Heritage College faculty part of four teams funded to launch innovative ideas

Jun 20, 2016

(ATHENS, Ohio) Four Ohio University interdisciplinary teams with faculty from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have received funding to launch new initiatives that could significantly impact health-related therapies and research.

Nine Heritage College faculty and staff are participating on the teams, which have each been awarded $50,000 in seed grants from Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program. The program is intended to encourage the development of new ideas through the collaboration of individuals across multiple fields and disciplines at the university. Heritage College faculty are working on projects to develop therapies using natural products, discover new drugs, design wearable electronics for monitoring health, and develop drones that could be used for field research and more.

Teams with members from the Heritage College include:

Establishment of a Natural Product Research Center & Commercialization Platform

Description: This project is focused on identifying and developing natural products with proven therapeutic value for the marketplace.

Brian Clark, Ph.D., professor of neuromuscular biology and executive director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal & Neurological Institute, and Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences and executive director of the Diabetes Institute, are part of the team along with Shiyong Wu Ph.D. (PI), Edison Biotechnology Institute, Research Division and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences; and Robert Silva and Jeffrey Wiseman, Ph.D., Research Division.

Ohio Drug Discovery Collaborative: Identification and Development of Novel Molecular Therapies for Human Disease

Description: This project will build a centralized, interdisciplinary initiative focused on drug discovery and development of potential therapeutics.

Kelly McCall, Ph.D., associate professor of specialty medicine; Frank Schwartz, M.D., professor of endocrinology; Xiao Zhuo Chen, Ph.D., associate professor of transgenic systems; and Erin Murphy, Ph.D., associate professor of bacteriology, are the Heritage College faculty on this team. Other members include Steve Bergmeier, Ph.D. (PI), Jennifer Hines, Ph.D., Shiyong Wu, Ph.D., Hao Chen, Ph.D., and Justin Holub, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences; Ronan Carroll, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences; Jeffrey Wiseman, Ph.D., Research Division; and Douglas Goetz, Ph.D., and Monica Burdick, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Applied Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in Challenging Environments

Description: The project will design, develop and demonstrate small unmanned aircraft systems that can perform environmental monitoring, field exploration and journalism missions.

Nancy Stevens, Ph.D., professor of functional morphology and vertebrate paleontology, is on this team along with Maarten Uijt de Haag, Ph.D. (PI), David Chelberg, Ph.D., Douglas Lawrence, Ph.D., Jianchao Zhu, Ph.D., Frank van Graas, Ph.D., and Michael Braasch, Ph.D., School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Scott Miller, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; and Robert Stewart, Ph.D., E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Scripps College of Communication.

Adaptable Flexible Technologies for Mobile and Wearable Electronics

Description: This project aims to develop and design flexible electronic systems that can sense, digitize, communicate and analyze physiological stress endured by the human body using an array of wearable and mobile sensors to generate clinical insights and support patient self-management.

Frank Schwartz, M.D.; Suzanne Ballard, Ph.D., professor of social medicine; and Kapil Bajaj, medical informatics analyst, are the Heritage College faculty and staff on this team. Other members include Savas Kaya, Ph.D. (PI), Cynthia Marling, Ph.D., Chris Bartone, Ph.D., Wojciech Jadwisienczak, Ph.D., Razvan Bunescu, Ph.D., Avinash Kodi, Ph.D., Faiz Rahman, Ph.D., Harsha Chenji, Ph.D., School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Deborah McAvoy, Ph.D., and Munir Nazzal, Ph.D., Department of Civil Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Robert Silva, Research Division; Saw-Wai Hla, Ph.D., Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences; Jennifer Hines, Ph.D., and Eric Masson, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences; and Mijeong Noh, Ph.D., Department of Human and  Consumer Sciences, Patton College of Education.

More information about the Innovation Strategy is available at www.ohio.edu/research/innovationstrategy.cfm.