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UMass Advance Announces Winners of 2022-23 Research Seed Grants

UMass ADVANCE has announced that four research teams are recipients of ADVANCE Collaborative Research Seed Grant Awards for 2022-23.

These competitive grants aim to foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research projects among faculty.

Recognizing longstanding gender gaps in the academy, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds universities to build institutional transformation programs to advance gender equity for faculty in science and engineering. Through the power of collaboration, ADVANCE cultivates
faculty equity and inclusion—especially for women and minorities in science and engineering. The four winning teams demonstrated innovative research and well thought-out and equitable collaborations.

The four winning teams are:

Growing a garden in a toxic swamp: Patient-derived metastasis model for studying bone regeneration.

The principal investigators for this team:

  • Stacyann Bailey, assistant professor, department of biomedical engineering

  • Govind Srimathveeravalli, assistant professor, mechanical and industrial engineering

Understanding cybersecurity risk and resiliency for law enforcement vehicles.

The principal investigators for this team:

  • Shannon Roberts, assistant professor, mechanical and industrial engineering

  • Lauren McCarthy, associate professor, legal studies and political science

Quantifying the impact of road condition on drivers and residents in vulnerable communities.

The principal investigators for this team:

  • Jessica Boakye, assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering
  • Egemen Okte, research assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering

Active particle dynamics at flexible interfaces.

The principal investigators for this team:

  • Peter Beltramo, assistant professor, chemical engineering
  • Manasa Kandula, assistant professor, physics
Grant recipient Stacyann Bailey