leveraging macrophage ontogeny to engineer human cardiac tissues to model cardiomyopathy”.

December 20th, 2017 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a 2018 CIMED P&F award from the Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases for his work entitled “Effects of Mechanical Forces on Cardiac Excitability in Heart Disease”.

October 2nd, 2017 – Jim Janetka, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Chemistry Adjunct received a two year, Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Competitive Renewal Grant Program award from Susan G. Komen for the Cure for his research entitled “Multifunctional inhibitors of MET/RON signaling and cross-talk with EGFR/HER2”. The work is focused on developing new drugs to treat breast cancer by dual targeting of the tumor and its microenvironment.

April 6th, 2017 – Roberto Galletto, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a four year grant award renewal from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his research entitled “Helicase Activity and its Role in Telomere and Telomerase Regulation”.

January 30th, 2017 – Jim Janetka, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Chemistry Adjunct, along with Scott Hultgren, PhD, Helen L. Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology received and a four year grant award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for his research entitled “Small Molecule Bacterial Lectin Antagonists for UTI Treatment and Prevention”.

December 19th, 2016 – Timothy M. Lohman, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a four year grant award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his research entitled “Helicase Catalyzed DNA Unwinding”.

November 1st, 2016 – Dr. Gregory Bowman, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics received a two year subcontract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This project is a subcontract with Drs. Gaya Amarsinghe (Wash U) and Christopher Basler (Georgia State University) for his project entitled “Therapeutics Targeting Filoviral Interferon-Antagonist and Replication Functions”.

October 14th, 2016 – Dr. Gregory Bowman, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, has been chosen to receive a 2016 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering in support of his research entitled “Energy-landscape engineering: exploiting proteins uncharted conformations”. (more…)

October 13th, 2016 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received received an award from the CDI hPSC Pilot Grant Program to develop models of familial cardiomyopathies using stem cells.

October 10th, 2016 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics has been awarded a CDI Micro-Grant from the Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging to use high-resolution imaging techniques to study familial cardiomyopathies in stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes.

September 27th, 2016 – Jim Janetka, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, received a new two year grant award from the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Research Fund for his research entitled “Inhibitors of growth factor activation as new adjunct chemotherapy for cancer”.

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May 27th, 2016 – Gregory Bowman, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a new five year grant award from the National Science Foundation for his research entitled “CAREER: FAST methods for protein folding and design”.

May 20th, 2016 – Gregory Bowman, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a BWF Ad Hoc grant in support of a workshop entitled “The 2016 Workshop on Kinetics and Markov State Models (MSMs) in Drug Design” held on May 19-20 at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

April 27th, 2016 – Peter M. Burgers, PhD, Marvin A. Brennecke Professor of Biological Chemistry, department of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a five year MIRA grant award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his research entitles “Mechanisms of DNA Replication and Maintenance in Eukaryotes”.

April 20th, 2016 – John A Cooper, MD, PhD, Wittcoff Professor and Head of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a new five year MIRA grant award from National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his research entitled “Actin Assembly and Cell Motility: Mechanisms and Regulation”.

March 27th, 2016 – Thomas Ellenberger, DVM, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, along with Darin E. Jones, PhD, assistant professor of organic, pharmaceutical, and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, received a new five year grant award from National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their research entitled “Pharmacological modulation of poly(ADP-ribose) metabolism”.

February 27th, 2016 – Michael Greenberg, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received received an award from the CDI hPSC Pilot Grant Program to develop models of familial cardiomyopathies using stem cells.

February 20th, 2016 – Timothy M. Lohman, PhD, Marvin A. Brennecke Professor of Biophysics, department of biochemistry and molecular biophysics received a four year grant award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for his research entitled “SSB Protein/DNA Interactions”.