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Major Grant Awards

The University of Houston recognizes all major awards of $1 million-plus. Principal investigators, multiple investigators and co-principal investigators below are recognized for all major award projects starting in 2021 in which UH is the primary lead.

VIDORA: VISUAL DOSSIERS FOR RECOGNIZING AND IDENTIFYING HUMANS AT ALTITUDE AND RANGE
Ioannis Kakadiaris and Shishir Shah, Computer Science
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency
$13,859,057

GILEAD - COMPASS INITIATIVE 2021-2023, SUSTAIN COMPASS COORDINATING CENTER PHASE TWO
Samira Ali, Social Work
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
$5,000,000
UH News

Acute Modulation of Stereotyped High Frequency Oscillations with a Closed-Loop Brain Interchange System in Drug Resistant Epilepsy
Nuri Ince, Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
$3,700,000
UH News

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
Steven Lawrence, Small Business Development Center
U.S. Small Business Administration
$2,893,237

REGENERATIVE ULTRAMICROELECTRODE ARRAYS FOR SENSORY-MOTOR SPECIFIC INTERFACING
PI/Department: Mario Romero Ortega, Biomedical Engineering
Co-PI: Joseph Francis
Sponsor: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Amount: $2,792,305
UH News

MOBILE HEALTH TO MONITOR RISK FOR COVID-19 AND IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE PANDEMIC
Michael Zvolensky, Psychology
Co-PIs: Matthew Ward, Lorra Garey, Anka Vujanovic, Psychology
National Institute of Mental Health
$2,679,216
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STREAMLINED AND COMPREHENSIVE CIRCULATING TUMOR EXOSOME PROFILING BY MICROFLUIDIC ARRAYED NANOPLASMONIC SENSORS AND ACTUATORS
Wei-Chuan Shih, Electrical and Computer Engineering
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
$2,663,973
UH News

SIGNALING BY BETA 1 INTEGRINS REGULATES VENTRICULAR WALL MORPHOGENESIS AND COMPACTION
Mingfu Wu, Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
$2,573,329
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EPIGENETIC REGULATION OF LYSOSOMAL CERAMIDE SIGNALING AND FUNCTION IN ARTERIAL MYOCYTES: ROLE OF KMT6 GENE
Yang Zhang, Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
$2,474,867
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MANPOWER AND PERSONNEL ASSESSMENT BATTERY
Elena Grigorenko, Psychology
Co-PIs: Michael Zvolensky, Psychology; Ioannis Pavlidis, Computer Science
U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research
$2,259,417

RESILIENT AMMOXIDATION OF SMALL HYDROCARBONS (R-ASH) USING FORCED DYNAMIC OPERATION FOR MAXIMAL FLEXIBILITY
Lars Grabow, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Co-PI: Michael Harold, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
U.S. Department of Energy
$2,091,874
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EXTERNAL REVIEW LETTERS IN PROMOTION AND TENURE DECISION MAKING: VALIDITY AND FAIRNESS
Christiane Spitzmueller, Psychology
Co-PIs: Peggy Lindner, Information and Logistics Technology; Juan Madera, Hotel & Restaurant Management; Erika Henderson, Office of the Provost
National Science Foundation
$2,000,005
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TAKING TEXAS TOBACCO FREE AMONG SUBSTANCE USERS WITHIN COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTHCARE SETTINGS IN RURAL AND MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED AREAS ACROSS TEXAS
Lorraine Reitzel, Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences
Co-PIs: Ezemenari Obasi, Virmarie Correa-Fernandez and Ann Chen, Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
$1,998,572
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TARGETING CONSTITUTIVELY ACTIVE SUMO MODIFIED ANDROGEN RECEPTORS IN ENDOCRINE THERAPY RESISTANT BREAST CANCER
Tasneem Bawa-Khalfe, Biology & Biochemistry
Alexander Statsyuk, Pharmacological & Pharmaceutical Sciences
National Cancer Institute
$1,806,875
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MUSIC: A MULTI-SCALE TECHNOLOGY FOR INTEGRATING DYNAMIC CELLULAR FUNCTION AND MOLECULAR PROFILES
Navin Varadarajan, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Hien Nguyen and Badrinath Roysam, Electrical & Computer Engineering National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Health Resources and Services Administration
$1,786,244
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GLOBE: TEAM TRAINING FOR YOUTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
McClain Sampson, Social Work
Co-PIs: Sarah Narendorf, Social Work; Consuelo Arbona and Marcel de Dios, Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences
Health Resources and Services Administration
$1,919,766
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COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: MIM: THE IMPACT OF THE FUNGAL MICROBIOME IN METAL TOLERANCE AND SOIL BIOGEOCHEMICAL TRANSFORMATIONS
MPIs: Debora Rodrigues and Stacey Louie, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $1,574,057

MISC-IPV: A COMMUNITY BASED INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN TRAUMATIZED BY INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
PI: Carla Sharp, Psychology
Co-PIs: Julia Babcock, Psychology; Quenette Walton, Social Work; Paulina Kulesz, TIMES
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
$1,548,020
UH News

ADVANCED HTS CONDUCTORS CUSTOMIZED FOR FUSION
Venkat Selvamanickam, Mechanical Engineering
Co-PI: Goran Majkic, Mechanical Engineering
U.S. Department of Energy
$1,500,000
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HDR DSC: DATA SCIENCE FOR ENERGY TRANSITION
Mikyoung Jun, Mathematics
Yunsoo Choi, Lorenzo Colli, Jiajia Sun, Jonathan Wu and Yingcai Zheng, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Yili Hong, Decision and Information Sciences
Pablo Pinto and Man Chiu Wong, Hobby School of Public Affairs
National Science Foundation
$1,493,016

EL PROYECTO DE LA LITERATURA PUERTORRIQUEÑA /THE PUERTO RICAN LITERATURE PROJECT
Gabriela Ventura, Hispanic Studies
Co-PI: Carolina Villarroel, Arte Publico Press
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
$1,346,000
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CAREER: BROADENING PARTICIPATION IN STEM: A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF RESILIENCE EXPERIENCES AND STRATEGIES OF LATINA STEM MAJORS IN HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTIONS
Elsa Gonzalez, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
National Science Foundation
$1,263,472
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A NOVEL FORCE SPECTROSCOPY TO STUDY THE RIBOSOME POWER STROKE AND FRAMESHIFTING
Yuhong Wang, Biology & Biochemistry; Shoujun Xu, Chemistry
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
$1,178,000

DUAL ARTEMISININ ACTION COMBATS RESISTANCE
Peter Vekilov and Jeffery Rimer, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
National Institutes of Health / John’s Hopkins University
$1,162,500
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ALIPHATIC EFFECTS IN TRANSITION METAL CATALYSIS
Bradley Carrow, Chemistry
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
$1,156,329

OBESITY HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH PRIDE PROGRAM (OHD PRIDE)
MPIs: Marino Bruce, Behavioral and Social Sciences; Bettina Beech, Population Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
$1,028,191

HELPING EVERYONE ACHIEVE A LIFETIME OF HEALTH - FUTURE ADDICTION SCIENTIST TRAINING
Ezemenari Obasi and Lorraine Reitzel, Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences
National Institute on Drug Abuse
$1,011,631

ENHANCED READING INTERVENTION AND HEALTH LITERACY CURRICULUM
Jack Fletcher, Psychology
Anonymous
$1,000,000
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Samira Ali