Current Grants

Research in Biology at Georgia State University is funded by a number of public and private agencies.

Georgia State University is among 10 national universities who have shown notable substantial changes in funding over the past decade (NPR analysis of NIH data). Researchers received $81.7 million from external agencies in fiscal year 2014 making the third straight year of record-breaking research funding. Department of Biology researchers received $6.5 million from external agencies in fiscal year 2014 making it the highest funded department in the university.

Strong support is provided by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in the form of Equipment grants and Research Program Enhancement grants.

The following grants have been awarded to faculty in the Biology Department:

Investigator
Role
Project Period
Project Title
Funding Agency
Ritu Aneja PI 2012-2016 Chemopreventive bioactive components in sweet potato greens extract American Cancer Society
Ritu Aneja PI 2015-2016 Enhancing prognostic power of tumor grade by revisiting Ki67-mitosis relationship NIH
Ritu Aneja PI 2012-2017 Evaluation of HSET as a novel theranostic target for breast cancer therapy NIH-NCI
Ritu Aneja  PI 9/30/2014 – 9/29/2015 Centrosome status: A definable property to predict prostate cancer metastases Department of Defense
Ritu Aneja  PI 9/22/2014 – 8/31/2019 Evaluation of centrosome amplification as a risk-predictor for breast cancer agressiveness National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS
Deborah Baro PI  2015 – 2019 Modulatory tone acts through microRNAs to exert a long-term regulatory influence on the operation of a lobster pattern generator National Science Foundation
Timothy Bartness PI 2/1/2013 – 1/31/2017 Peptidergic Control of Appetitive Ingestive Behaviors NIH
Timothy Bartness  PI 8/1/2014 – 7/31/2019 Photoperiodic Control of Obesity National Institute of Diabetes and Digetive and Kidney Diseases
Barbara Baumstark  Co-PI 6/15/2014 – 3/31/2019 DNA is Elementary: Promoting Genetics Literacy NIH
Charlie Garnett Benson PI 8/1/2012 – 7/31/2015 Taming of T-regulatory Cells Following Sub-lethal Tumor Irradiation NIH/NCI
Charlie Garnett Benson PI 3/1/2015 – 2/31/2016 Modeling Hit and Run Leukemogenesis of Childhood ALL by Human Adenovirus. Children’s Leukemia Research Association, Private Foundation
Margo Brinton PI 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015 Alternative regulation of ISGs in WNV-infected cells NIAID, National Institutes of Health
Margo Brinton Co-PI 11/19/2013 – 10/31/2018 Functional analysis of flavivirus genetic resistance NIAID, National Institutes of Health
Richard Dix PI  2015 – 2019 Cytomegalovirus retinitis pathogenesis: mechanisms of retinal tissue destruction NIH
Zehava Eichenbaum Co-PI 8/22/2014 – 7/31/2015 Examining SecA as a potential target for treating gram-positive bacteria National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Chun Jiang PI 12/1/2014 – 11/30/2015 Alterations in brainstem extrasynaptic GABAA- receptors in Mecp2-IY mice International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Parjit Kaur Co-PI 11/19/2013 – 10/31/2018 Functional analysis of flavivirus genetic resistance NIAID, National Institutes of Health
Parjit Kaur  Co-PI 6/15/2014 – 3/31/2019 DNA is Elementary: Promoting Genetics Literacy NIH
Yuan Liu PI 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015 IL-17A mediated modulation of SIRPa promotes neutrophil inflammation American Heart Association Postdoctoral Grant for Zhen Bian
Yuan Liu PI 5/20/2014 – 4/30/2019 Regulating neutrophil response during chronic inflammation through SIRPα alteration NIH/NIAID
Zhi-Ren Liu  PI 6/1/2014 – 5/31/2015 P68 and Ca-calmodulin interaction in cell migration National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS
Nicole Lopanik  PI 5/1/2015 – 4/30/2018 Biogeography of a marine defensive microbial symbiont: relative importance of host defense National Science Foundation
Chung-Dar Lu  PI  3/1/2010 – 12/31/2015 Functional Genomics of D-Amino Acid Metabolism in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa National Science Foundation
Vincent Rehder PI 5/1/2009 – 4/30/2015 Nitric oxide as cell-intrinsic messenger of neuronal function National Science Foundation
Hang Shi PI 4/15/2013 – 4/15/2015 Effects of Leucine-Polyphenol Blends on Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Inflammatory Risk NuSirt Sciences, Inc.
Hang Shi PI 4/15/2013 – 4/15/2015 Effects of Leucine-metformin blends on insulin sensitivity NuSirt Sciences, Inc.
Hang Shi Co-PI  4/15/2013 – 4/15/2015 Protective Effects of Leucine-Polyphenol Blends on Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Inflammatory Risk NuSirt Sciences, Inc.
Hang Shi PI 7/1/2009 – 6/30/2015 The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) antagonizes inflammation through SIRT1  NIH/NIDDK
Hang Shi PI 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016 DNA methylation of PPARgamma promoter regulates obesity-induced inflammation and insulin resistance American Diabetes Association Basic Science Award
Hang Shi Co-PI 12/1/2011 – 11/30/2016 Macrophage AMPK, Inflammation, and Atherosclerosis NIH/NHLBI
Phang-Cheng Tai Co-PI 8/22/2014 – 7/31/2015 Examining SecA as a potential target for treating gram-positive bacteria National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Irene Weber  PI 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015 Inhibition of Resistant Variants of HIV Protease National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Irene Weber  PI 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015 Equipment for SP000J3941 (Activity of Resistant Variants) National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Bingzhong Xue  PI 10/1/2014 – 9/30/2016 Comparison of Efficacy of Leucine-Metformin vs. Sitagliptin-Metformin Combination on Insulin Resistance NuSirt Sciences, Inc.
Bingzhong Xue  PI 9/1/2014 – 8/31/2016 Protective Effects of Leucine-Metformin-Sildenafil on Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) NuSirt Sciences, Inc.
Bingzhong Xue PI 12/1/2011 – 11/30/2016 Macrophage AMPK, Inflammation, and Atherosclerosis National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Bingzhong Xue PI 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2015 Deregulated macrophage AMPK signaling in obesity links insulin resistance to atherosclerosis (NCE) American Heart Association
Bingzhong Xue Co-PI 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015 Effects of Leucine-Metformin Blends on Insulin Sensitivity NuSirt BioPharma Inc.
Bingzhong Xue Co-PI 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015             Effects of Leucine-Polyphenol Blends on Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Inflammatory Risk NuSirt BioPharma Inc.