2023 IRC Funding Results

The IRC Networking Event was held via zoom on February 16, 2023 and IRC Pilot Applications were due on March 31, 2023.  Thirty proposals were submitted and reviewed by the Associate Deans for Research of the participating colleges or their designee. Fifteen proposals (50% of those submitted) were selected for funding, awarding $525,460 for these pilot awards. These proposals involve 12 colleges and 45 UK faculty: 10 College of Engineering, 8 College of Medicine, 7 College of Pharmacy, 6 CAFÉ faculty, 4 College of Fine Arts, 3 College of Communication & Information, 2 College of Arts and Sciences, 1 Lewis Honors College, 1 College of Public Health, 1 College of Dentistry, 1 College of Health Sciences faculty, 1 College of Nursing.

The projects selected were:



Development of a deep learning-based CT acquistion technique for radiation dose and image quality

Abdullah-Al-Zubaer Imran (Engineering), Jie Zhang (Medicine)

Microfluidic oxygenators for artificial lungs: Engineering the blood-oxygen interface for critical pulmonary support

Christine Trinkle, Gosia Chwatok (Engineering), Jamie Sturgill, Suresh Keshavamurthy (Medicine)

Insects, informatics, and illustrations: A new approach to visually representing anatomical knowledge in ecological and taxonomic databases

Melissa Clarkson (Medicine), Julian Dupuis (CAFE)

Nocardioform placentitis in the equine breeding industry: Characterization and natural product analysis of the probable infectious agents

Khaled Mahmoud, Steven Van Lanen (Pharmacy), Erdal Erol  (CAFE) 

Mechanisms of anti-Porphyromonas gingivalis activity of statins

Oelisoa Mireille Andriankaja (Dentistry), Oleg Tsodikov (Pharmacy) 

Intergenerational interactions: Mapping women's mental health through movement and creativity

Anthony Bardo (Arts and Sciences), Amy Kostelic (CAFE), Susan Thiel (Fine Arts)

A bottom-up approach for sustainable cultivated meat production

Ramkumar Annamalai (Engineering), Tyler Barzee (CAFE)

Development of a 3D microfluidic electroporation technology for advancing cell therapy

Guigen Zhang, Sheng Tong (Engineering), Mark Evers (Medicine)

Aphasia spark: Aphasia lab zine project

Rose Winter Phong (Fine Arts), Christen Page (Health Sciences), Erin Hester (Communication and Information), David Wischer (Fine Arts)

Exploring the motivational climate and communication amongst trauma survivors

Sarah Geegan, Jacob Higgins, Erin Hester (Communication and Information)

Marijuana and invasive fungal disease in immunocompromised patients

Jayani Jayawardhana (Public Health), Matthew Duprey, Val Adams, Chris Delcher, Daniela Moga (Pharmacy)

Predictive analysis enabled through virtual reality

Savio Poovathingal (Engineering), Chad Edy (Fine Arts)

EpicMare: A routine screening blood test to predict parturition date and gestational complications in mares

Carlos Rodriguez Lopez, James MacLeod (CAFE), Chenglong Ye (Arts and Sciences),

Privacy preserving protest dynamics with social media images

Abdullah-Al-Zubaer Imran, Sen-Ching Samson Cheung (Engineering), Nazmus Sakib (Lewis Honors College)

Improving image quality for better surgical planning and computational tool development

Jonathan Wenk (Engineering), Liisa Bergmann, Sam Tyagi, Ryan King (Medicine)