Professors Catherine K. Kuo, Mark Buckley and Danielle Benoit to receive University Research Awards

May 20, 2016


Congratulations to BME Professors Catherine K. Kuo, Mark Buckley, Danielle Benoit and their collaborators whose projects will receive University Research awards this year. University Research Awards, previously known as Provost Multidisciplinary Awards, provide seed money on a competitive basis for innovative research projects that are likely to attract external support when sufficiently developed. Below are descriptions of their research projects: 

Targeted Delivery of Cytotoxic Agents for the Eradication of Leukemia Stem Cells in the Bone Marrow: Rudi Fasan, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Danielle Benoit, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and Benjamin Frisch, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology). An initial assessment of the functionality and therapeutic potential of developing a novel nanoparticle-based system for the controlled and selective delivery of antileukemic agents to acute myeloid leukemia and leukemia stem cells within the bone marrow.

Role of Mechanics in Etiology of Congenital Talipes Equinovarus: Catherine K. Kuo, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Mark Buckley, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineeings; and Natasha O'Malley, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics. To develop novel in vitro and in vivo experimental models to investigate the role of aberrant mechanical loading of embryonic tendons in the development of clubfoot. The findings of this study will help motivate novel prevention or treatment strategies for nearly 200,000 babies born with clubfoot each year.