Congratulations to our six Postdoctoral Research Development Grant awardees! These grants are designed to support the development of independent research skills and career advancement of these 2018 Sursum Fellows. Note: The word "sursum" is on the University of Arizona crest and means "upwards" in Latin.
School of Anthropology
Funds to Attend Yale Canine Cognition Workshop
Dr. Bray will be attending the Yale Canine Cognition Workshop where she will be exposed to the latest research and new methodologies and opportunities to build connections to support her career trajectory.
Institute of the Environment
Agri/cultural Justice: Changing Land Use and Water Rights in Maui, Hawaii
Dr. Knudson will be conducting semi-structured interviews with Native Hawaiian groups, environmental groups, law firms, sugar/water companies, and state government entities regarding water allocation on Maui.
Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
Travel Funding to Attend JGI Microbial Genomics & Metagenomics Workshop
Dr. Kushwaha will attend a workshop where she will receive formal training in novel microbial –omics data analysis techniques that are critical to her research endeavors.
Basic Medical Science, College of Medicine Phoenix
Role of Early Growth Response 3 Mediated DNA Repair in Alzheimer’s Disease
Dr. Marballi will conduct a pilot project to investigate a novel neural mechanism associated with Alzheimer’s disease to lay groundwork for career and future grant development.
Establishing iPSC-Derived Neuronal Cultures to Define How Human Neurons Clear the Neurotropic Parasite Toxoplasma Gondii
Dr. Sambamurthy will visit a lab in Phoenix to learn a specialized technique for culturing stem cells and
collaborate on a project that will focus on clearing parasite from human neurons.
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
PhotoSpec Installment and Maintenance Training at NASA JPL
Dr. Yan will receive training at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in cutting-edge technologies for measuring photosynthesis, technologies that will be used in his research and future grant applications.