2017-2018 President's Faculty Grant Winners

3D Stochastic Matrices

A two-dimensional matrix is an array of numbers arranged in rows and columns. A stochastic matrix (also known as probability matrix, transition matrix, or Markov matrix) is a matrix in...


Angiotensin II and Dopamine 4 Receptor Interaction in Neurons from ADHD Rats

Background: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuro-developmental childhood disorder, and it can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Currently available...


Assessing Shifts in Sponge Microbial Communities Across the Caribbean

​Coral reef ecosystems are recognized as one of the most diverse and important ecosystems on earth.  Even though they are often located in low-nutrient environments, coral reefs...


Cancer Immunotherapies for Infection-induced Malignancies in Hispanic Populations

Chronic infections are associated with increased cancer risk. In the case of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a liver cancer, 40-80% of the cases are attributable to Hepatitis C virus (HCV)...


Comparing Teacher-Led and Computer Instruction in Preschoolers With Autism

​There is a paucity of research comparing the effectiveness of two interventions in young students with autism spectrum disorder in a school setting.  This is because of the...


Coral Recruitment under Ocean Warming and Acidification

​Corals are a keystone species in reefs, however, their persistence is threatened by climate change. To accurately predict if corals will persist through climate change, we need to...


Development of POC Biosensor for Diagnosis of Diabetes-Associated Periodontitis

In order to maintain structural integrity of skeleton throughout life, bone remodeling is a physiological bone renewal process regulated by hormonal and molecular factors that control communication...


Dietary Fructose as a Risk Factor for Gulf War Illness: Exercise Challenge

Gulf War illnesses (GWI), is a chronic disorder affecting returning military veterans and civilian workers of the 1990–91 Gulf War. A wide range of acute and chronic symptoms have been...


DNA Repair in Elasmobranch Fishes to Assess Cancer Risk

The loss of DNA repair in mammalian species has been shown to increase genomic instability and lead to the development of cancer.  DNA repair has also been positively correlated...


Dual Functional Antiresoptive and Pro-Regenerative Drug for Bone Lytic Diseases

In order to maintain structural integrity of skeleton throughout life, bone remodeling is a physiological bone renewal process regulated by hormonal and molecular factors that control communication...


Effect of CFS/ME on epigenetic regulation in different immune cell types

Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disease, affecting approximately 1% of the world's population. About 30% of these individuals are not able to achieve good control of their...


Effect of EnChroma Lens on Spectral Sensitivity of the Retina in CVD

Color vision deficiency (CVD) is the inability to distinguish certain shades of color or in more severe cases, see colors at all. These color deficiencies can be either inherited or acquired....


Eradicating Zika with Novel Insecticides Against Vector Mosquitoes

The Zika fever has emerged as one of the most pressing public health issues both locally in the state of Florida, and throughout the Tropics. Local transmission instances in South Florida have...


Faculty Identity Construction: The Transition from PhD to the Professoriate

In order to disseminate findings from a three-year study on professional identity construction and to advance the final write-up of research data, we will employ qualitative analysis software...


Impact of Swallow Physiology on Dietary Diversity in Children

​Chronic feeding problems leading to decreased volume and variety of foods have the potential to significantly impact nutrition and hydration status required for adequate growth and...


Metabolic Abnormalities, Antioxidant Capacity and Toxic Exposures in ME/CFS

​Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), is a chronic physical disorder characterized by unexplained debilitating fatigue lasting for at least six months with an...


Neuroprotective Thrombolytic Bioconjugate for Ischemic Stroke

Tissue plasminogen Activator (tPA) is currently the only drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ischemic stroke.  However, besides its...


Optimization of Epinephrine Sublingual Tablet for Pediatric Administration

A fast-disintegrating sublingual tablet (FDST) of epinephrine (Epi) for the treatment of anaphylaxis has been successfully developed and evaluated in vitro and in vivo. The formulation of Epi FDST...


Redox-based Epigenetic Changes Contribute to Defining Neuronal Stem Cell Fate

​What defines Neurons and what are the underlying mechanisms that define neuronal cell fate?, are some of the questions that will be investigated during the course of the proposed work....


Rescue of aPKC: A New Approach for the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It is a complex condition arising from a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental challenges by...


Social Media and the College Choice Process

​This study will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to determine the perceived influence of social media on University School students' college search and choice. A...


Stem Cell Modeling to Improve Neural Regeneration in Endodontic Procedures

​Endodontic treatments describe any procedure that treats the inside of a tooth.  Endodontic treatments become necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue within the root of the...


Testing Novel Treatment Strategies for Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) affects 40% of all patients who receive chemotherapy for any reason that can lead to discontinuation of drug treatment. Interestingly, PN is one of the most common...


The Efficacy of Genetic Biomarkers in Evaluating Precancerous Cervical Lesions

​Cervical cancer is the third most common malignancy in women worldwide, ranking 14th in the U.S. and is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in developing countries and among those...


Usable Remote Monitoring Technologies: Informal Caregivers’ Perspectives

The desire to maintain an independent lifestyle is one shared by an increasing number of older adults as well as persons with disabilities. Family and friends, also known as informal caregivers,...


Using Periodic Spatial Disturbance to Manipulate Cooperation in Bacteria

​Decades of overuse have allowed bacteria to evolve resistance against nearly every existing antibiotic. This has resulted in increased mortality and hospital costs associated...


Why does the mind wander? An investigation into predictors of mind wandering

Mind wandering is a common event in everyday life, consuming as much as 50% of our waking hours and occurring during almost every type of behavior (Killingsworth & Gilbert,...


Youth Leadership for Conflict Resolution

Peaceful school cultures are essential to educating the whole student, in terms of preparation for community, school, work and family life, as well as for participation as a citizen in our...


“We Worry Too Much!” Ghanaian Women’s Own Accounts of their Health Problems

Women’s voices are usually absent in the literature on women’s health in developing countries. As a consequence, we know little about women’s own concerns about their...