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VINSE Pilot/Feasibility Studies

VINSE pilot/feasibility funding is being made available on a competitive basis to provide Vanderbilt investigators the opportunity to utilize VINSE tools to obtain preliminary results for research initiatives prior to submitting grant applications. Applications from new users interested in demonstrating the feasibility of a new process or measurement are encouraged, and all necessary staff support will be provided. Typical awards range from a total of $500 to $2000 for up to 6 months on a fiscal year basis with all funds dedicated to VINSE user fees. Proposals will be judged based on scientific merit, likelihood for success, and the potential impact VINSE will have on the project. The number of awarded projects is subject to the availability of funds. Proposals are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed at the end of each month.

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Application requires a 1 page description of the proposed work to be carried out in VINSE facilities stating the objective of the work. Include the primary scientific or technological questions to be addressed and clearly identify which aspects of the project will be carried out in VINSE facilities and metrics for the success of those activities.

The following projects have been awarded funding:

"Structural basis of toxin secretion in Clostridioides difficile"
PI - Borden Lacy, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

"Cryo-FIB-SEM of Quantum Dot Labeled Dopamine Transporter Endocytic Accumulation"
PI - Sandra Rosenthal, Chemistry

"Cryogenic electron microscopy of nanoparticle-based shear-thinning hydrogels"
PI - Craig Duvall, Biomedical Engineering

"Lipid nanoparticle-siRNA mediated personalized therapy for pancreatic cancer"
PI - Kathy DelGiorno, Cell and Developmental Biology

"Fabrication of a Two-Layer Microfluidic Device for Studies of Microtubule Mechanics"
PI - Marija Zanic, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

"Ti02 Preparation via Atomic Layer Deposition for Dynamic Metasurfaces"
PI - Jason Valentine, Mechanical Engineering

“Microelectronic diode fabrication”
PI - Ronald Schrimpf, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

“Microfabrication techniques for Human Magnetic Resonance Imaging Applications”
PI - Saikat Sengupta, Radiology and Radiological Sciences

“Understanding activation energies for desolvation at inorganic/organic interfaces”
PI - Kelsey Hatzell, Mechanical Engineering

“A Copper-based Nanoparticle Dissolution Strategy for Signal Amplification in Diagnostic Assays”
PI - David Wright, Chemistry

“Nanopore Creation in Atomically Thin Ceramic Membranes using Ga Ion Bombardment”
PI - Piran Kidambi, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

“Developing a platform for extreme sub-diffraction imaging and nanophotonics using focussed ion beam milling”
PI - Josh Caldwell & Thomas Folland, Mechanical Engineering

“VINSE Pilot Study to Fabricate Microfluidic Devices for Measurement of Flowable Electrodes” 
PI - Haoxiang Luo, Mechanical Engineering

"VINSE Pilot/Feasibility Study for Jenna Mosier"
PI - Cynthia Reinhart-King, Biomedical Engineering

“Using Atomic Force Microscopy to Determine Changes in Tissue Stiffness following Radiation Damage”
PI - Marjan Rafat, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

“Pilot studies on molecular pathogenesis of uromodulin kidney disease” 
PI - Sergey Budko, School of Medicine

“Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) towards Detection of Esophageal Eosinophilia at the Point-of-Care”
PI - Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Biomedical Engineering