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IBB Hamill Innovations Grant Program 2009


Congratulations go to the follow Rice faculty award recipients of the IBB Hamill Innovations Grant Program for 2009:

  • Dr. Sibani Lisa Biswal, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Dr. Laura Segatori, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and T.N. Law, for their project "Engineering a nanomechanical sensor to translate protein conformations for disease detection."
  • Dr. Kenneth Whitney, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Dr. Michael Covington, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, for their project "Seed-seed signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana: evolutionary ecology and molecular mechanisms of a newly-discovered process."
  • Dr. Michael S. Wong, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry, Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Dr. Jonathan Silberg, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, for their project "Synthesis and characterization of bionanoparticles for light-triggered control of protein function."

The Hamill Innovation Award program at Rice provides the seed funding to initiate new, potentially-high impact yet high risk collaborative research projects. Hamill Awards 2009The purpose of the IBB Hamill Innovations Grant Program, now in its fifth year, is to provide funding for the initiation of new collaborative research projects led by faculty of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice. Grants in 2009 will be awarded at a level of up to $25,000 (direct costs) for a duration of 1 year. Funds can be used in any way to support the establishment of a new collaboration except for travel expenses. Projects must include at least two IBB faculty members, preferably from different disciplines. Proposals are judged on the originality of the idea, the soundness of the scientific plan, the potential impact of the work, and the integration of the interdisciplinary collaborative team.

Prior recipients of this work award can be found  here .